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Posted by MamaBear in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Apr 28th 2006, 02:26 PM
Why to Fundies hate gays? I think their subconscious thought process goes something like this:

They want to feel welcome and secure in their families and communities, and since religion is important to them, very much so in their churches. (This same thinking, however, applies to all strict and/or fundamentalist sects of any religion.)

Their religion demands strict codes of behavior from them, especially concerning their sexual behavior: sex with spouse only and only for procreation.

In order to feel secure in their community, they try to hold themselves very rigidly to that code of conduct. It's not easy, sometimes not at all satisfying. The only payoff is their sense of belonging and hope of future reward (going to heaven).

Along come people who do not believe as they do; who like to party; who may have more than one sexual partner, consecutively or concurrently; who "indulge themselves" in all sorts of behavior that is proscribed to the fundamentalist (use of alcohol, for instance, or maybe some gamling, or even dancing). These "sinful" people, further, are not struck down by God and, even worse, want to live among them, raise children who also will not be bound by their strict laws. Further, the fundamentalist's own children may see all the fun these other kids are having and want to "join" them and be lured into this sinful existence.

Some may feel themselves "lured" and "tempted" to be free to relax a bit, to try out new things, maybe to explore their own feelings about people of the same gender. But always in their mind will be those "teachings" that are "eternal" and "true" and, literally, written in stone: that those feelings are "wrong" and "sinful" and will result in their being shunned from the community of true believers and, worse, tormented for all eternity after death.

What to do? For some, an answer is to try to remove the source of their "temptation" -- which they perhaps see as Satan in the form of their gay or lesbian neighbors, or maybe Satan in the form of Rosie O'Donnell or Heath and Jack, or the two guys living quietly on the next block raising their kids together.

Because the life the fundamentalist has chosen for himself or herself -- consciously or as a result of upbringing -- is a difficult one. Their view of God is ultimately ambiguous: the loving Father patriarch who has only their good at heart, but who will, for the slightest unrepented infraction, gladly torment them for all eternity. And they are living alongside fellow congregants who are keeping a very sharp watch out for any "slippage" among their fellows, to keep their ministry pure and, therefore, more worthy of protection and reward in God's eyes.

Living under that kind of background stress, it's not surprising these people are intolerant. These rigid structures may be good for some, but I think that even for people who choose them, they are not particularly healthy -- not for the people "inside," not for their neighbors, and especially not for those who are doing the things these people say they don't do, because people outside the circle are ultimately seen as temptors (and therefore tools of Satan), and a threat to the believer's very soul.

Just my two cents.
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