I’m a child of the fifties, so it should be no surprise that the music of the sixties was woven into my then-adolescent and now-aging self. So come last weekend, on a short road trip from Phoenix to Flagstaff, I was singing along with Peter, Paul and Mary.
But about halfway there, a startling thought brought my off-tone sing-along to a sudden halt: I was singing the songs of a hate group. At least, that’s true if you buy what the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is selling—which is the lying label of “hate group” being slapped on most anyone who won’t endorse the SPLC’s ardent advocacy of sexual anarchy dressed up as gay rights and affirming gender identity.
Of course, as a conservative, I was accustomed to thinking of PP&M as a pleasing-enough folk group with leftist leanings—their anti-war anthem of “Blowing in the Wind” was one of the many cultural prime movers that led to our peace with dishonor in Vietnam, and “Puff the Magic Dragon” engendered endless speculation about drug use. But with the dearth of conservative singers, I was left to make do with the leftist groups that dominated that decade.
But now, thanks to SPLC’s ever-enlightening propaganda, I see clearly that Peter, Paul and Mary deceived me—they were not progressive at all, but rather just one more homophobic, transphobic hate group waiting to be outed by the SPLC.
How could the SPLC have missed it?
After all, PP&M rejected gender identity theory in favor of the sexist, binary, non-inclusive notion that there’s something unique about marriage between a man and woman. “Well then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife?” crooned Paul Stookey; “is it love that brings you here or love that brings you life?” Life? What’s that? Could marriage somehow be related to procreation? Well, alas, according to these three rabid haters, yes: “Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again.”
How utterly binary, anti-LGBT, and transphobic is that? And this isn’t merely their point of view—no, indeed, they invoke a divine judgment day—so if you don’t agree, the trumpet will sound and the sun turn black for you. How could we have been so blind, when they lamented “where have all the flowers gone” while dishing out sexism, sex stereotyping, and endorsing man-woman marriage?
The answer is, of course, that we weren’t blind. While it’s safe to say that the politics of all three were to the left of mine, all four of us were on sound ground recognizing that man is man and woman is woman, and that the two together may form a unique, conjugal union of man and wife, which gives life to the next generation. And we don’t have to think twice about that ... because those things are fundamentally all right.
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