Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Thoughts on Buttars

I don't like Chris Buttars, the Utah legislator who spouts off racist rhetoric and is otherwise apparently a boneheaded hillbilly. After last year's kerfuffle with his "black baby" remark, I thought he should have been unseated, and I was unpleasantly surprised when he actually earned reelection.

Now he's in the news again for so-called hate speech against gays, and I again feel uncomfortable with the way he's expressed himself and with all the bad publicity he's generating. And this time my feelings are even more mixed because I also agree with some aspects of his position.

I don't hate gays or think they are completely evil or that the average gay person has any desire to bring down America. I think they are people saddled with a difficult attraction, and those who choose to follow that attraction have made a terrible mistake that I hope they can ultimately repent of. I don't presume to judge any individual's accountability, and there may be some people who honestly can't help themselves, but I don't think there's any situation where God would countenance an actual gay marriage.

I would put it differently than Buttars. I don't think that gays "will destroy the foundation of the American society." But I do agree that the gay ISSUE could well contribute to destroying our society, splitting it apart and causing God to remove his protection and blessing if and when the majority of the nation accepts something contrary to his will.

I am more alarmed by a person who does not have gay sex but who says that gay sex is fine and should be celebrated with marriage than I am by someone who has gay sex but admits it's wrong. Gay behavior is like any other vice or perversion; it's bad to do but can be repented of, and we need to be patient and understanding of those who are caught in its grip, especially if they are humble about it and do not try to redefine God's laws to accommodate their sin.

I absolutely do not accept that God created some people as gay and that they should receive special dispensation to follow their bliss, while the rest of us have to keep resisting our desires that aren't in harmony with God's laws.

We're in a war here, and the gay activists are very powerful. I'm amazed by how many Mormons who should know better are caught up in the deception that homosexuality is just like race and that the Church will eventually come around like it did with blacks and the priesthood. I definitely think the gay issue will be the main engine that divides those who follow God from those who do not, including within the Mormon church. And as more people choose to put aside God and champion the gay cause, I think society is really going to break down.

So I agree with Buttars when he says, "In my mind, it's the beginning of the end." It's a new, terrible phase that clearly shows how mixed up our nation is getting and how far from God we're getting. Never before have people actually said, "Let's take a sin and embrace it and celebrate it and put it on an equal level with real marriage." It's a whole new ballgame compared to abortion or drugs or anything else. I mean, no one has been trying to say that abortion is acceptable to God, just that people have their freedom of choice (which I agree with). But gay marriage is saying that gay unions are deserving of God's full acceptance, which they're not.

I agree with Buttars when he says, "Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide." Previously, one civilization could be falling apart morally while another one was on the upswing. But now we're essentially one big worldwide civilization, or fast becoming one, and when we go down, we're all going down together as a planet. I can see how the Second Coming will happen because it will be necessary, because the whole planet will have gone rotten all at once and will not be salvageable except through such a dramatic, extreme event.

I don't think there should be laws against sodomy or that we should be mean to gay people. I wish they could just live their lives and not try to gain further acceptance for their lifestyle, which I'm certain that deep down they must all sense on some level is not right. Many gays probably are content just to lie low and follow their own passions without trying to alter the civilization. But there are gay radical activists out there who will not stop until they've persuaded our civilization to not only accept but embrace their sinful lifestyle, and they are gaining in power and influence.

One main reason I'm religious is that I've experienced the devil in person for myself, so I know he's a real being, and I see his handiwork all over everything related to homosexuality and the gay movement, from tempting kids starting at a young age to think they are gay and follow same-sex temptations to carefully orchestrating the whole gay agenda and campaign, twisting it to confuse people and appeal to their sympathies by making it seem like it's an issue equivalent to racial rights.

I don't know how long it will take--I hope several more decades. But I agree with Buttars that eventually the gay issue is going to help split this nation apart and cause terrible civil war. It's the latter days, and the world is going to gradually get worse, and this whole gay thing is a BIG part of that. I honestly don't know for sure if Buttars is doing us a favor by drawing a line in the sand or if he's just making things prematurely worse (probably more of the latter). On some level, I admire his courage to say what he thinks, even if most people don't like it, including fellow Mormons who deep down think much like he does but who want to keep things peaceful and easy.

It's going to be very painful for a lot of Mormons to have to choose which side they're on and, if they do choose the right side, to stand up for it in the face of persecution that I'm sure will eventually get every bit as bad as it was for the early Mormons. I hope it takes another 100 or 200 years, but I think it will take only 10 or 20 years for things to really start getting bad, especially if we have another 10-year depression that keeps everyone in a pissy mood.


Chino Blanco said...

Chris should resign.

Once the whole enchilada becomes available for public consumption, the country is gonna be sickened by his camera drunk performance.

The documentary is coming out in July.

It's one thing if Chris were to appear in that film in the role of a *former* Utah senator.

It's another thing entirely if the audience were to be treated to the spectacle of a sitting state senator spewing this bile.

The choice of reactions is up to the Utah legislature.

July's audience will either think "good for Utah for cutting this crank loose" or they'll think "only in Utah can a jerk like this keep his job."

It's one or the other.

And if it's the latter, it's not like Chris is going to keep his job after July anyway.

Show a little humility and bow out now, or suffer utter humiliation later.

It's up to you, Chris.

Anonymous said...

How is it that you dislike Buttars? Textually speaking, the similarities of beliefs are quite striking.

Christopher Bigelow said...

Buttars is a racist, and I'm not. I think he's a total idiot for undermining his credibility with his earlier racist comment. The gay issue is not the same as the race issue--the gay issue is people choosing to embrace a sinful lifestyle because it's become acceptable in society.

djinn said...

So you're just a bigot? (That is, you hate people because of an unchosen characteristic (gayness)) rather than who they are, and how they behave? Kool. Nice you spelled that out.

And if you're afraid that being called a bigot is a terrible terrible terrible side-effect of giving gay people a modicum of respect, well, just schucks; too bad.

djinn said...

Why, Mr. Bigelow, do you feel that gayness is chosen?

Christopher Bigelow said...

djinn, you seem to be rather willfully misrepresenting my comments. Who said anything about hating gays? I don't presume to judge individual gays and in fact have several gay friends; however, at the same time I think following the gay lifestyle is,in general, a choice that is not in line with God's commandments and should not be given the status of marriage. I don't think feeling same-sex attraction is a choice, but acting upon it certainly is.

Same-gender attraction is a mortal weakness, not a godlike trait, and we're told to take up our crosses, deny ourselves of all ungodliness and every worldly lust, and keep the commandments (JST Matt. 16:24). I think gay sex is ungodly and counts as a worldly lust. As Chad Morris wrote in "New Light on the Atonement," "the cross is a symbol of supressing personal desires and exercising obedience," and it applies to people with same-gender attraction too.

If you're not religious and/or if you choose not to follow Mormon doctrine, you have your agency and that's fine for you, but please don't try to change civilization with a new definition of "marriage" to confuse our children just so you can accomodate your choice of what on-the-ball Mormons and the majority of California voters believe is an erroneous lifestyle.