Editor's Note: Guest blogger Robert Rouse is an anti-war activist, musician and blogger who has spent time in Crawford, TX and Washington, DC on behalf of the peace movement. He resides in Fort Wayne, IN with his wife Sheri and their three children - Dustin, Harrison, and McCartney. Robert blogs at LeftOfCentrist.com.
Wouldn't it be grand to live in a world where we never have to worry about those pesky gays and lesbians? What a wondrous world it would be!
We wouldn't have to worry about reading poetry and literature from Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, Lord Byron, Hans Christian Andersen, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein or Virginia Woolf.
Philosophy could be what we make of it without the influence of Socrates or Aristotle.
And one would have to wonder where the dramatic arts would be without the evil influence of perverts like Sophocles, Christopher Marlowe, Oscar Wilde, and Tennessee Williams.
As far back as the 17th century, Sir Francis Bacon was considered "the high priest of modern science" for elucidating principles of the scientific method. While many people may know that Bacon was gay, I wonder how many realize that he was a good friend of King James I of England. Remember him? Odds are at some point in life you've run across his version of the B-I-B-L-E. And many believe because of his relationships with Esmé Stewart, Robert Carr, George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, that King James was also - at the very least - a bisexual.
Of course, without science, life would be a whole lot simpler. We would probably be decades, if not centuries, behind where we are now without the studies in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci - not to mention the fact that we wouldn't need to wonder why Mona Lisa was smiling. Bacon and Da Vinci were by no means the only gay scientists of note. In anthropology and psychology there was Margaret Mead. Who do you think organized the world's first school for nurses, was an expert and reformer for hospital hygiene, sewage treatment, and regularized medical practices? Would you believe Florence Nightingale? You should, she was also a lesbian.
Then again, you probably wouldn't even be reading this if not for Alan Turing. Who? Alan Turing. Turing was a gay British mathematician, who has been credited with creating the theoretical framework and design for the earliest modern computer.
So who needs gays and lesbians? Uh, the world? It still makes me angry when I think about the way our own government is so intolerant of homosexuality. From turning away hundreds of Arab language experts because of their sexual preferences to the ludicrous "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Gay unions shouldn't even be an issue. Many states have a common law marriage statute that forces straight couples to be "wed" after spending a set number of years together and yet many gay couples are denied the basic rights of straight couples simply because of twisted generational morals.
I would say the next time someone tells you the world would be better off without homosexuals, that you whip it out right there in front of them - uh, that is, whip out a list of gays and lesbians throughout history who have made all of our lives a little bit easier than the generations before. As another famous gay, T.E. Lawrence - you may know him better as Lawrence of Arabia - once said, "All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."