Issues do not live in a vacume. There are worldviews behind every issue, and those worldviews need to be a part of whatever issue we are debating, otherwise we will be short-sighted, and the outcome will be the result of ill-informed voters and agenda-driven policy-makers.
Now that President Obama has publicly stated that he is for gay marriage, which he says is a result of his 'evolving' view on the issue, "At a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," our nation is having to address the legality, and the core issues surrounding this issue: the causes and morality of homosexuality, again.
Also of note, in the ABC interview in which Obama announced his position, he also said his decision was based on his faith in Jesus Christ and the Golden Rule, applying, "Treat others the way you would want to be treated," to his view on the issue.
Even though Pres. Obama blamed VP Joe Biden for getting "a little bit over his skis" in publicly and pre-emptively announcing his embrace of gay marriage, thus forcing Obama to prematurely announce his own support for gay marriage, to which he said, "Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way, in my own terms, without I think, there being a lot of notice to everybody? Sure. But all's well that ends well," the president made his announcement on the Eve of a huge Hollywood fundraiser (a $40,000 per person, $15 million raised event) for his re-election campaign. And we all know Hollywood predominately supports the gay agenda.
In today's postmodern society, which has cast its moral compass to the wind and is running full force in making decisions based on feelings and group-think, rather than on non-emotional, well researched positions, it is critical to be informed, as well as able to communicate the facts on issues. This requires a knowledge of the history, the stated motivations and agendas of advocates, the existing law on the issue(s), and wisdom based on time-tested truth. To make a decision based on anything less is, to say the least, faulty, and more often than not, disasterous.
So, when we look at the changing worldviews that are rapidly occurring in every arena of our nation today, there’s nothing more effective than direct quotes and stated positions to shine the light on the reality of the mentalities and motivations that surround an issue, such as in this case, "gay rights."
For instance, Gay Rights Organizational Positions and Agendas:
The Advocate (http://www.advocate.com/), the national magazine for the gay rights movement.
Then ACLU's website (http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRightsMain.cfm), advocates for gay rights.
The Lambda Legal website (http://www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/index.html), the "national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered through impact litigation, education, and public policy work."
Here you can see Glaad's media awards (http://www.glaad.org/), and the gay movement's think tank National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute (http://www.ngltf.org/).
GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) website (http://www.glsen.org/) "envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression." They have clubs and are very active on school campuses across the nation.
And Youth.org www.youth.org is an online source of youth gay sites.
This site, True Spirit, http://www.true-spirit.org/programming/03workshoplist.htm lists the workshops available at True Spirit conferences on such subjects such as the risk of breast cancer even after "...FTMs, transmen, or anyone born female-bodied who uses testosterone; " and intersex activism ideas for "changing our world."
Other conference workshops, remember these are for youth, were on, "How to Do SM [Sadomasochism];" one devoted to "polyamory," an activist term for multiple-partner sexual unions entitled, "Turning girls into boys" at http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26569.
See Americans for Truth article on the ethics of doctors surgically changing young women's bodies into males: http://www.americansfortruth.com/HRCTrueSpirit2002.html.
If you want to know the outlined agenda of the gay movement with steps for America to accept homosexulaity as normal, see "The Overhauling of Straight America: Waging Peace Part Two" (http://www.defendthefamily.com/_docs/resources/8142838.pdf). This was written in 1987, and states, "To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference instead of with keen emotion...if you can only get them to think that it is just another thing, with a shrug of their sholders then your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won."
The Pro-Family Law Center's website (http://www.abidingtruth.com) has alot of additional information on the subject.
Focus on the Family provided additional quotes from an After the Ball event, which outlined key points of the gay agenda:
- "Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible."
- "Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers."
- "Give homosexual protectors a just cause."
- "Make gays look good."
- "Make the victimizers look bad."
- "Get funds from corporate America."
There's many more resources available, and while it is not the intention of this article to list them all, nor to provide each of the elements I mentioned above as critical to being effectively informed on issues, hopefully these few websites can get you started in your own research, to help insure your worldview on this issue is based on the truth and not on rhetoric, agendas and falsehoods.
Gay Rights Advocates' Quotes:
"We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a protection from wrong. We also have a right — as heterosexual Americans already have — to see government and society affirm our lives." -Jeff Levi, homosexual spokesperson, in a 1987 speech to the National Press Club in Washington DC
"What the homosexual wants, and here he is neither willing to compromise nor morally required to compromise — is acceptance of homosexuality as a way of life fully on a par with heterosexuality." -Barbara Gittings, gay activist, in an article entitled "Gays on the March" in 1975, Time magazine
"Just simply to say that it goes against tradition and the teaching of the church and Scripture does not necessarily make it wrong." -Bishop V. Gene Robinson, openly gay Episcopal Bishop
"We intend to make the antigays look so nasty that average Americans will want to disassociate themselves from such types." -Marshall Kirk & Hunter Madsen, in "The Overhauling Of Straight America"
"We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgarities. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms...All churches who condemn us will be closed." -Michael Swift, 'Gay Revolutionary' Printed In The Congressional Record, February 15/21, 1987
"Wouldn't it be great if you could only get AIDS from giving money to television preachers?" -Elayne Boosler, gay activist
I know, unbelievable.
Well, Joe Biden isn't the first VP to support gay rights, again just for the record, former Vice President Al Gore was the first vice president to speak at a gay rights event, where he said, "It is time for all Americans to recognize that the issues that face gays and lesbians in this country are not narrow, special interests, they are matters of basic human and civil rights."
See more quotes here.
So, whether we are talking about Pres. Obama's so-called 'evolving' position on the issue of gay marriage, or any issue, it's not enough to have an opinion on the subject, because evolving positions and changing worldviews do not necessarily define, or lead us to, the truth. And truth, of course, should trump everything else, right? Right.
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