You must watch this and reblog. It changes everything.
…Ok, here’s the thing: It doesn’t change everything. How do I know? Because none of these are new arguments. Not one of them. They’re not being presented differently or in a way that will suddenly enable a rabid Bible-thumping homophobe to suddenly “see the light”, as it were (and anyone who’s seen QAF will know why I’m snickering right now) and learn the value of tolerance. When it comes to religious questions, people who are not of the particular brand of religious zealotry that adheres to ultra-conservative beliefs tend not to understand that we are speaking a completely different language than they are. We don’t base our argument on any of the same premises. We don’t start from enough of a same place to build anything up in a way that logically follows for both sides.
Not only that, but anything that starts with the words “Being gay is not a sin” is not going to be watched by anyone who disagrees with that statement, let alone people who still refuse to say ‘gay’ and use the word ‘homosexual.’ They sure as hell won’t watch anything called “Brilliant” by ‘that filthy-mouthed homosexual who attacks our brother, Rick Santorum’ and if any of them know who Leonard Pitts Jr. is, they’re not likely to favour him either - not after there was an orchestrated campaign of death threats against him for not being appropriately sympathetic to a white couple who were allegedly killed by black assailants in Knoxville.
I understand what this is trying to do - I really do. But we need to recognize that when we are trying to convince people, we have to speak their language to do it, and we have to lure them in enough that they’ll even consider listening to us. It’s mortifying and unfair to have to beg for rights from people who think you’re vile, believe me; but it’s like when we paint marriage equality campaigns in broad terms like “fairness” when what they need to hear first is “No, your church will not have to perform gay weddings.” We tend to dismiss that as a stupid concern, but to them it’s very real. We have to start there if we want to move forward. This doesn’t do it.
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