Musings on … Homo~Phobia


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]

Phobia:  pho·bi·a
(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.
[From -phobia.]
phobia :
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

Homo [(hoh-moh)]

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.

homophobic: adjective
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.

Side-note: antipathy

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 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.

4 responses »

  1. Based on the definitions you mentioned above, I really doubt that RW has any kind of phobia. I do believe that many Christians as well as non are though. Love the sinner.

  2. It is part of the post-modern politics to control language and put your opponents in the worst possible light. Rather than say we have very different opinions on the matter, the Christian must obviously be irrational and fear filled. This is the only explanation they can discover since they reject revelation and God’s assessment of the behavior. This is done to impact the effectiveness of arguments for both sides. Who wants to be viewed as hate or fear-filled? It seeks to drive opposition underground.
    Rick Warren does not hate or fear homosexuals. He and Kay are leading the way to stop AIDS in Africa (though lots of heterosexuals get it too). He simply accepts the biblical teaching.
    The irony is … for all the talk of tolerance, there is no tolerance for those who think homosexual behavior is wrong. Oh, we humans are so inconsistent.

  3. Seems to me, anyone not embracing the homosexual lifestyle with open arms can be labeled homophobic. Or anyone who would like to reserve marriage for one man and one woman, as is the biblical example.
    I’m with cavman — we don’t like to be labeled, so we are disarmed in the debate.

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