themachine saidIt's so funny when some people say that children of gay couples are at a disadvantage because they are singled out for bullying, taunting, and ridicule. I heard the same crock about children of mixed-race marriages, who supposedly "are not going to be accepted in either culture."
The problem are not the gay parents, the problem are the bigots like Gov. McDonnell. The bullying doesn't come from gay parents, but from the children of bigots. Credit where credit is due.
For those of us who aren't in the know and a little unsure of exactly how to do it, could you do a little primer on 'bible thumping' ? Does one thump on a table or chair or does slapping with hand or fist work better? How hard does one have to thump for it to be considered true bible thumping? Is there such a thing as a half thump? Should a full thump make any kind of noise? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Glad to clarify. I once had a Bible thumper in the senior high school US Political Science class I taught. I started most day's session with a couple students explaining some recent political news item they had found, and then I'd moderate a brief discussion by all the students.
One day a student selected a gay news item, I think involving gay marriage rights. And during the class discussion portion this male senior literally jumped to his feet, holding his Bible aloft with one hand while he thumped it with his other, exclaiming that God condemns gays, who are all sinners, that they deserve no rights and should never be allowed to marry.
The other students just shouted him down, no one sympathetic to him, so that I had to restore order and try to give him his chance to speak. He was always trying to involve God and the Bible in every discussion, carrying a Bible in his backpack, and the other students really didn't like him much. After graduation he went to do some Christian missionary work in Canada over the summer.
But here's the really funny part. He didn't know that his father's own sister was a lesbian, who worked as a bouncer at the same gay club where I went (actually it was the only one we had in that area, so both gays & lesbians went there). And in addition to his lesbian aunt working there, her mother, his grandmother, also visited the club, though she claimed to be straight. Oh, and the aunt's lesbian girlfriend worked as a bartender there, too.
The grandmother & I sometimes had drinks together, and I'd discuss her grandsons I had in my classes (a younger, perfectly ordinary brother was in my junior US History class). She was convinced the older one knew nothing about his aunt, nor about his grandmother also visiting a gay bar, and she didn't think an awful lot of him.
So that when I watched him literally thumping his ever-present Bible and condemning gays in my classroom, I'd have to keep a straight face while thinking: "Kid, if only you knew about your own family." But naturally I couldn't violate that family matter, though he was bound to learn someday, which was likely gonna come as quite a shock.