Joining an argument with someone like Katherine Kersten is like agreeing to an eating contest with a pig. Sure, a pig has a bigger appetite and capacity, but that's not what makes the contest so impossible. To stay in the contest, you will have to gulp down all manner of offal.
This is an eating contest, grunts the pig. Who said anything about food?
There is way too much for me to swallow in Kersten's lecture on the real story behind gay pride. I finally choked on this fishy passage.
The theologian C.S. Lewis called pride "the great sin" — the root of almost every other transgression. Pride, he wrote, "has been the chief cause of misery ... since the world began."
So "gay pride" is out of place in church. But so is straight pride, black pride, white pride — or any kind of pride.
And gay pride is especially bad because, well, you know, it's really just about sex:
In recent years, however, a different vision of sexuality has grown fashionable. In this view, sex of all kinds — whether straight, gay or otherwise — is best understood as a vehicle for pleasure and self-expression. Today, this vision of sex dominates our entertainment industry, is taught in our schools and inspires events such as gay pride celebrations.
wants you to demands you accept Lewis's sinful pride as the proper definition of what these movements are about and denies this meaning: "the correct level of respect for the importance and value of your personal character, life, efforts, or achievements."
Gay pride, like black pride, Irish pride and even southern pride are expressions of solidarity, not individualistic claims of superiority. They're a response to oppression, discrimination and the feelings of diminished self-worth that a dominant culture seeks to instill and that Kersten cannot see because she is a part of it.
This was the same point that made Spot stop and sniff:
But Katie is right; it's just like the blacks. First they just wanted to own themselves. Then they wanted jobs and an education. And they they wanted to vote. Can you believe that?