Having already lost the War On Scare Quotes, and rapidly losing the War On Gay People, wingnuts gathered at Liberty University this past week to declare war on the word “gay” itself. This will obviously go well for them:
The conference took a turn for the surreal when panelists speaking at the conference suggested they stop using the word “gay” all together.
Leading a panel discussion at the national conference, Ryan Sorba, chairman of the Young Conservatives of California, made the following remarks:
Oh goody, Ryan Sorba always makes me laugh!
“‘Gay’ is a left-wing socio-political construct designed to create grounds for fundamental rights [based on] whimsical capricious desires. Gay identity does not exist.”
”Stop using the word ‘gay.’ Because, if we give them this term that is grounded in an identity we’re giving – we’re conceding that to the premise that it is an identity and the rest of the debate we’re on their ground — we’re on their terms. He who defines the terms controls the debate, and by extension, public opinion. What we need to do is state that this is same-sex attraction, or maybe the engage in same-sex intercourse, or sodomy — whatever word you’re comfortable using.”
Are Ryan Sorba’s sexual feelings “whimsical” and “capricious”? Inquiring minds would like to know, since he’s almost as fey as Tony Perkins. But I’m really liking this “stick our heads in the sand” approach he’s suggesting. If you don’t like reality, just pretend it’s not there! Aside from the fact that this is about as “new” for fundamentalist Christians as pathetic music and bad hair, I’m very entertained by the suggestion that somehow a few wingnuts eating donuts together are going to get even one person [who isn't already a wingnut] to stop using the term “gay” to describe gay people.
Later in the discussion, it was suggested that gays should also be referred to as “anti-Christian.”
Yeah, that’s going to work, since so many gay people actually ARE Christians, and moreover, the fantasyland Ryan Sorba has created where he believes he’s speaking for the majority of Christians also does not exist.
Keep failing, Ryan, and we’ll just keep winning.
Oh, do y’all remember the time Miss Sorba did this at CPAC? This little temper tantrum never fails to make me laugh: