The word homophobic is terribly misused.
Blame the politically correct for turning the word —- which essentially means the fear of all mankind, homo, in this case, referring to homosapiens —- into a one term definition, the hatred of homosexuals, out of fear.
When you put it in those terms, the word should be gayphobic.
The politically correct do their best to onegender the language. For instance, women are not referred to as actresses in many circles, but actors. But widowers are not referred to as widows. Maybe that’s an exception because women tend to outlive men, so it’s not politically correct to mess with it.
We heterosexuals are called homophobic if we disagree with, say, same-sex marriage, or with teachers who are confirmed homosexuals who want to keep their jobs educating our children.
Years ago at a newspaper back East, I worked with an editor who was openly gay and his theory was “you’re either gay or you’re homophobic.”
Besides the statement being smarmy and smaking of superiority, it’s ridiculous.
If you don’t agree with a person’s politics, religion or sexual preference it doesn’t mean your fear them.
“You’re a Presbyterianphobe.”
“That statement was purely Libertarianphobic.”
Don’t want to start a family —- you’re childphobic.
You want to remain single, you’re a marriagephobe.
You hate foreign cars, you’re Toyotaphobic. OK, poor example considering that auto company’s problems right now.
So what of the politicians in Washington who don’t want to see the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military to be repealed?
Can’t call them homophobic because they’re stand is purely political. Their base tells them what stand they should take and they win or lose re-election by it.
So, let’s not say these politicians fear gays and lesbians —- let’s just say they serve a public that finds gays and lesbians serving openly in the military of great concern.
Who knows, they may be thinking that if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed, these things may transpire in our unmatched military:
1. New holiday: Everybody’s a rear admiral day.
2. Rewriting of the Sousa military marching band classic: Now called “Stars and Stripes and Liza Forever.”
3. Dress fatigues are actual dresses.
4. Rosie O’Donnell’s Hurt Locker.
5. Everybody really likes Ike.
6. “It’s not so bad if you’re assigned duty at Abu-Grab-ass prison.”
7. “Don’t fire until you see the mascara under his eyes.”
8. “Now you know why they call Guantanamo Bay Git-mo.”
9. Barney Frank’s Dirty Dozen.
10. Instead of ‘Revelry’ —– show tunes!