So, time to do a controversial post…
As I scan thru the ‘religion’ tag here on WordPress, I see some titles proclaiming Rick Warren is ‘homophobic’.
Now, I do not know much about Rick Warren or his faith or his theology. I’m waiting until after I post this to check it out.
But as usual, my keen sense of either being nosy or striving for knowledge leads me to look up the word (s) to figure it out…
Here goes… [forgive the bold, I’m just trying to differentiate from the definitions]
(fō’bē-ə) Pronunciation Key
n. A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.
A strong fear, dislike, or aversion.
1786, “fear, horror, aversion,” Mod.L., abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Gk. -phobia, from phobos “fear,” originally “flight” (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for “fear” via the notion of “panic, fright” (cf. phobein “put to flight, frighten”), from PIE base *bhegw- “to run” (cf. Lith. begu “to flee,” O.C.S. begu “flight,” bezati “to flee, run,” O.N. bekkr “a stream”). Psychological sense attested by 1895; phobic (adj.) is from 1897.
someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex [syn: homosexual]
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
The genus to which human beings belong. The genus Homo includes Neanderthals and other hominids closely related to today’s humans, such as Homo erectus.
ho⋅mo⋅pho⋅bi⋅a /ˌhoʊməˈfoʊbiə/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh] Show IPA Pronunciation
-noun unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.
1955-60; homo(sexual) + -phobia
ho·mo·pho·bi·a (hō’mə-fō’bē-ə) Pronunciation Key
Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
Behavior based on such a feeling.
[homo(sexual) + -phobia.]
ho’mo·phobe’ n., ho’mo·pho’bic adj.
prejudiced against homosexual people
looking at these words, I take from it… someone who has fear, antipathy [a natural or habitual aversion], contempt or prejudiced toward homosexuals.
an⋅tip⋅a⋅thy, -noun, plural -thies. 1. a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion.
2. an instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling.
3. an object of natural aversion or habitual dislike.
1595-1605; < L antipathīa < Gk antipátheia. See anti-, -pathy
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
an·tip·a·thy (ān-tĭp’ə-thē) n. pl. an·tip·a·thies
A strong feeling of aversion or repugnance. See Synonyms at enmity.
An object of aversion.
[Latin antipathīa, from Greek antipatheia, from antipathēs, of opposite feelings : anti-, anti- + pathos, feeling; see pathos.]
antipathy:1601, from L. antipathia, from Gk. antipatheia, noun of state from antipathes “opposed in feeling,” from anti- “against” + root of pathos “feeling” (see pathos).
I’m already at 500 words and I promised shorter posts!
Not quite sure how to word this…. if R.W. believes the bible is divinely inspired and believes what God has said thru those writings, does that equal homophobia?
If he believes that God has stated homosexuality is a sin, then he would believe ALSO that homosexuality is a sin and treat it as such?
Does that make him homophobic?
As a christian he should not be prejudiced or filled with contempt or even fear homosexuals… but should he feel [natural] aversion and repugnance [habitual dislike] to the sin of homosexuality?
Let’s stick to the questions and be nice… I will delete any mean or nasty comments.
I’m off to look up why R.W. is labeled the way he is…I will update when I find something…
UPDATE: I found lots of peoples comments on a few statements RW has said.
This one in particular over at Belief Net.
From all the stuff I read I don’t see RW being homophobic. But again, its just my opinion, just like everyone elses opinion about a man they have never met.