A story on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times about the Atlanta massage parlor shootings takes on the accused shooter’s evangelical Protestant Christian faith and its emphasis on purity.
In doing so, it subtly reinforces the secular narrative that Man is not fully human unless he acts on his sexual urges. In other words, the Christian, or the Jew, or the Muslim man who strives to live a chaste and pure life – presumably even within the covenant of holy matrimony – goes against human nature and consequently is inhuman, dehumanized, and mentally unbalanced. The Christian is dangerous and unstable, and lives a “life unworthy of life.”
I’ve had homosexual friends essentially accuse me of the same. The first time we had “the talk” about my conversion away from the sodomitical lifestyle to embrace Catholicism, a friend told me, “I’m worried about your mental health.” He was not trying to be derogatory.
By promoting this notion in today’s story, the New York Times promotes the continued marginalization of the Christian and incites violence against the Christian by presenting us as sub-human.