Hi. My name is Lee, and I’m a homophobe.
At least that’s what I’ve been called.
Never mind that one of my oldest friends is gay, or that over the years I’ve had good relationships with gay co-workers and members of groups that I belong to, or that I defended a gay employee of a school where I worked, or that when some people wanted to fire a gay musician at church I spoke up to say it would be wrong, or that I have publicly stated that I oppose refusing a gay person a job or an apartment just because he or she is gay.
Nope. I’m a homophobe – a term that literally means “fear of men,” but which has morphed into a pejorative term meaning hater and bigot.
All because I say I believe homosexual acts
to be morally wrong, and I oppose gay marriage.
Well in that case –
I believe stealing is morally wrong. I am a larcenophobe.
I believe terrorism is morally wrong. I am a terrophobe.
I believe pornography is morally wrong. I am a pornophobe.
I believe some Democratic Party positions are morally wrong. I am a demophobe.
I believe some Republican Party positions are morally wrong. I am a republiphobe.
I believe lying is morally wrong. I am a fibophobe.
I believe spreading malicious rumors about people is morally wrong. I am a gossiphobe.
I believe unfairly and inaccurately labeling people is morally wrong. I am a stigmaphobe.
I guess I’m just a phobic kind of guy.