Thursday, August 11, 2016

In case you need a reminder of just how batshit Eric Metaxas is

Eric Metaxas
Thursday Eric Metaxas writes “All Sexual Behavior is Not Equal — Ideology Over Public Health.” For a Yalie, Metaxas seems horrifically confused about gender and sexual orientation. Metaxas has a thin aura of intellectual respectability. Yet his is affiliated with the far right Colson Center and is perhaps best known for his extraordinarily flawed, historically inaccurate biography of of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Metaxas writes:
So, it's OK to warn people about the dangers of drinking too much soda, but not about risky sexual behavior? Welcome to the strange world of cultural Marxism.

Christians are sometimes accused of being "in denial," especially when it comes to matters of sex. But after reading about a recent AIDS conference, I have to ask: Who's really living in fantasy land?
It depends upon your definition of risky behavior. We have been warning people for decades about having unprotected sex. The Human Rights Campaign has championed the use of PrEP with rubbers. Metaxas, on the other hand, wants gay people to, well… stop being gay. Like so many other Christian conservatives he is wed to the notion that being gay is a switch that we can turn on and off at will. They embrace this belief—not because of scientific research—but because it allows them to conform society to their addiction to the precepts written in ancient chronicles of dubious provenance. It is required that God cannot be held responsible for creating gay people. Otherwise their entire belief system crumbles.

“Cultural Marxism” is a conspiracy theory. Adherents believe that liberals are intent on destroying Western civilization. In other words we do not want gay rights because gay people are discriminated against and deserve constitutionally guaranteed Equal Protection. Gay rights are just part of the plot to destroy civilization as we know it. It's all part of a sinister agenda orchestrated by The Left.

Metaxas continues:
Christians are sometimes accused of being "in denial," especially when it comes to matters of sex. But after reading about a recent AIDS conference, I have to ask: Who's really living in fantasy land?

At the recent UN international AIDS conference in South Africa, the actress Charlize Theron announced that HIV "has no biological preference for black bodies, for women's bodies, for gay bodies . . . HIV is not just transmitted by sex," she explained. "It's transmitted by sexism, racism, poverty, and homophobia."
Of course that does not sit well with Metaxas, He wants to take Ms. Theron literally.
Matthew Hanley, a Senior Fellow with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, writes at Mercatornet that while it was Theron who made these nonsensical remarks, they could have been made by almost any professional at the conference. When Theron says AIDS is not spread just by sex, "she means to direct attention away from sex itself, to minimize its primary role, and to shift ultimate [blame] anywhere else."

"Statements like these," Hanley adds, "sound less like medicine than a strand of Marxism — cultural Marxism." Marxism has "morphed away from the sphere of economics and into the sexual revolution," he explains. This means that "every form of sex has necessarily come to be regarded as equal; therefore . . . Nothing must jeopardize the truly radical assertion that there are no differences in the arena of sexuality . . . Objective hazards must be repackaged to conform to the value assigned to sexual behavior — which is something we don't do for other public health matters."
Catholic bioethics is an oxymoron. Theron's intent was not to divert attention away from sex. Quite the contrary. Simply stated, the AIDS epidemic would be contained if everyone used rubbers. The Catholic Church teaches that contraception is a sin. Therefore, according to Mr. Hanley (and thus, Metaxas) you cannot educate people to do the one thing that would stem the tide more than anything else because of slavish obedience (you know the rest). Metaxas considers himself to be an intellectual yet this is just plain stupid.
For instance, nobody says smoking cigarettes or drinking huge amounts of sugary drinks is healthy and normal — or distributes pills in schools to offset the effects of tobacco and sugar. Instead, we urge young people to avoid cigarettes altogether, and cut down on the soft drinks. But heaven forbid we tell them to avoid sex.
We all know what Metaxas means. He tries to be too cute by half. He never mentions gay people but his intent is that all gay men should be celibate. Sure. This becomes clearer with (victim alert):
Dr. Paul Church, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, was fired from his position at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last year for telling the truth about homosexual behavior: That, as Bryan Fischer writes at barbwire.com, it "leads to a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STDs, hepatitis, parasitic infection, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders." Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/all-sexual-behavior-is-not-equal-167783/#GJv2LmCl3dWejjVu.99 Dr. Paul Church, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, was fired from his position at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last year for telling the truth about homosexual behavior: That, as Bryan Fischer writes at barbwire.com, it "leads to a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STDs, hepatitis, parasitic infection, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders."
So now the “intellectual” Eric Metaxas is not only quoting Bryan Fucking Fischer (the spokes-bigot for the anti-gay hate group American Family Association) but repeating the preposterous idea that being gay causes psychosis. Church, a Christian, was essentially telling gay people not to be gay or to be celibate. The correct medical advice is not to have unprotected sex. Church sent out mass emails to colleagues which included tidbits like this:
Celebrating sexual perversions is highly inappropriate, especially in the context of a medical center that should be aware of the negative health consequences of high risk behaviors. It also ignores and dishonors the religious convictions and moral objections that many members of the hospital community share who are opposed to these behaviors.
Calling some of your colleagues “perverts” is a pretty good way to ensure that you get canned. Is there any more insane drivel from religious nutters that Mr. Metaxas would like to quote? Why yes!
This, folks, is a new form of totalitarianism. As Hanley explains, those who seek to promote the equality of all sexual behavior — married, unmarried, gay or straight — "seek to triumph by means of the will" and by "various forms of coercion."
Totalitarianism? Seriously? That exists when the state regulates behaviors. Mr. Hanley is projecting and the intellectual Metaxas just repeats the religious bullshit. Skipping a few paragraphs to finally get to the conclusion of this absurd polemic:
When we hear people spouting off about the so-called "equality" of any and all forms of sexual behavior, claiming that the wrong attitudes cause disease, or attempting to punish anyone who dares to point out the truth about health risks, we need to help our families and friends understand where all this comes from.

Ultimately, it's a rejection of God's loving — and healthful — design for sexuality.
Metaxas uses AIDS as a vehicle to denigrate gay people without every doing so directly. That makes him an intellectual coward.

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