First, a history: gay people have always been among us. Whether it’s Alexander the Great, or Socrates, or Alan Turing – homosexuals have been a part of society. Sometimes out in the open, sometimes in hiding, especially when Judaic based religions (such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc) are in control of societies. (By the way – anyone else notice that when Christianity or Islam completely dominates a society, such as in the European Dark Ages or about 900 CE for the Middle East, that scientific and cultural progress grounds to a stop? But I digress.)
In the United States, homosexual culture (as part of that Christian majority) was pretty much underground, especially during the majority of the 20th century, when gay people could be arrested and put in jail for being gay. Alan Turing, who’s work in establishing what would later become Computer Science and who’s mathematical abilities assisted England in breaking the German encryption codes that lead to the Allies winning World War II, was later convicted of indecency and went through chemical castration as part of his sentence for being homosexual. That’s right – the man who’s efforts may have saved the free world was later chemically castrated because he loved other men who loved him back. In the United States, public service announcements were made that equated homosexuality with pedophilia, warning teenage boys that homosexuals were sick.
But, during the 1970’s, the gay community started to come out of the closet. Lead by people such as Harvey Milk, the community realized that most of the stigma was centered around people’s ignorance. Come out and say “Yes, I’m gay – and as you can see, I don’t rape boys, I’m a good person, and the only difference between you and me is we love different people in different ways” reduced the ignorance. During the 1980’s the homosexual community was starting to become more accepted. Granted, you could still get beat up in school just for the hint you might be gay. Heck, my last name of “Hummel” was often just used as “Homo-el” by people who wanted to be insulting.
Naturally, the last thing that people who peddled in fear, racism and bigotry such as Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority” (which was neither) couldn’t stand for people actually being left alone when Yahweh was out the condemning shellfish, pork – oh, and gay people, but they only pay attention to the last one.
In 1992, the term “The Gay Agenda” was invented. This is the important point: the term “The Gay Agenda” or “The Homosexual Agenda” was not in any way shape or form invented by gay or homosexual people . It was made by some pretty awful people who wanted to invent a really, really stupid idea.
In 1992, the Family Research Council came out with a video titled The Gay Agenda, followed up with other publications. The points of what they claim “The Gay Agenda” can be described in the book Redeeming The Rainbow:
The “gay” goal for society is to replace Judeo-Christian sexual morality (monogamous
heterosexual marriage and the natural family) with an alternative moral system that embraces “sexual freedom.” They know they can have no real acceptance in a society which restricts sex to authentic marriage, so “gay” activists have worked, literally for generations, to destroy marriage-based culture -- by aggressively promoting heterosexual promiscuity and fostering hostility against the chief opponent of promiscuity, the Christian church. As respect for family values and Christianity has declined, their own political power, as champions of “sexual freedom,” has increased proportionally.
So there you have it in a nutshell – gay people want to destroy marriage based culture in the name of “sexual freedom.” Evidently, these crazy gay people are 1) in a conspiracy, and b) actually think that consenting adults should be allowed to engage each other without the government interfering.
What a crazy notion. Next thing you know, we’ll be telling interracial couples that they should be allowed to get married. Or older couples who won't have more children. Or young people who are infertile.
So basically, that is “The Gay Agenda” according to groups like World News Daily, Focus on the Family, so on and so forth: homosexuals want to craft an America where traditional marriage and families are destroyed and gay people are the norm.
The question is: why do these groups feel that gay people want to do this?
The simple answer: reproduction.
In tract after tract of “Watch out for the Gay Agenda!’ that I’ve discovered, the stories go like this:
1. Gay people really aren’t gay because it’s a choice and not something people are born with.
3. Gay people become so because older gay people seduce younger gay people and molest them when they’re children and teenagers.
5. When these molested children/teenagers grow up, they now think they’re gay and that’s how gay people reproduce – by molesting children so they grow up thinking that sex with their own gender is the way it works for them.
Granted, this whole line of thinking is full of incorrect assumptions. Research and actual scientific organizations such as psychologists long ago removed homosexuality as a “mental disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and more and more research into genetics shows that homosexuality is genetic in nature – and may even have an evolutionary role in species survival.
The second part is a load of nonsense that groups like the Catholic Church have used, as in “Yes, we have tons of men that are raping boys – but it’s because of the evil gay people who keep entering our organizations!” When instead, pedophilia is commonly less about gender and more about power: the power of the abuser over their victims. This explains why Catholic priests and nuns (as depicted in The Ryan Report showed not just rampant raping of alter boys by men, but nuns abusing children, priests impregnating girls, and all sorts of other terrible things. Studies into a link into homosexuality and child molestation has failed to turn up any evidence:
Are homosexual adults in general sexually attracted to children and are preadolescent children at greater risk of molestation from homosexual adults than from heterosexual adults? There is no reason to believe so. The research to date all points to there being no significant relationship between a homosexual lifestyle and child molestation. There appears to be practically no reportage of sexual molestation of girls by lesbian adults, and the adult male who sexually molests young boys is not likely to be homosexual(Groth & Gary, 1982, p. 147).
But hey – let’s not let facts get in the way of religious bigotry and hatred.
Let’s lay it out on the table: there is a homosexual agenda, and it’s the same agenda that pretty much everyone else has: to be left the hell alone with the people who love and care for them. If consenting adults want to get together and do things that don’t hurt anyone else, more power to them. If a loving couple raise children in a house of love and support and encouragement, I don’t care if they’re straight or gay as long as they let the child grow up to the best of their abilities. There’s a shortage of love and kindness in the world, and I’m not going to stop anyone from increasing those two most rare of resources.
While the voices in the Christianist groups grow more and more shrill the small their numbers grow, gay people have spent decades simply saying “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.” Soon they’ll have the right to marry, serve in the military, serve for children the way other countries have for years and decades with no more incident save the slow extinction of the ignorant and the evil that hates someone because they feel Yahweh ordered them to.
Which is one agenda I’ll be very happy to see expire from the world.