Provided here is a â€śtranslation toolâ€ť of sorts, to help understand terms employed by the Religious/Political Right in editorials and sermons. These terms are also used quite often in the political arena.
Normal: Anyone who is white, heterosexual, married (or engaged to be), attends church at least once a week, and a registered Republican voter. The opposite terms â€śabnormalâ€ť, â€śrepugnantâ€ť, â€śevilâ€ť, and of course â€śoffensiveâ€ť are usually used nearby as a companion in the same paragraph or comment with this word. Blacks and Hispanics can sometimes be included in this category, but only if they completely adhere to strict guidelines, and stay in the background as much as possible.
Law-abiding: This â€śhijackedâ€ť term has been twisted to mean â€śthose who adhere only to â€śGodâ€™s lawâ€ť, in an attempt to misguide the uneducated into believing thereâ€™s a difference between â€śgodâ€™s lawâ€ť and â€ścivilâ€ť laws. For instance, several states and/or municipalities have â€śConsenting Adultâ€ť laws, which state that any two adults of legal consent age, regardless of sex, may engage in sexual activities in the privacy of their own home. To the Religious/Political Right, this is not one of Godâ€™s laws, and therefore if you recognize the concept of â€śConsenting Adultâ€ť you are not a â€ślaw-abidingâ€ť citizen. The same goes for a lawful legal abortion, etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Patriot: Only those who strictly worship the Flag, the Bible, and any denomination of the Baptist Church as a holy trinity. Anyone who does not do so is branded â€śunpatrioticâ€ť. Example: the â€śPatriot Actâ€ť has nothing to do with being patriotic, in the literal sense of the word.
Homosexual: This term is used frequently to stress the â€śsexâ€™ in homosexual, because the only difference between a homosexual and a heterosexual is who they sleep with at night. The idea behind using the word â€śhomosexualâ€ť is to emphasize the myth that gays are nothing more than sexual beings, to the exclusion of all else, as if this is the only thing they think about night and day. This increases the â€śickyâ€ť factor, causing normal god-fearing people to shield their children and themselves from such beasts. Usually in the same sentence or article youâ€™ll find such terms as â€śpredatorâ€ť, â€śrecruits or recruiterâ€ť, â€śpedophileâ€ť or â€śdegenerateâ€ť to bolster the claim that gays are only dangerous sexual beings. The term â€śgayâ€ť is to be avoided at all cost.
Special Rights: This a term describes a set of basic human essentials that the Religious/Political Right reserves only and wholly for itself. By using the term â€śspecialâ€ť it convinces regular folks that gays want rights that â€śnormal God fearingâ€ť Christians donâ€™t or canâ€™t have, and that they covet exclusively for themselves! In actuality the â€śspecialâ€ť rights that the â€śReligious/Political Rightâ€ť would have you believe that gays want are the following: