Introduction to the Fight over Homosexuality

Introduction to the Fight over Homosexuality

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“Evil may have its day, but to God go the weeks and the years. It must ever be so.”

~Father Eugene Fahy, S.J.

 

Introduction

When the battle over contraception began in earnest in the 1920s, virtually all Christians decided to “sit it out,” reasoning that birth control would not affect them personally. When the abortion revolution started three decades later, most Christians felt that they did not need to join the fight for the same reason.

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The conflict over so-called “gay rights” is entirely different in nature. Christians may choose not to use birth control or get abortions (although they are being forced to involuntarily support them through their taxes). But Christians are now being compelled by the power of government to not only tolerate homosexuality, but to actively support and even celebrate it. Dozens have lost their jobs just for expressing disagreement with the homosexual agenda on their own time.

And the situation is rapidly becoming worse.

The absolute corruption of the mainstream media has led to a dramatic swing in public opinion on “gay rights.” Since the media will simply not allow any dissenting voices to be heard, most people incorrectly believe that 10% of people are homosexual; that “gays” were “born that way”; and that they are under constant threat of lethal violence from “bigoted homophobic haters.” There is only one way to fight back against these lies, and that is with one-on-one education.

In light of recent events, all Catholics should equip themselves to discuss and debate the issue of “gay rights,” since nothing else poses such a direct threat to our God-given freedoms. To begin with, we should understand that the “gay rights” movement really does have an agenda, and that it actually does demand rights that no other group of people possesses. This is why pro-family activists generally use the term “special rights.” We must also be familiar with the scientific case against the redefinition of marriage.

To begin with, we must recognize that a homosexual orientation is not sinful in and of itself. Homosexual urges are similar to other human weaknesses in one way: they constitute an unnatural and unhealthy manifestation of our fallen natures, much like an excessive desire for drugs, money, food or alcohol. We are not sure why the Lord gives people such crosses to bear, but we certainly grow in virtue if we confront our weaknesses and, through His grace, defeat them.

A same-sex attraction will only cause damage to a person’s soul (and body) if he acts on his impulses, in the same manner that an alcoholic does no damage to himself until he begins to drink in excess.

Homosexuals who are chaste and who successfully struggle against their urges through a lifetime of self‑discipline carry a very heavy cross indeed, and we should admire them.1 So the mere fact that someone has a homosexual orientation does not mean that he or she is a “bad” person.

Why We Must Oppose the LGBT Movement

At first glance, it may seem that Christians and other people of good will should support equality for homosexuals. After all, Jesus Christ taught us that we should recognize the equal dignity of all human beings.

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However, when considering this point we cannot be superficial thinkers. Certainly all human beings deserve our love and respect simply because they are human beings, regardless of whether they are a law‑abiding citizen or a thief, homosexual or “straight,” male or female. Homosexuals, simply because they are human beings, deserve the same authentic rights that everyone else possesses, including the right to vote, the right to free speech, the right to freedom of religion, the right to hold a job without unjust discrimination, and the right to live their lives in peace and free of violence.

When we examine the special rights agenda in detail, we find that it is not just agitating for equality, because homosexuals already possess equality under the laws of the United States. As we will see, the militant homosexual agenda is a clear threat because it demands a superior position in our society.

A minority of homosexuals―primarily the well-funded activists―demand rights that:

  1. violate the natural law, as in marriage and adoption rights
  2. interfere with or supersede the authentic rights of others, such as free speech
  3. place the homosexual on a privileged plane not enjoyed by others, such as demanding that all who oppose them be fired from their jobs and be ostracized by society.

While we support authentic human rights for all, it is essential that we oppose the special rights movement. It not only represents a clear threat to public health and safety, it has proven that it will ruthlessly crush even those who oppose it in good faith.

In other words, it is an extreme danger to democracy and the free expression of ideas.

10 Facts for the Debate about Homosexuality

There are ten specific and logical reasons why every authentic Catholic (or really, anyone) should oppose the homosexual special rights movement.

1. The “Gay” Lifestyle is Unhealthy

The first and most obvious is that it is a public health catastrophe. Those concerned with people’s health oppose activities that significantly and adversely affect the health of a large group of people, such as smoking, drunk driving, or illegal hard drug use. But very few have the courage to speak out against homosexual activity, which is the most efficient disease transmitter known to humanity.

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The HIV virus

Even if there were no moral implications whatever connected to homosexual activities, as the special rights agitators claim, we must continue to actively oppose the “gay agenda” because it is so terribly unhealthy.

Up until about 1995, sexually active “gays” and lesbians lost an average of 25 years from their life spans. Because of the development of new drugs and treatments, this gap has been narrowed to about a decade. However, even if homosexuals eventually match the general life span, anyone who has to remain on a heavy regimen of powerful drugs for the rest of their lives cannot be considered healthy by any definition.

Many reasonable people oppose unhealthy activity for its own sake, regardless of moral arguments:

  • Alcoholics lose an average of ten years from their lives and are frequently a menace to other people’s lives and health (thousands of people are killed by drunk drivers every year in the USA alone).2
  • Heavy smokers lose an average of 6.5 years from their lives.3
  • Drug addicts lose an average of ten years from their lives and are frequently a menace to other people’s lives and health (thousands of people are killed or injured by the criminal activities of drug addicts every year).4
  • Extremely overweight individuals lose an average of 6.5 years from their lives and often severely impact the lives of others (thousands of overweight workers die of obesity-related causes such as heart disease every year, leaving their loved ones destitute or scrambling to survive).5

Reasonable people discourage heavy drinking, smoking, illegal drug use and obesity because they drastically shorten people’s life spans and are a menace to society and other individuals. Why do we not oppose the “gay” lifestyle, which shortens life spans even more, and is a menace to the health of society and other people?

2. The Homosexual Agenda is Predatory

The second reason we must oppose the “special rights” agenda is that it is ruthlessly predatory.

Hundreds of thousands of young boys have been sexually molested by homosexual Protestant ministers, by homosexual public school teachers, by homosexual Boy Scout leaders, and by homosexual Catholic priests. Leading homosexuals have confessed that child sexual molestation (“man-boy love”) is at the heart of “gay rights,” and major medical journals have published studies showing that homosexuals molest children at an incredibly high rate.6

3. The LGBT Rights Movement is Coercive

The third reason we must oppose the special rights movement is because it is relentlessly coercive. Its members persistently lobby legislatures and clog courthouses demanding their own rights, but feel absolutely no regret as they relentlessly coerce and compel others to accept and even celebrate their lifestyle.

Hundreds of gay rights and hate crimes laws have been enacted at all levels in the United States. Some “first world” governments are now forcing churches to hire and protect homosexuals, even if doing so violates their most cherished beliefs. Governments are forcing people to rent to homosexual “couples,” even if the property owners can demonstrate that their religious beliefs are being violated. Increasingly, opposition to the special rights agenda results in terrorism directed against individuals and organizations.

4. Gay Rights Oppose the Rights of Others

Fourth, the special rights movement completely disregards the rights of others. As they complain that they are being oppressed, homosexual activists violently attack Christians, disrupt church services, vandalize churches and threaten that they may legitimately use any means to achieve their goals―even murder!

Leading homosexual activists have vowed to kill, maim, and murder in their quest for special rights. Any movement with a significant contingent of people who believe that they are exempt from all of the rules that govern the rest of us must be opposed as a matter of principle, because if it gains sufficient power, it will be absolutely despotic.

Under special rights laws, homosexuals are granted a superior legal standing. Colleges give preference to homosexuals in legal disputes, housing authorities usually side with homosexuals against “straights,” and “hate crimes” can only be committed against homosexuals―but never by homosexuals. Finally, only “straights” are subject to “sensitivity” (i.e., brainwashing) sessions―when was the last time you heard of a homosexual activist being forced to take sensitivity training?

Special rights laws, by their very nature, are discriminatory and give one group legal protection that other groups do not enjoy. This protection is based solely on the preferred group’s behavior. Such laws can only cause resentment and backlash and create a proliferation of case law that itself leads to judicial and legal logjams, conflicts, unfairness and confusion.

5. The Gay Rights Movement is Violent

Fifth, the “special rights” movement is extremely violent. When a government gives a group of people a false “permission” to engage in any kind of promiscuous sexual activity, such coddling eventually leads to a complete loss of self‑discipline. This inability to control oneself naturally leads from sexual misconduct to total disregard for all of the ordinances of both God and man. Activist homosexuals commit many more violent crimes in general than the rest of the population, as we will see.

Homosexuals are also much more likely to commit suicide or to meet a violent death themselves than are other people, and the homosexual “lifestyle” has caused “gays” to lose fifty million years of productive life in the United States since 1985.7

6. The Homosexual Lifestyle is Addictive

Sixth, homosexual behavior is strongly addictive. Homosexuals quickly become addicted to their promiscuous sexual lifestyle, and their behavior meets all points of the medical criteria for addiction.8

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By legitimizing and protecting such behavior, governments enable individuals to become more and more immersed in the homosexual lifestyle to the lasting detriment of both themselves and society. Significantly, homosexuals also suffer from a greatly increased rate of cross-addiction to alcohol and drugs.

7. Homosexual “Marriage” Damages Society

Seventh, the special rights movement damages society. To elevate homosexual unions to the same status enjoyed by the family is to degrade and even ridicule the status of the traditional family. To place ersatz homosexual “marriages” on the same moral and financial footing as “traditional” marriages will adversely impact society in a profound manner, because when evil is officially placed on the same level as good, society in general gradually loses the capability of distinguishing between good and evil.

“Traditional” marriage is in bad shape indeed, but the solution is to fix it, not to dilute its meaning. Homosexuals who justify marriage between two (or more) men and two (or more) women by pointing at the sad state of man‑woman marriage are falling into a logical fallacy. This is like saying that a car’s transmission is shot, its windshield is broken, it burns oil like a furnace, and its muffler fell off long ago, so let’s fix it by slashing its tires!

The problem is not the Sacrament of Matrimony, the problem is people’s lack of commitment to it.

The implications of redefining marriage are obvious. Such acceptance will inevitably lead to a further degradation of the institution that has always been the foundation of every healthy society. Already, polygamists are demanding marriage rights―and, believe it or not, so‑called “zoophiles” are insisting that they should be able to marry their pets!9

And why not, if two men or two women can get married to each other?

8. Homosexuals Are Not a True Minority

The eighth reason we must oppose the homosexual agenda is that “gays” are not a legitimate minority. All minorities that have, until recently, achieved protection under the law are defined by race, sex, and national origin―not by their sexual urges. To give a group special protection just because it feels or acts differently from other groups simply makes no sense.

Since courts place great value on legal precedents, this will throw open the doors for any group that defines itself based on a shared identity to claim civil rights protection.

This type of legal end‑run has already been attempted by organized pedophiles like the Rene Guyon Society and the North American Man‑Boy Love Association (NAMBLA); by organized prostitutes under the banners of Cast Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE) and Johns and Call Girls United against Repression (JACGUAR); and, of course, by pornographers, including the purveyors of child pornography. Once homosexual “marriage” becomes enshrined in law, can a train of other atrocities be far behind?

9. Homosexuals Already Enjoy Equality, And More

Ninth, the special rights movement is completely unnecessary if its true goal is equality. As a class, homosexuals earn more, travel more, are more highly educated, and own more material goods than any other subgroup of the general population. As far as violence is concerned, only one in 77 homosexuals is ever the victim of a hate crime.10

The special rights movement does not really aim to free homosexuals from oppression, because they are already free―the objective of the movement is to give homosexuality and homosexual acts an exalted and privileged place in society.

10. The “Gay” Lifestyle Is against the Will of God

The tenth and most important reason we must oppose the homosexual agenda is that it is opposed to the will of God. The Metropolitan Community Church (originally entitled the “Sodomy Church,”) the Unitarian Universalists, and many other ultra-liberal churches claim that homosexuality is compatible with a good spiritual Christian or Jewish life. However, both the Bible and the Talmud explicitly condemn homosexual acts.

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The Bible clearly condemns homosexuality as a “hateful thing,” and uses Sodom and the sodomites as a standard of evil against which all sinful activities are compared.

Anyone who says that Jesus and the Bible did not condemn homosexual activity is ignorant, self‑deceiving―or just plain lying.

Although liberal Christians and Jews have warped their original faith teachings beyond recognition to suit their own purposes, those who faithfully adhere to the correct and original teachings will recognize that homosexual activity is one of the greatest evils in existence and must be fought.

The homosexual rights movement categorically rejects any and all limitations on its behavior and social entitlement. It is virulently anti‑Christian and rejects self‑discipline, love of others, and even love of God.

It is not an exaggeration to say that authentic Christianity and the special rights agenda simply cannot coexist.

Conclusion

A slumbering Christianity is the homosexual activist’s best friend. The only reason that the special rights agenda has advanced so far in such a short time is that the Catholic Church has largely remained silent. Sure, we have some solid bishops and priests speaking out against the homosexual movement, but we must remember that we laity are 99.9% of the Church, and the vast majority of the work must necessarily fall to us.

There are forty million adult Catholics in this country, which should be terrifying to the Culture of Death. If only ten percent of these people spoke out strongly and absolutely refused to be silenced, the homosexual activists could not win.

Are you one of the “ten percent?”

As John Nantz has written, “Find your voice and see what God will do through you; or sit idle and silent as the pagan voices howl, lose yourself in distraction and awake to the burning pyres of liberty lost.”

 

Endnotes

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, ¶2357-2359.

[2] Roger J. Williams. “When Whiskey Sours: Some Sobering Facts on Heavy Drinking.” Texas Monthly, February 1975, pages 46 and 47; “Alcoholism: New Victims, New Treatment.” Time Magazine, April 22, 1974.

[3] Mary Shaw, Richard Mitchell and Danny Dorling. “Time for a Smoke? One Cigarette Reduces Your Life by 11 Minutes.” British Medical Journal, January 1, 2000, pages 53 to 59.

[4] Unlike tobacco or alcohol, the use of heroin, cocaine and other dangerous drugs is generally illegal, so it is difficult to pin down the cost of their use to a person’s life span. However, a review of several articles in medical journals arrived at an average loss of about ten years from a chronic drug user’s life span.

[5] A. Peeters et. al. “Obesity in Adulthood and Its Consequences for Life Expectancy: A Life-Table Analysis.” Annals of Internal Medicine, January 7, 2003, pages 24 to 32.

[6] Brian W. Clowes and David L. Sonnier. “Child Molestation by Homosexuals and Heterosexuals.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, May 2005, pages 44 to 54. For a PDF copy of this article, e-mail Brian Clowes at bclowes@hli.org.

[7] For references and documentation, e-mail Brian Clowes at bclowes@hli.org and ask for Excel spreadsheet F-25-E, “Years of Life Lost Due to the Homosexual Lifestyle, 1985-2015.”

[8] For references and documentation, e-mail Brian Clowes at bclowes@hli.org and ask for Excel spreadsheet F-25-3, “Characteristics of the Male Homosexual Addiction.”

[9] See, for example, the truly bizarre case of Philip Buble, who “married” his German Shepherd “Lady,” and who is a leading agitator for “zoophile rights.”

[10] For references and documentation, e-mail Brian Clowes at bclowes@hli.org and ask for Excel spreadsheet F-25-32.XLS, “FBI Statistics on Hate Crimes against Homosexuals and Heterosexuals in the USA, 2001-Date.”

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About the Author:

Brian Clowes, PhD
Dr. Brian Clowes has been HLI’s director of research since 1995 and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books and over 500 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer.

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