Monday, September 19, 2005

Every Which Way But Sane

There was a time - way back in the day - when the fight for civil rights was dignified. It was predicated on the simple fact that, as human beigns, we are equal. It was led by men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., who appealed for equality by downplaying the differences between races and emphasizing their similarities.

That's not so much the case anymore. The current battlefield of equality is now focused on gays and the leaders of this movement have opted to take a different approach. Rather than focus on what makes us the same (and thus equal), the "pioneers" leading our charge have decided on Plan B - the victim card.

It's not suprising - the gays in the left of the political spectrum have been playing this card to their fullest extent for years. They figure that by doing this, they will in turn garner sympathy from the public majority and affect a change for the better. That may work for a child who pouts and throws a temper tantrum to get a cookie from mommy, but it doesn't fly in politics.

The clearest case of victimhood made by our gay leaders is the offense that is taken to practically everything. To these people, virtually every aspect of today's society is an affront to the gay lifestyle. Music lyrics. Birth certificates. You name it. If it's not gay, it's obviously anti-gay. It's gotten to the point where, fresh out of real or imagined insults to nitpick, activists are literally making up new words to describe how hateful society has become. Their sexuality has trumped any rational thought these people might have once possessed. They are gay - first and foremost. Anything that challenges or threatens that fact is seen as a personal attack. Woe are they.

The reason being is these people refuse to separate themselves from their sexuality. Their gayness is a badge of honor and has become their sole identity. If that were to ever be broken, they would be lost. And society has played an enormous part in feeding this. You look at movies and television and there are countless gay roles now. It's a good thing, right? We're breaking into the mainstream. It's true, we are. But these roles are gay and nothing else. Take any leading gay character from any TV show or movie and strip him or her of their sexuality and you are left with a show about nothing. Will & Grace. Queer As Folk. What are they if they're not gay? You can ask the same question to 95% of the gay population and will most likely be answered with a blank stare.

It's a frustrating thing to witness. By continuing to take offense in anything and everything, in choosing to fight battles not worth the fight, by defining ourselves solely on our sexuality, gays have started to do something unheard of in any civil rights movement: we've begun to segregate ourselves.

We hear gay activists say that a person's sexuality is incidental to their rights. If that is truly the case, why then does so much of our culture depend on it?

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