crossposted on Holy Bulles and Headless Monsters
A Facebook buddy of mine brought this video to my attention.
The video is homophobia under the guise of “being scientific” in reasoning why gays and lesbians are not deserving of marriage. To summarize, it says gays and lesbians are not worthy to be allowed to legally married because we are too concentrated on promiscuity and are therefore consistently disease-afflicted.
Watch if you want but here are the major problems with it:
The statistics are cited in it are irrelevant because none of the gays mentioned are married.
Also, many of the statistics are highly outdated, some coming from the 1970s. The most recent statistic seems to come from 2001.
And a major problem with this video: much of the research is taken from statistics about gay men afflicted with AIDS/HIV. This means that a huge segment of gays (those who don't AIDS) and lesbian are omitted.
The video is cherry picking at its worse and is the equivalent of racists using FBI crime statistics to denigrate African-Americans.
Now some have reported this video but I say let's not just do that just yet. The underhanded use of statistics is a tactic employed by a myriad of religious right groups and spokespeople.
Instead of allowing our anger or need to ridicule ignorance to rule, let's study and remember.
Chinese general Sun Tzu said in his book, The Art of War:
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
And if anyone thinks that the cause for lgbt equality isn't a war, they need to think again.