Is homosexuality really skin deep?
It is an argument peculiar to the United States of America, deeply embedded in its cultural history, gnawing away at the national psyche. Those who believe homosexuality to be a sin - whether religious or not; Roman Catholic or Evangelical Protestant; Muslim or hetero-atheist - are really not so very different from the Klu Klux Klan. According to this pastor (the Rev'd Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church, Missouri), the Christian 'religious right', hetero-normative, anti-gay belief is but a reflection of the KKK 'extreme right', white supremacist, anti-immigration creed of hate.
They have simply exchanged white robes, masks and conical hats for purple robes, dog collars and mitres. Instead of burning crosses in defence of racism, they have the Bible preached and the name of Jesus appropriated to oppose the civil rights of gays. Instead of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic blood worship, they have marriage as the union of one man and one woman lauded as the foundational building block of society. Yes, sexuality is just skin deep: if it be a sin to engage in same-sex relations, black skin must still be the mark of Cain.