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The West’s Hatred of Children – and Families

May 27, 2015

The first thing that entered my mind when the Irish decided to commit national suicide by voting for the destruction of marriage was: “As in the days of Noah…” Back then evil became so pronounced, so widespread, and so terrible, that only a handful of people were spared the just judgment of God.

ireland voteThe West is in no better place today. It has declared war on marriage, on family, and on children. In doing so of course it has declared war on God. How much longer the West can survive is a moot point. But it is no longer a question of if it will perish, but when.

One of the greatest evils in the recent Irish vote of course was the total disdain shown to the children. They have been denied the fundamental human right to be raised by their own mother and father. This is nothing less than child abuse.

In my several books on homosexuality I document thoroughly how children suffer in such circumstances. Others of course recognise these basic truths as well. David van Gend of the Australian Marriage Forum put it this way:

A constitutional right to same-sex marriage means a constitutional right to same-sex adoption and surrogacy, and that means motherless and fatherless families are now enshrined as an ideal in the Irish Constitution.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the vote was “Yes to love”- but there are children who will never know the love of their mother because of Friday’s constitutional amendment. He said it was “Yes to inclusion”- but it deliberately excludes children of same-sex couples from “the natural and fundamental group unit of society”, which is how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the trinity of mother, father and child.
If equality for gay adults means inequality for kids, where is the justice in that?
If removing spurious discrimination against gay adults means imposing genuine discrimination on children who are deliberately deprived of a mother or a father, what is the reason to celebrate?
Gay Irish celebrity blogger Paddy Manning rejected claims of discrimination against gay couples, saying “Marriage is, at its heart, about children and providing those children with their biological parents. Recognising difference is not discrimination.”

Irish commentator Brenda O’Brien put it this way:

We are giving the status of marriage, superior and antecedent to all positive law, to a family that can only bring new children into the world through surrogacy, egg donation or sperm donation.
We have damaged irreparably the connection between marriage and a child’s right to know and be cared for by the two people who each give them half of their biological, social and familial identity.
Sure, reproductive technologies are used anyway, but before May 22nd, no one could say that the Irish people voted to affirm in our Constitution something that inevitably separates children from half their genetic heritage and one half of their relations.
Some day, there will be a young Irish woman wandering the streets of Copenhagen. She will have been raised by her lesbian mother and her partner, both of whom she loves dearly, and who are great mothers.
But she also has a deep longing to know the other half of herself, her father, and simple things like whether she got her love for music or the shape of her hands from him. All she knows is her father was a Danish sperm donor. She has no idea how many half-siblings she has. She is in contact online with other sperm donor children, some of whom have 150 half-siblings.
Her father’s address, given when he sold his sperm, is long out of date. So she wanders, looking at Danish faces, wondering, is that man my sperm donor father? Could that be a half-sibling?
It would have happened anyway, regardless of the amendment. But she also has to deal with the crushing fact that in 2015, her fellow Irish citizens voted for it and affirmed this arrangement that deprived her of half her identity. They voted that it was natural, primary and fundamental, and enshrined it into the Constitution.
These are not comfortable realities. We may want to banish people who disturb the dominant narratives, but certain truths cannot be wished away.

It is not just children who suffer, but the very notion of families – including motherhood and fatherhood. Even radical feminists like Germaine Greer have entered into the debate. Greer berated homosexual Elton John for decimating motherhood:

Germaine Greer has reportedly accused singer Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish of “deconstructing the concept of motherhood”. The men are parents to sons Zachary, 4, and Elijah, 2, who were both born to a surrogate.
Referring to the fact that Furnish is listed on the birth certificates as the children’s mother, Greer, who was speaking at the Hay Festival, said: “Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can’t give any real structure to.
“Sir Elton John and his ‘wife’ David Furnish have entered on the birth certificate of their two sons that David Furnish is the mother. I’m sorry. That will give you an idea of how the concept of motherhood has emptied out. It’s gone. It’s been deconstructed.” In comments reported by the Daily Mail, the author of The Female Eunuch then appeared to criticize the IVF process by which the couple became parents.

While it is good to see the left implode and resort to attacking one another, in the meantime the children continue to suffer. And as expected, the left in Australia has jumped on board, demanding, for the umpteenth time the “right” to sodomite marriage here.

With appalling audacity, opposition deputy leader Tanya Plibersek wanted all Labor members to be forced to vote for this sham marriage. This meant that leader Bill Shorten had to step in and say that a bit of democracy would remain in the party over this issue. But the party is still fully committed to this abomination.

So while the party is divided on this, this is becoming a broken record with them. Indeed, leftists have now pushed over a dozen moves for this pseudo marriage in as many years. It is a war of attrition: they keep hammering away, believing that eventually they will wear down those still concerned about the wellbeing of children and family.

And coercion and intimidation seem to be the only way the other side operates here. As Miranda Devine writes:

The intimidation and silencing of contrary voices in the same sex marriage debate is despicable and desperate. The forced resignation of Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich after he was discovered to have once donated $1,000 to a political campaign against same-sex marriage is a case in point.
So is the taxpayer funded SBS’ refusal to run a gentle 30-second advertisement in favour of traditional marriage during its Mardi Gras coverage. And the compulsory mediation Toowoomba physician David van Gend was forced to attend after he wrote an article saying a baby deserves both a mother and a father.
The latest targets of militant gay thought police are the Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who told an Italian magazine this month: “The only family is the traditional one.”
The condemnation was immediate, with an outraged Sir Elton John calling for a boycott. But Dolce & Gabbana are gay so they can hardly be labelled bigots. “I believe in the traditional family,” said Gabbana. “It is impossible to change my culture for something different. I respect all the world, all the culture … We love gay couples. We are gay.”
It takes gay people to come out and say what straight people are too intimidated to say. In France, when hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to oppose gay marriage and same sex adoption legislation in 2013, prominent homosexuals led the way. “The rights of children trump the right to children,” was their catchphrase.
Rather than shutting down debate and forcing an outcome by intimidation and exhaustion, Australian same-sex advocates need to make the case for why redefining marriage to disconnect it from children would make society better and not worse.
It’s in everyone’s best interests to strengthen marriage as the foundational institution of civil society, in which a man and a woman raise solid citizens, gay or straight, to replenish the moral capital of the future. That’s where our energies should be focused, rather than this relentless legislative “marriage equality” merry-go-round that comes up every six months.

All over the West we find adults who are completely obsessed with their own selfish lusts and wants. They do not give a rip about the wellbeing of children and the social good. It is only the instant gratification of their own desires that matters.

In the past we rightly censured and condemned such utterly selfish and juvenile behaviour. Now we honour and champion it, and even have entire political parties devoted to it.

When a culture declares war on its own children, then you know we are nearing the end of all things. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once put it, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=17371
www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/breda-o-brien-an-inconvenient-truth-about-the-same-sex-marriage-referendum-1.2224422
www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/25/germaine-greer-attacks-elton-john-david-furnish-deconstructing-motherhood_n_7436428.html?1432571587&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-how-about-we-stop-screwing-marriage/story-fni0cwl5-1227272683991

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32 Responses to The West’s Hatred of Children – and Families

  • Tremendously well written essay Bill, tx!

  • I. agree with Gregg 100%. And this essay must be shared with as many people as we possibly can.

  • I am one of the ‘dones’. One of the last attachments I have to a formal gathering is a regular bible study group.
    Last night at this gathering we were studying Daniel chapter 6 (the Lions Den chapter). even though I have read this chapter before, this time verses 4-5 jumped off the page as it was being read and the relevance it has in current times on the matter of changing our law to recognise gay marriage.

    v4″ At this, the administrators and satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. v5 Finally these men said ” We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God”.’
    They then convinced the King to issue and enforce a decree that for 30 days no one should worship or pray to anyone apart from the King, and if they broke the decree they would be thrown into the lions den.

    The similarities from this passage and what is happening today regarding gay marriage is striking.
    Daniel did absolutely nothing but in one day, after the law suddenly changed, found himself on the wrong side of it.

    When gay marriage passes our parliament, one day Christians will be law abiding citizens and the next day, unless they bow down, they will not.

    Of course we know the response of Daniel and his unwavering faith and trust in God to the point of death when faced with this dilemma.

    I truly don’t think that most Christians fully understand what this law change will mean. While we are presently unlikely to face persecution to the point of death, those who do not cower and bow down will certainly face some (if they haven’t already).

    When gay marriage comes to our doors, as it most certainly will in one form or another, may we have the courage and faith of Daniel and stand firmly on Gods word no matter what it may cost us.

    If we haven’t already, it is probably time for all of us to be counting the cost of our discipleship.

    Thankyou so much Bill- your ministry is crucial and encouraging in these dark and godless times.You are one of the very few Christian leaders prepared to stand courageously and proclaim the truth to a world that no longer tolerates it.

    Annette

  • Bill, if your readers want to do one thing today and tomorrow to hold the line for marriage, please could they write a very brief handwritten note to their federal MP and also RING their federal MP’s office and (1) ask that their concern be passed on to the MP that he/she “oppose same-sex ‘marriage’ because it means a child cannot have both a mum and a dad”; and (2) ask for an APPOINTMENT with the MP: then take a friend and politely explain how important this issue is to you and thank them MP for taking your concerns on board. In and out in 5 mins.

  • You heard the word folks – so get off your butts and act now for marriage as David says. While I cannot so easily do this (being in the middle of Wisconsin right now), all you Aussies can and must do it – for the sake of our children and our nation.

  • Well said Bill and brilliant analogy Annette Williams and so true.

    We live in a society where people simply refuse to listen. How can Christians read 1 Cor 5 and still cater for fornication within their churches?

    Everywhere we see the results of marriage no longer being a pledge of sexual fidelity that results in a stable, natural family but a civil arrangement based solely on “love” but if love is the only criterion what exactly is the difference between a loving relationship and a married one? There is no difference so marriage itself becomes redundant and the result is as is shown in the Netherlands, marriage rates plummet and we see record rates of children born out of stable relationships at levels probably not seen since the middle ages. What Sir Elton John (Reggie Thwait) has done is so obviously wrong but very few people have the guts to say anything.

  • Goodness, I never dreamed Germaine Greer was still around since it’s been decades since I read her book. Camille Paglia is another feminist, an admitted lesbian, who also sees the error of much of this particular liberal agenda. But ladies like Greer and Paglia are shunned, much like black Conservatives, who libs refer to as “OREOs.” Their opinions, which are based on facts, commonsense, and logic are rejected because they audaciously swim upstream against the liberal, homosexual goal of deconstruction of all things that our Republic once held sacrosanct. Another great article, Bill!

  • For Australians; contact details for Tony Abbott:

    www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

    And contacting your MP’s and senators:

    www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian_Search_Results?q=&sta=WA&mem=1&sen=1&par=-1&gen=0&ps=12

  • Some people were saying God endorsed the Irish vote because there were rainbows above the city. But the rainbow is God’s promise never to judge the world again – with a flood. Next time He judges it will be with fire.

    It seems to me that ‘heterosexual’ sin God judged with a flood, but homosexuality He judges with fire.

    Is there any wonder that there are reports that IS are getting ready to acquire nuclear warheads? Maybe that is God’s sign! Just as He did in Israel, maybe He is using rogue nations to judge the West.

    David Clay, Darwin

  • The delusional idiocy of Elton John’s male partner identifying himself as a mother is obvious but surely the major problem is the politicians and bureaucrats, themselves often natural parents, playing along with this nonsense. We will not readily change the beliefs of gay activist diehards. Can we win back their heterosexual dupes?

  • The fact that the Irish Prime Minister can say the vote was “Yes to love” is an example of how vacuous and hopeless are the “arguments” put forward by the Sodom and Gomorrah lobby.

    Our own Prime Minister is against it but he doesn’t have the courage to denounce it as he should.

  • Surely you mean the new republic of Queireland or Sodbegorrah.

    David Skinner UK

  • But the evil is not just cutting the link between the new born baby from one of its genetic parents:

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-32757498

    www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11456654/How-a-father-became-the-brother-of-his-own-son.html

    mrsgrapevine.com/2011/10/mother-sells-newborn-trip-disney-world/

    It is the system of secret courts in Britain that tear childen away from their parents on bogus charges and give them up to gays.

    www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/9120754/We-already-have-unjust-secret-courts.html

    Soon parents who are considered to be an infection, ie Christian, will have children take away and put for adoption.

    David Skinner UK

  • David, that’s a great and terrifying point about the rainbow.

    It really is sticking it to God and only Satan would be so prideful and foolish as the commandeer the rainbow as the banner of homosexual rebellion.

    It makes one wonder just how perverse that generation was before God’s justice was necessary..

  • Hi Bill,
    Great article! Thank you for continuing to stand up for the logical, natural, fundamental and foundational family unit of a mother, father and a child/children. Society is in debt to your voice in this arena.
    I remember day-dreaming as a 6 year old (or so) child about how I would feel if I didn’t have a mother or father, and I remembering crying over that thought.

  • Apparently even Alan Jones has jumped on the SSM bandwagon!

    Very sad…opposition to the gay marriage juggernaut is waning all the time. People need to fight harder.

  • Michael Brown’s piece is also worth reading on the Ireland vote;

    What she wrote is so important, giving detailed support to what I had read elsewhere, that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear. There was extraordinary pressure brought against those who stood for marriage in Ireland, and the vote hardly reflects an unbiased enlightenment.

    www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/49818-you-need-to-know-what-really-happened-in-ireland

  • Brendan O’Neill’s piece is also not to be missed;

    There’s a profound irony here: Ireland’s political class calls for a Yes vote to prove that Ireland has moved on from its intolerant religious past, and yet some of that old intolerance is being rehabilitated by the very people backing gay marriage. They shush dissent and demonise their opponents as effectively as any priest used to do, only in the name of Gays rather than God. Backing gay marriage has become, in Irish Independent columnist, Eilis O’Hanlon’s words, a way for influential people to ‘identify [themselves] as members of an enlightened elite’, ‘kindly metropolitan liberals versus nasty Catholic conservatives’. This referendum is now only ostensibly about gay marriage: more fundamentally it has become a means for a new, PC, post-traditionalist elite to distinguish itself from the allegedly hateful and gruff inhabitants of Ireland’s more rural, old-fashioned communities.

    The president, Michael D Higgins, and the prime minister, Enda Kenny, back gay marriage. So does virtually every politician. Indeed, the main parties are enforcing the party whip on gay marriage, meaning any Senator or TD who votes against it is likely to be expelled from his or her party. According to the Irish Independent, even politicians who harbour ‘reservations about this major legislative change’ are not speaking out, ‘for fear of disobeying the party whip’. A professor of theology has written about a culture of ‘intimidation’ in political circles, saying it’s ‘incredible that the political parties have imposed the whip’ on this issue. Only one politician — one — has resigned his party’s whip over gay marriage.

    So intense is the whipped political consensus that politicians, desperate to demonstrate their gay-marriage correctness, are openly flouting some of the Irish parliament’s longstanding rules. Wearing political badges is forbidden in Ireland’s parliament, so in recent weeks politicians have been asked to remove the ‘YES’ badges many of them have taken to wearing. And they have refused. And no less a figure than Joan Burton, the deputy prime minister, has supported them. Clearly, parliamentary rules come a poor second to making a public spectacle of one’s devotion to gay marriage. Wearing a ‘YES’ badge has become a shortcut to the moral highground, a passport to chattering-class respectability, and politicians won’t be taking them off for anyone.

    blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/05/irelands-tolerant-elite-now-demonise-anyone-who-opposes-gay-marriage/

  • We have here the Republic of Southern Queirland or the Republic of Sodbegommorah.

    David Skinner UK

  • Thanks so very much Damien Spillane…
    …. as yesterday I was trying to find a link to share here about a book that will be coming out in September, and I couldn’t find it, however I read your Michael Brown link – and it’s his next book!

    Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. By Michael Brown.

    Anyway, gay marriage is an over reach, as for the last 40yrs the results of children having been divorced from their natural parents has wrecked havoc upon the children and society, – while divorcing children from their natural parents is the only way that gays can have children. The results are then predictable.

    But unlike hetros who divorced their own children and the children hating them for that, the gays will be dealing with the problem of having divorced children from their natural parents – while also being ‘parents’ to the children themselves! These poor kids are going to be very confused. Some childhood. Some ‘love’.

    Gay marriage is nothing more than a sick breeding programme that’s not even fit for livestock. Cheers Damien.

  • Dear Bill,

    An excellent article! St Patrick must be turning over in his grave with disgust!

    As St John Paul 2 said of communism when he was a Bishop that it would destroy itself from within given time because it was rotten to the core.One by one the countries controlled by communism collapsed which has led to unbridled capitalism.This too is so evil that it will destroy itself eventually.The Wrath of God must really be roused when humans are so bent on abusing Nature in such a degrading manner.

  • For Australians, to defend marriage:
    preservingmarriage.acl.org.au/

  • Prince Charles is great proponent of World Sustainable Development
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=1etyVvWUUB0
    Indeed it seems to be the flagship of UNesco
    www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/
    Sustainable development would be to reduce producing the next generation to zero. Apart from the Greens and feminists, Unesco believes that key players in this are the LGBTs . www.unescobkk.org/education/news/article/unesco-promotes-lesbian-gay-bi-sexual-and-transgender-education-in-china/
    www.unescobkk.org/news/article/call-to-revise-textbooks-wrongly-portraying-lgbt-people-in-china/
    www.unesco.org/new/en/brasilia/about-this-office/single-view/news/un_launches_campaign_on_equality_and_rights_of_lesbians_gays_bisexuals_transsexuals_and_transvestites_lgbt_in_brazil_today/#.VWbgqvnF9gg
    But in the real world, homosexuality is not sustainable as this Indian Prince has discovered.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6a39D0PtPM

    David Skinner UK

  • I just wrote to my federal MP about this. I hope you all do the same.

  • Thank you Bill for your insightful articles.

    For further essential reading:

    * A Constitutional Defense of Marriage by Professor Robert P. George May 18, 2015 at www.crisismagazine.com/2015/a-constitutional-defense-of-marriage

    * Why Same-Sex “Marriage” Arguments are So Terrible – Crisis…

    * G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay, and It’s Not Marriage – Crisis Magazine

    * The New Homophiles: Muddying the Meaning of Family Deacon Jim Russell at www.crisismagazine.com/2015/the-new-homophiles-muddying-the-meaning-of-family

    but particularly harrowing reading is * Same-sex “Marriage” and the PERSECUTION of CHRISTIANS in CANADA – at www.crisismagazine.com/2015/same-sex-marriage-and-the-persecution-of-christians-in-canada

    “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.” ~ St. Anthony the Great

    That time is ALREADY here… TODAY!

  • Sincere Thanks Bill, Dr Davd van Gend and A C Lobby and others,

    You have battled on over many years and we will continue to pray that SSM we not become a reality in Australia.

    I am disgusted at the full page pro SSM advert by major companies today. It is a reflection of the moral and spiritual bankruptcy in Australia at present.
    Wish I had a lazy $30K to rebutt this nonsense.

    God Bless.
    We ave not lost this fight yet to preserve marriage as it stands. So don’t give up.

    Phil

  • Bill,
    An US firm aligned to homosexuality sent $US 25 million to Ireland to the activists on the ground to badger the population telling lies like it will kill democracy etc.That is why the vote in Ireland was lost.
    Regards
    Neil Herbert

  • Very helpful article Bill, Well done, and Annette Williams comments are also very interesting; more and more we will be called upon to defend our faith in an increasingly aggressive secular world. May God give us the strength to stand. And may we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

  • What a well written essay, Bill.

    I am looking to educate myself more about the ‘marriage equality’ movement.

    Your work is becoming a good resource for me.

  • Hi Bill,

    What would you say is the single most important thing for the welfare of children?

    Both for intact families but also for the increasing number of children who grow up in broken families.

    Furthermore, how could we go about implementing or facilitating what is most important for the welfare of children from broken families.

    Really appreciate your writing.

    Thank You.

  • Thanks William. The social science is overwhelmingly clear on what is best for children: growing up with their own biological mother and father who are preferably married. Thus we should have ideals in social policy as we do in trade policy or foreign policy. And that should be to try to get as many children as possible born into and raised in married heterosexual households, and reduce the number of those who do not. In the old days family policy, tax policy and the culture at large all worked toward this end. Today they are working against it. So we have a big job on our hands to turn things around.

    I have written at various times on this, eg:

    billmuehlenberg.com/2015/04/23/children-families-and-social-policy/

    billmuehlenberg.com/2008/04/18/our-family-friendly-not-labor-government/

    billmuehlenberg.com/1993/09/28/payments-to-parents/

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