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How Are You Threatened By Homosexuality?

The Human Rights Campaign has an audio recording of Utah State Senator Chris Buttars saying of homosexual Americans: “They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”

I’m not going go on a rant demanding how dare Senator Buttars say such a thing. Chris Buttars, and every other American, has the right to say whatever they want. There is and should be no daring in expressing one’s opinion.

I’ll state my opinion in return, however: What Senator Chris Buttars said was just plain stupid. It’s stupid, because it doesn’t match reality. America has had homosexuality going on within its borders since its founding, probably at the same rate that homosexuality is taking place today. So, if homosexuality hasn’t destroyed the USA in over 230 years, how could it possibly be “the greatest threat to America”?

I challenge any of our readers to explain how homosexuality actually threatens them. By threatened, I don’t mean bothered, or worried, or unnerved, or offended. I mean threatened.

How does homosexuality threaten you? What actual threat is there to you from homosexuality? More generally, how does homosexuality threaten America?

In the audio recording, Senator Buttars challenges us: “What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that.”

You’re right, Mr. Buttars. I can’t answer that… both because I don’t know how to properly phrase a response to a question that mixes up the singular and the plural, and because gay people are all different. One particular gay person will have one particular set of morals, which will be different from the morals of another gay person. Until you identify a particular gay person, I can’t answer your question.

Morality isn’t tied to sexual preference. There is no single morality of heterosexuality, and neither is there a single morality of homosexuality.

I’ll tell you what I think the the greatest threat to America is. I think that the greatest threat to America is stupidity. Stupidity has nearly destroyed our nation on several occasions. State Senator Buttars, you have demonstrated this stupidity quite clearly.

Please, Senator Buttars, stop threatening America. Get smart, and stop wasting your time as a public servant with private issues like who Americans choose to have consensual sex with.

7 comments to How Are You Threatened By Homosexuality?

  • Scott

    Is this Senator LDS? If he is, then perhaps his justification is LDS teaching.
    As you probably know, LDS consider the president of the Church to be the prophet. Here is what one recent prophet had to say:
    “Homosexuality Makes Men “servants of Satan forever””
    “This heinous homosexual sin is of the ages. Many cities and civilizations have gone out of existence because of it. It was present in Israel’s wandering days, tolerated by the Greeks, and found in the baths of corrupt Rome.”
    “Homosexuality Makes Men “servants of Satan forever”
    –President Spencer W. Kimball (1980)
    “I could not find the term “homosexuality” [in the Bible], but I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed.”
    – Apostle (later the prophet) Spencer W. Kimball (1965)
    And from another authority–apostles are also considered prophets
    “These so-called alternative life-styles must not be accepted as right, because they frustrate God’s commandment for a life-giving union of male and female within a legal marriage as stated in Genesis. If practiced by all adults, these life-styles would mean the end of the human family.” – Apostle James E. Faust (1995)
    So, yes, in Mormonism, homosexuality causes us to be servants of satan forever, and causes nations to collapse.
    As an interesting side note, early LDS leaders (pre 1890) used precisely these same arguments against monogamy–which is now embraced by the Church.

  • I understand where you’re coming from in your comment, Scott. Still, it’s important to note that all those things you mention are just aspects of pure belief. They’re not based at all in actual, perceivable reality. I think that an elected official needs to base his work on reality, not fantasy.

  • HareTrinity

    “…Because they frustrate God’s commandment for a life-giving union of male and female…”

    The poor god!

    Doesn’t this also mean infertile couples, single people and people who choose not to have kids “frustrate” him?

    Doesn’t this comment make teen pregnancy a good thing so long as they’re married?

  • Scott

    Hi FGF,
    Admittedly, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, so you no doubt don’t know my perspective.
    I didn’t intend my post to be a defence of Buttars’ view, just an possible explanation of the source.

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