My response to This Modest Mom

A blog by the name of This Modest Mom recently published a post about canceling a $6,000 vacation to Disney World over a same-sex moment in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. After she received hundreds of responses that she deemed “hate mail,” she wrote a response defending her views as being neither homophobic or unreasonable. I was unable to post a response on her blog due to a server error, so I wanted to share it here in the hopes that she might run across it one day.

​Perhaps the reason people are singling out your anti-LGBT comments is because you made a point to focus on that issue in your last post. It’s in the title for goodness sake!

As someone who grew up Pentecostal, I would venture you are of the same background based on your appearance. I am also gay. I understand how strongly most Pentecostal people feel about homosexuality, but your “boycott” of Disney feels more like a convenient way of getting attention than a personal conviction.

After all, if you use Google, Facebook, or WordPress, you are utilizing companies that strongly support LGBT causes. Heck, the company that makes the phone you use most likely spends vast amounts of time and money promoting equality. It seems a bit hypocritical to pick and choose which companies you refuse to do business with, especially when your trip to Disney was an unnecessary vacation that would have cost you several thousand dollars.

While I am sure you are a nice person who is simply trying to do the “right” thing, I hope that one day you will wake up and realize just how wrong you are. You are on the wrong side of history, and you ignore the most basic tenets of Christianity while attempting to live a Christian life. It’s all about love, really, and if you can’t love and accept those who are different, then I don’t know how much you truly know about Christ.

Remaining anonymous

I have often considered “coming out of the closet” on this blog by revealing my identity (full name, location, etc.) Some of my regular visitors might know some of those details, but most of the people who visit this site by way of a search engine do not.

I received the following comment on my post about marriage equality this morning:

Spare me the touchy feely political correctness. I think all gays should be shot. And I’m NOT being sarcastic. Sinners.

Although it doesn’t contain a direct threat, it is downright vile, and it reaffirms my intentions to remain as anonymous as possible.

Blogging is dead

I just went through my blogroll and discovered most of the blogs listed on there haven’t been updated in months. One didn’t even exist anymore. After editing out the defunct blogs, my list of links is quite short.

I don’t have any concrete evidence to back it up, but I am pretty sure blogging died sometime around the rise of social networks like Facebook and micro-blogging platforms like Tumblr. Perhaps our attention spans are too short these days to read more than a couple of lines of text.

Even though blogging might no longer be hip, I enjoy having a place to dump my feelings where they don’t get immediately lost amidst several hundred other status updates in someone’s Google Plus or Facebook stream. I might not get the feedback here that one expects to receive on a social network, but that’s beside the point. At the risk of sounding selfish, I do this for me.

Even though I don’t write as much as I used to, I won’t give up on this little project until they pry it from my cold, gay hands! I will continue to post the trivial, mundane, and often insignificant details of my life, and when I don’t have anything worth writing about I will fill my home page with photos of things I find interesting. Hopefully you will see something that strikes your fancy from time to time, too.