In a bid to “control public opinion,” anti-gay, right-wing activist Ryan Sorba, of the California Young Republicans, is encouraging conservatives to stop using the word “gay” and instead speak of “sodomy” in public. Sorba says this semantic change will allow conservatives to deny gays their identity and to redefine the debate.
Speaking at a conference called “The Awakening” at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Sorba said:
Stop using the word ‘gay.’ Because, if we give them this term that is grounded in an identity we’re giving – we’re conceding that to the premise that it is an identity and the rest of the debate we’re on their ground — we’re on their terms.
He who defines the terms controls the debate, and by extension, public opinion. What we need to do is state that this is same-sex attraction, or maybe the engage in same-sex intercourse, or sodomy — whatever word you’re comfortable using.
The American Independent posted this video from the panel:
By separating identity from sexuality, does Soba believes this will ‘gross out’ enough people to get them on their side? Sorba is actually missing the point – yes, there is a “queer identity,” but, as we reported last week, there are actually far more people who have had same-sex attractions than identify as gay. This means that talking about “same-sex attraction,” “same-sex intercourse,” or “sodomy” actually refers to more people than just talking about those who identify as gay!
Therefore Sorba is actually encouraging his conservative cronies to use terms that apply to an even larger portion of the population, likely encouraging more people to consider the implications of conservative beliefs on their private lives. People that might have had same-sex experiences, but do not identify as gay, are not necessarily active when it comes to “gay issues” such as same-sex marriage. However, legislating attraction and private sexual activity is far more broad than just a gay identity.
“Gay identity does not exist,” Sorba says during the panel. ” ‘Gay’ is a left-wing socio-political construct designed to create grounds for fundamental rights [based on] whimsical capricious desires.”
There is nothing whimsical about my love for my partner, Mr. Sorba, and there is certainly nothing capricious about my desire right to marry the person that I choose. Although I should hardly be taking relationship advice from a man who has a restraining order against him for domestic violence!
Regardless of how silly I find this semantical argument, I am pleased that the right-wing continues to be so polarizing when it comes to social issues. I have complete faith in the intelligence of the moderates of this country, and I know that the radicalization of conservative politics is just not going to fly with them.
With arguments like rebranding gays as “anti-Christian” and sinning sodomites, the right wing is moving closer to neo-fascism – um, remember Hitler’s pink triangles? – and we must continue to call them out for this terrible and hateful behavior. Like when Sorba was booed offstage at Smith College where he was to speak on his book The Born Gay Hoax!
More convoluted semantics about “natural law” and sex organs from Ryan Sorba: