Every so often, some caring soul will announce that the only way for this country to avoid God’s wrath is to kill all the gays. Normally, these calls come from preachers, like Tempe, Arizona’s Steven Anderson or Charles Worley of my very own North Carolina. Monday, we heard this call again; only this time, it came from an a lawyer in California. On February 26, attorney Matt McLaughlin submitted a ballot measure to the California Attorney General’s office for his “Sodomite Suppression Act“. In essence, McLaughlin’s initiative criminalizes same-sex relations and makes them punishable by death. Why? Because they are “a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” As Enid Strict would say, “Well, isn’t that special?”
Before you get your knickers in a twist, thinking that California has joined Alabama, North Carolina and all the other states losing their minds over being forced to treat people who are LGBTQ like human beings, relax; it’s not as bad as it sounds. In California, anyone can get a ballot measure considered by submitting a proposal, along with a $200 fee, to the AG’s initiative coordinator. Oh, you also need at least 360,000 signatures on a supporting petition. You couldn’t get that many in Alabama for this insanity, much less in California. I doubt Golden State residents will be voting on this any time soon.
Now, I could take the time to point out that, whether it makes onto the ballot or not, there are numerous problems with the “Sodomite Suppression Act”. Like its name, for instance; specifically, “Sodomite”. That word has been used to describe folks who practice “the love that dare not speak its name” for a long time and is derived from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis. Unfortunately, multiple scriptures point to inhospitality as the sin that brought the hammer down on Sodom and Gomorrah. But, honestly, all that’s kind of boring and others have already done it.
Instead, I want to tell you what I think about whenever I hear some nut job advocating the execution of “the gays”: I wonder if they’ve ever thought what the world would be like without any gay people in it? Because our LGBTQ brothers and sisters have done all sorts of things to make our world fabulous. Here are just a few of the more well-known ones:
- Alan Turing _ If it weren’t for Turning, I probably wouldn’t be blogging right now. And, not just because of his contributions to computing technology, either. Turing’s code-breaking work at Bletchley Park was instrumental in defeating the Nazi’s. What did he get in reward for all that? You don’t want to know.
- Tim Cook_ Yes, that Tim Cook. Prior to his gig as CEO of Apple, Cook was VP of Worldwide Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the company. While I’m not an Applephile myself, I do appreciate the innovation the company has brought to the tech world. Cook has been a big part of that.
- John Barrowman _ Granted, this one only appeals to the Whovians (aka a Doctor Who fan), but what would we do without Captain Jack?
- Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci_ Can you imagine a world without the Sistine Chapel or the Mona Lisa? I can’t. And, more to the point, I don’t want to.
- Sir Francis Bacon _ Among his many contributions, Bacon is considered the “father of the scientific method”. I realize that anything with word “science” or “scientific” may cause some folks to stop listening, but without it, we’d still be living in the Dark Ages.
Like I said, these are just the famous people who are LGBTQ. I count among my friends some incredible folks who are gay; people who are making the world fabulous in their own way, each and every day and I can’t imagine life without them. Like the title says: “What a difference a gay makes”.