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Unformatted text preview: FOCUS: HOMOSEXUAI. RIGHTS AGENDA sexua sulc'de BY ED VITAGLIAND Almost 750,000 people attended the“Gay Pride Day” celebration and parade in San Francisco in June, just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all re— maining sodomy laws in the country in the case of Lawrence v. TLLYHS. The festivities included what might be expected under the circumstances: the giddy revelry of those who had just won — without a doubt — the most significant legal victory for sexual libertinism in US. history. According to pro—family witnesses, how— ever, the celebration also contained much more than most ordinary Americans would expect to see at a parade. Displays of public nudity, men clad only with a sex toy and, peppered throughout the vast throngs of homoseer als in attendance, signs declaring such lurid sentiments as, “We had sodomy for break— fast," and “Sodomixc me — It’s legal." Sexual rebellion The well—guarded secret of the homo— sexual movement is that, regardless of how one understands the causes of homosexu- ality, the nature of it is, at its core, sexual rebellion. “Gays” and lesbians are driven to challenge and destroy every conception of what is considered to be sexual normalcy. This is the essence of“queer theory,” the The rebellion of homosexuality causes untold suffering underlying sexual ethic of the homosexual movement. Conservative writer and cul- ture critic Roger Kimball said, “\xlaintain— ing a sufficiently‘t rangressive‘ attitude to- ward everything the ‘dominant society' considers normal is central to the purpose of queer theory.” Without such a deconstruction of non malcy — and regardless of what political victories are won h homosexuals “won't be free until we can be queer in the streets, not just in the sheets,” said Richard Goldstein, a columnist for the homosexual magazine The Advocate and author of The Attack Queers. “Gays” and lesbians reject not only the biology which underlies human sexuality, bttt also the traditional malcefcmalc model of re— lationships. Goldstein said that within the ho- mosexual is“the impulse to shatter the strictures of male or female identity.” However, if concepts of natural sexu— ality are undermined, and then the male female construction of relationships is i, “Gay libiiratio means crushed, what remains? For homosexuals, it is merely a sexual ethic that excludes norms. It is open defiance of social conventions regarding sex. It is sexual anarchy. Pat Califia, a welleknown lesbian author who underwent the transition to becom— ing a “man,” said that American culture has not sufficiently normalized homosexual- ity because it refuses to recognize the to- tality of human sexual experimentation, such as sadomasochism, transgenderism, public sex and even “cross-generational” sex — meaning adult-child copulation. She insists that “the general public is still deeply ignorant about and afraid of the complete range of human sexual experi— ence," adding that homosexuals “haven’t done the grassroots sex education that would get at the seeds of homophobia: fear and loathing of minority sexuality.” Calilia, who boasts that she is a sadomas ochist, sees the real movement for“gay” equality as being tethered to the tight to normalize all sexual tastes. “Until it’s safe to be dif- ferent [sexually] , we will have no real freedom — no genuine equality,” she said. Sexual obsession This rebellion against normal sexual— ity is the defining characteristic of the nor mosexttal community. Its members have it .--.\ " 'rni ( sexual freedom. no common language, religion, music or other typical unifying norm. What homo- sexuals have in common is the one thing that makes them different from the rest of the culture — their sexual preference. Some homosexuals insist, however, that they are not what they do in bed. Homo- sexual columnist Dan Savage disagrees. “We are sex. That fact makes some gay men and lesbians uncomfortable,” he said.“Sex is what makes us not straight people, after all.” Homosexual writer Gabriel Rotello, author of Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny ofGay Men, stated that sex “is the very thing that to many of us defines us as gay men, drives our politics and our erotics, gives us our modern identity, provides the mortar of much of our philosophy and community, animates much of our lives.” However, a “gay” self—identity that is def termincd by sexuality has produced another, not unexpected, result: an obsession with that same sexual impulse. “Gay liberation means sexual freedom. And sexual freedom means tnore sex, better sex, sex in the bushes, in the toilets, in the baths, sex without love, sex without harassment,sex at home and sex in the streets,” said one activist. Homosexual activist Larry Kramer ad— mits that “gay” culture is “confined and centered so tragically on our obsession with our penises and what we do with them This obsession tends to produce a pro— miscuous lifestyle that is a feature of the homosexual community. One of the most comprehensive studies of male homosexual practices was conducted by Alan P. Bell and Martin S. Weinberg, and published in 1978 by the Kinsey Institute under the title, Homosevaalities: A SIndyofDit/ersiry among Men and lIi-fomen. incredibly, the study found that 28% of homosexual males had had 1,000 or more sexual partners, while 43% of white male homosexuals estimated they had had sex with 500 or more partners. In a recent Survey of sexually active homosexual men, published in the June issue of the American ,lonrnaf of Public Health, study participants said they had averaged seven sex partners in just the previous six months — and 25% said they had had 18 or more sex partners. Similarly, the A5507 ciated Press reported on the results of a separate study of “gay” men in Los Angeles County: 50% of the men said they’d had sex with an average of 28 partners — in a public place - over the preceding six months. Even among soucalled “monogamous” homosexual couples, a relatively promis- cuous lifestyle is typical. A study ofDutch homosexual men, published in the May isstte of the journal AIDS, revealed that “gays” coupled in longetcrm relationships still had an average ofeight additional sex partners at year outside the “monogamous” union. However, many “gay” leaders openly praise and promote unbridled sexuality as part of what the homosexual movement is all about. liven in light of the AIDS cri— sis,“gay” anthropologist Ralph Bolton has argued that calling for homosexual men to abandon promiscuity is doomed to fail. “Resistance to limiting the number of partners was sure to arise because the sexual liberation for which gay men had fought so hard included the right to be promis— cuous. Promiscnity was a key feature of gay culture as it evolved, and attempts to ex- tirpate promiscuity should be interpreted as an attack on gay culture and gay libera- tion,” he said, adding that “[clalling for a reduction in the number of sexual part- ners implied a radical restructuring ofall of gay social life.” To be fair, such promiscuity disturbs some leaders within the homosexual community. Lesbian author and feminist Camille Paglia insists that “[homoscxual] activists must stop their systematic lying about the ac— tual facts ofthe run-ofthe-mill gay male recreation, which is constantly going on in public toilets, parks, alleyways and all- night clubs throughout the Western world. The dimensions and intensity of that orgiasticism would stagger the minds of many well~meaning liberals, I believe, were they to see it with their own eyes." Sexual destruction [t is no wonder then, that, at least pub— licly, most savvy homosexual activists talk about abstract concepts such as tolerance, equality, civil rights — anything except sex. However, the homosexual community is forced to discuss sex because of one very inconvenient fact: glnttonous sexual appetites lead to terrifying repercussions. As Kramer admits, “Nature always extracts a price for sexual promisc uity.” Rotello, one ofthe few homosexual ac- tivists to honestly admit this fact, said, “The ik' - I .n‘. ..". . , _ _ . d A'nd sexual freedom means more sex, .:':'J a" . flatter §ex, sex in thenbush_§s,‘_iri the ‘l imamonq younij; .1 hemosexual males , age 15-22, 5 full ,, 7% werg already infected with HIV -' and another 3% a ‘ -"become infected ” each year. ' ‘ ‘Reportinq in thefi‘Americxan ‘ x l‘ t Juanitaenemas; . ates-usenauseous Hoover sad that ‘.-.. 20-year-old «ll'illi’ut "aiassfl‘ellf' 53.." at .'.‘.°'..“° 3"” 59". - “""— ' ' in the streets." said one activist. homosexual men. by the time ‘ , he reaches age 55, has” a 50% chance of becoming infected with HIV. 12 Arum - : appearance of a multitude of epidemic dis— eases almost immediately after gay men had carved out zones of sexual freedom has opened up the grim, almost unthinkable possibility that for gay men, sexual free- dom leads inexorably to disease." The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among “gays” has become a painful reality. According to the Institute of Medicine, “Men who have sex with men are at greater risk for many life-threaten- ing STDs, including HIV infection, hepa- titis B virus infection, and anal cancer com- pared to heterosexual men. Other STDs of concern among men who have sex with men include anal syphilis, urethritis, and a range of oral and gastrointestinal infections.” The susceptibility of the gay commu- nity to these diseases lies in the fact that homosexual practices are unique in their rebellion against nature and, quite frankly, their debauchery. Even some “gay” leaders have admitted this truth. Homosexual Jack Hart, author of Gay Sex: A Manualfor Men Who Love Men, said, “Many sexually transmitted diseases . . . occur more often among gay men than in the general population. Several factors contribute to this difference: Gay men have the op portunity to engage in sex with more peeple than do most heterosexual men, and some practices common in the gay community — especially rimming [placing the tongue in the anus for the purpose of sexual stimu- lation] and anal intercourse — are highly efficient ways of transmitting disease ....” AIDS, of course, is one of those diseases that afflicts the homosexual community. Homosexual writer Michelangelo Signorile has pointed to the obvious“epidemiological reality” for homosexuals living under the shadow of HIV: “[tjhat a culture of un- bridled, multipartner anal sex directly con- tributes to the ongoing [AIDS] epidemic, which, far from abating, is threatening more u and younger — gay men.” As expected, promiscuity — already rooted in a lack of sexual restraint — tends to pro- duce risky sexual activities that seem to openly defy the warnings of the health com- munity and government agencies. For example, a report two years ago from the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 46% of homosexual men had participated in un- protected anal sex in the six months prior to the study. And a new study released in 14 AFA JOURNAL September 2003 July found that 78% of homosexual males said that they did not always practice Safe sex, and almost 50% admitted that they had recently participated in receptive anal intercourse without using condoms. A growing number of homosexuals are also using the Internet to find anonymous sex partners. One study, released at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference in July, found that 39% of "gay/“and bisexual men admitted that they had met partners over the Internet and engaged in unpro- tected sex, according to USA Today. Some homosexuals are engaging in risky sex because they believe newer drugs will make it easier to deal with having AIDS if they become infected. Others claim that concerns about using condoms interfere with their enjoyment of sex. Still others refuse to worry about get— ting AIDS altogether, and actively pursue HIV infection in order to“get it over with.” Called “bug-Chasers,” a recent article in Rolling Stone cited Dr. Bob Cabaj, director ofbehavioral—health services for San Frair cisco County, who estimated that 25% of all newlyninfected “gay” men had purposely gotten the virus. Cabaj also contended that AIDS groups and homosexual public health officials are covering up the phenomenon. Perhaps most ominous for the homo- sexual community was what some men failed to do after contracting HIV. A study con- ducted in Los Angeles revealed that more than 54% of HIV-positive homosexual men had not revealed their infection status to the men with whom they’d had sex. A grim future? Promiscuity, anonymous sex, anal sex, sex without condoms, chasing the HIV “bug,” hiding HIVpositive status from sex part— ners — all these destructive practices on the part of homosexuals may explain the dis- turbing signs ofan increase ofAIDS cases among homosexuals. The CDC recently said that new cases of HIV infection among“gay” and bisexual men has risen nearly 18% over the last three years. Staggering numbers of young homosexu- als can expect to become infected. A seven- city study conducted by the CDC and re- leased in 1999 showed that, among young homosexual males age 15-22, a full 7% were already infected with HIV — and another 3% become infected each year. Similarly, the Jtonrnnl ofAcquired Im- mune Deficiency Syndromes reported in June that 15% of homosexual males ages [8—29 in South Beach, Florida, were already in- fected with HIV. The future is grim. More than a decade ago, using data collected from homosexual men in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, researcher Donald R. Hoover and his associates constructed a model to predict the spread ofAIDS among homo— sexual men. Reporting in the American Journal opridcmiology, Hoover said that a 20—year-old homosexual man, bythe time he reaches age 55, has a 50% chance of becoming infected with HIV. Hoover’s estimates, however, were based on the premise that homosexual men would not increase their participation in unsafe sex and would dampen their promiscuity. Neither of those assumptions appears to apply today. According to a study that appeared in the InternationalJournal opridenriology, homosexual behavior risks cutting years off the lives of“gay” men. Examining the homosexual community in Vancouver, Canada, the study said: “In a major Canadian centre, life expect- ancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, we estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday. Under even the most liberal assumptions, gay and bisexual men in this urban centre are now experiencing a life expectancy similar to that experienced by all men in Canada in the year 1871.” Sexual rebellion indeed has its conse— quences. But with “gay” activists and straight politicians spouting glib rhetoric rather than confronting the grim reality of homosexual conduct, the looming disaster of AIDS will only come that much more swiftly. @ ,ELI. . - - _1 go. f -a_ stage after fmishing ;_ bout6007enthu'siastic business 5 ownersiwhe'n it all started. A very excited lady rushed up to me, and exclaimed, “You need to write a book!” I smiled and nod— ded politely and my brain was protesting loud enough to hear,“Are you kidding me? Don’t you know that I’m a kid from a town of 400, counting the animals? That we just got our first traffic light and sometimes there are cars there?” I guess she either heard my brain waves or she judged my look of disbelief because she responded without hesitation, “No, you can make a difference.” I was floored. My wife, Michelle, and I met at Clemson Uni~ versity at the beginning of my second se- nior year. She was a freshman and a 4.0 student, and [was involved in everything I could squeeze in while working on my civil engineering degree. That very phrase was the cornerstone of our relationship, and has been the motto of our 15-year marriage: “Dear Lord, we just want to make a difference .” Providentially as well, I had the good fortune to meet and get to know the na- tionally known motivational and Christian Speaker, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. Charlie’s little book, Life is Tremendous, has sold several million copies and is in print all over the world. Charlie agreed to print my book for me and suggested that I keep it simple, even under 100 pages if it was to be read by lots ofpeople. I continued on a year-long effort to polish L_ my talk by speaking at churches, civic groups, and other organizations, and by research- ing the topic that I was so passionate about: America’s Christian founding. I found lots of sources, even read the original words of the Founders themselves, and became convinced of two things: first, that our Christian heritage was being rewritten, covered up, and lied about; and second. that the truth was out there, it was just mostly in books that were so thick that the aver- age American would never read to discover the truth. As we look around our country’s landscape today, it is evident that most Americans don’t have the faintest idea about our Christian founding 01' the providen— tial nature of America. In my original talk that prompted that lady to inspire me, I had included several quotes of the Founding Fathers that many people said they had never heard or knowu about. For instance, did you know that George Washington said in his Farewell Address that,“Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Yes, our first president, in his last public state- ment, thought that he should let future generations know that religion and mo- rality were the support system that led to success In our nation. The other tidbit I discovered was that that very quote was in every U.S. history textbook up until the mid- 1960s, and it’s hardly found in any of our textbooks today. I included quotes from a variety of Founders, did a short discussion of the whole FOCUS: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE k5 . ‘ pu or to contact Connelly' bout-asp __kln'g , engagement, call toll-free 866-2 0-4287, 'or‘ visit www.treedomtide.com. Book price: $9.95 plus shlpping. “separation of church and state” issue that even I could understand, and revealed the origin of the American experiment, that rights come from God. That talk has evolved into my book, Freedom Tide. The title came from a Reagan quote,“1 have often said that the tide of the future is a freedom tide. . ..” You see, I believe that the tide is turning. With the work of ministries like Ameri~ can Family Association, Focus on the Family and many others, Americans are waking up to the truth. America is special, and if she is special, she is also providential, not accidental. Why else would our country now be the longest-standing constitutional re- public in history? Why would 19 Mexicans be willing to die in a hot truck or 200 Hai- tians run their boat aground in the Florida Keys, just to get to this place called America? God had, and still has, His hand on our country, and now is the time for all com- mitted patriots who love America to stand up and take a stand for truth. “Anyone can make a difference, right where you are!" That is the message of Free- dom Tide, and ifWe as Christians don’t get involved and make a difference, there are a lot of failed countries we can look at to see where we are headed. September2003 AFAJOURNAL 11 ...
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