Law can do one of three things: it can prohibit something, it can permit something, or it can promote something. We see the full progression here in the case of homosexuality. Until just recently almost all cultures prohibited homosexuality, realising that it was a high risk, dangerous and dead-end lifestyle.
Then in the past few decades we have quickly moved from permission to active promotion. All over the Western world secular leftist governments are forcing upon its hapless citizens the celebration and endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle.
And all this has rarely occurred by the express will of the people. Quite often it is because of judicial activism or bullying by tiny social engineering groups. All too often an unelected and unaccountable judge (or handful of judges) will mandate that homosexuality be given special preferential treatment, and everyone else must simply applaud such a move or face the consequences.
Numerous examples of this have been documented on these pages. Let me offer the latest case, this time from California. With the headline, “California passes bill mandating pro-gay teaching in schools, no parent opt-out,” this is how one news report presents the story:
“A bill requiring public schools to teach the ‘historical contributions’ of homosexual Americans was approved by the California legislature on Tuesday, July 5. The bill also prohibits any school material or instruction that reflects adversely on homosexuality, bisexuality or transgenderism, and prohibits parents from removing children from classes over offensive material.
“Bill SB 48 was sponsored by openly homosexual state senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and passed in the Democrat-controlled Assembly by 49-25, with all Democrats voting for the bill and Republicans opposing it. The legislation passed the state Senate in April. If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, schools would have to introduce the homosexual curriculum after the bill becomes law in January.”
OK, let me get this straight. The PC activists controlling California want to rewrite the history books, to make it appear that everyone from Washington, Lincoln to Arnie Schwarzenegger has probably been homosexual, and we must force-feed onto hapless school children this radical social engineering agenda.
And worse yet, if any parents dare to object, seeking to keep their children out of this obvious case of state-based indoctrination, they will be refused that right, and probably punished for even trying to do so. Welcome to the brave new world of the rainbow warriors.
Fortunately not everyone has been thrilled by this latest case of forcing the homosexual agenda down the throats of little children. “Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, a pro-family organization, said the passage of the bill may be the turning point that will result in parents removing their children from the public school system en masse.
“‘This sexual brainwashing bill would mandate that children as young as 6 years old be told falsehoods – that homosexuality is biological, when it isn’t, or healthy, when it’s not, Thomasson said. ‘Parents don’t send their sons and daughters to school to learn to admire homosexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing, “sex change” operations, homosexual “marriages,” or to support legal persecution of people who disagree.’
“‘There’s already a raft of school sexual indoctrination laws on the books. Impressionable children are already being sexual indoctrinated, but SB48 would be the most in-your-face brainwashing yet. We urge Gov. Brown to respect parents, he continued, remember basic academics, and basic family values, and veto this bad bill when it reaches his desk’.”
The homosexual juggernaut continues to steamroll along, crushing everything in its path, flying its flag high, daring anyone who seeks to resist this militant agenda to even try. All this is leading in only one direction: the complete dismantling of democracy and the criminalisation of Christianity and any other group which opposes this PC steamroller.
One American writer, Dr Jeff Mirus, looks at just one aspect of this: the push for same-sex marriage. He entitles his piece, “Gay Marriage and the Next Gulag”. He warns where all this is taking us. He is worth quoting at length:
“The writing is on the wall. Gay marriage is the lie that will create the next Gulag. Indeed, gay marriage is the perfect totalitarian wedge, not least in a country like the United States, which has been capable of believing itself uniquely dedicated to liberty even in the midst of slavery and abortion. We Americans, it seems, will be quite willing to sing the praises of our liberty no matter how many of us lose it. It is our national myth, something we worship.
“But the cause of gay marriage fits the myth better than most issues because it really does seem that those who oppose it are denying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to others. This denial can be accepted for the unborn, in the name of the liberty of their mothers, as it once was accepted for African Americans, who shared judicial non-personhood with the unborn. But gays are well-educated, wealthy and—above all—a logically favored projection of our moral culture. To inhibit their happiness, for any reason, seems just plain wrong….
“Far from having a natural revulsion against homosexual intimacy, modern Western culture can hardly help seeing it as the jewel which crowns and protects its own warped vision of sex. We recognize and defend a right of men and women to engage in sexual intimacy without fruit. It follows that rank prejudice must be the only reason anyone could possibly oppose the same freedom between men and men or women and women.
“No group is more hateful to modern society than the perceived moralistic prigs who, out of what most perceive as religiously-motivated prejudice, seek to diminish the personal sexual liberty of others. Nothing could be more obvious in our current culture than that such people must be silenced and, if necessary, restrained. Moreover, it seems only right and just that their denunciation of the gay lifestyle and their opposition to gay marriage should be criminalized. In fact, it should be criminalized in the name of liberty. That is why gay marriage is the lie that will create the next Gulag.
“The insistence on ignoring vice is the hallmark of a debased culture, but the insistence that a lie be publicly affirmed as true is the hallmark of ideological totalitarianism. Such lies are always accompanied by the monopolization of education and other forms of thought control, and this is always made easier by the sad fact that huge numbers of people are convinced that those who are targeted are getting exactly what they deserve. The slightest intellectual resistance is perceived as a grave threat to peace and order. The truth becomes subversive. To speak the truth makes one either a social pariah or a traitor. The most obvious of realities must be denied. The most obvious of facts must be hidden. The most obvious of statements must be unsaid.”
So what can we do to turn things around? “It is difficult to see anything that can be done about this without massive personal reform. Within the dominant culture, there is really no way to gain any traction to push back. The only thing that can possibly help is for those who oppose gay marriage to start living according to the understanding of sexuality communicated by the natural law. And almost the only way to do that in a culture incapable of recognizing the natural law is to seek the clarity and strength provided by Christian Revelation and grace. In other words, the only way to reverse the trend is to live the whole truth, sustained by Faith, rather than merely to argue about this or that part of it.
“This means creating families and even whole communities marked by permanent marriage and fruitfully responsible sex, a lifestyle which—once one recovers from the initial shock—leads first to a deep sense of security and ultimately to a rich happiness. It is fair to say, I think, that commitment to and communication with reality invariably produces these remarkable results. But the time for lip service is long past. The ultimate answer to every Gulag is the affirmation of truth through life—a vibrant demonstration that Christians have more heart to lose than pagans have to win.”
It will surely take both. Life, marriages, families, lived according to truth and holiness. But also those who are willing to stand up against the steady erosion of our freedoms, and this creeping homosexual police state in the West. It is ours to win it or lose it. Whose side will we be on?