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The word “HOMOPHOBIA” and the anti-gay agenda


Repudiation

Many anti-gay activists have a problem with the word “homophobia”. The word homophobia first appeared in print in an article written for the May 23, 1969, edition of the American tabloid Screw, in which the word was used to refer to heterosexual men’s fear that others might think they are gay.

The anti-gay movement repudiates the word mainly because they don’t want to make it seem as though they have a prejudice but rather mere “disagreement’ with what they call “the homosexual lifestyle” just as how white nationalists don’t think they are racist and repudiate the word “racism”.

The British National Party from the United Kingdom which until 2010 never allowed non-white people to join its party and opposes mixed-race relationships because according to them “when whites take partners from other ethnic groups, a white family line that stretches back into deep pre-history is destroyed.” They repudiate their racism when their leader Nick Griffin said:

The BNP is not a ‘race supremacist’ party. The BNP does not claim that any one race is superior to any other, simply that they are different. The party merely wishes to preserve those differences which make up the rich tapestry of human kind… to protect and preserve the racial and cultural integrity of the British people – and of others too – the party believes in separation… To sum up, the BNP is fighting for the very right to exist of not just the British but of all peoples.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_National_Party#Political_tendency

Same world-view.

Trying to nice up their prejudice like homophobes with statements like “The BNP does not claim that any one race is superior to any other, simply that they are different” and “The party merely wishes to preserve those differences which make up the rich tapestry of human kind”.

 

Fallacious argument

Breaking up the word “homophobia” and assuming it still means fear of homosexuals because it includes the word “phobia”  is called an etymological fallacy. Fallacy is a nice word for bad arguments.

An etymological fallacy is the mistake of confusing the current meaning of a word with the meaning of one of its etymons, or of considering the meaning of the etymon to be the “real” or “true” meaning of the current word.
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Homophobia today generally means a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Definitions refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, irrational fear, and hatred.
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Homosexuality is found in hundreds of animal species. Homophobia is only found in one. Which one is really unnatural?


In order for anti-gay activists to avoid attention to the true meaning of the word “homophobia” they use the etymological fallacy to distract from the real argument.
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The English language is a  very complex and confusing language. Many words that are taken literally from their etymons would mean something completely different from how they are used. Take for example the following words.
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If someone were to break up the word “racism” into “race” and “ism” these could be the possible literal meanings:
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1. Meaning of “ism” in this case: “indicating an action,process or result”
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– the process of race, the action of race, the result of race.
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2.Meaning of “ism” in this case: indicating a state or condition
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– the state of race, the condition of race
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3. Meaning of “ism” in this case: Indicating a doctrine,system or body of principles and practices
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-the doctrine of race, the system of race, the practices or principles of race.
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However none of these literal definitions can be used in the way we define the word “racism” today. Does it therefore mean the way we use it is wrong?
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The word  phobia can also have more than one meaning. The medical definition would categorise it as an anxiety disorder. However other meanings include “aversion”, “dislike” or “fear”. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/phobia. No one criticises the etymology of words like “Xenophobia” or “Islamophobia” so why with “homophobia”?
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It is really hypocritical on the part of anti-gay activists to refer to homosexuality as a “lifestyle” while asking LGBT activists to be politically correct in labelling their aversion something other than a phobia.
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Problems with calling homosexuality a “lifestyle”:
-It assumes there is one lifestyle for homosexuals and every homosexual lives the same way
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-It assumes homosexuality is a behaviour and not attraction or desire towards the same-sex
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-It assumes celibate or virgin homosexuals do not exist.
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Yet, we allow them to call our sexual orientation whatever they want without attacking meanings of words as a distraction. Are anti-gay activists running out of meaningful arguments?
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Fallacious arguments are not a way to convince people. They only serve as a distraction and proves the inferiority of the argument.
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