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Great diversity among homosexuals
This is a response to a letter titled, “Does every creed, race find an equal place?” published in last Sunday’s Guardian. As an individual who spent many years in the considerable gay communities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, I remain concerned regarding the many inaccuracies being offered and reported endeavouring to promote the “gay is good” notion and the civil rights of gay men and women.
Clearly, the pro-gay agenda continues its attempts to change, influence and persuade public opinion that the practice of homosexuality (in any form or to any degree) is all about “civil rights.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Today, more than ever, many within gay communities around the world now view and classify the conservative Christian who holds to the traditional and scripturally correct view that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching and conduct” as being politically incorrect, intolerant and homophobic.
Ultimately, the crisis we face today is not about homosexuality or gay rights, but rather a “crisis of truth.” Undeniably, “truth is” and it matters greatly regarding homosexual practice and the promotion of gay civil rights.
“The gay agenda” is a phrase that implies a uniform social and political agenda shared by all homosexuals. It also implies there is something inherently wrong in having an agenda. Both points are untrue. There is great diversity among homosexuals, including political and social diversity.
For that reason, no one agenda could be nor is it shared by all homosexuals, although it is fair to say there are some goals—same-sex marriage, acceptance of gays in the military and so on—that are common to the political gay rights movement, even if and when they are not shared by all homosexual people.
However, to promote the idea that the gay community is a united front in terms of gay rights or even the word “gay” to denote homosexual practice is inaccurate and an illusion. Around the world there is great, great diversity within gay communities when it comes to the promotion of gay rights and homosexual practice.
Homosexuals, or anyone else for that matter, do not have the right to have no one disagree with them on the morality of homosexuality. Nor do they have the right to be free from “attitudinal discrimination” regarding their sexual orientation. But neither does anyone else have such a right.
Indeed, every citizen has a right to his or her own biases and prejudices, as long as they do not impinge upon the fundamental rights of another person or class. This is what it means to live in a society in which the freedoms of speech, religion (and belief) and privacy are guaranteed.
Homosexuals have the right, as do others, to believe that homosexual behaviour should be accepted as normal. They do not have the right to have everyone agree with them.
Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive director, His Way Out Ministries
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