Culture Challenge of the Week: Is the Truth "Damaging"?
I'm penning this column from Australia, where I was privileged to speak a few days ago at an event at Parliament House celebrating Australia's National Marriage Day.
As in America, marriage in Australia is under attack by homosexual activists who seek to shoehorn their lifestyle choices into a shoe that will never fit: marriage. They want the law - and public opinion - to redefine marriage to include homosexual sex as something good, the moral equivalent of marital sexuality expressed by a husband and a wife.
Pro-family Australians are blessed with charismatic leaders, including Member of Parliament Bob Katter and pro-family advocate Babette Francis and her organization, the Endeavour Forum, as well as the wonderful Australian Family Association. Unequivocal in support of traditional marriage and courageous in opposition to homosexual marriage, these leaders (and thousands of their fellow Australians) urged members of the Australian Parliament to continue to honor the truth about marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
At the rally, I spoke from my heart, warning that "no greater evil" stalks our societies than the attempt to redefine the historical and time-honored definition of marriage that has existed since the dawning of mankind. It's a "war," I said, "for the future of the human race." The crowd responded with a standing ovation.
It made radical homosexual activists go nuts. They simply don't want the truth to be known. They don't want people to think critically about the ramifications of destroying the basic unit of society.
History teaches that deviancy spurs decline, and the push to normalize homosexual relationships puts us on the fast track to disaster. But the bigger issue is what results when you fundamentally alter the basic building block of society.
In my Australian speech, I warned that efforts to legitimize polygamy and pedophilia would follow in the wake of homosexual marriage. Advocates for homosexual marriage quickly declared themselves "shocked and outraged" by my "damaging" remarks.
Just last month, the polygamous family showcased in the cable TV reality show "Sister Wives" filed a lawsuit in the United States challenging the criminal laws against polygamy as an unconstitutional restriction on the sexual freedom of consenting adults. And a recent article in the influential Columbia Law Review proposes allowing but regulating polygamy, "consistent with contemporary social norms."
This past week, a coalition of mental health professionals and "minor-attracted persons" gathered at a conference sponsored by B4U-ACT to challenge the "stigma" and misunderstanding surrounding adults who are sexually attracted to children. They reject the characterization of sexual feelings toward children as "deviant" and advocate changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to declassify sexual attraction to children as a disorder.
The fiction of homosexual marriage surely will erode the morals and stability of society. It's happening not only on the national stage, but also at local levels in ways that will affect your family and your children.
Schools will get their doses of homosexual-promoting curricula in California; as that state is one of the largest textbook purchasers, California's curricular decisions will create ripple effects for publishers and school districts across the country. Middle school and high school students in every state will be exposed, under the guise of suicide prevention, to the testimonies of drag queens, transvestites and formerly drug-addicted, HIV-positive homosexuals encouraging confused teens to identify as LGBT, embrace "their" community, and reject the "bullying" of their concerned parents.
LGBT advocates will attempt to silence those who speak the truth about marriage and sexuality. They are doing so to me at this very moment, as I am the subject of a barrage of vile, hateful and threatening emails from homosexual militants around Australia. I have two more speeches to give in this great country, in Melbourne and Cairns, and I must say that although my message will be just as strong, I am concerned there may be serious disruptions at the events.
How to Save Your Family: Champion the Truth Without Apology
One of the blessings of my trip to Australia was to experience the cross-cultural embrace of truth. Truth is universal - marriage means the union of one man and one woman - and doesn't change across the time zones to Australia. Nor has it changed through the centuries. The political push for homosexual marriage may well win the battle for headlines, but it cannot change human nature - it cannot silence the truth.
Parents, be forewarned. The year ahead promises an unpleasant battle for those who speak the truth. But make no mistake: The truth will prevail.
We need to be prepared to be unflinching messengers of the truth to our own children, friends, neighbors and school personnel. Know the truth: The homosexual lifestyle brings misery and damages society, health and well-being. Champion the truth. Our young people need to hear the beautiful purpose and meaning of human sexuality and marriage and to identify the immoral counterfeits that claim the same legitimacy.
• Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@howtosave yourfamily.com.
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