One New Mexico resident ain’t feeling the gay rights movement. In a letter entitled “Gay People Don’t Deserve Fair and Equal Treatment,” Daniel Martinez harnesses the right-wing, Fred Phelps-approved prayer book to emphasize “God’s” homophobia:
The point when we cave in to immorality is when this world ceases to exist. God has a purpose for us, and that is why he created us the way he did. Homosexuality is frowned upon by God, and God is very explicit in his views in various excerpts in the Old and New testaments of the Bible. Is it a coincidence the spread of AIDS is insurmountable? Is it a coincidence San Francisco has significant earthquake tendencies? Is it really that hard to rationalize the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina? Lastly, let us not forget about the most horrific tragedy in New York.
All these devastations signal a message from a higher being. One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is found in Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The fact that there is no cure for AIDS confirms my trust in God and his promise to fulfill his word.
And here we’ve been thinking it’s lack of research dough and the retrovirus’ habit of adapting to treatment. That God sure does work in mysterious ways.
In response to Martinez’s vile letter, another New Mexican, Jason Darensburg, wrote:
Most people who rant and rave about how wrong homosexuality is are actually closet gays themselves. Look at all the family-first Republicans who consistently vote against gay rights, for instance. Many of those supposedly fine, upstanding and moral citizens turn out to be hard-core homosexuals and pedophiles themselves. Why do you think that is? And the fact that there is no cure for AIDS confirms your trust in your God? Man, that’s sick. Here’s something to chew on: If your God is so forgiving, why don’t you try to emulate him? Don’t you think your God would appreciate that?
In our Godly experience, we find the G-Man appreciates chocolate, dirty jokes and two-ply toilet paper. Sure, he wants people to be good and great and all, but he’s not down with total and utter emulation. God’s a diva like that.