Some days, I really think the organized Christian right should take some of their big bags of money and spend just a little of it doing some background research on the historical analogies they use to describe themselves.
A description of what’s in this video, which is a bunch of leaders associated with the Family Research Council, which has been singled out as a hate group by the SPLC for its anti-gay stance:
Perkins explains the absolute necessity of getting Christians into all levels of government while Boykin compared Christians today to the Spartan army and quoted King Leonidas by declaring “molon labe” ["come and get them"] when he and his army were told to lay down their weapons.
Likewise, Boykin declared “molon labe,” stating that he will not be silenced and challenged those in Washington who are out to take his liberties, rob his grandchildren, and destroy America to just try to take them from him.
Finally, Joyner announced that Christians have more than enough people to take control, but they need to bind together and, as such, would soon be unveiling coalition called “300″.
Well, clearly that movie about the Spartans pulling an Alamo against the Persian army made quite the impression on these fuckwits. Look. I find it hard to blame them. Look at Gerard Butler in his King Leonidas costume:
Still, for such an band of homophobes pushing an anti-gay agenda, I think they may have thought to do a little more background research on the ancient Spartan army that fought the actual Battle of Thermopylae. I realize the movie “300″ is horribly homophobic, and the gap between that and the realities of the Spartan army was noted by not a few pro-gay writers when the movie came out. Like Richard Burnett:
Except real-life Spartan warriors made up the fiercest gay and bisexual army in human history. Sparta demanded its warriors sexually love one another so that they would also fight for each other to the death.
Obviously, the Spartan military wasn’t “gay” or even “homosexual” in the modern sense of the word. Ancient Greeks just had really different sexual mores than modern people do, and certainly the same-sex relationships in Greece don’t resemble the love-among-equals standard that is both law and custom for straight and gay in the United States now. But dudes were nonetheless touching penises, and you’d think that Tony Perkins and company would perhaps not want to associate themselves with that.
Or maybe not. After all, it was just recently that one of the prominent members of Perkins’ group the FRC was caught having a little Spartan holiday of his own, having hired a male prostitute to travel with him in Europe. And of course, you have Ted Haggard before him, and really, a much too long list to go into of “family values” conservatives caught up in sex scandals, frequently involving same-sex relations.
This sort of history would make me think a lot more carefully about what historical analogies I want to invoke. But then again, maybe Tony Perkins and company agree with Bucky Bright on “30 Rock”:
Men were men back then. If you wanted to do something private with another man, it wasn’t gay. No. It was just two men, celebrating each other’s strength.