While tracking down the author of a particularly nasty piece of Fundagelical lying, I was re-introduced to Michael L. Brown. I had run across him on several Religious Right websites. He is a Messianic Jew who has an obsession with the LGBT community. He hosts a radio show called The Line of Fire.
What surprises me is that someone with his academic background, he holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University promotes so much junk science. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, I know many academics with PhDs and although brilliant in their own specialized field, can be completely misinformed on areas outside their field.
Brown believes that homosexuality is caused by demons. If a person has a demon cast out of them, they can be straight he claimed while guesting on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural talk show.
Sid: I have met people that have been prayed for deliverance that were homosexual, and when the demon was cast out of them, even their walk was different.
Mike: Listen, why is it that people can accept demonic influences in other behaviors? Someone is a heterosexual pornography addict, and they get delivered from demons and their [sic] free. Someone’s addicted to drugs; they get delivered from demons, someone has a horrific fierce temper, they get delivered from demons and their [sic] free. Why can’t we recognize that this can also happen with homosexuality too? It’s not every person. I was in Israel Sid, talking to a top national leader and he talked to me about some of the men in his congregation, and he said that he watched them in front of his eyes and got truly delivered, he said they are free. They are different; they are fully heterosexual.
I think Dr. Brown needs to stick to Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and leave psychology and psychiatry to the professionals. Addiction isn’t supernatural, and neither is sexual orientation. However, this kind of superstitious mumbo-jumbo sells books. Since the Charismatic movement of the 1970s and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, people have looked to blame the supernatural for a whole host of biological conditions. People became obsessed with the demonic and have helped to build the cottage industry of deliverance ministry. I also love the very general anecdotal evidence Brown gives to support his statement. It’s one of those friend of a friend kind of things. A prominent leader, unnamed of course, claims he saw it happen to other people. Very convincing.
Luckily for us, Dr. Brown not only delves in psychology and psychiatry, but he also writes extensively in politics. Without him, Americans and true Christians would never know what the homosexual agenda was. In his book, A Queer Thing Happened to America; Brown explains what the agenda is.
“In my book, A Queer Thing Happened to America, I stated that this was the progression of gay activism:
First, gay activists came out of the closet;
Second, they demanded their “rights”;
Third, they demanded that everyone recognize those “rights”;
Fourth, they want to strip away the rights of those who oppose them;
Fifth, they want to put those who oppose their “rights” into the closet.”
What an evil agenda. An oppressed minority group identifies themselves. That’s just downright evil right there. Then they demand the same rights guaranteed to all Americans under our Constitution. What!!!! How dare they. Then they demand that people recognize there are no second class citizens in the United States? What is going on here? Everyone knows Straight White males are superior. Next thing you know women and African-Americans are going to claim they are equal too. Unbelievable!
Of course, the evil agenda doesn’t stop there; Brown moves into the traditional conspiracy theory territory fear mongering to motivate his readers. These minorities will want to strip away the rights of those who oppose them. Did you notice this time he didn’t put the word rights in quotes? What rights do minorities want to strip away? Brown doesn’t explain, but the rights he sees being taken away is the right to discriminate. Brown knows that if the LGBT community is given the same rights as straights, Christians in the public marketplace will have to make wedding cakes for gays, serve gays at restaurants and even worse, allow gays to use their public venues for such activities as weddings. Brown then takes it into the extreme, persecution of Christians. Homophobes will have to go into the closet and can’t openly oppress people. Lordy, what’s the world coming to when a bigot is considered an asshole for acting like a bigot. Can you imagine, bigots have to hide behind white sheets and hoods just so they can gather together and talk about how good America used to be before all these minorities got “rights.”
Brown presents himself as an expert and moral authority. However, in my next blog post, we can see the hypocrisy of this so-called moral authority. It amazes me how often Fundagelicals lie so they can demonize others. Their lies are clumsy and easily disproved. Yet, these moral authorities continue to dishonor God by breaking the commandments they claim they’re trying to get the rest of us to keep. Maybe if I told them hypocrisy was a demon, they might be able to see it.
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