I posted a review on the First Things website of Michael Voris’ “FBI: Homosexuality,” and it’s raised a few hackles in the com-box. My basic thesis is the Voris’ production is not really an effort in evangelism or apologetics, so much as it is an expression of grief over the loss of America’s Christian identity. I point out that grief is a process which ends in acceptance, and that you can’t really move on and start building a new life—or a new evangelization—at any of the earlier stages of grieving.
So long as Catholics are still deeply upset, angry, and horrified at the widespread social acceptance of homosexuality, and remain in denial about the fact that gay marriage is going to be a political reality in the very near future (as it already is in my home country), there’s no way of effectively preaching the gospel to homosexuals.
It’s just not reasonable to imagine that a gay audience will be able to relate in any way to a production in which the advance of LGBTQ rights is seen as an attack on the foundations of civilization, or where pictures of same-sex couples in uniform embracing on the pier are supposed to produce a reaction of shock horror. It seems an obvious point, but practicing gays find the idea of gay sex appealing, not appalling. The fact that Voris, and many conservative Catholics, seem to consistently miss this in their attempts to “evangelize” the homosexual community suggests that we’re dealing with a serious psychological blind-spot.
I’m suggesting that this blind-spot is the result of Catholics being unable to see past their own pain in order to really reach the heart of LGBTQ folks. Voris promises to grapple with the suffering that same-sex attracted people face, but the truth is that what he deals with is the suffering that he faces as a result of other people’s homosexuality. He projects his own pain onto LGBTQ folks, and assumes that the same things which would bring him relief would also bring relief to homosexuals. Alas, if only it were that simple.