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This is classy: about a day after a gay teen in Tennessee committed suicide, Rep. John Ragan told one of his constituents that gay individuals are not “mentally healthy adult human beings.”
Of course, this also comes after his terribly inaccurate response to a plea from a lesbian student at Middle Tennessee State University to oppose a bill that would basically give a license to bully, who wrote:
“The threat to gay or lesbian children (yes, they do exist) or even to children rumored to be gay is quite overt.There is no mistaking that the purpose and language of this bill are to justify and defend anti-gay bullying, which has already caused too much pain and driven too many children to take their own lives.”
Beautifully put and inarguable, right?
Well, according to Ragan, homosexuality is comparable to murder, rape, overeating, and prostitution:
“Logically, homosexuality is defined by behavior, i.e., unless one engages in sexual activity with a member of the same sex, he, or she, is not a homosexual. (The term sexual orientation is a description of feelings.). Feelings do not control the behavior of a mentally healthy adult human being.
By way of emphasis, let’s examine a few questions: If a person “feels” so angry with another that he or she “feels” like killing the object of their anger, is that person “controlled” by that “feeling?” Alternatively, can the possessor of that “feeling” choose not to act on it? If that person fails to act on that “feeling,” is he or she still referred to as a “murder?”
Can a person feel so much lust toward another that he “feels” like committing rape? If such is a possibility, is that person “controlled” by that “feeling” or can he choose not to engage in that action? If that person fails to act on that “feeling,” is he still referred to as a “rapist?”
Can a slender person “feel” like overeating, but choose not to do so? Is that person still called “fatty?” Can someone “feel” like not going to work, but get up and go anyway? Is that person still called “lazy?” Can a nun “feel” like engaging in sexual relations, but choose to remain celibate? Is she called a “whore?” Can someone “feel” like committing adultery, but choose not to do so? Is that person still called an “adulterer?”
Can a parent feel so upset with the misbehavior of a child, that he or she “feels” like “beating” that child? Alternately, can a distraught parent choose to merely “discipline” a child with a lecture, a “time-out” or a “grounding” (dependent upon age) to reinforce a prohibition against poor, or dangerous, behavior.
The list of questions about “feelings” that do not control people could go on and on. However, the point is sufficiently made. Mentally healthy adult human beings are not “controlled” by their “feelings.”
Yep, he said all of that. Loving another person is exactly like those things, he's absolutely right! Glad he cleared all that up!
And then he had the audacity to call everything he says "fact" and even quotes John Adams about facts.
How do people like this get into the position they have? Shouldn't we be checking if they even have a baseline of decency and common sense??
We are so frustrated by this and the countless other examples of people being misinformed and promoting inaccuracies and bigotry.
A boy died from being bullied, so let's protect the bullies. Plain and simple: this makes no sense.
RIP Philip Parker.