Like most folks, I am sick unto death of pointing out the morally vapid hypocrisy of American evangelicals when it comes to Donald Trump, but I can’t resist responding to this tweet from Michael Brown:
Call me a homophobic bigot, but I'll say it anyway. Choosing an out & proud "married" gay man to run for president, let alone become president, would contribute to the further degeneration & moral confusion of our society along with further attacks on our most fundamental rights.
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) February 8, 2020
Brown is aware that he will be called a homophobic bigot. But it is worth highlighting why the charge seems so plausible in this case. Evangelicals like Brown fall over themselves to excuse Trump’s grotesque immorality. A man who has cheated on all three of his wives multiple times, who paid off a porn star and Playboy bunny, who faces a couple of dozen charges of sexual assault, who bragged of grabbing women by their genitals, who sexualizes his own daughters, who regularly partied with Mr. Epstein, the list goes on and on and on. And that’s just the tip of a vast pile of rotting moral garbage that constitutes the public face of this man. Among his latest egregious actions, last week he mocked the words of Jesus at the National Prayer Breakfast while evangelical pastors laughed in the audience.
But all that is tolerable because he is “prolife” and yielding a crop of “conservative judges”.
By contrast, Buttigieg’s sin, being married to a man, makes him unfit for public office. It is on that topic that these leaders suddenly believe morality matters and that they must draw a line in the sand.
Yeah, that sure does look like homophobic bigotry. Behavior and reasoning like this provide very plausible evidence that Christians like Brown have an irrational fear of and/or antipathy toward gay people.