It's a question I've asked about Bill Muehlenberg, a man who dedicates his life to attacking LGBT people. Almost daily he launches fresh attacks, demanding that gay people be denied basic human rights whilst spreading lies and misinformation, and resorting to ugly name-calling ("gaystapo", "pink jackboot" and "homonazis" are amongst Bill's favourite insults in a limited repertoire).
The reason Muehlenberg doesn't see the consequences of the hate he spews is that he doesn't actually think gay people exist. And a consequence of that is, if people only think they're gay, but aren't really, then they are less than human and can be treated like dirt.
You can see all this in the comments section of Hillsong, Homosexuality and the Shrinking Gospel (which he originally called Hillsong, Homosexuality and the Gutting of the Gospel if you check the URL - clearly he made a cowardly backtrack), in which Muehlenberg is incandescent with rage because an Xtian pastor refuses to similarly devote his entire life to bashing gay people. In the comments section, Muehlenberg becomes embroiled in a discussion with Sue Barber, who says that she thinks homosexual acts are a sin, but same-sex attraction in itself isn't. This is enough of a dissident comment to have Muehlenberg foaming at the mouth. Some of the things he says are truly incredible:
God made us as heterosexuals, as I just said. God created us to desire one another of the opposite sex. That is how we were made. And this of course is meant to be satisfied in only one way: through heterosexual marriage. All other types of sexuality are wrong and sinful. God never made us homosexual. This wrong orientation is just another outcome of the Fall... He created us a male and female, with heterosexual desires. He did not make us with same-sex attractions. Yet homosexuals wrongly claim this is who they are – this is their very core and identity. Baloney. They are made primarily to love God and live holy lives.... I am not sure why it is so hard to grasp.
Maybe it's hard to grasp, Bill, because it's utter rubbish. Perhaps if you actually spoke to a gay person, or got to know one, you would realise that your dismissal of gay people is arrogant and ignorant. But Bill only hears what he wants to hear from the deluded "ex-gays" who are victims of religious brainwashing and propaganda.
The bigot Alister Cameron, who is Bill's "blog consultant", espouses the following canard:
Of course God did not create people anything other than heterosexual, but abuse can do nasty things. And it need not be physical abuse, either.
That sort of rubbish is truly damaging. Ignorant Xtians go around assuming that the parents of gay people were abusive towards them, mentally, physically or sexually, and that this must have been the case. No, Alister, some gay people have awful and abusive parents, just like anyone else: most have loving and supportive parents. Sexuality is not formed by bad or good parenting.
We get even more ignorant drivel from Muehlenberg:
Regrettably you keep using the terminology and thinking of the homosexual lobby. There is no such thing as being born homosexual. You are born as a male or female, made in God’s image. But because of the Fall, we can get a warped sexuality just like everything else. So from early on there may be predispositions and the like, but as all the solid research on this shows, it is primarily one’s environment (an absent father, a weak or abusive father, and so on) that leads to the condition of same-sex attraction. There is no gay gene and it is not how God makes anyone... No one is born homosexual. There is zero biblical evidence for this and zero scientific evidence for this. So it is simply unneedful to say, ‘well, some may be, we just don’t know’. We DO know. One might as well say, ‘Well some people might be born on Mars, we just don’t know.’ We DO know, and it just ain’t so!
Just as with Muehlenberg's denial of evolution and the rest of post-Darwinian science, his capacity for self-deception knows no bounds. He lashes out at gay people with such viciousness because he doesn't perceive them to be human beings, simply trouble-makers who are making the god that exists solely in his head upset. And he simply cannot bear to be challenged on this issue, so having failed to persuade Sue Barber that she is entirely mistaken that people don't choose to be gay, he rounds out the discussion with the supercilious comment:
But we might leave it at that thanks. Bless you.
I imagine if Sue Barber commented again she would have met with Bill's censorship. As I've repeatedly shown on this site, you're allowed three opportunities to entirely agree with Bill, before he imposes a lifelong ban on posting comments on CultureWatch, no matter how politely you disagree with him. He usually tells you to go and create your own website. Which is why this one exists...
For anyone who wants to learn the truth about the reasons for homosexuality, they should check out the many links and references to scientific studies Bill pretends don't exist on Wikipedia, or see the American Psychological Association (whose condemnation of "reparative" "therapy" to "cure" gay people is enough to make Bill think they're simply propagandists for the gay agenda).
But the good news is that, for gay people, despite the constant attacks and dehumanising efforts of Bill Muehlenberg and the religious right, the world is changing. LGBT people are increasingly accepted in the west, and there has been a sea change in attitudes in the last 20 years alone. So what's keeping Muehlenberg awake isn't the pricking of his conscience for the deep malevolence of his behaviour towards minorities, but the fact that he is losing. The reason Muehlenberg is as vindictive and nasty as he is is because he knows he's losing. He knows that the imaginary "war" he sees himself fighting is already lost. We just need to wait for old died in the wool bigots like Bill Muehlenberg to die off.
Check out his despondency in his self-pitying article, What if No One Listens?
I and others warn so often about various major threats to faith, family and freedom, but we usually get deathly silence and crickets chirping. The two greatest threats right now are that of the militant homosexualists and militant Islam. I write constantly on these two major threats, but get so little response... Very few folks seem interested. Very few seem to care. So the warnings fall on deaf ears.... No matter how much evidence and proof is offered of the aggressive war against Christianity by the Muslim and homosexual activists, they simply remain in their coma, oblivious to the world and what is happening all around them....
Shhhhhhhh. Quiet Bill, quiet. Can you hear that? You hear it?
It's the sound of the world's smallest violin playing especially for you.