Over the past four years or so that I have been publishing this Urban Semiotic blog, I am always surprised to see unpublished comments from conservative religious readers who decide their best defense in the name of Jesus Christ is to insult me.
You’d think if they were really of the Christian faith, they would take pity on me and try to help me understand their way and to help me correct the sins of my being.
90% of the time, the first thing out of their fingers is to call me a “fag” — as if that’s the lowest form of degradation they can heap upon me.
They don’t call me the “devil” or the “anti-Christ” or even an “instrument of human death” — the best they can come up with is to label be as Gay — as “a faggot” — as if that’s supposed to humble me and put me in my place and make me kneel before their unGodly wisdom.
Now, if I were Gay, I suppose being called what I am would be a confusing attempt at capturing an insult that, in reality, is more a statement of fact than a rube’s ruse to have a political position by name calling.
I wonder why “fag” is the ultimate, conservative, insult in the fundamentalist world? Are Gays considered so lowly and so scum-of-the-earth that they’re beyond the pale of the devil or perverts or even murderers?
The unpublished comments queue of this blog unfortunately suggests just that: There’s nothing worse you can call a person than “fag” if you’re a fundamental Christ lover, and I find that incredibly strange and disappointing because it is so opposite of the idea of love and respect for each other that, as a child, I learned was God’s True Way when it came to helping each other.
How did things get so twisted? When did we turn against those who are different than us by using the pages of the Bible to cleave the foreign from us? Since when did God prefer insults to the call of the salve of Salvation and the yearning to be a better person?