WHY HOMOSEXUALITY IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH CONSERVATISM
The foundation of conservatism is belief in our Creator God, from whom we receive both unalienable rights and fundamental responsibilities. Conservatives seek to “conserve” the form of government given to us by our Founders: a government whose authority derives from “truths” that are “self-evident” because they reflect the logic and order of “Nature’s God.” (Source: Declaration of Independence)
God created human beings “in His image” as male and female complementary halves of one whole and designed human civilization to rest upon the foundation of the natural family, protected by the covenant of marriage. (Sources: Gen 1:27; Allan Carlson, Paul Mero, The Natural Family: Bulwark of Liberty, 2008; Harry V. Jaffa, Homosexuality and the Natural Law, 1990)
Both church and state have agreed throughout the centuries that a society based upon the natural family, protected by the institution of marriage, is necessary for civilization to thrive and that the worst enemy of the family is permissive social attitudes about sexuality. (Sources: Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, Ryan T. Anderson, “What is Marriage,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 245-287, Winter 2010; J.D. Unwin, Sex and Culture, 1934).
The homosexuality-affirming movement robs children of their inherent, inalienable, and self-evident right to be raised whenever possible by their biological parents. Government-sanction of homosexual unions constitutes the radical endorsement of the deliberate creation of motherless or fatherless children. (Source: www.kidsrightscount.org.au)
Marriage-based society discourages all sexual conduct outside of marriage. Non-marital sex results in family breakdown and disease, which ultimately results in social disintegration. In addition, homosexual normalization requires the acceptance of sexual permissiveness as a matter of public policy with predictable harmful consequences that are now evident throughout our culture. (Source: Leviticus 18:1-29; Maggie Gallagher, “Does Sex Make Babies,” www.marriagedebate.com)
Since the 1960s when America traded sexual conservatism for sexual permissiveness, the fiscal and human costs have been astronomical: (“Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #2465, 9/17/2010)
While the majority of people indulging in sexual promiscuity today are not homosexual, the primary advocates of sexual permissiveness as a social policy since the late 1940s have been the political activists of the homosexual movement. (Dr. Judith Reisman, Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences, 1998)
The conservative movement is salted throughout with former homosexuals who share our values and need our help to overcome the intense discrimination and often vicious hatred they face from our mutual opponents. We must remember that ex-“gays” have played a role in advancing our values in society since the time of Christ (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
Lies Used to Normalize Homosexuality
The campaign to legitimize homosexuality in our society is based on lies that are designed to manipulate public opinion and relies upon fraudulent science and suppression of opposing views. (Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, “The Trojan Couch: How the Mental Health Associations Misrepresent Science,” www.NARTH.com)
It is a lie to assert that the incidence of homosexuality is unaffected by influences from culture, family, peer socialization, and incremental choices (Brad Harrub, Ph.D.,Bert Thompson, Ph.D. and Dave Miller, Ph.D., “This is the Way God Made Me: A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the ‘Gay Gene,’” www.trueorigins.org, see also www.NARTH.com, www.exodusinternational.org)
It is a lie that homosexual conduct is not a choice. Although same-sex attraction may be involuntary, one’s response to it is completely voluntary. All sex is voluntary except rape. Further, all people have the obligation to resist temptations, no matter how strong, that lead to personal and social harms.
It is a lie that homosexuality is equivalent to heterosexuality. We are all heterosexuals by definition, but each of us has the choice to indulge in any number of types of sexual behavior that deviate from the way we are made. That’s why it is called “sexual deviance.” (Dr. Charles King, "The Meaning of Normal." Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 18, 493-501)
It is a lie that homosexuality is equivalent to race or skin color. General Colin Powell said it best: “Skin color is a benign, non-behavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of all behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument.” (Colin Powell, My American Journey, 1995, p. 533)
It is a lie that disapproval of voluntary homosexual acts is equivalent to racism. The specious equating of moral disapproval with racism is based on the erroneous and baseless comparison of homosexuality to race.
It is a lie that opposing homosexuality equals hate. The accusation of hate is a cynical tactic designed to intimidate conservatives from speaking the truth about a form of conduct that spreads disease and is linked to numerous physical and psychological disorders. We all have a stake in this issue, and most of us care about homosexuals as people even while opposing their actions, just as we do with alcoholics, bulimics and others who suffer from behavioral disorders. (Dr. Scott Lively, Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the “Gay” Agenda, 2009, Introduction)
It is a lie that homosexual parenting is harmless to children. (“Study: Gay Parents More Likely to Have Gay Kids,” AOL News, October 17, 2010)
It is a lie that homosexuality is not linked to pedophilia. (Steve Baldwin, “Childhood Molestation and the Homosexual Movement, “Regent University Law Review, Vol. 14:267)
It is a lie that AIDS is primarily a heterosexual disease. "While CDC estimates that MSM [males who have sex with males] account for just 4 percent of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men (range: 522–989 per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men)." (Source: www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/FastFacts-MSM-FINAL508COMP.pdf)
It is a lie that “gay” youth suicide can only be prevented by forcing the rest of society to affirm homosexual conduct. (“Cornell professor: Gay suicide rates not abnormal,” www.studentfreepress.net)
It is a lie that homosexuals are a powerless victim group that needs vast public resources to protect it from its “enemies.” (“The Growing Power of the Gay Rights Movement,” The Atlantic, 12/14/2010)
It is a lie that the acceptance of homosexuality brings harmony and peace to the individual homosexual. (www.exodusinternational.org/resources/real-stories/) ###
The purpose of this Pro-Family Precis is to equip and unify conservatives by defining the key elements of the holistic pro-family worldview.
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