I woke up today and found out that I’m a bad person. I’m just as bad a rapist or murderer. Granted, I’ve never raped anyone, nor have I ever murdered anyone. Nor do I have thoughts about raping or murdering anyone. I’m deeply opposed to violence (though I do think there are cases where the use of violence is justifiable, such as self-defense) and I respect the bodily autonomy of others. So how am I like someone who exerts their power over others by having non-consensual sex with someone? How am I like someone who takes the life of another individual?
Now I get it.
You’ll have to forgive me, I just woke up. My brain is a little fuzzy. Now that I’m more alert, I realized how it is that I’m such a horrible person.
It’s because I’m gay!
At least according to Dr. Steven Hotze:
In audio recorded by the Texas Freedom Network, Dr. Steven Hotze, head of Conservative Republicans of Texas, engaged in a back and forth with state Rep. Sylvester Turner (D), explaining how Texas should subvert the Supreme Court — should they approve same-sex marriage — the same way the state undermines the right to legal abortions.
Saying the state should only enforce laws that are “morally right,” Hotze explained how that determination is made, stating, “First you look in the Bible.”
“There are ways around the law. We have legalization — the Supreme Court, even though I believe it was completely wrong, said it is constitutional to kill a baby in the womb,” Hotze said. “I think it’s a horrible injustice and it’s unconstitutional. But, let me just say this, in Texas we said ‘We don’t believe that’s right. So we’re going to do everything we can to protect the unborn that we possibly can,’ and we’ve done that. And that’s the same thing.”
He added, “If they were to come out ruling that marriage between two individuals is legal, I would say let’s do to stop it just like we stopped abortion. Cut off funding for it, that’s all I’m saying.”
Told by Turner that he respects people no matter how they live their lives, Hotze claimed that sexual preferences is a choice homosexuals make, just as murderers and rapists choose to commit “immoral acts.”
“If you make that a standard, that it’s a person’s chosen behavior, no matter what it is, it gives them minority status? You’ve got to be kidding. Where do you stop?’ Hotze said incredulously. “Look, if people are involved in activities that are immoral and wrong, you can love them, but you don’t respect what they do and you try and help them find a way out. Whether they’re alcoholics, whether they’re murderers or adulterers. Whether they’re perverts, pornographers or whatever. You want help them. Or homosexuals, you want to help them out.”
Turner again stated that people should be respected, no matter their differences, to which Hotze replied, “Then we can get rid of all the laws against people that do immoral acts, like murder and rape and embezzling. Cause you want to make them feel good, don’t you? You don’t want to make them feel bad about their actions because they might be born that way.”
Does he really see no distinction between rape or murder and embezzling, homosexuality, pornography, or adultery? Or is this asshole just pandering to religious bigots? In the end, it doesn’t really matter if he believes that horseshit or not. What matters is the effect of his words, homophobia. Whether you believe your words or not, Dr. Hotze, you are a bigot.