Right Wing Watch is thankfully watching a dangerous man: Bryan Fischer.
The above linked article is filled with Fischer’s homophobia but there are two statements in particular I would like to point out:
“If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students.”
“Not One Loving Father Should Entrust Son (sic) to the Boy Scouts if Gays Are Included”
These statements are a clear indication that Mr. Fischer has lost his ability to relate to the world outside of his right-wing/the bible is the Word of God and is infallible cocoon.
Religion can be, as Brynn Tannehill said, in THIS article “either a benefit or a hazard.”
Religion is beneficial when it helps people understand that they are how “God” (I use that term because it is what most people call the universe’s creative force) made them, and not how extremely literal religionists paint them.
It is hazardous when it does not help people understand this.
If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, ALL children will have to be raised to understand that everyone is different and there is no “right” way to be.
THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN because there are too many parents like Bryan Fischer in the world.
The only antidote to student suicide then is the student’s self-acceptance combined with self-defense. That sounds ugly but it’s true. Self-defense does not necessarily mean “mortal combat” but in the case of physical bullying it may mean just that. In my view, every child should be taught some form self defense; it can help protect them from harm and will, if taught properly, improve his or her character.
In most cases, however, self-defense is education. A parent of a gay child is doing an injustice to the child if he/she/they do not give the child a complete understanding of the mental illness that the extremely literal religionists are suffering from, i.e. “ammunition” for their brain so they can combat ignorant religionist banter.
Know your enemy . . . and anyone who can make illiterate remarks like Bryan Fischer IS your enemy.
As to his other comment: “Not One Loving Father’ Should Entrust (His) Son to the Boy Scouts if Gays Are Included” it certainly sounds like he is afraid that the gay lifestyle may appeal to boys more than the hate speech of the Christian Right. I would go so far as to suggest that Bryan Fischer fears the gay life style because he knows that he himself is drawn to it by his own nature. That is, of course, clearly just conjecture but it is one of the few ways to look at and understand the motivation of an extreme homophobe.