Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Maybe If We Made Them Wear Yellow "Q's"

Christianity Today has an interview with Joe the Plumber, the faux working man's hero of the last election.

Q: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary—it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.

Joe should also check the dictionary.


1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.
2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: Something queer about the language of the prospectus kept investors away.
3. not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: to feel queer.
4. mentally unbalanced or deranged.
5. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  a.    homosexual.
  b.    effeminate; unmanly.
6. Slang. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.


Nick said...

I love how people like Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin always have to qualify their bigotry by pointing out that they have gay friends. Of course, those "friends" know they are not allowed anywhere near Joe's kids, which really makes me wonder about the depth of that "friendship."

Lucas said...

There is a great documentary about religion and homosexuality called "For the Bible Tells Me So" where they really look at the scriptures and homosexuality. Bishop Gene Robinson is featured as is Dick Gephardt's daughter. I found it fascinating how things get lost in translation. The biblical "abomination" means that something was outside of custom, not that God had any specific objection. There is also the dilemma of "If we are all God's children...?" Why anyone asks what Joe the Plumber thinks still perplexes me.