In response to a wave of suicides of bullied gay and lesbian youth, certain prominent individuals and groups have recently been focused on providing emotional support to this fragile population through a series of radio and television spots called "It Gets better." Generally, encouraging young people to remain strong in the face of adversity is not a bad message. It promotes a positive self-image and hopefully saves a few lives.
But of course not everyone can buy into the concept of treating kids humanely or letting them grow up proud of who they are. Extremist Christians, in particular, want to make sure that these kids are suffering emotionally due to their choice of being gay.
A solid majority of Americans realize that most rational people would not "choose" a lifestyle that would subject them to scorn and humiliation - especially during adolescence when the overwhelming desire among young people is acceptance by their peers. But fundamentalist Christians insist that homosexuality is a "choice" because not to do so would mean that their God created gay people - and would run directly counter to one of their most cherished and entrenched Christian hatreds.
Scott Brown, former nude model and current U.S Senator from Massachusetts, has his own major identity crisis going on, one which he undoubtedly hopes will get better. Brown wants to maintain at least a semblance of conservative credibility, something that would be a no-brainer if he were from someplace like South Carolina or Oklahoma. But Massachusetts clearly is not some cracker enclave where voters take their cues from religious zealots or radio hate mongers. Many people in Massachusetts have the ability to think independently and make intelligent choices
Scott Brown won Teddy Kennedy's old senate seat in a special election, and he will have to run in November of 2012 in order to maintain the seat. His election was a fluke that boiled down to an ineffective campaign by Democratic nominee. Winning in 2012 will not be a sure thing for Brown.
That is why it is interesting that Scott Brown has chosen to flaunt his GOP gooberishness by becoming the only member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to decline to appear in an "It Gets Better" anti-bullying video. Well, actually it is not so interesting as it is chickenshit.
Not to worry, Scotty. After your gig in the Senate comes to an end next year, you will be free to pursue your other talent. We'll be expecting to see your centerfold in the AARP Magazine!