How does homosexuality affect society?

Three movements in the West – Alfred Kinsey’s controversial publications on sex, the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the Gay Liberation Movement – set the foundations for the sexual revolution of the 1970-80’s. This resulted in a widespread culture of individualism expressed as the “freedom to love”.1 Since then, time-tested social and gender roles have been rejected as archaic and invariably, the freedom of choice has resulted in conflict and confusion for the individual and society.

Societal mores. Although sexuality is a personal issue, it has effects beyond the individual.

Some argue that others should not interfere with the private and sexual lives of homosexuals if the relationship is between consenting persons. However, this argument has been equally applied to campaign for “freedom” and “equality” of other ideologies such as polygamy and incest.2

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Is there really a “gay agenda”?

Homosexual activists decry the use of this term on account that it suggests some sinister and shadowy conspiracy beyond their freedom to live private lives. However, some of them have publicly discussed an agenda to push for the universal acceptance – in the areas of morality, religion, education, economics and politics – of non-heterosexual acts and relationships as normal, leading to the development of the LGBT movement.1

Note: Not all homosexual persons are activists. Activists may be non-LGBT persons.

The gay agenda refers to a political agenda which seeks to radically reshape society and rewrite public policy and laws to affirm and celebrate homosexual behaviour as normal, natural and even desirable. The intensive and sustained lobbying has successfully overturned or influenced the laws of many countries2. At the international level, the United Nations’ (UN) efforts to address homophobia (an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people3) and transphobia (intense dislike of or prejudice against transsexual or transgender people4) includes further recommendations to introduce anti-discrimination laws that run counter to the definition of family and marriage in many countries.5/6

Homosexual activists have unified themselves across the world in a concerted propaganda effort to promote pro-homosexual sentiment through a comprehensive strategy developed by neuropsychiatric expert and Harvard graduate, Marshall Kirk, and marketing/public persuasion expert and Harvard doctorate, Hunter Madsen7:

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Endnotes
1. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s (Doubleday, 1989)
2. Jaclyn Belczyk, UN General Assembly Splits on Gay Rights (Jurist, 19 December 2008)
6. Born Free and Equal: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Human Rights Law  (United Nations Human Rights, New York and Geneva, 2012)
7. Scott Lively, Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the “Gay” Agenda,  (Scott Douglas Lively and Abiding Truth Ministries, 2009)

Shouldn’t homosexuals have rights, too?

Homosexual persons are entitled to human rights in the same way that heterosexual persons are.

Equality of persons does not mean equality of acts.1 When homosexual activists lobby for equality of homosexual persons and heterosexual persons, they are, in fact, arguing that homosexual conduct should not be treated any less favourably than heterosexual conduct. However, this cannot be, as it disregards the differences between homosexual and heterosexual conduct and relationships, and the consequences of homosexual conduct on society at large (see Qn.9, 25 & 26).

The right to exercise freedom of will does not mean an absence of consequences resulting from one’s choice of actions. It is important to exercise conventional wisdom when discussing the philosophy of rights: What is permissible is not always beneficial.2 This can be seen in the adverse consequences of sexual activity – whether homosexual or heterosexual – outside of the protective boundaries of marriage as intended and ordained by God.

According human rights does not mean providing every legal right. According equal legal rights to homosexual persons appears at first glance to place them on equal footing as heterosexual persons. However, it actually serves to privilege homosexual persons as a protected class because they would enjoy the special rights to marry persons of the same sex and thereby receive the same legal benefits as a heterosexual married couple, and to be recognized as a family unit with the right to adopt children despite both parents being of the same sex.

In order to create public perception that they represent a significant minority whose interests should legitimately be allowed to alter social norms and the law, homosexual activists would frequently cite a figure of up to 10% of the population identifying as homosexual.3, 4 To the contrary, less than 3% identify themselves as LGBT:

  • The National Health Interview Survey, which is the U.S. government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviours, found that 1.6% of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian and 0.7% consider themselves bisexual.5
  • 2.4% of adults in London identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, with the figure falling to 1.5% in the rest of the UK.6
  • 1.2% of Australian adults identified as homosexual.7

Despite being a very small minority, homosexual activists and their sympathisers have met with great success and gained vast global recognition for their movement in the past decade alone, largely due to their comprehensive and united strategies.

 

Endnotes 
1. Family.Foundation.Future, The LGBT Agenda (January 2013)
2. 1 Corinthians 6:12
3. Metropolitan Man Initiative, Sex between Men in Your City (International Planned Parenthood Federation, August 2011, p9)
4. Gallup Politics, LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C., Lowest in North Dakota (State of the States, 15 February 2013)
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2013 (National Health Statistics Report No. 77, 15 July 2014)
6. Office for National Statistics, Integrated Household Survey: Experimental Statistics (Statistical Bulletin, April 2011 – March 2012)
7. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Sex in Australia: Australian Study of Health and Relationships (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, April 2003, Vol. 27(2))