I just read a recent Time Magazine article in which the National Center for Lesbian Rights just unveiled its latest public indoctrination effort.
“Born Perfect” is a campaign to recruit legislators and educators to publicly vilify heterosexuality. Well, not quite. It is aimed at criminalizing “conversion therapy” for homosexuals. The controversial therapy is condemned as the religious right’s tool for suppressing homosexual behavior, but there are secular proponents of conversion therapy, including the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.
As we might well expect, the American Psychiatric Association has condemned conversion therapy, most likely in response to cultural pressure, just as it revised the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1973 by removing the listing of homosexuality as a disorder.
Hmmm, let’s see: homosexuality is a statistical aberration that is associated with disease, suicide and severe emotional trauma, whose practitioners cannot produce offspring, but the APA says it’s not a disorder. Meanwhile, statistically common conditions such as hyperactivity and defiance in children are treated and medicated with great vigor and listed as disorders in the DSM V. Go figure.
Many researchers explain away the detrimental effects of homosexuality by attributing them to “minority stress—explaining that stigma, prejudice, and discrimination create a hostile and stressful social environment that causes mental health problems.” However, these people seem to come up short when asked to explain why these issues would persist even in this age when the majority of society joyfully embraces homosexuality. The minority stress has become the celebrated “proud to be different” cause du jour, much like the James Dean Rebel Without a Cause kick in the 50s. Nevertheless, the mantra goes, all the psychological fallout is the fault of conservative meanies who keep saying homosexuality is unhealthy.
Just how accepted is homosexuality by mainstream America? Just a week ago, I used a Chase ATM at a Fred Meyer. Before I could even put my card in the machine, the screen danced with festive lettering: “Join us at Chase in celebrating LGBT Pride Month!”
Many groups throughout history have been exploited, oppressed and marginalized, but they don’t get their own “pride” months. Have you ever heard of Women’s Pride Month or Retarded Americans Pride Month?
Neither have I. Just imagine the uproar that would ensue if we started having a Christian Pride Month or a Straight Pride Month.
LGBT Americans become instant celebrities whenever they initiate any kind of community action, legislative or judicial effort. All you have to do to be a star in America these days is to appear in a well-circulated photograph holding hands with someone of the same sex. It’s even better when the couple are walking into court with brave countenances. Still, the flame of sympathy is kept burning by the constant assertion that our LGBT friends and neighbors are still getting kicked to the curb around every corner.
Our culture feels so protective of gays that the sentiment is overtaking religious rights. I just read a story this morning, a variation of an all too common theme: a Colorado baker is ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples or face the wrath of unsupervised bureaucrats. One of these, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, fined bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein $135,000 for declining to bake a wedding cake for a local gay couple — women they had served on many previous occasions. When the Kleins couldn’t pay up, Avakian then attempted to put a lien on their home to collect the money. They had already lost their business in the process. Here are store proprietors who have invested time, sweat and cash building their own businesses, now forced to violate their own religious conscience just to spare gay couples from having to go down the street to the next business. But of course, none of this is about minor inconvenience; it’s about gays being incensed that there are still a few holdouts in America who aren’t exuberantly celebrating the wholesomeness of homosexual marriage. You can agree with these developments all you want, but you can’t claim America is a free country.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, same-sex couples are suing English churches for refusing to perform their weddings. It’s only a matter of time before churches here are targeted in the same way.
But getting back to “Born Perfect”: as NCLR director Kate Kendell emphasizes, “It is now generally understood that sexual orientation cannot and should not be changed and that efforts to change it are damaging.” Understood wasn’t the best word choice here. According to Merriam Webster, to understand means “to grasp the meaning of.” America’s cultural enthusiasm for homosexuality is better produced by inventing, rather than grasping, meaning.
For instance, take Kendell’s second assertion in the above quote ― “…efforts to change [sexual orientation] are damaging.” This statement shows utter contempt for real analysis. For starters, there is no definition of the phrase “efforts to change.” In any legitimate epistemological enterprise, we have to have an operational definition (an agreed-upon set of terms) to be able to have a productive discussion. Of course, the gay agenda isn’t about having productive discussions. It is about silencing dissent and encouraging joy-joy feelings toward homosexuals and transgendered people. Facts don’t come into it.
“Efforts to change” sexual orientation, then, could include a great range of things, all the way from directed flirting by a member of the opposite sex to shooting the gay person in the head. Of course, we are meant to believe that “efforts to change” refers to gay conversion therapy. But there is no empirical evidence that conversion therapy has ever caused the slightest harm to anyone. And since Kendell wasn’t specific about what she meant by “efforts to change,” she can state all day long that those efforts are damaging without running the slightest risk of being exposed as a charlatan. Yes, Kate, I agree with you. Shooting gay people is indeed harmful. It’s a crying shame that kind of thing goes on.
Kendell’s “proof” that gay conversion therapy is harmful turns out to be a heart-rending story about a gay man, Sam Brinton, who was “ruined” by being told God disapproves of homosexuality. Brinton also endured “physical abuse” from his father. The abuse was unspecified, so it’s safe to assume Brinton was spanked for homosexual behavior. But of course, we aren’t given specifics we might easily refute, so Kendell leaves the door open for all kinds of morbid speculation. Kate, my heart breaks to think of Brinton’s father burning his fingertips with lighted matches just for playing with dolls. This barbarism has to stop.
Even if we could infer the worst from these dramatic insinuations, everyone who has ever studied philosophy, epistemology, science or logic knows that anecdotal evidence proves nothing. But the entire gay agenda is built on such ad-hominem arguments. The movement to hoist gay marriage forcibly into the mainstream defies reason, righteousness and rule of law. Just ask Judge Michael McShane of Oregon’s Federal District Court, an openly-gay jurist whose ascension to the federal bench proved to be prodigiously convenient for the purpose of overturning Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in May of this year. Judicial ethics call for judges to recuse themselves when they end up in such cozy situations. His presiding over the case was a clear conflict of interest. But homosexual activists in today’s pro-gay milieu are far too starry-eyed to be hindered by such considerations, especially when they know they won’t be held accountable.
Accordingly, almost in lock-step with “Born Perfect,” sympathetic advocates and lawmakers are working to ban licensed counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation through therapy of any kind. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed such a ban into law in 2013, prompting many parents to fight back. One can’t exactly blame them. Most parents with young, impressionable children object to strangers usurping their parental authority.
Contrary to the rhetoric of LGBT activists, many gays do not accept the assumptions of its political platform — that people are “born gay,” cannot change and are not harmed by homosexual behavior. A growing number of gays actually want to find a way out, which has led to prominent efforts to make gay conversion therapy more widely available. This is what NCLR is opposing. Exactly what is it that these activists are afraid of? That some homosexuals might actually break free from homosexuality and then talk about how much better their lives are?
Twenty years ago, the mainstay of the gay activist message was that LGBT people have the right to choose the way they live. But now that everyone is happy enough to leave them alone, freedom to choose disappears from view. In a stunning piece of hypocrisy, one proponent of criminalizing GCT said, “A truly tolerant nation is one that respects the rights of all Americans.” Unless, of course, that American is gay and wants to change. What LGBT activists mean by self-determination, then, is “gay determination.” The freedom of their comrades in the gay community must be suppressed if their choices suggest homosexuality isn’t perfectly healthy and wholesome.
The United States is not a theocracy. Those of alternative sexual orientation have the legal right to pursue the partners and the lifestyle of their choice. They have the right to challenge real oppression in society. However, they do not have the right to aggressively limit options for homosexuals who want to break free from their predilection. Homosexual judges do not have the right to ignore judicial ethics. Gay activists do not have the right to dictate how parents may raise their children.
So why in the world are we putting up with it?