If someone rejects the normalcy of homosexuality, he is summarily labeled as a homophobe. If a crime is committed against a homosexual, it is quickly attributed to homophobia.
However, that is an intellectually vacuous jump and seems to lead to classifying anyone who rejects the normalization of any sin as a phobe. It seems extraordinarily absurd to conclude that if stealing, lying, or murder are eventually normalized, the one who rejects such is stealphobic, liephobic, or murderphobic. While I reject the idea that adultery is not sin, it is not based upon a fear, but rather the clear declaration of Scripture.
An example of rushing to attribute crime to homophobia can be seen in the Matthew Shepard case. On October 6, 1998, two young men beat him to death, and were later charged with murder. The event was attributed solely to homophobia that resulted in an innocent non-threatening gay man being brutally murdered. This has been the narrative for 15 years, which has helped to spawn hate crime legislation.
Now, according to gay researchers and writers, Shepard was involved in selling meth, and his murder was more likely to have been linked to a drug deal gone bad than homophobia.
Anyone can get their facts wrong, but there is a repeated occurrence of such that contributes to leading the culture away from biblical faith and morals such as the Matthew Shepard case and Norma McCorvey’s claim of having been gang raped in the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Additionally, “Even the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, which struck down the nation’s anti-sodomy laws and paved the way for gay marriage” not to mention the many “scientific facts” that were later proven to be errors, fraud, and shoddy science, e.g. only a three percent difference between a chimpanzee and a human.
Jesus said, “Sanctify them in truth, your word is truth” (John 17:17).