ABOVE: Trevor Thomas
Shorter Trevor Thomas, The American Genius
The Dumbest Word in the English Language
- I am sick of liberals claiming that conservatives discriminate against homos when my dictionary clearly proves that this cannot be the case.
A favorite wingnut trick is to appeal to a dictionary as the ultimate arbiter of a moral argument. You know, as when they say, gay marriage is wrong because some dust-encrusted dictionary from the 1930s defines marriage as a legal or religious union of “a man and a woman.” Following that line of argument, of course, they could easily establish once and for all that Jesus is the sole path to salvation by looking him up in the dictionary where it clearly states he is the Son of God. Oops. Wait. Never mind.
Anyway, back to the dictionary and the other amazing things that can be found therein. According to Trevor Thomas (you remember him), dictionaries don’t simply define words but can answer many other questions, such as whether conservatives discriminate against gay people. Trevor is sick and tired of the homos getting all whiney about how they are mistreated and he is going to throw his dictionary at them to prove that discrimination is simply a figment of their sex-obsessed imaginations.
Trevor’s starting point for this fascinating exercise was Frank Rich calling the Mormon Church homophobic.
Merriam-Webster defines [homophobia] as “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.” … almost exclusively those labeled as “homophobe” have a biblical conviction against homosexual behavior, and nothing more. They have no “irrational fear” of homosexuals, or a “dread of being in close quarters” with them. A friend, language expert, and fellow Christian, Dr. Danny Evans, notes that the common use of homophobe is a “completely erroneous use of the word. Most of us know that a phobia is a fear of certain things or situations. It’s interesting that those who oppose homosexuality are categorized as ‘homophobic,’ especially since fear has nothing to do with the opposition to homosexuality. From a Christian viewpoint, homosexuality is not feared, but rather opposed based on the biblical explanation of it.
What I love about the writing stable at the American “Thinker” is that most of them appear to be so stupid that they can’t even find their way between their own bathrooms and kitchens without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs. Notice that whip-smart Trevor apparently doesn’t read his own fricking definition of homophobia which includes, duh, “discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals,” which kind of makes his argument that Christians aren’t homophobic because they are scared of guys pretty ridiculous.
But, okay, let’s ignore that teensy problem that the definition he cites as proof that folks aren’t homophobic doesn’t support his argument. Let’s ignore that definition completely and consider whether “phobia” only means, as “language expert” Dr. Danny Evans says, fear of something and whether therefore people who hate gays but don’t pee in their pants when they see gay people aren’t really homophobic. The problem here is that everyone knows that there is a use of phobia and phobic in words unrelated to the clinical sense of a mental disorder exhibiting itself by irrational fear. There are plenty of uses of those suffixes to indicate simple dislike, such as, for example, xenophobia, anglophobia, francophobia, etc., etc. So much for Dr. Danny’s language expertise.
Of course, we can alway sidestep this silly argumentum ad dictionarium by simply calling Trevor and his ilk bigots. Game over. Now shove your dictionary up your ass, bigot.