Mythbusters: Joe the Plumber Edition

alex01thumbVeering off from my usual Rant Mode topics, we have some Joe the Plumber to cover! (Or notJoe the notPlumber, as it were.):

Christianity Today: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary–it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.

Yes, because The Gay is obviously contagious. Myths to be tested: 1) “Queer” is not a slur, and 2) The Gay is contagious and will harm your children. Okay, so he gets some points back for admitting that gay people are actually people and not demons sent from the mouth of hell. (Not many points, though.) Way to go for speaking your mind, Joe the P, but I disagree, for several reasons.

1) Queer can very definitely be a slur. Have you walked the halls of an average public high school lately, Joe? “That’s so gay.” “Man, what are you, queer?” “You’re such a queer.” “Look at her, she’s such a lesbo dyke.” I have gay friends who are still in high school, and they have to deal with this every day, with their very way of life and an important part of their identity being assaulted by people who are either being hurtful on purpose or just plain ignorant. Spend a day in the shoes of a gay kid in a public school, Joe. Then tell me if you think “queer” is a slur or not.

2a) The pejorative meaning of a word is separate from the actual meaning – that is, words mean what we make of them. “Bitch” means “female dog”, which has become an insult most frequently used on women, and may indicate latent sexism when used in the proper context. Put simply: Regardless of the dictionary meaning, words can be twisted by common use into insults. (Since we’re using dictionary meaning as a basis for argument, “gay” means “happy” and thus “gay marriage” is “happy marriage” – why do you hate spousal happiness?!)

2b) As for The Gay being bad for children, my best friend was raised by her mother and the mother’s partner, to no ill effect. She’s actually better-adjusted than a lot of kids I know from average two-parent households, and she’s been with her current boyfriend for years. “The Gay is contagious and will harm your kids.” Myth busted, Jamie.

And for your further elucidation, I present this informative graph, courtesy of the folks at GraphJam:

Thank you, and good night.



  1. Go away Joe……………… can’t play this forever.

  2. troll edit

  3. heh heh heh

    troll edit…

    its like a video game..

  4. Nothing to add about this topic really. Just testing my wordpress account. I mean, I could write about Carrie Prejean and the amazing display of “tolerance” that has come her way for telling us what she really thinks about gay marriage (hint: Same thing as Obama).

    But not, better to be positive. Bernard Whitman wrote the other day that “Marriage Equality Is Inevitable“. He thinks America will be a “stronger country for it”. I agree. Live and let live, that’s my motto.

    Now, let’s see how does my avatar looks…


  5. That graph is a riot! Somewhere on my blog is a graph I made the correlation between a rise in gay marriages and increased births of pirates. I wish I knew of this unreal site before Comedy Central reprinted it. I used crayons. However, would not hot gay sex cause ice to melt? I dispute some of the science.

  6. What people do in the privacy of their own lives is up to them. So marriages perhaps is a misnomer and all who “Marry” should look at the contract. There are the reproductive, and non-reproductive (both hetero and non). The equation is simple, marriage is a Church , Synagogue, Mosque (therefor) religious thing, civil contracts are governmental.

    We should be promoting the idea of non-reproductive lifestyles, unlimited abortions, voluntary suicide and socialized medicine (fits in with the last), the fewer mouths to feed the less energy we use, the more pristine our world becomes. So hurry up, remove your genes from the pool and psychologically or surgically remove yourselves from the evolutionary process

  7. Don, my parents are atheists and are married — or are they only ‘married?’

    Uli, your avatar looks like a swastika. But you knew that.

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