I was minding my own business Sunday afternoon when I began to receive tweets from a young lady named Melissa who was listening to a repeat, weekend broadcast of my Line of Fire radio program. This is our exchange, unedited except to correct punctuation and to combine multiple tweets into full sentences.
Because it so illustrates the standard “reasoning” that is so pervasive in our society today, and because it’s interesting to see what response you get when you turn the tables, I thought it was worth printing in full.
Melissa: Listening to your show while driving through Kentucky. Just had a few thoughts for you. Your stance on gay marriage is absurd. Exodus? Hope you haven't shaved your beard in a while, or you're just as wrong as gays. I've never heard of a doctor with such ignorance and inability to understand basic human rights as yourself.
Me: Thanks for listening and tweeting! And this answers your question [about shaving my beard, with a link to a short video on Levitical laws].
Melissa: If he wanted an entire earth of heterosexual people, gay people wouldn't exist. Love is love. One person with one person. Man or women. God made everyone EQUALLY. He loves all. Not only some people.
Me: Wow. You gave every standard statement in a few seconds. If you'd like to know the truth, I can help you. If not, God bless!
Me: BTW, why only one person with one person? Why are you so intolerant toward polyamorists? And if God didn't want people to hurt each other, why did He make pedophiles and murderers? And are you willing to deny a brother and sister the right to marry? They have cases in the courts now. Love is love, right? Again, if you want facts and truth -- and the real meaning of love -- I'm glad to help. If not, God bless!
Melissa: It's a choice to be a murderer. It's not a choice to be gay. Incest hurts children biologically. Gay people aren't hurting anyone.
Me: It's a choice to act on gay desires. Also, scientists say it isn't a choice to be a pedophile. Does that make it right? You said love is love. Why not polyamory? Please answer. And homosexual acts have higher health risks. That hurts people.
Melissa: I've been listening to your "truth" for an hour. I'm not here to be angry at you. It isn't worth it. You have your opinion but when gay rights are universal in this great nation, you will feel like the people who opposed the civil rights movement.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.