A Culture Shattered: Part 4 of 5—Legitimizing the Antithesis (2000s)

This post was written by Debra Rae.

With the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Marriage, this five part series examines how we got to where we are.

 

For breaking through the thick congressional wall on behalf of gay rights, President Obama was dubbed the nation’s “first gay president.” Indeed, he hosted Gay Pride events at the White House, helped bring an end to Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell, signed hate crimes legislation, and mandated visitation rights for partners of LGBT patients. Obama went so far as to appoint the first transgender in an American presidential administration—Amanda Simpson, Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce.

Although the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of an amendment which says, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” gays continued to demand extraordinarily large representation in public and even private arenas. A Zogby-GLCensus Partners poll of over 1500 participants identified legal recognition of same-sex marriage as a primary goal. Accordingly, in reversing his previously held position on marriage, President Obama lent unbridled support for same-sex marriage, likely the most socially fundamental issue of the twenty-first century.

The US Supreme Court unanimously approved a Wisconsin hate-crimes statute (Wisconsin v Mitchell, 2000),[i] and its Lawrence ruling overturned Texas’ same-sex, anti-sodomy law.[ii] The Lawrence decision also rendered unenforceable what thirteen other state laws prohibited.[iii]  In 2003 when the Massachusetts Supreme Court advanced the notion that gay marriage extended civil rights to disadvantaged groups (Goodrich v the Massachusetts Department of Public Health), even authentic advocates of the civil rights movement (Alveda King, for one) were incensed. The growing number of ex-gays proved that homosexuals likely possess no unchangeable characteristics. What’s more, far from disadvantaged, the gay community boasted incomes forty-one percent above the national average. Not robed judges, but God alone grants natural, unalienable rights.[iv]

A fair-minded person’s exercise of freedom of conscience is not hatred, bigotry, discrimination, or extremism, yet Senator Ted Kennedy likened said vitriol to “terrorism.”[v] Fact is, San Francisco documented fewer cases of anti-gay violence than gay-to-gay domestic violence;[vi] but media spokesperson Paul Begala fingered “extremist, hate mongering conservative” groups—you know, the American Family Association and the Family Research Council—as brutal murderers.[vii]

2000s—Legitimization in the Media
Surprise, surprise! NBC’s Will and Grace exposed ex-gays as hypocrites, and the gay media strategy paid big dividends with daytime soap operas.[viii] Movies as Brokeback Mountain glamorized homosexuality, and Boyz magazine showcased it. Generous grants from the tax-funded National Endowment of the Arts supported the Los Angeles Gay-Lesbian Film Festival, Lesbian Visual Arts, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus—and retold the Passion Play from gay perspective.[ix] Vocal opponents of taxpayers’ funding what the Bible calls “confusion,” “vile,” and “reprobate”[x] were attacked, not necessarily for their ideas, but rather on a personal level. Following a yearlong gay activist “search and destroy” campaign, talk radio’s Dr. Laura Schlessinger was hounded off her conservative television show.[xi]

2000s—Legitimization in the Marketplace of Ideas
As the number of same-sex households soared, especially in Vermont and Delaware, freedom of conviction faced increasing opposition. “Miss Manners” of lesbianism Kathy Belge called it “just plain vindictive” should heterosexuals even suggest countering gay- with straight- pride events. Though tax moneys supported gay pride, heterosexual pride was unthinkably offensive. Canada’s Parliament sanctioned a law to criminalize speech even thought to be “anti-gay.” This, of course, begged the question, “Who decides?” You can bet it wasn’t Ann Coulter! Liberal monism prevailed. When two heterosexual women declined a lesbian as their roommate, the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission ignored their concerns by ordering the women to write a letter of apology, pay an exorbitant fine, and complete “sensitivity training.”

2000s—Legitimization in the Work Place
Despite voters’ registered opposition to gay marriage, ACT-UP and OUT activists for homosexual rights chanted, marched, and invaded businesses and government offices,[xii] Microsoft caved to gay rights, corporations introduced diversity training,[xiii] and more than half of the US’s largest corporations extended health insurance to employees’ same-sex domestic partners. Wal-Mart pressured suppliers to give homosexuals preferential treatment—then, rolled out the red carpet in favor of gay marriage.[xiv] In opposing Missouri’s efforts to license gays as foster parents, a Christian social worker was outright fired.

2000s—Legitimization in Education
Education emerged as the movement’s top industry (social services following), and American Airlines spread the love as official carrier of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers’ network.[xv] Polls conducted even by liberal newspapers like The Boston Globe revealed opposition to gay marriage by as much as a two-to-one margin, yet public universities, high schools, and grade schools marginalized “we, the people” by openly championing the diversity agenda.

In school common areas, gay-friendly visual imagery portrayed the culture in favorable light,[xvi] and Candlewick Press published the bizarrely explicit It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris.[xvii] Lesbian activists representing the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) advanced the FLASH curriculum and demanded that LGBT youth be singled out for specific—i.e., special—protection under school disciplinary codes.[xviii] “Safe Zone” requirements forced teachers to validate lifestyles they privately opposed.

A GLSEN summer workshop taught gay sex techniques to curious high school students, and some tax-funded Gay-Straight Alliances advanced the pro-gay agenda via booster clubs. GLSEN-promoted, daylong National Days of Silence not only disrupted the educational process of some eight thousand American schools, but also denied nonparticipating students their legitimate right to a “least restrictive educational environment.”

In New York City, the Harvey Milk Public School focused on needs of homo- and bi- sexual students, the transgendered and questioning youth;[xix] and Chicago’s school board introduced new, anti-discrimination language into its books. When a school in Massachusetts celebrated “To B GLAD Day,” parents were not told that the acronym stood for “Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Day” and would feature workshops about “Life Outside the Gender Norm,” “Being Gay in the Professional World,” and “Fighting Homophobia.”[xx] It’s no wonder that two-thirds of our nation’s high school seniors polled were shown to favor legalization of homosexual marriage. Even more favored homosexual adoptions, and fully ninety percent favored “hate crimes” laws that exceed protections afforded other groups.[xxi]

San Francisco State University offered dozens of classes on gay issues, not to mention an undergraduate minor in LGBT studies. While Dartmouth featured studies in “Queer Theory” and “Queer Texts,” Brown offered “Unnatural Acts: Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Literature”; and Stanford students studied “Homosexuals, Heretics, Witches, and Werewolves.” George Mason University even elected a GT homecoming queen!

2000s—Legitimization in Government
While Massachusetts’ Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshal went so far as to characterize homosexuality as “a superior form of love,” Nebraska’s ACLU sued over a constitutional amendment affirming traditional marriages.[xxii] The New York-based Lambda Legal Defense demanded approval, not just permission for civil unions.[xxiii] Vermont was first in line to recognize “marriage lite,” and Washington D.C. approved a bill recognizing same-sex marriages in other states. California law required companies that do business with the state to subsidize homosexual relationships.[xxiv] President Obama revoked conscience protection for health workers; and his AIDS Czar, Jeffrey Crowley, promoted free comprehensive health care for gays. The Local Law Enforcement Act (2000) expanded the scope of what’s considered a “hate crime,” and groundwork was laid for criminal pursuit of Bible-honoring Christian preachers.[xxv] Under scrutiny of the Canadian Radio-TV and Telecommunications Commission, Canadians were forbidden to oppose or criticize the movement, and the Swedish parliament passed a constitutional amendment making it a crime to teach that homosexual behavior is immoral.[xxvi]

2000s—Legitimization on the Net
For not offering dating services to gays and lesbians, homosexual Eric McKinley from New Jersey sued the dating site www.eHarmony.com in March 2005. As part of the settlement, e-Harmony was forced to provide a new website, called “Compatible Partners,” pay the state fifty thousand dollars to cover the cost of the investigation, and an additional five thousand dollars for McKinley, likewise given a year’s free membership. Nice work, if you can get it.

 2000s—Legitimization in Church
A report from the US Census Bureau identified what is characterized as a “post-family society,” also known as the “post-Christian society,” evidenced in gay-friendly Bible translations that radically retold Scriptures.[xxvii] In a gay newspaper, Steve Warren made the disconcerting admission that gays have on their side “the spirit of the age.”[xxviii] Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson referenced the “religious language” of lesbianism and “the sacred masculine.” Gay spirituality groups as Flesh and Spirit Community, Gay Mystics, Gay Spirit Culture Project, Q-Spirit, and the like identified Gay Pride with its own unique brand of interfaith spirituality, one which everyone must tolerate and even celebrate.[xxix]

In the US, Reformed Judaism was the first major mainstream religion to adopt a national policy sanctioning homosexuality. By joining a mainline denomination—namely, the United Church of Christ—the world’s largest homosexual church (Cathedral of Hope in Texas) sought legitimization,[xxx] seemingly successfully. Founder and CEO of Sojourners Jim Wallis included same-sex couples in the effort to strengthen marriage, and Presbyterians voted against mandatory fidelity in traditional marriage and chastity in singleness for its clergy and lay office holders.[xxxi] V. Gene Robinson was the first Anglican clergyman to live in an openly homosexual relationship,[xxxii] and, upon “marrying” her lesbian partner, Karen Dammann retained ministerial credentials in the United Methodist Church.[xxxiii]

Traditionalists didn’t fare so well. For displaying a sign that read “Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism, Jesus is Our Lord,” Harry Hammond was convicted in a British court of law and, for distributing Christian tracts, Dale McAlpine served a jail sentence.[xxxiv] Neither parroted the right kind of state-approved speech and, for that, they paid.

2000s—Legitimization in the Global Village
By the 2000s the gay agenda was firmly established in the Global Village. The UN and other global entities applauded sustainable, zero-population growth gay unions. CEDAW guaranteed the right for lesbians to marry.[xxxv] Iceland’s Prime Minister was among the first to marry her lesbian partner and, when President Obama publicly supported gay marriage, incoming French Socialist President François Hollande followed his lead. China’s policy granted “no approval, no disapproval, and no promotion”; however, in 2001 the Ministry of Health in China officially removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Although Israel recognized same-sex marriages performed in foreign jurisdictions, the Knesset defeated a bill to legalize them. On the other hand, Canada was on board with the agenda in redefining marriage as “the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.”[xxxvi]

Speaking at the World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that diversity be acknowledged and celebrated. In popular culture, diversity spoke—not merely to acceptance of multiple ethnic cultures—but to “tolerance,” specifically as it relates to gays—their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression; government recognition of same-sex relationships, anti-discrimination/sodomy laws, equal age of consent for same-sex activity, LGBT adoption and military service.

 

More to follow in Part 5 of 5.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


[i] Nat Hentoff. “The Crime of Hate: Whatever Happened to Equal Protection?” (Washington, D.C.: The Washington Times, 2000).

[ii] Jan LaRue, Chief Counsel. “’Gay Marriage’ Ruling Already Harming American Families: The Impact of the Lawrence Decision Reaches Far Beyond Same-Sex Couples” (CWA: Family Voice, November/December 2003). 2.

[iii] Michael Swartz. “The ‘Right’ to Perversion … What Happens Now?” (CWA: The Family Voice, September/October 2003). 3-4.

[iv] The Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776.

[v] Rick Scarborough. “Get Ready to Go to Jail, Preachers!” (The Rick Scarborough Report, 28 September 2007). Volume 3, Number 38.

[vi] http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Statistics-Released-on-Gay-Domestic-Violence-2961757.php (Accessed 17 June 2015)

[vii] Tom DeWeese. “And They Call the Right Hate Mongers?” (The DeWeese Report, January 2001). 5.

[viii] Megan Basham. “Creative Control: Gay Group’s Media Strategy has Paid Big Dividends” (World Magazine, 11 April 2009). 60-61.

[ix] Ben Brantley. “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told: Eden Sprouts Irreverence” (New York: The New York Times, 15 December 1998).

[x] Genesis 19:5-11,24,25; Leviticus 18:22; Deuteronomy 22:5 and 23:17; Judges 19:22; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10; 1 Timothy 1:10; Jude 7,10.

[xi] Bob Jones. “Now Back to Her Regular Programming” (World Magazine, 16 June 2001). 41-43.

[xii] “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men,” Psalm 12:8, NIV.

[xiii] “Gay Couples Make Strides In Benefits”(Seattle, Washington: The Seattle Times, June 2006).

[xiv] Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman. “Wal-Mart Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Homosexual Marriage” (Tupelo, MS: American Family Association Action Alert, 23 October 2006).1-3.

[xv] “Stop Promoting Homosexuality!” (CWA: The Family Voice, August 1997).20.

[xvi] The California Student Safety and Violence Protection Act (2000).

[xvii] Robie H. Harris. “It’s Perfectly Normal” (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2004). 14-15, 16-17, 20-21, 22-23, 36-37, 48-49, 62-63, 69.

[xviii] Lynn Vincent. “Whatever It Takes” (World magazine, 9 September 2000). 36-37.

[xix] Joel Belz. “Harvey Wallbanger” (World magazine, 6 September 2003).61.

[xx] Marvin Olasky. “Fear of the Lord: In an Age of Fear, Christophobia is the Truly Widespread One” (World magazine,

2 September 2000).34.

[xxi] Lisa Leff. “More Schools Offer Gay Studies Classes” (MSNBC.com: The Associated Press, 7 September 2007).

[xxii] Alan E. Sears, President and General Counsel. “Fed Up and Fighting Back!” (Scottsdale, Arizona: Alliance Defense Fund, 2000).

[xxiii] http://www.lambdalegal.org (Accessed 17 June 2015).

[xxiv] Nat Hentoff. “The Crime of Hate: Whatever Happened to Equal Protection?” (Washington, D.C.: The Washington Times, 2000).

[xxv] Rick Scarborough. “Get Ready to Go to Jail, Preachers!” (The Rick Scarborough Report, 28 September 2007). Volume 3, Number 38.

[xxvi] Gene Edward Veith. “Sweden’s Shame” ” (World magazine, 10 August 2002).12.

[xxvii] Gene Edward Veith, Cultural Editor. “Worldly Word: New Bible Texts Translate the Bible Away” (World magazine, 15 November 2005). 26.

[xxviii] John 4:3.

[xxix] Archie P. Jones, Ph.D. “The Truth About the First Amendment” (Washington, D.C.: Washington Insider, July 2001).

3-6.

[xxx] Edward E. Plowman. “Gay Union” (World magazine, 25 November 2006).41.

[xxxi] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/05/jim-wallis-faith-politics-immigration_n_3024458.html (Accessed 16 June 2015).

[xxxii] Edward E. Plowman. “Dallas Mavericks” (World magazine, 31 January 2004).25.

[xxxiii] Edward E. Plowman. “None of Our Business” (World magazine, 17 April 2004).36.

[xxxiv] Dispatches. “Cleared” (World magazine, 5 June 2010).18.

[xxxv] Legislative Action Committee. “What Every Christian Needs to Know about CEDAW” (CWA: Special Report, 2006).

[xxxvi] The Civil Marriage Act (2005): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Marriage_Act (Accessed 17 June 2015).

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  1. Bill
    Bill says:

    The Golden Girls: How One TV Show Turned A Generation Of American Boys Into Homosexuals.

    reprinted from christwire.org. “Conservative values for an unsaved world”

    The Golden Girls television program was never much to look at. A foursome of Florida geriatrics getting agitated about pharmacy bills and shoulder pads– who could ever find such a thing interesting? But somehow these perky and absurd women wormed their ways into America’s homes for an 8-year run in the 1980s. Maybe it was our desire to see our grandmothers having fun that encouraged us to watch. Maybe we wanted to believe old age wasn’t dominated by infections and hip problems, loneliness and crushing depression before death finally stomps us out like the acrid end of a damp cigarette.

    The most unexpected segment of this show’s fanbase was America’s young men. In the 80s, these were boys too delicate for sports, too awkward for girls, too “artistic” for labor-intensive work and too flamboyant for peer acceptance in high school. With no real adults in sight, these poor children became obsessed with the poorly conceived characters on this show. Desperate for a firm hand in their lives, they gravitated to the subversive undercurrent of masculinity in these aged matrons.

    Many studies have been done on why the gays love The Golden Girls, but science can’t fathom the moral challenges and social upheaval of those historic times. The 1980s was an epoch of President Reagan’s manly wisdom and the terrifying threat of Cold War annihilation. America had sobered up from the flashy lights of 1970s disco. We were skipping all night cocaine and sex parties to focus on our careers. Spiritual leaders like Jerry Falwell were telling us that Christianity was in the majority again. On the other side, there was a subculture of homosexuality creeping up on our youths. It gave them an excuse to wear tight jeans and to sneak off to public parks for quick releases with hairy men of different ethnicities.

    It was only to be expected that our lonely boys exposed to these conflicted times would succumb to the nagging Golden Girls agenda. These were slender, unathletic children who were left out of the fun militarism of the Reagan years. Skyrocketing divorce rates ruined their faith in traditional relationships. Rock groups like Duran Duran and Styx encouraged big hair and overactive libidos. The show lit a match which enflamed their intense physical urges. With the utmost cruelty and immorality, The Golden Girls seized upon this opportunity to cross the hormonal wires of America’s lost generation.

    The results were disastrous. Our horny, lonely boys sought out intimate comforts with likeminded Golden Girls addicts who didn’t mind each other’s theatrical voices and touch-feely hand gestures. Together, these clusters of awkward teens and twentysomethings bonded over their favorite episodes and characters, mimicking the voices and gowns of their tv friends. When the rush of cheesecake and gabfests wore thin, these hairless boys needed a harder thrill. They were so desperate for the next big trend they turned to same-sex sexual experimentation. What woman would have them now, anyway? This led to the worse excesses of early homosexual visibility– the most enormous of drag queens, the dirtiest of leather daddies, the most enticing of twinkie boys, androgyny, overeating, public sex and the birth of “camp.”

    If you walk down the street today and bump into a middle-aged homosexual, chances are that the nasty comeback he will shout at you is something he picked up from Dorothy Zbornak of the Golden Girls. Played by noted liberal activist and Archie Bunker-foe Bea Arthur, Dorothy had a hard, masculine voice. She was cold and quick-tempered. She taught our modern butt rompers to disparage everyone in their orbit. She schooled them on insulting people’s clothing choices, body odors, organ sizes and educations. Dorothy taught the gays to speak very fast and have the most superior attitude possible. This formula has worked for many of your urban leather daddies and flaming queens, who attack with the swiftness of a ninja. It often happens that by the time I figure out what the insulting gay man has said to me, he is long gone (probably off groping someone’s son in a Sears lavatory). For others, and here I’m talking about your waiters and retail salesmen, Dorothy has given them permission to be two-faced. They smile at you through gritted teeth when you tell them to keep their nail polished fingers off the edge of your pasta dish or when you make them promise that they won’t peek while you’re trying on a swimsuit in the dressing room. Beneath that smile is a sneer. These gays really hate you for your Christianity and your gold card, your mature good looks or the fact you lead a handsome camping group into the hushed mountains of Tennessee. In whatever afterlife world she inhabits, Bea Arthur is surely pleased by your outrageous outrages, you homosexual anarchists of America.

    Blanche Devereaux, played by Rue McClanahan on the show, is one of the sluttiest sluts around. She will do anything to get anyone into her bedroom for hours of offensive copulation irregardless of her aging orifices. Like many contemporary gays, she also demands expensive dinners and presents from her “dates” and takes special pride in catching the rich ones. Blanche’s promiscuity is a common model for the personal lives of today’s homosexuals. Most gay relationships last a week. It is no coincidence that this is the amount of time between Golden Girl episodes when they first aired on primetime. Blanche’s appearances on the show taught today’s 30-something homosexuals that you need a new strange man on your arm every seven days or else your viewers/friends will lose interest in your life’s plot. Sadly, with the Golden Girls in weeknight syndication, the youngest gays have confused this timetable to mean they need five new boyfriends a week. Their sexual adventures have become both shockingly fast and befuddling to their next-door neighbors and Twitter followers alike.

    Rose Nylund, played by x-rated comedienne Betty White, was added to the show as a sort of comic relief to the other more serious characters. She is thoroughly dimwitted. Her clueless acting style makes me cringe at her obvious senility. Senility is not at all funny, but the careless creators of this awfulness used her stupidity for a relentless barrage of immature jokes. Once again, Rose’s most salient trait was picked up and celebrated by the gay community. Every buff beefcake I’ve ever met has been tremendously brainless. They can bump out the beats to any Madonna song on a club railing, but are incapable of telling you the difference between Acapulco and an avocado. They lack the concentration to finish reading your text message, let alone a fantastic website article you may have forwarded to them. Most homosexuals love to gallop around a conversation, yammering out a bunch of big phrases to show you how smart they are. The truth is that if they slowed down for a minute you would see that the Lady Gaga references, truckstop handjob stories and Kevin Jennings defenses don’t add up to an intellectual argument. They’re just random phrases strung together by psychotropically-medicated, carnally-motivated ridiculous libertines glazed with moisturizer.

    For Florida, The Golden Girls completely ruined the reality of Miami’s masculine reputation. It was no longer a city of Scarface and Miami Vice. The Cuban machismo and gorgeous Ferraris melted in the face of lengthy canasta games and comfortable paisley chairs. And then the gays came marching in to South Beach. Not even CSI Miami can win the city back for the straights.

    Today, as this crowd ages we have to wonder what comes next for the Golden Girl generation of American homosexuals. They’re turning 40 and 50 now. Their hair is thinning, their waistlines expanding, their cachet in the cultural scene is long past. Most have settled into heavily mortgaged condos or bungalows in gentrified neighborhoods, bitter at their mid-level jobs with zero hope of becoming a CEO to make their fathers proud. Many are too old at this point to be pursuing anonymous street pickups and have settled into caustic relationships that are only monogamous out of mutual laziness. Maybe they find weekend solace in amateur photography or an overly primped shit-zu.

    In a dozen years, the next logical step for these people is Florida. Will we see whole sections of this state devoted to horny gay retirees sporting the worst 1980s fashions? High pants and feathered hair and modern architecture? Will they follow in the lusty steps of their forebears, the Golden Girls? When all these gays are in such close proximity to each other, will we see a huge upsurge in illicit homosexual elderly trysts? Will they vote out Florida’s married Christian Republican leaders, like Governor Charlie Crist? Will they embrace any and every cutting edge social issue that will be hip in 2020? Personally, I do not look forward to the day when we’re having moral debates about robot sex, gay jetpacks or houseplant marriage. And worst of all, will the next generation of television executives see the need for a new Golden Girls show featuring silver daddies, poppa bears, wankers on walkers and 50-year old twinks who sit on your lap and suck Metamucil lollipops? America, I will be turning off my tv for good in 2019 just in case.

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