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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Completely Heterosexual?

One of four ministers who oversaw three weeks of intensive counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard said the disgraced minister emerged convinced that he is "completely heterosexual."
The news today is driving me nuts. First there's the crazed astronaut who drove 900 miles with a diaper on to confront a rival (which Chani has written about). And then there's this minister who is convinced he is "completely heterosexual."

The implication here of "completely heterosexual" is "completely normal." In my little corner of the world, "completely heterosexual" doesn't exist. I believe everyone is somewhere along the bi continuum. It's a big gray line, and we all fall somewhere on it. You can agree or disagree, it doesn't matter to me, and it's unlikely to change my mind. Because just like he's sure "completely heterosexual" means "completely normal," I'm sure what I think is true too. I'd tell anyone who thought they were "completely gay" the same thing, but probably with a lot more compassion and understanding.

15 Comments:

Blogger Citymouse said...

agreed

1:53 PM  
Blogger gr said...

I thought: diaper=off her rocker.

Not sure why those folks have such a big obsession with some things...you could smile and say 'God created us all, and we're all different and isn't that great?'.
You have written, Lucia, about growing up religious-easy to imagine you weren't taught to have an open mind.

2:44 PM  
Blogger meno said...

When i heard about this i was sickened by the level of ignorance and denial required to make the claim that Haggert is "completely heterosexual."

I find it gross.

i also agree with you about sexuality.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's just all so very sad the obsession the evangelical right has with sexuality. I don't get why it matters so much - it just serves as a HUGE distraction from all the other problems in the world.

I think you're right - no such thing as "complete".

3:34 PM  
Blogger QT said...

I agree 100% with everything you wrote. I also find the obsession in this country with all things sexual quite comical. People screw, okay? Just like they eat, drink and sleep. Why is SO much emphasis put on it?

3:44 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

oh....now I get where one of the plotlines came from on "Boston Legal" last night! Judge payed $40,000 to go to a church camp that would train him to get over his "same sex attraction disorder".

6:33 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I am so with you on the continuum. Why does everything need to be clearly divided into black and white?

As for the astronaut, LOONEY.

9:13 PM  
Blogger jen said...

is it possible to be completely right, because if so, in this post, you are.

no gray area at all.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Ted Haggard got off (excuse the pun) with three weeks of counseling? Does that mean he'll be running a church soon, or making the talk-show circuit about becoming 'normal' again?

What an a******.

Ditto the sexuality talk...it's a range, not an absolute. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if so-called "Christians" stopped sticking their nose into other peoples' sex lives and, say, helped poor folks find jobs and helped tutor children and learned to practice all those bible morals, like "Love thy neighbor"?

Screechscreech...soap box going back under my desk....

6:11 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

I agree with you about the news driving me nuts and the way ppl fall along that line re their sexuality.

I havent said much abt politics off late cos of the same reason as you, it threatens to drive me nuts. :)

I read your comment abt hearing about my childhood, so the new post today is about that.
Take care. :)

8:58 AM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

Man, oh, man. We really have to get the invasion plans. polished up and ready. You people need to be saved from the insanity

10:53 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I agree!

I also hate how homosexuality is being portrayed as something you can be cured of. Like a cold. "Oops, I caught the homosexual bug." I don't think so.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I think it means "Okay. I bend. I will go back to being what your weird fundamentalist culture wants me to be. I will drink the Kool-Aid because the price is too high otherwise."

I don't believe a bloody word of it and agree that heterosexuality is not the only "normal".


Peace,


~Chani

11:50 AM  
Blogger kat said...

What's so sick about it is also that they are implying by being "completely heterosexual" that he is "cured".

Chalk this up to another reason I don't buy into organized religion.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Lauriebelle said...

Well spoken Lucia! I agree with your continuum theory!

I can't stand when people act as though homosexuality is a desease or unnatural!

11:03 AM  

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