the heterosexual agenda October 3, 2006Posted by Brad Richert in politics, religion, science.
We all know the Focus on the Family and the American Family Association have some great scientific evidence that prove that homosexuality is not only sinful via the WORD of GOD, but is also leading to the downfall of humanity. According to Dr. Dobson, there is a homosexual agenda to corrupt the minds of the youth, or in the very least, lead them down the sinful path of liberal society. Of course, Focus on the Family makes sure to let us know that they are the good guys and not maniacal Bible-thumpers, for in Christ’s image, we must love even the gays. Of course, these are the same people who believe that freedom means having the freedom not to be gay rather than the freedom to be gay. Well, my friends, we now have learned of the heterosexual agenda thanks to Box Turtle Bulletin.
According to the informative pamphlet, it is readily apparent that heterosexuals have embarked on a campaign against American values, perpetuating their “values” on your children while undermining the very fabric of society including traditional marriage, and issues of health and safety. Violence and criminalization of basic freedoms are becoming the norm among heterosexual peoples.
In all seriousness, I have checked out the first half of this parody, The Heterosexual Agenda, which uses the same methods as tracts put out by Agape Press, Focus on the Family, and many others conservative think-tanks that pass themselves off as Christian organizations.
Damn. I got caught up in writing this and I missed out on my bid to see the Canucks and the Oilers on the 17th.
Anyway, like I said, this parody is definitely worth checking out. The author, Jim Burroway, also includes at the end of the publication a section on how to write an anti-gay tract in fifteen easy steps, not expecting you to actually do it. As I read this 15-step how-to guide, I realized that Mr. Burroway may as well been writing a how-to guide on writing any pseudo-scientific endeavour from Scientific Creationism to searches for lost continents to eugenics. The underlying basic principle to pseudo-science is that it starts its investigations with a goal rather than a hypothesis. True science asks a hypothesis and then sets up ways of disproving it. If it cannot be disproven it may be upgraded to a theory. True science rarely uses such words as “proof” or “proven”, but instead it uses “evidence” to further the certainty of the hypothesis. This, of course, is in grade eight lay terms, but the point is that true science does not start with a specific goal that they want to prove. Pseudo-science sets up a goal that it wants to prove and will use all evidence it can find to support that goal. What Mr. Burroway does is show how these organizations use “evidences” in combination with distractions of loaded language in order to convince the reader that they can be trusted and that their view is obviously right.
These organizations have one goal: to convince those Christians that view homosexuality as a victimless “sin” that their ancient, yet completely over-emphasized, belief that homosexuality is of the devil. They do this not by by using the Scriptures, since this usually backfires, but by “proving” that homosexuality is not victimless. They do this by debunking genetic research (check out this one as well) and by attacking the social impact of homosexuality (here is one great example which an author compares Gay activism in schools to a hurricane).
The saddest thing I read on these sites is their how-to manuals to deal with the ‘coming out’ of their own children. These publications usually refer to dealing with the disappointment of having one’s child admitting his or her homosexuality. They talk about supporting their children without manipulating through their grief, as necessary as that grief is. When confrontations do arise, it must be dealt with as a problem-solution situation.
The problem, at first glace, may seem to lie only with the homosexual child, but a second look reveals family issues and relational patterns that contributed to the situation. Parents have to be willing to do several things: educate themselves on the issue of homosexuality, find trusting others in whom they can confide and share, realize it may take years for their child to repent of homosexuality, and release their child in the good care of God. – from “What’s a Parent to Do?” by Melissa Fryrear & Michele Fergueson
Educate. Confide. Realize. Release. Four small steps on how to let your narrow-minded beliefs destroy your family. Do not mind that the Bible preaches over hundred times more on gossips and slanderers, heretics and fools, than on homosexuals, because that might be a problem for the church. Imagine if the church started condemning gossips the way they condemn homosexuals?