Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats is obsessed with homosexuals, homosexuality, and gay marriage. He is a one-issue candidate whose hatred has a uniqueness of its own but one which is common among evangelical extremists, the KKK and the American Nazi Party. One his personal friends, and a political advisor to the man who aspired to be Governor of the State of Iowa, wrote in the Des Moines Register:
As a friend and former adviser on three of Bob Vander Plaats’ campaigns, I understood from Bob that he was done with campaigning against the courts after the retention vote Nov. 2. Yet his senseless attacks on the courts continue.
Bob is obsessed with the gay-marriage issue. He is so obsessed that he would rather see the Iowa judicial system destroyed, instead of pursuing a change in the law within the channels provided (a constitutional amendment). Iowa’s judicial system has been held in high regard by the entire United States. The Iowa judicial branch has a long history of exceptional service, distinguished and acclaimed decisions – and now it is being raked through the mud, disparaged, criticized and harangued daily.
Like former Arkansas Governor and Baptist Pastor Mike Huckabee, Vander Plaats is quick to quote the Bible–with no knowledge of what it says. Instead, Vander Plaats and Huckabee, like Representatives King of NY and IA, misread it deliberately, transmogrifying ancient tales taken from older cultures, into vendettas against those who disagree with them.
“[a word] having four letters” which later generations adopted for YHWH, but in the earliest scrolls of Exodus we find אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה (Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh), and there were many Yah gods throughout the lands of Egypt, Canaan, and Assyria. Yah is associated in all of these cultures and their theologies as the moon god in Egyptian religion, heifer/cow gods of Jeroboan in Samaria, and with the goat god elsewhere. The real god of Israel was not Yah nor Yahweh, but translated most basically as “I am what I am” (or “I will be that which I now am”). He was the male friend of the senior god Baal and both were worshipped with sexual rituals (heterosexual and homosexual), as was Asherah for in the ancient past sex was known as normal and an action to be enjoyed.
At first, it is possible that the thinker does not “actively resist” obsessing over something or some one, but later attempts to resist that obsession for fear that it is a part of his or her own psychology and lifestyle. Vander Plaats projects the classic obsession psychosis: an addiction, directly analogous to alcohol and drug addictions which he maintains to satisfy his own feelings of negativity or being rejected by or unable to obtain the very object, source, or thing he declares to oppose.
Obsession with and over the issue of gay marriages occurs when people cannot help themselves from thinking a particular thought: usually that of the sexuality that occurs in the situation (in this case: gay sex within the bounds of matrimony that was first used to register the joining of two people over 11,000 years ago). Sex addicts and those who are opposed to sexuality either all forms of sex or a particular form of sex for any length of time, spend whole days consumed by sexual thoughts of how to enhance the sexual act or stop the sexual act and those involved in it. They develop elaborate fantasies, speak publicly and privately about it or against it, find new ways of obtaining or denying sex and mentally revisiting past experiences which may have included the very act they are against and seek to either illegalize, marginalize or end by means of violence. Because their minds are so preoccupied by these thoughts, other areas of their lives that they could be thinking about are neglected. To this end, Vander Plaats of Iowa, has lost all thought of all programs save the removal of the Iowa Supreme Court (all the judges who voted unanimously to allow gay marriage in Iowa) and even district judges who do not come out against gay marriage. Based on psychological studies, Vander Plaats is a classic case of a man who either had or was denied having a gay relationship of any duration (consider: Ulman, Richard B.; Harry Paul (2006). The Self Psychology of Addiction and Its Treatment. Psychology Press).
The obsession that Vander Plaats has with homosexuality and gay marriages speaks volumes about his own attempt to hide his subconscious mind from his conscious reality.
“Obsessions” according to the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (fourth edition, text revision). Washington, DC), which is the most commonly used psychiatric diagnostic system in the US has this comment: “Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress…the content of the obsession is alien, not within his or her own control, and not the kind of thought that he or she would expect to have” (p. 457).