Recently, according to a story in The Salt Lake Tribune, the city council of Kanab, Utah, a picturesque Southern-ish Utah town where many a John Wayne movie was filmed, adopted some sort of resolution in an effort to ensure that Kanab remains the kind of town it was WHEN John Wayne was visiting there. And long before that.
The resolution, drafted by the conservative Sutherland Foundation, is pretty scary. (Who are these people?!)
The nonbinding resolution – drafted by the conservative Sutherland Institute – calls marriage between a man and woman “ordained of God” and urges homes to be open to a “full quiver of children.” It also encourages young women to become “wives, homemakers and mothers” and young men to grow into “husbands, home builders and fathers.”
Okay, there’s a few clues here. A FULL QUIVER of children? Wives, homemakers and mothers? Who the hell talks like that anymore? I’m wondering if the Sutherland Institute got caught in a time warp and if you entered their doors, you would find a passel full of harried looking middle-aged men, in lab coats and horn-rimmed glasses, scurrying around with worried looks on their faces, and the only females would be young, single, and answering the phones “Sutherland Institute, please hold. Sutherland Institute, please hold. Sutherland Institute, please hold. I’m sorry, Mr. Sutherland is not in today. His wife just had their fourteenth child and he took some time off to tell his mother-in-law how to take care of the children while his wife is in the hospital.”
It sends a shiver down my spine.
To give credit to Kanab residents, most of them don’t seem all that hot about the resolution. Other than that Baptist minister guy who is excited it won’t encourage homosexuals to come to Kanab.
The Rev. Doug Hounshell says he “thanks God for a community that doesn’t think it has to be ‘gay-friendly.’ ”
“We don’t mean to be mean-spirited,” says Hounshell, pastor of Cliffview Chapel Baptist Church in Kanab. “But the message to a homosexual might be that this is probably not the friendliest town for that type of thing.”
That “type” of thing? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Repressed latent homosexuality. There is NO OTHER REASON for people to be so damned scared of gays. None. Can I shout this from the rooftops one more time? THERE IS NO GAY RECRUITMENT CENTER! This is not something you can recruit for. Please.
As for the resolution, well, as a “non-binding” resolution, how are they going to enforce it? The answer? They aren’t. In short, the ONLY REASON to enact something like this is to tell the world how uptight, repressed, backward, bigoted, short-sighted, and downright stupid you are.
Get a grip, Kanab city council. And kudos to the Kanab-ians who are standing up AGAINST the “resolution.” Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.