Gagging on Gay Sex

One of the primary themes that runs through the anti-gay rights group, is the ‘ick-factor’ or the focus on the types of sex practices that gays follow and cause disgust in the advocate. Usually, the concept is not quite on the surface of the comments and a little bit of reading between the lines is required. Sometimes, however, they are totally upfront about the issues they have with their imaginations.

Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and an outspoken advocate for denying the rights of gays and lesbians. In an article written for the Gospel Coalition,  he lays it right out there in the title, The Importance of Your Gag Reflex When Discussing Homosexuality and “Gay Marriage”. His argument goes something like this: normalizing gays and gay sex can lead to acceptance, therefore we must be disgusted by them to maintain our religious stance.

Return the discussion to sexual behavior in all its yuckiest gag-inducing truth. Now to do this, we’re simply going to have accept the fact that we aren’t going to be liked. We’re going to be branded “mean” and “bigoted.” We should not in fact be mean and bigoted. We should speak the truth in love. But the consequence will be a nasty brand from the culture. I should say branded again because we’ve already been given those labels simply for being Christians. So, we don’t have much to lose and we just might re-gain some footing in this debate.

What do I mean by returning the yuck factor?

Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post without thinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort. I say “abominable” because that’s how God describes it in His word. I think we should describe sin (and righteousness) the way God does. And I think it would be a good thing if more people were gagging on the reality of the sexual behavior that is now becoming public law, protected, and even promoted in public schools.

So what are we talking about? (Warning: Obscene descriptions follow. If sensitive in conscience, skip the block quotes below and go to the conclusion)

We are talking about one man inserting the male organ used to create life into the part of another man used to excrete waste. We are talking about one man taking the penis of another man into his mouth, or engaging in penis-to-penis grinding.

We are talking about a woman using her mouth to stimilute the nipples, vulva, clitoris or vagina of another woman, or using her hand or other “toys” to simulate sexual intercourse.

We are talking about anilingus and other things I still cannot name or describe.

That sense of moral outrage you’re now likely feeling–either at the descriptions above or at me for writing them–that gut-wrenching, jaw-clenching, hand-over-your-mouth, “I feel dirty” moral outrage is the gag reflex. It’s what you quietly felt when you read “two men deep kissing” in the second paragraph. Your moral sensibilities have been provoked–and rightly so. That reflex triggered by an accurate description of homosexual behavior will be the beginning of the recovery of moral sense and sensibility when it comes to the so-called “gay marriage” debate.

Yep, sex is yucky and messy and that’s part of what makes it fun. Further west, Ana María Jiménez Ortiz, congresswoman for the Mexican political party PAN, also talks about gays having sex.

“A marriage should only be considered amongst people that can look at each other in the eye while having sexual intercourse,” Jiménez Ortiz said. “Something that does not happen in homosexual couples.”

My article yesterday, would send both of them into paroxysms of disgust. Anyabwile’s comments on claiming that gays do not deserve equal rights is the part of the article that really triggers my gag reflex.

If Anyabwile were to be criticized for letting his imagination run away with him, Jiménez Ortiz could be accused of having too little. Personally, I think sex with either one would be extremely boring, unless Anyabwile talked dirty like that.

 

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