A little over a week ago, I made a number of challenges to Judy Paris, the New Hampshire yammerhead and Granite Grok contributor whose entire sense of well-being seems predicated on convincing the world — through hysterical, barely legible, and systematically misinformed blog posts and letters to the Concord Monitor — that homosexuality is the most dangerous thing to besmirch the world in all of the 6,000 or so years humans have been walking the earth.
I don’t actually care about the answers Judy might give to the questions I asked her, since I know she lacks the cognitive candlepower to respond coherently. I only made my “challenge” in order to highlight the inanity of her claim that I had ducked her by refusing to “debate” her on her co-blogger’s radio spankfest after she’d given me about an hour’s notice not only about her desire to engage me on the air but about the show’s very existence. I gave her a full week to post her answers to my questions, and since she has failed to even try, I’m more than happy to play by Judy’s own rules and declare a nominal victory. Of course, this is akin to bragging about beating a Xanax-popping wallaby at strip chess, but no matter.
But Judy hasn’t been inert, oh no. Just witness her latest bit of screeching, pursuant (by several months, but friggit) to New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch’s signing into law the right for people to enter into civil unions.
Judy, as with all inept but passionate communicators, wastes no time with subtlety:
THIS WILL LIKELY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT POST I HAVE WRITTEN THUS FAR. WHILE I KNOW IT’S LONG, PLEASE MAKE TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE POST, AND ATTACHED LINKS IF POSSIBLE, SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION ON WHAT REALLY IS “THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WAY” ACCORDING TO THE MAJORITY OF ITS CITIZENS, NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT POLITICIANS TELL US.
AND, IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE, WE NEED TO ACT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, EVEN IF IT’S JUST POSTING YOUR COMMENT HERE. I SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.
This howl is presided over by a picture of two men taken from behind…well, the men aren’t being taken from behind, mind you, not just yet, but do have their hands in each other’s back pockets, and if that doesn’t show the precise depth of Judy Paris’ antihomo views, I don’t know what does.
Judy then goes on to attempt to marshal support for the claim that homosexuality is not biologically determined and is therefore a choice. The alleged implication, of course, is that people shouldn’t do homosexy things. But Judy, as with every one of her fellow anti-gay Bible-banging harpies, adduces no evidence that homosexuality is inherently wrong. This means that even if one accepts her premise that being a gay homosexer is in fact a conscious choice and amenable to whimsical modification — and the consensus that there is a strong biological component to sexual orientation undeniably exists, Judy’s internal links, emotional turmoil, and shaky citations notwithstanding — there’s no point in worrying about it.
One nevertheless can, however, examine Judy’s claims one by one: that homosexuality is a choice, that if the majority of New Hampshire voters disagree with something than it shouldn’t be legal, and that homosexuality is “wrong” by some absolute, universal measure. With respect to the first, about the best treatise I remember seeing here on Science Blogs is this one (don’t skip the comments), which features a link to this article in American Sexuality Magazine. In a nutshell, sexual preference is no different from virtually all other behavioral traits in that its development rests on an array of interwoven genetic, environmental, and other factors. But level heads all agree on one basic conclusion: While research may tell us more about the various underpinnings of sexual orientation, we have to separate biology from our ethics. If we have to believe we’re all born exactly the same in order to not discriminate unfairly against each other, then we’re screwed no matter what.
In terms of what Judy so possessively calls “the Granite State Way,” no one needs to even to look at the fraction of people who support gay civil unions in New Hampshire (and according to at least one 2004 poll, only 2 in 5 oppose it) to make a conclusive statement here. Majority opinions count in some amorphous — and too often, real-world — sense. But the fact that we elect our leaders through what is, in theory anyway, a democratic process does not imply that what the majority believes can or should be mindlessly legislated into mandate. This is not democracy, and it’s ironic that those most apt to shout themselves hoarse about what the founders of America wanted are exactly the sort of decerebrate thugs the founders had in mind when creating a nation they hoped would include laws allowing for some semblance of sane operation and quality leadership.
It doesn’t take a history scholar to grasp that if we let the mob run the show, then we’d be in a furious sprint toward chaos and darkness, and no matter our beliefs and habits, every one of us would suffer measurably as an individual. “Chaos and darkness” is hardly an exaggeration when you consider the daunting number of creationists and other meddlesome godbotherers, snarling racists, sexist overlords, wealthy nutcases (Stuart Pivar being a fine example), and cretinous activists like Judy Paris who make waggling their dirty asses in everyone’s face their very raison d’etre. Hell, I’m glad that system works well enough to keep some of my own opinions from gaining too much traction.
Judy nicely sums up her argument against the right of homosexuals to legally sanction their partnerships with this:
It debases the culture. It erodes it.
Now that’s compelling, isn’t it? My gut says The Gay is wrong, so it must be kept in the closet. C’mon, Doug and Skip. Don’t stand their shuffling your feet like the embarrassed parents of a little kid who’s just noisily crapped himself while trying to burn ants with a magnifying glass at a crowded church picnic. Step up and rationally defend what your co-hound is barking up here.
More later this afternoon, at, say, 2:31-ish EDT.