Silence your opposition by calling them indefensible names. It works for gays and others.
Poor Phil Robertson is in the same category as Pat Robertson for different reasons. Phil spoke his mind about sin and gays and Pat Robertson spoke his mind about Israel and the United States.
If you wish to be called a bigot, simply say something against homosexuality or transgendered individuals. You see, we don’t use words to describe people’s behavior anymore. We use words to describe how we feel about them. This is why you hear so many comparisons to Hitler and fascism. It’s not because anyone is like Hitler or is actually being a fascist, it is because we hate the word and we use the word to describe the person we hate whether or not it accurately describes the person.
The word “bigot” is bandied about by gay/homosexual/transgender/asexual persons to mean someone who does not like gay/homosexual/transgender/asexual persons. Merriam Webster defines ‘bigot’ as: “ a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.”
If you know what Phil Robertson said about gay men, then you know that he does not fit the definition given above. “Intolerant”.”Hatred”. How does that square with Phil Robertson saying : “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson says in the January issue of the men’s magazine. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Do you think there is any hatred or intolerance when Phil was asked about sin?
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he says. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He goes on to paraphrase Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
There is no hatred there. No intolerance. But in today’s culture, expressing an opinion that others do not wish to hear can get one branded as a bigot.
If you really wish to start an argument in a group of people, start talking about sin. Nothing gets people going as much as saying that an everyday behavior they practice is sinful. It seems to be okay to say that people should have standards to live up to but it is never okay to say that failing to live up to that standard is a sin. I am not talking about persecution, that is an extreme action just like bigotry is an extreme position.
But I have written before about how words are corrupted today to mean something other than the definition. What did Humpty Dumpty say to Alice?
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
And that is how the defenders of the gay lifestyle operate. They imply that the words they choose, the indefensible words, are master over all others to describe people who say things that gays don’t like being said.
Stereotyping a gay person is abominable. But isn’t it also abominable to call a person a name that does not fit? Isn’t it stereotyping to call a person a bigot just because he says things against gay people and their lifestyle? Isn’t there a level of hatred and intolerance that has to be crossed before a person becomes a bigot?
Of course, Phil Robertson said everything crudely and he could be criticized for a poor choice of words but he wasn’t. He was called a bigot and the word did not apply.
Some of us don’t like other people and some other people don’t like us. It does not matter if it is sexuality, race, religion,beauty, height, weight, gender, or age and yet we find a way to celebrate our differences and accept those who are different than us. Perhaps we should do that now without the name calling.