Welcome to the year 2010, when people are actually more tolerant of gays. Advancements have indeed been made since the 1950s and some horrendous opinions have been discounted through research and studies. The Washington Post however does not know this. I guess they've been sleeping for the past sixty years. That's the only explanation for allowing Tony Perkins a platform to post some of the most anti-gay, vile bullshit I've seen since the 2004 election.
Even the title of his blog post at the WaPo mentions purported "harms" of homosexuality. Perkins says that bullies are mean, but we need to look at the harms of being gay (which apparently cause people to get bullied?) and some of those are:
There is an abundance of evidence that homosexuals experience higher rates of mental health problems in general, including depression.
Since homosexual conduct is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence, it too qualifies as a behavior that is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.
The Washington Post printed this, I should add, on the National Coming Out Day, when gay people celebrate being out of the closet and being open with friends and family. This year has been particularly difficult because of all the suicides. We wanted to send a message this year that there are more of us out there - LGBT people AND allies - than ever before and that we're with anyone who's being bullied or attacked for being gay.
I'd love to know why they picked Perkins to write for them on that day about the harms of homosexuality, and how it's all our fault.
This is the message that the Washington Post chose to send yesterday, to gays all over the country:
Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are "born gay" and can never change.
Get it? We're depressed not because we lack basic rights and we're demonized by everyone, but because we know that deep inside we're wrong and evil and abnormal and we need to hide or change.
But there's hope! Oh yes, there's hope!
The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope--hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
You see, if we just recognize how terrible we really are and pray to Jesus everything will be okay.
Thanks, Washington Post, you sick fucks.