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Creep Of The Week
When it comes to the cage match over LGBT civil rights in the United States, it seems like everyone has an opinion. President Obama, Lady Gaga, the Pope, and Pat Robertson have all gone public with their positions.
In other words, weighing in we have a world leader, a pop star, a religious figure, and a crazy old man who, if his family really loved him, would be in a nice home somewhere not plopped in front of a microphone to make an ass of himself. The usual suspects, really.
So that’s why it’s exciting to see real-life cage fighter Josh Thomson step into the fray with a gay marriage throw down on Facebook.
On June 10 he posted the following: “Should you be allowed to marry whoever you want? Before you answer that, should u be allowed to have more than 1 wife?”
A very provocative question, indeed. Whatever could he be getting at? Don’t worry, he has a follow up.
“My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings?” he wrote. “I personally don’t care who you marry but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands an wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.”
Get it? If a man can marry another man, then all bets are off when it comes to marriage! It’s the classic slippery slope fallacy, and one that Thomson seems unaware has been made and debunked before. Overall, he demonstrates a very poor understanding of the issues and a complete disregard for critical thinking. But you can hardly blame the guy. He does, after all, get kicked in the head for a living.
Unsurprisingly, Thomson got called out by people who found his comments uncool. So he tried to explain himself.
“Look everyone,” he wrote. “I’m not comparing [polygamy and incest] to gay marriage, I’m simply asking you guys why is it okay to allow one thing but not allow the man who wants 4 wives?”
Yeah, you guys. Can’t a guy ask a simple inflammatory question on Facebook without a bunch of people freaking out?
He continues, “Like I said, I don’t give a crap who marries who and I personally don’t care if a man or woman wants to have multiple spouses but I’m also afraid of what this will all lead to.”
Ah, I see. He just wants to know what people think because he’s afraid. Not only does Thomson have a poor understanding of argument, he also does not seem to know what “I don’t care” means.
When a user posted that married siblings pose a “biological safety issue,” Thomson responded, “[G]ay people have more safety issues with their life style than any other. Perhaps not biological but health safety issues that come with that lifestyle.”
Thomson doesn’t mention what these “safety issues” are, but he doesn’t have to. The anti-gay right loves the myth that gay people are a bunch of diseased perverts driven to death by their desire to sex each other. It’s a claim used to dehumanize gays in order to fan the flames of hatred.
But don’t worry. Thomson isn’t a hater. In response to his detractors, he wrote, “[I]t’s a simple conversation with no hate being thrown around. Stop trying to make more out of it than what it is. Of course your only reading what you wanna see. I’m asking questions and expect answers not your whining an crying about how you think I hate gays. Which is the furthest thing from the truth.”
See? Thomson’s gay-hating is the furthest from the truth. That is so far away! And he said it on Facebook it’s legit. So quit yer crying before Thomson strips down to his shorts and gives you something to cry for.