Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Homosexuality and compassion

Over the weekend, (July 16, 2005) CBS news did a news story on a sports star from New Hampshire who had recently revealed a secret he had kept for his whole life. The secret--that his parents were gay--came out when his parents became the first gay couple in the United States to be married. In reality the “news story” was a tear-jerker propaganda piece--complete with sentimental background music--clearly designed to promote sympathy for a gay/lesbian agenda.

Years ago, when the issue of homosexuality came out of the closet in America, the initial plea was for tolerance and compassion. The agenda, however, has changed dramatically. Society now demands that gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual lifestyles be eagerly embraced as appropriate and acceptable in every way. Hollywood, the ACLU, special interest groups, and even the news media have been particularly effective in changing public opinion--so much so that anyone who merely expresses reservations about homosexuality may now be called an extremist or homophobe (sounds like intolerant hate speech to me)! Indeed, in Vermont, a Catholic couple is now being sued for merely expressing verbal reservations about allowing a reception for a gay civil union to be held in their own privately owned inn (for those who support the more radical gay agenda, freedom of speech apparently means protection of their speech only)!

Just to be clear: mocking and violence toward gays is unacceptable and should be condemned. But let’s think about this for a minute. Even if the gay community were correct that some people are born gay--that doesn’t mean that all who engage in such risky behaviors are gay. Some have just been drawn into risky behavioral decisions, including same-sex relationships, by purely environmental influences. As the result of a new study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, a Harvard Medical school physician and researcher said, “the leading causes of morbidity and mortality are no longer infections, congenital disorders, and cancer, but the outcome of acquired health risk behaviors, including risky sex.”

As a result of these "acquired health risk behaviors," over five hundred thousand people in the United States have died from AIDS (according to the CDC)! To put this in perspective, that is more than the total number of people living in the entire state of Wyoming, or not much less than the total number of people living in Washington DC! The gay/lesbian community, of course, would be quick to point out that AIDS is not just a homosexual problem. They are right. AIDS and other STD’s are also regularly spread by the same lifestyles that are so successfully glamorized by such shows as Friends and Sex and the City.

The fact is that the western world is actively--even aggressively--promoting lifestyles that lead to widespread suffering and death--and they are doing it in the name of tolerance and compassion! To deliberately promote and glamorize such deadly lifestyles is not only profoundly uncompassionate, it borders on the criminally insane!