There are days, Mama, when there is far too much to do to do anything much at all.
This week has been pretty much like that. It’s a week when I wish I was like earthworms or amoeba — slice me up and let me regenerate into six or seven mes. (Biologists, don’t bother — leave me wallowing in my ignorance!)
So it was with some relief that I read the following post by Helen Klonaris, which pretty well covers some of what happened this week, and more:
Here are some excerpts.
The conversation about the rights of gays and lesbians in this country is stuck in a Christian fundamentalist scriptural war that cannot see gays and lesbians, bisexuals or transgender people as integral to the wide spectrum of human existence. And the few (read one or two) public spokespersons for the GLBT community who dare to engage in this conversation publically are time and time again hooked into a circular argument which begs the question: how can you ask for human rights if God says you shouldn’t exist at all?
And by presuming firstly that all Bahamians are Christians, and assuming, secondly, to know God as absolutely as they do, Christian fundamentalists not only reduce and limit that God, but reduce and limit the scope of what it means to be human. And I cannot help but see the metaphor: It is God lying in a pool of his own blood, head severed, and no one has been held accountable.
I am often struck by the raw hatred that we so often spew in the name of God in this country, so much so that I’m glad that I didn’t turn on my radio to hear the discussion about this crime today. Homosexuals, after all, like Haitians (try not to be anything beginning with “H” in this Bahamaland, people, else we’ll toss another “H” your way), are easy targets. In anthropology, we study the phenomenon of witches, who are not what we think they are when we see the word. In anthropology, witch-hunting tells us far, far more about the society that is doing the hunting than it does about the objects of the hunt. The salient point about the process is that societies create scapegoats out of individuals who fall outside the social norms, who make the status quo uncomfortable, and every bad thing that happens in the society is transferred to them.
When people call in to radio talk shows to talk about “them” (all those deviants beginnings with “H”) and invoke God and divine law and the Scripture, I always wonder where and when the Gospels fell out of their Bibles. Like where these bits went, or this bit, or this.
But I don’t need to say a whole lot more. Helen’s already said it.
Go read it for yourself.