When conservative writer Michael Brown comes out with a new article titled, “I will say what the political leaders can’t say about Pete Buttigieg,” you know it has nothing to do with the mayor’s policies (even though there’s plenty to critique).
Brown’s oh-so-courageous statement has everything to do with the fact that Buttigieg is married to a man. And that alone is enough to make Buttigieg unfit for office, according to Brown. (Perhaps he’d be a more acceptable candidate to Brown if he were a thrice-married serial adulterer who paid off a porn star to keep quiet about his affair.)
… I will say it nonetheless. Choosing an out and proud “married” gay man to run for president, let alone become president, would contribute to the further degeneration and moral confusion of our society along with further attacks on our most fundamental rights.
If your morality is confused by the mere existence of a monogamous gay man, he’s not the problem. Your morality is.
Brown eventually addressed the elephant in the room that is Donald Trump… by saying Trump was no angel, but at least he didn’t shove it in our faces.
President Trump is not flaunting his past immorality, nor is he pushing it presently. Instead, when the ugly tape of his lewd comments went public, he said, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize… I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”
In stark contrast, Mayor Pete has talked about how his homosexual relationship to his “husband” Chasten has brought him closer to God. He has kissed his partner at public rallies. He is pushing his homosexuality, not apologizing for it.
Buttigieg has been talking about his relationship on television since his campaign began. It hasn’t made a single person gay. Because that’s not how being gay works.
Somehow, though, a speech written for Trump, which he read from a teleprompter, is supposed to dismiss all the misogyny, cruelty, racism, immaturity, and ignorance. If Trump isn’t “flaunting” his past, then he has gone out of his way to make sure no one finds out about it — i.e. hush money payments — which, frankly, is almost worse.
We can go even further and say that Buttigieg shows more affection for his husband in public than Trump or his spouse ever do. If you’re looking for a model relationship, it’s hard to make the case for Trump.
Not that Brown cares. He’s still trashing Buttigieg.
You better believe that he will do everything in his power to normalize homosexual relationships even more in the eyes of America. He will also do his best to marginalize those who are convinced that these relationships are contrary to the will of God.
There’s no evidence of that second claim. Brown doesn’t provide any because his audience doesn’t care for it. And the only way Buttigieg will “normalize” same-sex relationships is by not hiding in fear of what conservatives might think of him. Brown would rather see gay men live in shame than be happy.
What about the argument that homosexuality is merely one of many sins?
It is not so much that homosexual practice is worse than adultery or fornication. Rather, it is the fact that there is an aggressive, gay agenda that has systematically undermined biblical morals for decades. It has also sought to silence all dissenting voices, becoming the principle threat to our religious and moral freedoms.
No one is trying to silence Brown. He regularly publishes his bile on larger platforms, for goodness’ sake. He’s doing just fine. Somehow, right-wing believers survived eight years of President Obama but they can’t handle the possibility of a gay president.
He’s mad because the “agenda” he fears is equality. Neutrality under the law always seems aggressive to those accustomed to privilege. Black civil rights leaders were also called “aggressive,” but equality could not be achieved any other way.
The thing is, Brown can’t name any specific consequences of having a gay president other than using ambiguous terms like “marginalize” and “silence.” There is no reason to believe anything new will happen under a hypothetical Buttigieg administration that isn’t already happening due to public understanding of LGBTQ issues.
The fact that Brown is still spewing this nonsense without being arrested or thrown in jail or fined shows you just how little he has to be worried about. If only the people he condemned had the same luxury.