Another disturbing video is making the rounds, this one even more disturbing than the one in which Charles Worley calls for homosexuals to be rounded up, placed in electrified pens and left to die. In this latest viral video, a small child walks to the front of a church and begins singing a song that at first sounds like any of the songs you expect to hear in that environment from a kid that age. It’s quickly apparent, though, that this isn’t “Jesus Loves Me” or “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” The toddler, who can’t be more than four years old, starts chanting, “Ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven.”
Here’s the video, but I have to warn you, it made me feel physically sick to watch. This is not for the faint of heart-or for anyone with any kind of heart at all, really.
There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t even know where to start.
Seeing the little guy look up at the adult nearby, clearly seeking his approval, turned my stomach. I know that look. It’s the look of, “Mom, did I get that math problem right in my head?” or “See how pretty this picture is that I colored?” or “Look, I blew bubbles with my straw, using my NOSE!” It’s the universal look of a child wanting confirmation that he did well, and in this video, it was followed immediately by the beaming grin of a kid who has seen that he has, in fact, pleased the adult in charge.
I may catch some shit for this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Children are born with the innate ability to give and receive love. To take that from a child and teach him to be a bigot and to feel hate instead is abusive. You are damaging the mind of that child as surely as you’d be damaging his body if you beat him. Teaching a child hate is emotional abuse, plain and simple.
Why does a child that age even need to know about homosexuality, heterosexuality, or any other kind of sexuality? Do you sit around in your living rooms after watching reruns of “Seventh Heaven” and tell your four-year-old, “Ok, now we’re going to talk about how straight people have sex and how those dad-gum homos do it”? I know, I know-They see the got-dang homos and want to know how come that man’s kissin’ another man, and I gotta tell him somethin’!
First of all, I’ve yet to see that happen. I have six kids, and not one of them has ever asked me why a man was hugging a man or a woman was hugging a man-or kissing, either-and maybe I’m a weirdo, but I don’t let my kids hang around watching people have sex so it never came up in that context, for sure. If we walked past a same-sex couple hugging or kissing or holding hands, you know what my kids said? NOTHING. They also never said anything when they saw a man and a woman hugging or kissing or holding hands. That’s one of those things that kids tend to just see and forget; it’s a non-issue, until you MAKE it an issue. And if your kid is the precocious sort that asks about those two guys holding hands, the response should be something simple like, “I guess they like each other.”
Um, yeah. To quote my ten-year-old, DUH.
So what we have here is a small child who should be singing songs about letters and fire trucks and sunny days, who should be surrounded by love and acceptance and simple things like ice cream and dirt and worms and crayons, and who is instead having these very adult ideas and prejudices forced on him by adults in a position of authority, and then is being made to recite these hateful words in front of a room full of people, well-aware that if he doesn’t perform properly, he’ll be met with their disapproval.
Next stop: teaching him to kick puppies and slap a bitch for not making his sammich right.
And do I even need to comment on the idiot who taught this kid to say “Ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven”? Way to convince people that homophobic bigots aren’t all ignorant and illiterate, Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church. Hallelujah and pass the torches, folks. Let’s hope none of the kids at this church end up being gay… the repercussions thereof are heartbreaking to consider.