Brad Pitt Donates $100K to Support Gay Marriage

I sat beside a very nice man on the plane down from Boston last week. He was good-looking, smart, and an avid fan of JC and God through the influence of the Church of Christ.

We had an interesting and stimulating conversation, where we mostly disagreed about a number of subjects.
  1. He insisted the Bible was the whole and final word of Christ. I claimed that I must love God more than he does because I expect more from the big guy upstairs. Surely he couldn't logically claim that an asshole like Paul could write more meaningfully than Henry David Thoreau, Bill Shakespeare, Alice Walker, Louisa May Alcott, etc. God, I reasoned, created the human race to evolve, to be better, to be more like him. How could we stay stuck in Biblical times and still evolve as we are intended to? Or, should we be sacrificing a goat right now?
  2. Further into the discussion, he compared being gay to being a child molester. I asked him how many gay friends he had, to which he replied "None. Wait, a guy I went to junior high with went gay." I applauded him for knowing (a long time ago) someone who had eventually gone that way, but encouraged him to have more gay friends. This would open his mind so he could understand the lifestyle and how far away it is from being a criminal.
  3. I told him how disappointed I was that Barack Obama said he supported only a "basic set of rights" for gay people and that he really had no right. My opinion was that Obama was basically treating gay people with the same mindset of discrimination that his father and ancestors had experienced. He told me he worked with a "black person" (whispered) at work who hated that being a minority and being gay were sometimes put in the same category. Being gay was different, he said. It was simply a personality trait -- like having a bad temper. But, it didn't excuse gay people from having the responsibility to surpress their urges (like surpressing a bad temper). At this point, I looked at him as if he had two heads.
  4. He proudly told me he spanked his kids, but was disappointed that his son was such a weiner. Whether he barely tapped him or spanked him, the cry was the same intensity. I let him know the reason for this was that the child felt humiliation. At this point, my neighbor on the plane turned very red.
There are many enlightened straight people out there, and this guy wasn't one of them. But, perhaps I gave him some points to think about. Maybe his mind will expand, evolve -- and maybe it won't. But, it does make me appreciate even more all the straight people out there who are fighting for my rights -- fighting on behalf of me and my family -- fighting because we are all human and deserve equality.

Thanks, Brad.


Verysupercool Sue said...

Wow, I'm impressed. How did you manage to get off on that sort of conversation with the guy sitting next to you on a plane? Sounds like you went a bit past the usual, "So where are you going?" formalities.

Y said...

Yes, every now and then, I have the opportunity to connect in unexpected ways with total strangers in my travels. In this instance, I was so proud that I didn't strangle this guy. Instead, we had a very civil conversation. And, I hold no resentment toward him. It's just the way he was raised.

I do, however, hold onto the hope that people can change...for the better.

Verysupercool Sue said...

I hope people can change for the better too! God knows there are many that need to. Yes, nice job on the "not strangling" part. It's sounds like it was an exercise in tolerance for sure.

I listen to Rush sometimes just to test my tolerance. I find it both insightful and incredibly disturbing at the same time. I can only handle a few minutes every week or so though.