Words have meaning. As a writer, I am always on the lookout for new and better words. I try never to use the same words or turn-of-phrase too often within an article or even within my own writing as a whole. I think most writers take pride in little things like that. It is what separates professionals and... every one else. THAT is MY thing... The over use of the dot dot dot... I have come to grips with it. I live with it... It is part of me...
But so is the song that sings: "...don we now our gay apparel, fa la la la la, la la, la la..." I used to love that song. But I have had to give it up. It is no longer sung in school christmas plays. Kids can't sing the word 'gay' without a smirk. I have had to give up that song. Because of that one word. Gay is a perfectly good word. We lost that word to the culture. It no longer means 'happy or jovial'... it means something else.
Queer used to mean 'odd or unusual'. I think it still means that. Some think it is good to be queer. Another word lost.
There are new words now that were never heard of before: homophobic... I think this is my least favorite word. It assigns to me 'fear' (for we all know that 'phobia' means fear) and then it adds a side of hate. Hate and fear that I do not possess. A true psychological phobia is something like fear of heights, fear of confined spaces, fear of going outside. These are your normal phobias. But homo-phobia? Come on! Get real! Who is really afraid of these people. Yes, I said 'these people'. You politically correct reader. I stumble at what to call them. Can't call 'em queers. Anymore. Unless you are one of them. Then it's a badge of honor. "I'm here! I'm Queer! Get used to it!" No thanks.
I do not hate any one. Well, maybe Johnny Depp. He is so GAY. Ha ha just kidding! Seriously - don't call me a 'hater' just because I do not choose the same sin as you. Or do not hate me, just because I think you are not born that way. I think you chose that way. I think it is a sin. Like any other sin. It is your sin of choice. I do not condemn you for your 'lifestlye'. Why call me a 'hater' because I do not embrace your beliefs. 'Hate' is another word that is being perverted (pun intended).
A very interesting paradox to me is: In the country that gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to wear a dress if you want - we are soon NOT going to be free to say that anything is 'wrong' or not.
Our little War of Words has escalated to the point where we will be charged with the War Crimes of "Hate Speech". I suppose I will be classified as a verbal terrorist for even questioning why I have to give up my right to the words gay, queer, hate and phobia.
So I'm a hater? And this is hate-speech? No, you fools! I do not hate you! I don't even 'not like you'. I know many, and carefully say I love them!
What I do not like is being called a 'hater'.
What I do not like is being called a 'breader' because I am a man who loves women.
God gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. He may not like what we do - but He never takes away our free will. Did I say God wants you to do certain things or not do certain things? No. I did not. Does HE say he wants you to do certain things or not? Yes, He does.
I am not God. I mind my own business. I want to be left alone, just like you do.
When you parade down the street, half or all naked and want us all to tell you that you are cool, everything is fine - THAT is where I have to draw the line.
When is the last time you heard of a straight-pride parade?