Love, Simon
Love, Simon seems harmless enough to normal people, It has an IMDB score of 7.9 and is rated PG-13

The latest from hate group American Family Association on their phony “news” blog: A trendy romance? Be wary, parents. And what is it that Steve Jordahl (who also writes for Focus on the Family) finds so alarming?

Christian parents are being advised to be ready for a conversation with their children about a movie that opened this weekend that could have them talking.

Jordahl continues:

Love, Simon (PG-13) is billed as a trendy romance – but in fact it’s the first “gay” romantic movie with a full-throated Hollywood marketing campaign. This movie was not made for LGBT audiences; instead, it’s a subtle message movie for the straight world:

From the movie trailer: “My name’s Simon. For the most part, my life is totally normal. I have a family that I actually like, and there’s my friends. So I’m just like you, except that I have one huge secret: nobody knows I’m gay.”

Yeah, so what?

The story line focuses on how Simon “comes out,” or announces to the world that he’s gay. The characters are relatable, sympathetic, and loveable <sic>. The producers are hopeful audiences will yearn for Simon to be accepted and find his true love – and if data from the Barna Group and Impact 360 Institute is to be believed, many children from Christian homes are ready to get on board in today’s environment of moral relativism.

What Jordahl is saying is that it is important for children to be intolerant of gay people. Jordahl (and many conservative Christians) have no idea what moral relativism means or how it applies to the acceptance of LGBT people. It is just gibberish. Dismay over moral relativism is an expression of Christian supremacy. It refers to any deviation from their franchise to define morality for everyone else. Moral relativism is actually a positive thing and is usually applied to larger systems of thought. It challenges us to respect the different values of other cultures.

Then, guess who? Did someone say “Beetlejuice?”

But Pete Labarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality warns young moviegoers to look closely. “If kids could see that this is the product of years and years and years of activism, [they’d understand] it’s not quite as innocent as it seems,” he tells OneNewNow.<sic>

There must be some conspiracy at work here that only Porno Pete can see. As a society, over time, we become less prejudiced. That progress has applied to many minority groups and women. People of Irish origin, Jews, African-Americans and LGBT people have all been discriminated against. The fact that society progresses over time doesn’t mean that there are evil forces at work. Pete continues:

He advises parents, during that conversation with their children, to lean on God’s Word.

“We need to really go back to the Word of God and ask our children and their friends and everybody we talk to about this, Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust this movement which is really built on feelings – or are you going to trust the Word of God.”

The “feelings” that I have right now are to choke the living shit out of LaBarbera. Those I can control. Feelings of who I am sexually attracted to I cannot control. Some would see LaBarbera’s proposition as a choice between good sense and superstition. He drones on:

And to those youngsters who truly love their gay friends, “you need to tell them Look, you can’t base your whole life, your destiny on feelings, because feelings lead people astray,” LaBarbera offers.

I am not entirely sure if “them” refers to the kids or to the kids’ gay friends. Regardless, the notion that one’s whole life and destiny are based on one’s sexual orientation is ridiculous. Sexual orientation is one of many aspects of who we are as people.

Mr. LaBarbera seems to base his whole life on defaming people he disapproves of, based in turn on the literal acceptance of ancient fables of dubious provenance as the word of a deity. It all seems rather silly.

LaBarbera is silly — a cartoonish character who is a cross between Church Lady and a voyeur at an S&M club. Those are choices which amount to an irrelevant life.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.