Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NOM links to Witherspoon polemic calling gays confused people who are prone to terrible diseases

Anthony Esolen, Providence College
So here you have it. This is what NOM and their conservative Catholic allies think of gay people     written, without reservation, for all to see. This is a hypothetical father/son conversation. It was written by Anthony Esolen, a professor of English at Providence (Catholic/Dominican) College in Rhode Island:
What about aberrations? When Luke asks about them, because of things he’s heard at school, the father says that certain people are confused, and do bad and unnatural things with their bodies. They become prone to terrible diseases. But when he catches Luke in a tiff calling another boy a sissy, he reprimands him severely. Since he would not complicate Luke’s passage to manhood, he grants other men’s sons the same courtesy, especially when those boys are walking a more difficult path.
Later on, Esolen confuses gender with sexual orientation (I think). Apparently gay boys are not boys:
But it isn’t just the pitfalls that the father is thinking of. It occurs to him that the Boy Scouts and he have come to an impasse. There is no reconciling them. The Boy Scouts now proclaim that there is nothing to being a boy, and nothing to the boy’s becoming a man; they might as well be the Unisex Scouts, as they are in Canada, where the scouting movement has collapsed.
The following paragraph leaves me "speechless."
In other words, Luke’s father is being asked to enroll his son in a group specifically limited to boys, but one that does not recognize the nature of boyhood and its progress to manhood. Thus there is no real justification for the group; that its membership is male is accidental and not of the essence. He and they do not see the same being in Luke. He sees his boy, and the man-to-be; they see a neuter. He sees a father-in-training; they see an immature human thing, a bundle of appetites that are not in themselves subject to moral judgment.
Ironically, this is in the organ of Withspoon Institute which is headed by a celibate Opus Dei numerary (Luis Tellez). By Esolen's rather fucked up definition of manhood, Tellez is not a man because he is not sticking his dick into women in order to crank out children. My email to Mr. Esolen will be more courteous. This is the kind of pretentious putz that is allowed to spread ignorance among young people. It is appalling. I always wonder what one of these idiots would do if they had a gay son.
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