Love Is Love Is Love
Despite what "Christians" like Mark Robinson would have us believe
North Carolina’s radically Christian nationalist Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson spoke at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, earlier this month, where he once again went on an anti-LGBTQ rant while preaching, openly declaring that straight relationships are “superior” to gay relationships.
“I can’t stand to turn that TV on and I don’t want my grandkids watching that television because I don’t want to have to explain to my grandkids why two men are kissing,” Robinson said, “And I don’t care what anybody thinks about that. Get mad at me if you want to you. Ain’t no child got no business seeing no two men kiss. If they did, God would have made it that way! He didn’t!”
Robinson then declared that cow manure proves that “everything that God made serves a purpose” regardless of “how ugly it is” and that homosexuality serves no purpose because it was not made by God.
“Will somebody please explain to me the purpose of homosexuality?” he said. “Let’s get down to brass tacks. What is the purpose of homosexuality? What does it create? … If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing.”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my long and, at times, challenging sojourn on this rock, it’s that ignorance and bigotry come in many forms. Sometimes you don’t even have to be White to be a bigot and a homophobe, as North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has amply demonstrated.
It’s one thing to hold beliefs as regressive and astonishingly ignorant as Robinson, but it’s quite another to broadcast them as openly as he has. The man has no problem with letting the world know how much he hates homosexuals. He’s a fool, of course, and he confirms it every time he opens his mouth, but he represents the people of North Carolina- ALL of the people of the Tar Heel State, not just those whose lifestyle he happens to approve of. He would do well to keep that in mind.
I’m not saying that Robinson has to approve of “why two men are kissing,” but when he, in all seriousness, compares cow manure to the LGBTQ community, it seems pretty clear who the sick one is. Mark Robinson has no business being in an elected position of leadership. He has even less cause to think of or refer to himself as a “Christian.”
Robinson said that if you put a gay couple in one room and a straight couple in another room and then wait nine months, there will still be two people in the gay couple’s room whereas there will be three people in the heterosexual couple’s room.
“These people are superior,” Robinson said of the heterosexual couple, “because they can do something these people can’t do, because that’s the way God created it to be.”
“I’m tired of this society trying to tell me it’s not so,” Robinson thundered. “Society has completely purged God from the building and from the equation and because of it, we’re headed down into a rabbit hole that’s gonna lead us to something we can’t even imagine. God destroyed a society because of its morality. And let’s get this straight: In this country, we don’t have a homosexual issue—that’s just a tool of the devil to continue to divide us and lead us into immorality.”
To call Robinson’s argument flawed is, of course, an epic understatement. The biggest flaw in his case is that he assumes that the ONLY reason for a relationship is to produce children. So if you accept his argument, then my marriage, which isn’t same-sex but has produced no children, is invalid.
I lack the vocabulary to adequately express my rejection of his arrogant, homophobic, and self-righteous argument. Frankly, Mark Robinson represents everything wrong with modern Christianity. He’s as much a follower of Jesus Christ as I am a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The truth is that Robinson doesn’t get to define the “acceptable” versions of love. Despite his arrogant self-righteousness, love comes in many different forms, and the fact that he disapproves of several of them is apropos of nothing.
Regardless of Mark Robinson’s awful, self-serving, kill-’em-and-grill-’em Christianity, love is love is love- and he’s hardly an authority on the matter. He might want to remember that the Jesus Christ he claims to revere never preached on the subject of homosexuality. Christ was, however, pretty clear on the value and utility of love, tolerance, and acceptance- things Robinson knows nothing about.
If you put Mark Robinson in one room and a committed LGBTQ couple in another and check back in nine months, what you’ll see won’t surprise you. The LGBTQ couple may have adopted a child in need of a home, and they’ll be building something positive.
Mark Robinson? His bitter, blackened, self-superior soul will be every bit as hateful and self-righteous as it is now. He’ll be the same miserable excuse for a human being that he is currently, and his “Christianity” will have been exposed as a shallow, hypocritical, self-serving sham.
If Mark Robinson’s a Christian and a man of God, I’m the Queen of England.
And I look terrible in a tiara and an evening dress.
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