How Has Homophobia Become a Witch Hunt? Essay

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According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, homophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. Much like a witch hunt, homophobia targets and seeks out individuals, gay or straight, and persecutes them based on ignorance, and further more if one cannot provide solid proof of his or her innocence. (Hughes) It is the fuel behind many hate crimes and discrimination. Some claim that homosexuality is a disease. If this statement is true, couldn’t we all simply begin to call in “queer” to work and school when we won’t be present? (Avert)
Homophobes provide numerous reasons, which they view extremely valid, to back up their hatred. “It’s not natural” – a weak argument. Biologists frequently
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Religious standpoints provide colossal amounts of fuel to the debate. With Christians chanting “God made Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and Steve,” we can note that the REAL fear is the fear of what they don’t understand. How is it that it is so unnatural? Unbeknownst to them, homosexuality does occur in nature, does that mean that animals have sinned too, and are damned to suffer an eternity in Hell? Or is it that animals can be excluded from this debate, simply because they aren’t human beings? Religious backgrounds contribute enormous hatred toward gay communities, and usually create bias. “The world's sacred texts are silent on the question of gay marriage, as it was not really an issue when they were written. However, those same texts do have strong opinions on homosexuality itself.”(Waldman)
Hatred is actually fueled by a variety of things. But the real reasons aren’t what homophobes list. Strong religious beliefs, little/no contact with lesbians and gays, and reporting no feelings of homosexuality or homosexual experiences can cause a person to be homophobic. They view it as an “us versus them” debate, thinking that homosexual rights will come at an expense to the straight society; that gay marriage will interfere with straight marriage. This is an erroneous claim. This also leads into a fear of loss of control, and the threat of one’s world view, fearing differently lived lives threaten their individual freedoms. This, however, is
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