John Stonestreet is a fellow at the far-right Colson Center. Stonestreet writes lots of really stupid stuff. His take on Disney and Beauty and the Beast is no exception. Writing at the Colson Center’s Breakpoint blog:
If you have daughters like I do, you can’t not know about the upcoming release of Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”
And like me, you probably groaned at the “big news” that the film will contain Disney’s first-ever openly gay moment.
Now, my first reaction was, “Really? In a kid’s movie?” But of course. That’s the point.
Right John. Disney has a sinister plan to indoctrinate kids so that we can recruit them.
The LGBT movement knows very well that culture has the power to make
what used to be unthinkable seem so, well, normal. Gay moments (like
Seinfeld’s “not that there is anything wrong with that”) accomplish
I fully get those who say they’re not going to let their kids be exposed to yet another attempt to normalize the gay lifestyle.
Being gay is perfectly normal. Kids have gay classmates. They might even have friends parented by a same-sex couple. Society no longer seeks to ostracize people because their sexuality makes them part of a minority group. It used to be “unthinkable” in certain locales for Jews to own homes next to Christians. That too has changed. Society evolves for the better. For as long as Stonestreet characterizes a sexual orientation as a lifestyle, I will characterize him as an ignorant superstitious fool.
I’m going to take a different approach. We’re going to watch the movie, but instead of hoping my daughters miss the moment, we’re going to point it out to them and then have a conversation. After all, we’ll be confronting real-life moments soon enough just walking down the street right here in Colorado Springs. We might as well be ready.
Stonestreet is not specific but my guess is that he is going to point out that he and his god do not approve of gay people. He will probably support his little “lesson” with scripture and mythology. What on earth will he do if one of his daughters is a lesbian. Does Stonestreet subscribe to the idea that his conservative Christianity inoculates his children from being gay? That didn’t seem to work out too well for Phyllis Schlafly or numerous other right wing Christian conservatives.
Later on in life Stonestreet’s children are going to have to deal with LGBT people. They are going to have to work with them and might even have to work for them. How will the gospel according to John Stonestreet prepare them to succeed in our diverse society which values its diversity as a strength — not a weakness? Being an ignoramus is a choice. Being gay is not.