“The argument against homosexualism is fundamentally a contest against the reign of voluntarism, the reign of desires furnishing their own justification against reason, the natural purposes of our being, and the conditions in which we dwell.” ~ James Matthew Wilson
Much has been said recently of the vote in NY to refashion marriage to be inclusive of those who call themselves homosexual. Interestingly, a demographic that accounts for roughly 2% of the national populous has managed to seize headlines every day since the historic legislation. No other group so small – for instance, farmers – has been able to garner such a vibrant spectrum of coverage in regards to their imperiled interests. Apparently, the Media determine the causes they will themselves champion.
However, in spite of the barrage of reports, stories and commentary, neither wing of the Media seems willing to break the only real taboo in this discussion around this homosexual orientation; in other words, what does homosexuality, as a lifestyle and an orientation, do to the human soul?
The group of individuals who comprise a phenomenon known simply as “ex-gays” is one that is highly scorned by the Left and somehow ignored by the Right in the public debate. We have become so convinced as a culture that homosexuality is somehow normative that to even suggest the possibility that a person might not want to be gay is scandalous. When such a person actually overcomes – or at the very least, acts contrary to – his homosexual orientation, it is treated as if he were the one going against his nature. The vitriol once reserved for practicing homosexuals themselves by a “homophobic” mainstream culture has been redirected to spew only upon those who are so bold to deny that they are biologically homosexual, created by God to be as such, and happiest when living out the proclivity. In short, they are the true pariahs.
Please allow me to demonstrate my point. This week, as my wife and I were at the theater to take in the newest offering from Terrance Malick, The Tree of Life (recommended), we were subjected to a trailer for the movie, Pariah. This flick features a young african-american woman struggling to come to terms with her homosexual orientation. More than that, she is drawn to the masculine expression of lesbianism, a highly condemned mien within the black community. Ironically, the trailer simultaneously tried to affirm the young woman’s femininity while extolling her courage to practice masculinity. Given the black community’s disposition against this kind of behavior, I somehow doubt the producer had that demographic in mind in funding this film. Rather, this film was created for “White Liberals,” who are open-minded enough to assume their worldview must be accepted by everyone. The title of the film, Pariah, only speaks to the notion that a black homosexual girl is representative of one of the last few clusters of individuals who have yet to be embraced – or at the very least, tolerated – by their surrounding communities. Likely, the film could have substituted a Latina for the african-american, with similar product and effect. Regardless, the narrative of the suffering homosexual yearning to be free of social constraints has become so commonplace that the trailer, no matter how fantastic or sentimental, went relatively unnoted by those in the theater with us (except for the elderly couple behind us whispering, “Ooh, that looks good!”).
Now put the shoe on the other foot: imagine such a film in which the main character is a homosexual who is actually trying to relinquish herself from her orientation; to be free of same-sex attraction and all the chaos it has brought upon the life and soul of the individual. Who would have sat quietly through that trailer? Would it even have been deemed fit to air in the theater without fear of heavy repercussions? Surely at some point in the ensuing debate the cankerous curse of “hatespeech” would have landed on the table.
My point is this: the American media has so quickly adopted the “homosexual as normative” narrative that the public has hardly had time to bat an eye. Those who believe homosexuality is a disorder and the support around it little more than sentimentality on steroids constitute a new leper colony, so much so that it has become professionally and even personally treacherous to publicly discuss or question the viability of the homosexual orientation. Anyone who does is automatically understood and lambasted as “homophobic,” bigoted and tantamount to the KKK, and all this in the name of tolerance and freedom.
While we have certainly reached a point that to question this assumption would be professional suicide for any politician interested in re-election, and it boggles the mind to imagine a “forward-leaning” newspaper to print any commentary contrary to the dominant narrative, the Internet is yet uncensored. As vast and incoherent as the Internet has become, this must be the medium for those who dissent. In order for this to be an actual debate, both balanced and open, it is necessary to hear those who have gone beyond the pale and renounced their homosexual orientations. At one time in recent history, homosexuality was on the books as a psychological disorder, and a cure was sought. Now those who seek the cure are the sick ones. But to read their words, they do not sound sick. Rather, they sound like those who have emerged from the cage that confined them, those who have truly come out of their personal prisons. And what they tell us, having been on both sides of the bed sheet, is that the dominant narrative we’re ingesting now is the poison that kept them sick all that time.
For those still reading and interested, I want to recommend two such accounts. The first is by far superior writing and goes beyond the personal experience of the author to analyze the phenomenon of gay culture and its growing acceptance, but both are well worth the read. Be warned: both authors are devout Christians. This is often enough for any skeptic to immediately write off the account as religious babble. But the significance behind these men’s faith is that Christianity does not simply condemn homosexuality, as every major religion does. Instead, it offers healing from it through the Creator and Healer of the world, Jesus Christ. If homosexuality is indeed a disorder of the soul and mind (and no science proves the contrary, regardless of the popular sentiment that homosexuals were “born that way”), then the proper treatment must concern both mind and soul.
Please read carefully. The first account is somewhat graphic in its descriptions.
How a Gay Rights Leader Became Straight by Michael Glatze
You can read more about Michael Glatze in a recent New York Times Magazine article. The writing is good, and the testimony true, but even within the article you can sense the wriggle of the idea that maybe this guy Glatze is somehow not being truthful, or was never gay in the first place, or is just plain crazy. To be sure, the actual response to this man’s conversion from homosexuality was much more irate and rancorous than the article intimates. One need only peruse sites around the blogosphere to get a better idea of what kind of kerfuffle this “coming out” of Glatze’s created for the gay community.