As far as shocking headlines go, the latest news about one Catholic extremists’ apparent fears of the “mass production” of LGBTQ people definitely ranks high.
Bill Donahue’s strange warning about the “cultural phenomenon” of people identifying as LGBTQ comes at a particularly odd time.
While the rest of the world is fighting to stop coronavirus, Donahue seems to be fighting a different battle entirely.
Read on for the full scoop.
Catholic Group Concerned About “Mass Production” of LGBTQ People
Bill Donohue is the leader of an American Catholic anti-defamation and civil rights organization, called the Catholic League.
Donohue regularly makes headlines for his anti-LGBTQ stance.
In the past, he’s allegedly told gay people that they can’t celebrate Christmas and tried to categorize child molestation as a homosexuality crisis, not pedophilia.
Among his most shocking statements, he insinuated that sexual assault against a child is not rape if the child isn’t penetrated.
So, yes, it’s safe to say Donohue has some pretty outlandish and offensive views of LGBTQ people.
In the Catholic League’s latest blog though, he expressing sentiments that gay people are ‘mass-produced.
He further alleges that those who have no religious affiliation are of course more susceptible to LGBT propaganda.”
He apparently reached this conclusion after rifling through data released by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Their survey showed that about 5% of the U.S. population identifies as LGBTQ+.
Donohue points out that the majority of those surveyed are white, young, non-religious, Democrats, apparently leading him to conclude that it’s all about pop culture.
What these findings suggest is that to a large extent the LGBT community is a cultural phenomenon, not a biological one. How else to explain the disparities?
“Young People Indoctrinated Into Thinking That Being a Member Of The LGBT Community May Be Cool”
According to Donohue’s post, older people are less likely to want to change their sexuality.
He also states that “young people have been indoctrinated into thinking that being a member of the LGBT community is at least a value-neutral attribute, and may even be cool.”
Donohue asserts that this “cultural phenomenon” only affects those who “are the least affected by the dominant culture.”
What does he mean by “dominant culture”? Based on this next quote, it’s safe to assume that he’s referring to certain religious affiliations.
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Those who have no religious affiliation are of course more susceptible to LGBT propaganda: they are the most deracinated segment of the population.
Interestingly, Pope Francis used the word “indoctrinate” in a completely different manner.
However, he was speaking out against using ministry to attempt to change members of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s one thing if a person has this tendency and also changes sex. It’s another thing to teach this in school to change mentalities. This is what I call ‘ideological colonization,’” Francis said.
Donohue’s Theory Says That Sexuality Depends On Demographics
In the end, he concludes that the Westerners are more likely to be gay than the Southerners. His explanation is very simple (and VERY stereotypical).
Southerners are more anchored in tradition and religion than any other part of the country, while those on the west coast are the most likely to see tradition and religion as constraining, thus leaving them more susceptible to experimentation.
He ends his article by saying that:
“Being an LGBT person is difficult enough (e.g., they suffer from high rates of depression and suicide), and this is especially true of the sexually confused (a male who thinks he is female and vice versa). That is why attempts to culturally mass produce them are pernicious.”
It’s important to note that Donohue’s opinions don’t reflect that of the entire Catholic community.
In fact, Pope Francis himself stated:
“If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”