PART V – BEYOND THE PALE
The primary thrust of the movement to normalize the gay lifestyle in recent years has been civil rights angle: ‘After all, it’s just another lifestyle’ and ‘We can’t help it, – we were born that way’. Despite the fact that the genetic determination of homosexuality has been, thoroughly, scientifically, and admittedly debunked, (even in the ‘Gay Press’), – the myth continues. ‘We are just normal people who happen to prefer our own team’, goes the argument. It is on that basis that the case is made for Gay Marriage, and a general cultural affirmation of the homosexual lifestyle. The fact is, it is anything but normal. As one peels back the layers, the phenomenon’s true nature is revealed. It is one of increasingly unbridled, destructive perversion. This great lie is destroying physically and spiritually, both individual and culture alike.
Gay marriage has become the wedge issue for cultural change. Here’s the argument in a nutshell. “It is only fair!” If all people are created equal, – in the image of God, – then it is only fair that society treat all equally. Christians who oppose gay marriage, to allow gays to enjoy the societal benefits of marriage, – are just imposing there moral beliefs on others. It is a matter of fairness, and tolerance, and civil rights. The argument moves from toleration, to acceptance, to moral equivalency. “What’s the difference?” – say they.
But the argument is logically flawed. First, it assumes that the homosexuality of the individual is pre-disposed by God or genetics. We have seen that it is not. Homosexuality is in essence behavior. It is a choice made to indulge in a certain pattern of behaviors and identification. If this were not true, there would not be thousands who have left the homosexual lifestyle. Studies show a success rate of from 30% to 70% of orientation change among those wanting to change.[i] Neither is genetic determination supported by numerous studies of identical twins, where little correlation has been found. Secondly, the argument assumes moral equivalency. But while all people are equally the creation of God, – all ideas and behaviors are not equal. Violence and forbearance, adultery and fidelity, honesty and lying are not morally equivalent. Behaviors are the consequences of moral decisions, – as such they have moral consequences. Even where genetic tendency exists, it does not abrogate moral responsibility. Someone may inherit a predilection for violence, or alcoholism. This does not mean that drunkenness and wife beating should be tolerated, affirmed and ultimately celebrated. Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, President of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH), explains that “Many conditions seem to have a genetic foundation – alcoholism, schizophrenia, diabetes, learning disabilities…But a genetic disposition does not indicate normality, desirability or even unchangeability of a condition”. He cites a 1997 NARTH survey of nearly 900 individuals who had experienced a degree of change in sexual orientation. Before treatment, 68% had thought of themselves as almost exclusively homosexual. After treatment that number was only 13%.[ii]
Thirdly, Christians are neither imposing a belief system nor discriminating when opposing gay unions. If anything, the opposite is true. Marriage has a definition and a purpose that had survived in society for millennium. It is the union of one-man and one-woman, for the institutional purpose of providing and raising up the next generation. It is open to all adult individuals who wish to partake. The homosexual lobby has managed to successfully change that definition of marriage; – not just to rectify a wrong, or even for their own benefit, – but in fact to, (in their own words), “…wholly transform the definition of family in American culture.”[iii] Lest you think this is an isolated sentiment, held by a few at the kook fringe, let me offer you more of ‘their own words’. One advocate for same sex unions explained, “Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society.”[iv] One official report of the City of San Francisco, saw gay marriage as the means of divesting that institution “…of the sexist trappings of the past.”[v] Noted author Judith Levine chimed-in in the Village Voice to argue that “Gay Marriage Isn’t Radical Enough,” envisioning a world where “…the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit” would not be restricted by law.[vi] Recall what the Bible says. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them…Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 1:27, 2:24) One man, one woman!
But even same sex unions, in their most benign and limited forms are destructive to the culture. Here are some reasons:
- For millennia, the success of Western Civilization had been based on the notion of eliminating sexuality as the overriding force that drives the culture. Marriage between one man and one woman, was one of the requisite corollaries. If you remember back to the beginning of this series, Dennis Prager argued that it was the radical departure from paganism, adapted by the Judeo-Christian culture that enabled the success of the West. It is the successful and organized campaign of he LGBTQ lobby that has altered the status quo.
- Traditional marriage is in the best interests of the child. Hundreds of studies confirm that the ideal unit for raising children is the traditional one; – a household characterized by a two-parent, heterosexual, covenantal, committed relationship.[vii] Any other arrangement markedly raises the risks of child abuse, poverty, psychological disorder, academic underachievement, teen pregnancy, drug use, etc.
- When it comes to raising children: Any homosexual union is necessarily parasitic in nature. It is the corollary to #2 above. Gay unions can neither produce the children nor provide the gender-balanced role-modeling necessary in child rearing. (This is not to say that some kids won’t turn out ‘OK’. It is however, problematic.)
- It follows from points 2 & 3 that the society, through government should therefore encourage only traditional marriage. This is so, because it is the best means of assuring the raising up of the next generation, – thereby continuing the society.
- The institution of same-sex marriage as legal, acceptable and equivalent has unalterably changed the culture. Public / legal morality now exists in a state of permanent conflict with religious morality. And because of this it undermines its civilizing relevance.
- Following from #5: It destroys the relevance of Biblical morality, which was instituted by God for the benefit of man.
- The very nature of the homosexual phenomena is intrinsically destructive. It destroys wherever it goes.
It is not an innate sense of “homophobia” or hate that underlies that statement, but rather a deep and studied concern that homosexuality is destroying the culture, destroying individuals in its grasp, and destroying children who are buying into the lie that it is a morally / consequence-neutral lifestyle choice. To illustrate the point, let me share some facts about the “nature of the beast.”
Extensive studies reveal that, over the course of a lifetime, 73% of gay men had over 100 sexual partners, – 41% had over 500, – 26% had over 1,000. A rather promiscuous lifestyle, that![viii]
- The Advocate, a gay magazine reports that of 600 gays and bisexuals surveyed in Milwaukee, 73% said that within the previous 6 months, they had sex with someone that they never saw again.[ix]
- The American Journal of Public Health reported in 1994 that 50% of gay men and 41% of lesbians canvassed in one study used hallucinogens. About 80% surveyed used marijuana.[x]
- Dr Nicolosi of NARTH quotes studies that say that, by 30 years of age, 30% of gay men “will be HIV positive or dead of AIDS.” By age 50, about half will be HIV positive.[xi]
- According to the AMA, gay youth are about 23 times more likely to get STDs.[xii]
- On a per-capita basis, child molestation and pedophilia are more than 7-times more likely to be committed by homosexuals. About 86% of pedophiles describe themselves as gay or bisexual. The average homosexual offender will molest over 150 male victims during the course of a lifetime, as opposed to about 19 for the heterosexual molester.[xiii]
Homosexuality, clearly is not a neutral lifestyle choice. Yet for those living its lie, it is a dark and tragic life. In Romans 1, Paul describes their condition as one in which they suppress “the truth in unrighteousness.” They “…became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened…Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves… For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.” (Romans 1: 18, 24, 26) Yet still they try to justify their sin. The fact is, they want it affirmed by the rest of society; – accepted, even celebrated.
The idea of sex with children is not necessarily an aberration in the homosexual phenomena. One researcher, Steve Baldwin, author of Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement, came to the conclusion that “…child molestation is an integral part of the homosexual movement.” The gay rag Guide, advocated the position that “children are naturally sexual” and “deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose…Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly…do it for the children’s sake.” Many homosexual publications advertise openly for child sex including the aforementioned Advocate. The Journal of Homosexuality, has published many articles promoting the benefits of “intergenerational love.” The North American Man-Boy Love Association, of course promotes the practice openly.[xiv] That theme of normalizing pedophilia is now being pushed in leftist media circles. Just a couple of years ago, Salon magazine published an article by Todd Nickerson, announcing his predilection for sex with young children and asking for understanding. The article has since been taken down. But here is a description of some of what was written by Tim Constantine in the Washington Times. Constantine’s article was called: “Pedophiles: The next normal.” Here’s some of what he wrote. “A writer for the liberal publication SALON has come forward and announced to the world he is a pedophile. Todd Nickerson waxes nostalgic about seeing a beautiful little five year old girl and thinking ‘wow!’. He tries to comfort us by sharing that she was very precocious, very advanced for a five year old and very independent. He says all of that with a straight face. He justifies his sexual attraction to a five year old by saying she was very advanced for her age. Nickerson says his purpose in life is to help others like him…other pedophiles…to express themselves and to come out in the open. Listen to that carefully. His purpose is to normalize those that are sexually attracted to children. Sound crazy? It wasn’t all that long ago we said the same thing about cross dressers and transvestites. Now they are ‘normal. It seems Nickerson isn’t alone in his effort to normalize those with perverted thoughts about children. There is a new web site put together specifically for what they call virtuous pedophiles.’”[xv]
This gospel of the tolerance of evil, (though of course it is not recognized as such), is spread with impunity by the Gay Lobby and its liberal acolytes. The National Education Association has voted strongly in favor of mandatory sensitivity training for teachers and adopted resolutions calling for “Gay / Lesbian History Month.” AIDS education in one Ohio school system has 5th- graders reading a story about a boy who preferred boys to girls and ends up contracting the disease.[xvi] Another story, aimed at Middle School students, Entries From a Hot Pink Notebook, is a pornographic, sexually detailed account of sex between two boys. A purported documentary, It’s Elementary, has also made its way around schools, portraying not tolerance but anti-Christian bigotry. Children interviewed in the film, routinely parrot the film-makers agenda that Christians are small minded and bigoted by nature.[xvii]
What all of this is really selling is not an alternative lifestyle, – but rather a way of death. Homosexuality brings with it; – promiscuity, STDs, alcoholism, drug use, AIDS, increased mental illness and even suicide. (These conditions are most prominently found, by the way, in places like San Francisco, New York, and the parts of Europe most accepting of the gay lifestyle.) There is an emptiness there that cannot be filled without God. Romans 1:26-27 gives stark sentence for persisting in that evil. “For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” In our treatment of this subject we must finally look at Gay Theology: The Fight over God’s Word.
[i] Gay Rights: A Summary of the Debate, January 11, 2001
[ii] Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Is This Really Good For Kids, Teachers In Focus
[iii] Michelangelo Signorile, “I Do…, OUT Magazine, May, 1996, as quoted by Robert Knight, In Their Own Words, July 23, 2003
[iv] Paula Ettelbrick, Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation, in Wm. Rubenstein’s , Lesbian, Gay Men and the Law, as quoted by Robert Knight, In Their Own Words, July 23, 2003
[v] Tom Stoddard, Approaching 2000: Meeting the Challenges to San Francisco’s Families, as quoted by Robert Knight,
In Their Own Words, July 23, 2003
[vi] Judith Levine, Stop the Wedding…, The Village Voice, July 23-29, 2003, as quoted by Robert Knight, In Their Own Words, July 23, 2003
[vii] Robert H Knight, The Case for Marriage, September 29, 2003
[viii] Study by Bell & Weinberg, as quoted by: Matt Kaufman, Not Afraid to Come Out,
[ix] Survey in the Advocate as quoted by: Matt Kaufman, Not Afraid to Come Out,
[x] American Journal of Public Health, #84, 1994
[xi] Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Is This Really Good For Kids, Teachers In Focus
[xii] Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Is This Really Good For Kids, Teachers In Focus
[xiii] Jon Dougherty, Pedophilia more common among ‘gays’, World Net Daily, June 2, 2002
[xiv] Jon Dougherty, Pedophilia more common among ‘gays’, World Net Daily, June 2, 2002
[xv] Tim Constantine, Pedophiles: The next normal, The Washington Times, May 19, 2016
[xvi] The Top Ten Reasons Why…Its Not Homophobic to Question Homosexuality,
Mission America, Spring 1996
[xvii] The Top Ten Reasons Why…Its Not Homophobic to Question Homosexuality,
Mission America, Spring 1996