David Kupelian, the #2 man at the Worldnetdaily, has a column comparing LGBT people to suicide bombers, saying both are created by parents warping their delicate minds while they’re growing up. Most of the article is an ignorant rant about mental illness and transgenderism, but then there’s this:
Consider for a moment how children in the Arab-Muslim Middle East develop the “mental illness” of wannabe jihad martyrdom. How exactly do innocent little kids come to be possessed by such overwhelmingly powerful emotions and beliefs that they’re willing to blow themselves up while murdering innocent strangers – and thinking such a despicable crime is the will of God?
If I suggested genetics or biochemical imbalances were responsible, you would laugh. Little jihadists are created when, from an early age, they are continually indoctrinated, intimidated, degraded, rewarded, tempted, lied to, punished, threatened and praised (for reinforcement) – until their little developing minds and emotions are not their own anymore. They have a new implanted identity, very different from the one they were born with.
So, if the forces in one child’s home can transform him so totally that, when he looks in a mirror, he sees someone who feels like killing infidels and himself in a glorious “martyrdom operation,” couldn’t the forces in another child’s home (perhaps much more subtle, but nevertheless powerful) transform him or her into a person with feelings and attractions he likewise was not born with – including homosexual or transgender feelings? Many lesbians, as a matter of fact, confess they hated their cruel or abusive father and therefore couldn’t bond to a man later in life. Why is this so hard to understand?
Talk about bad analogies. The more appropriate analogy to Muslim parents teaching their kids to be suicide bombers would be people like Kupelian teaching their kids to hate gay people. After all, it’s based on the same religious texts (the Muslims accept the first five books of the Bible as the word of God too) and its goal of punishing gay people merely for being gay, in the name of God, is precisely the same. And seriously, can we just stop with the “lesbians hate their fathers and gay men are too close to their mothers” canards?