Homophobia Gone Wild: The Two Faces Of Jonathan Merrit

Recall the Chick-fil-A nonsense? Of course you do – it wasn’t all that long ago.

Cathy told a North Carolina religious publication in July that he supports the biblical definition of marriage. Cathy also said during “The Ken Coleman Show” that “… we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”

Eating all that chicken must’ve clogged the arteries to that idiot’s brain, is what I say. It’s another addition to the list of stores I’ll never patronize (though I’d not heard of Chick-fil-A till the controversy). Not surprisingly, some religious clown named Jonathan Merrit actually defended eating at Chick’s with this rather milquetoast ‘hey, let’s just all get along’ article.

And then we all find out that he had a homosexual encounter.

Merritt, a culture writer for major newspapers and magazines and author of two books, told Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Research that for a “couple of weeks” in 2009 he corresponded with a gay blogger by e-mail and text messages, some of them “inappropriate.” After meeting for dinner near a city where Merritt was traveling and while saying goodbye, he said, “we had physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship.”

Merritt said he planned to publicly discuss his “brokenness” at some point, but an unexpected turn of events forced him to do it now. On July 20, Merritt wrote an article for the Atlantic arguing against a boycott of Chick-fil-A over the company’s support of conservative groups that oppose gay marriage. Gay blogger Azariah Southworth, who was host of a show on Christian television before coming out of the closet in 2008, then alleged in a July 23 blog that Merritt is gay.

And hey, maybe he just kissed a guy once in 2009 – but if you watch the video, let me know if my ‘gaydar’ is off, because he sure seems that way to me.

And let me tell you something else for free: if you’re imposing YOUR religious beliefs on me via legislation, if you’re DEMANDING that I adhere to YOUR sense of esthetics, if you’re forcing YOUR ideologies down my throat, that’s just plain un-American. Pure and simple.

Because freedom OF religion is completely contingent on freedom FROM religion. Anyone who tells you otherwise, is blowing wind out their ass.

Till the next post, then.

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4 Responses to Homophobia Gone Wild: The Two Faces Of Jonathan Merrit

  1. Chrish says:

    And of course Merrit claims “his struggles began at a young age when an older man in his neighborhood abused him sexually, prompting feelings of shame, guilt and on occasion depression” I’m not at all saying he’s lying or trying to belittle how damaging that incident must have been, but come on!

    Blame anything and everything for YOUR sexuality, but for goodness sake, don’t admit that it’s a completely natural part of you being you and something you were born with.

    By all means go with the guilt and shame that religion dumps on you for it, until your suicidally depressed and let us know how that works out for you.

  2. Sue Blue says:

    It’s been a common observation that the most rabidly anti-gay people are usually closeted, severely conflicted religious gays – or people who are desperately afraid they might be gay. Most well-adjusted people (i.e., not nutzoid, sexually-obsessed idealogues) just don’t spend that much time worrying about their sexuality or that of others.

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