ABOVE: Karen Norling
Shorter Karen Norling, The American Genius
Am I A ‘Homophobe’?
- Some of my best friends are fucking faggots.
This is apparently homophobia month here at Sadly, No!, and our next guest after Trevor Thomas who wants to make it clear that she isn’t a homophobe either is Karen Norling. Karen is claiming to have four — count ‘em! four!! — gay friends. More importantly, she is claiming that having these friends means that she can can’t be a homophobe even though she would like homosexuality to be wiped off the face of the earth (in a loving fashion, of course). Similarly, by that line of reasoning, I was (during my rural childhood) friendly with a few pigs and cows which means that I can eat them without being called a carnivore. Indeed, because of that close association, I am uniquely entitled to call myself a vegan while scarfing down a bacon blue cheese burger. Wow, is that great or what??
Of course, the fact that [these four friends] are homosexuals would mean nothing to you — if not for the following fact: I am utterly, 100% opposed to homosexuality. I not only think it’s unnatural, but I think it’s morally wrong, and the thought of it repulses me.
Somehow I get the feeling that we may be talking about imaginary friends here.
If you think my “disavowal” renders me a “homophobe” — think again. I may be at odds with homosexuality, but I am not afraid of it.
Now where have we heard that before? How has this become the meme du jour? Unless gays scare the piss out of you, you can freely hate them, deprive them of equal rights, call them names, express revulsion in their presence, and stuff a greasy fried chicken sandwich down your throat to get back at the gays and not be homophobic. It’s like John Derbyshire claiming not to be racist because he once bought a box of Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice.
Today I am extremely happy, totally satisfied with the man I married nearly 20 years ago. I mention I’m happy and satisfied because it’s apparent that those of you who make liberal use of the terms “homophobia,” “homophobic,” and “homophobe” are trying to imply not only that we who oppose homosexuality are mean, hateful, unenlightened, narrow-minded clods — but also that we’re denying ourselves infinite pleasure and fulfillment — all because we choose to have sex solely with members of the opposite sex.
Oh, for Liberace’s sake, no one, repeat, no one is calling you homophobic because you don’t want to engage in gay sex. We’re calling you homophobic because you don’t want other people to engage in gay sex. We’re calling you homophobic because you want people who engage in gay sex to have less rights. We’re calling you a homophobe because the very next thing you said was this:
By frequently employing such terms, you merely sabotage your efforts to make certain that homosexuality is ultimately sanctioned by those of us who would strike it from existence if we could.
No, wanting to wipe gays from the face of the earth isn’t homophobic at all. And, just a thought here, have you told your “friends,” I mean, assuming that they are real, that you would like to strike homosexuality from existence if you could? Because, if you had — and this is just a thought — I doubt that they would be your friends for much longer.
Oh, and one more thing. Even though this was just published today by the American “Thinker,” Norling is simply recycling this — word for word and without any attribution — from a column she posted at Porno Pete LaBarbera’s site back in November 2011. Not that, of course, such dishonesty would suggest that she totally made up these four extremely dear friends who she also thinks are repulsive, immoral perverts.