The fact that I have to write this even though I’m living in a western democracy that has one of the best education systems in the world makes me both very sad and very angry. Tt also serves as proof that you cannot educate people who are willfully ignorant. I’m speaking of course of fundamentalist crackpots opposing homosexuality on religious grounds. It’s been a hot topic here in Finland ever since a tv-discussion in which the leader of the christian democratic party made some openly anti-gay statements. But that’s not why I’m writing this. What sparked my hatred is a campaign arranged by a web magazine called Nuotta. The campaign, led by a guy named Mika Falck, is targeted at young people and according to a radio interview (available here (in Finnish)) of Falck its purpose is to “encourage the young to live fully christian lives.”
The campaign’s goal is to try and discourage sexual experimentation with the same sex, which Falk as a bible-literalist considers to be a sin, and for young people to seek “healing” from such urges through prayer. What they are apparently saying is that most experimentation is a case of situational sexual behavior in which the social environment and peer-pressure make young people try out sexual acts that they would “normally” not engage in. Not only is this an untestable hypothesis, it’s also completely meaningless. After all, as long as nobody is actually forced to try out anything they do not want to do, where’s the harm in two (or more) mutually consenting people trying out stuff. It might turn out that they don’t like it, but in that case they can just stop doing it. It’s been known for long now that human sexuality is not exactly black and white: it’s possible for people who consider themselves heterosexual to have homosexual fantasies / urges and vice versa. Trying out stuff and finding you don’t like it doesn’t make one gay.
Experimentation is needed. Sexual awakening can – and often is – highly confusing to teenagers regardless of sexual orientation. People can believe what they want and they can even oppose homosexuality in a free society, that’s their call even if it does make them moronic. However, what they should not be allowed to do is use taxpayers’ money – as they did in this case since nuotta is at least in part funded by the Finnish Lutheran church which in turn gets its funding from those taxpayers who are members of the church and via community tax – to spread their message of intolerance and discrimination to teens in a vulnerable state and make it even harder for them to discover their own identity. What Falk and his ilk are saying is: “We think God created you and is responsible for all the urges and feelings you’re having but he doesn’t want you to follow them.” In the worst case scenario this will lead to people living in constant self-denial thinking there must be something very wrong with them because no matter how much they pray the feelings don’t vanish.
Teens need someone they can talk to about these things. They need information, support and guidance in things related to sex. What they don’t need under any circumstances is some raving idiot armed with bad theology from the middle-ages who is trying to tell them they are abnormal and should be “saved”. They even used the phrase “If a murderer can change his ways why shouldn’t a gay person be able to do the same”, obviously making a comparison between gays and murderers, a statement which they quickly withdrew, saying it had been “misinterpreted” – but I don’t know how that would be possible, since the quote is very clear.
So, Mr. Falck, under the freedom of speech you’re free to express your opinions to the public, and I will defend your right to do so. Also in the name of freedom of speech, here’s what I think of you: You’re a disgusting piece of human being, a waste of sperm, a disgrace not only to my first name but to the society you live in and to the whole of civilization; you’re a remnant of times long gone, a man who shouldn’t be living in this day and age, but you’re not evil or malicious, you’re just incredibly stupid. I do not wish you any harm. Nor do I request you to surrender your faith in god – I know that to be impossible because after that you’d have to think for yourself, a task so daring you’d probably die in the process. I’m just asking you – in the name of humanity and common good – to stop trying to brainwash teens.
I’m not a believer in any god myself, but I know enough about the bible to know that according to it Jesus never spoke a word about homosexuals or homosexuality. However based on his other teachings here is what I think the big J would think about you:
- Jesus’ opinion on anti-gay christians
And this time I would have to agree with him. Fuck you, Mika Falck. FUCK. YOU.
Ps. If you ever happen to read this and want to debate about the subject, brig it on, I promise will shred your so called arguments to pieces.