What do evangelicals and queers have in common? An increasing desire to cocoon. And they're not the only ones.
But for the sake of this argument, I'll stick with these two otherwise disparate groups. Whether it's a coffee house at your local mega-church, or a planned gay amusement park in Malayasia, the trend is clear: membership is preferred.
Nowadays, if you're a Christian, you can minimize your associations with heathens in almost all facets of modern life. Your kids can go to a Christian school, you can work out at a Christian gym, you can socialize nightly at the church and, best of all, you can drink coffee without those bothersome non-believers hovering about.
I'm currently working on a story about a church that is developing its own subdivision. Follow me to Christ Estates!
Gays aren't much different. From queer cruises to gay days at Disney, the desire to keep company with like minds (and proclivities) is on the rise. Sure, some of that is based in past discrimination, but much of the country has moved on. I never feel the need to surround myself with "my kind."
For one, it's boring as hell. I enjoy diversity --- not the P.C.-enforced brand, but true inclusiveness. Of course, it ain't easy finding a group of gay malcontents to hang with, but I haven't really tried. I don't need to check someone's sexual I.D. before I associate with them.
As for Christians, well, many seem, once again, to have discarded the example of Christ, who hung with hookers, tax collectors and other assorted reprobates.
And it goes on and on. Many conservatives abhor places like San Francisco and Boston because of their secular influence. Likewise, plenty of liberals look down their nose at those of us below the Mason-Dixon line.
It's safer in a cocoon. Vanilla as hell, but few seem to go for Neopolitan flavor these days.