A passionate, detailed argument against the legalization of gay marriage.
Thompson, who grew up in the Bahamas in a world “steeped in masculine bravado,” writes that this debut nonfiction work grew out of an exchange he had on Facebook. Here, that exchange takes a more elaborate form as a fleshed-out, conservative Christian argument—one that’s familiar from public debates on the subject over the last 10 years. Thompson is earnest in his belief that God is using him to help “bring clarity” to the subject of gay rights and gay marriage, and he claims to base his enthusiasm on the “infallible testimony called the Bible.” One of his main goals is to urge Christians to resist the “don’t offend” culture of the 21st century and “stand up for their beliefs,” insisting that Christianity “can ill-afford to water down its doctrine.” He argues that the fashion of comparing the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement is “ridiculous and reeks of mindless frivolity,” and he marshals extensive scriptural passages in his argument that gay marriage is contrary to the will of God. But, as is typical in such arguments, he slides readily into insults and errors. For example, he warns of the long-term effects of 10 or 20 years of legalized gay marriage, alluding to such things as necrophilia and bestiality; elsewhere, however, he notes that such marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for 10 years, with no uptick in either of those things. The book also bullishly denies the large library of scientific and sociological studies that disprove Thompson’s points, and its frequent spelling mistakes (“mute” for “moot,” “Pilot” for “Pilate,” and “methodolatry” for “methodology,” among others) and factual errors (“Neanderthals became Homo Sapiens”) don’t help its case. The author also leaves unanswered the question of whether he agrees with the book of Leviticus’ notion that gay people, including those he personally knows, should be put to death.
A conservative Christian denunciation of gay marriage that many may believe is on the wrong side of history.