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Is the Gay Agenda a Myth?

I have just started reading Dr. Michael Brown’s book A Queer Thing Happened to America. In the first chapter, Dr. Brown writes about “A Stealth Gay Agenda”. In that chapter he quotes many gay activists who say the gay agenda is a myth. According to many the gay agenda is a legend. We are to believe that the gay agenda does not exist. Not only that we are to believe that the mythical gay agenda was propagated by right-wing bigots. After extensively quoting people in the pro-homosexuality position Dr. Brown says these words:

The testimony is unanimous and unequivocal: There is a right-wing, bigoted, anti-gay agenda, but there is no gay agenda. Case closed. Or is it? -Brown, Michael (2011-05-25). A Queer Thing Happened To America: And what a long, strange trip it’s been (Kindle Locations 416-417). BookMasters. Kindle Edition.

While denying that there is a gay agenda, many activists, asserted that there is an anti-gay agenda. In fact, some said the anti-gay agenda is hateful, evil, and destructive, all the while, denying that there was any gay agenda. Are they right? Is there really no gay agenda? Dr. Brown provides a convincing case against their claims. Allow me to provide some examples from Dr. Brown’s book that establishes the existence of the gay agenda.

Let’s start in the 1970’s with a gay manifesto by Karl Wittman.

Carl Wittman’s landmark Refugees from Amerika: Gay Manifesto, dated Thursday, January 1, 1970, concluded with AN OUTLINE OF IMPERATIVES FOR GAY LIBERATION:

1. Free ourselves: come out everywhere; initiate self defense and political activity; initiate counter community institutions.

2. Turn other gay people on: talk all the time; understand, forgive, accept.

3. Free the homosexual in everyone: we’ll be getting a good bit of [expletive] from threatened latents: be gentle, and keep talking & acting free.

4. We’ve been playing an act for a long time, so we’re consummate actors. Now we can begin to be, and it’ll be a good show! -(Kindle Locations 440-448).

Many may say, “So what! Just because one gay activist writes a manifesto doesn’t mean there is a gay agenda.” If that was the only quote Dr. Brown had, I would agree. Oh but wait…there is more:

In Chicago, Illinois, the 1972 Gay Rights Platform was formulated, including nine federal goals and eight state goals, some of which called for:

Issuance by the President of an executive order prohibiting the military from excluding for reasons of their sexual orientation, persons who of their own volition desire entrance into the Armed Services; and from issuing less-than-fully-honorable discharges for homosexuality; and the upgrading to fully honorable all such discharges previously issued, with retroactive benefits. (1972 Federal-2)

Federal encouragement and support for sex education courses, prepared and taught by Gay women and men, presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy preference and lifestyle as a viable alternative to heterosexuality. (1972 Federal-6)

Repeal of all state laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons; equalization for homosexuals and heterosexuals for the enforcement of all laws. (1972 State-2)

Repeal of all state laws prohibiting transvestism and cross-dressing. (1972 State-6)

Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent. (1972 State-7)

Repeal of all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit; and the extension of legal benefits to all persons who cohabit regardless of sex or numbers. (1972 State-8) – (Kindle Locations 452-464).

Here we see a call for the changing of federal and state laws. Is that not a gay agenda? Is not appealing for “federal encouragement and support for sex education courses, prepared and taught by Gay women and men, presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy preference and lifestyle,” be evidence for a gay agenda? Even with activists asking us to allow gay people to teach the next generation on sexual matters, the gay agenda is a myth…right? Dr. Brown points out this “mythical” gay agenda yet again:

Expressing himself with great vigor – and perhaps an extremist tone even for gay activists – ACT UP leader Steve Warren intoned an ominous sounding alarm for religious Jews and Christians in his September, 1987 “Warning to the Homophobes.” (Despite the threatening tone, this was published by The Advocate, the nation’s most prominent gay magazine.)

1. Henceforth, homosexuality will be spoken of in your churches and synagogues as an “honorable estate.”

2. You can either let us marry people of the same sex, or better yet abolish marriage altogether….

3. You will be expected to offer ceremonies that bless our sexual arrangements…. You will also instruct your people in homosexual as well as heterosexual behavior, and you will go out of your way to make certain that homosexual youths are allowed to date, attend religious functions together, openly display affection, and enjoy each other’s sexuality without embarrassment or guilt.

4. If any of the older people in your midst object, you will deal with them sternly, making certain they renounce their ugly and ignorant homophobia or suffer public humiliation.

5. You will also make certain that … laws are passed forbidding discrimination against homosexuals and heavy punishments are assessed….

6. Finally, we will in all likelihood want to expunge a number of passages from your Scriptures and rewrite others, eliminating preferential treatment of marriage and using words that will allow for homosexual interpretations of passages describing biblical lovers such as Ruth and Boaz or Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Warning: If all these things do not come to pass quickly, we will subject Orthodox Jews and Christians to the most sustained hatred and vilification in recent memory. We have captured the liberal establishment and the press. We have already beaten you on a number of battlefields…. You have neither the faith nor the strength to fight us, so you might as well surrender now. – (Kindle Locations 476-494).

So, we have one gay activist who says that churches need to talk about homosexuality as “honorable”. He says that we must redefine marriage to allow for gay-marriage or else abolish the institution all together. He says that churches must “bless” homosexual behavior. He says that we must publicly humiliate those who do not agree with homosexuality. He also says that churches must, “make certain that … laws are passed forbidding discrimination against homosexuals and heavy punishments are assessed,” and that we must take out any passages in Scripture that speak out against homosexuality. His words speak about religious and political reform, and, get published in a widely known gay magazine, yet, the gay agenda is a myth.

Look up any meaningful definition of “agenda” and you will find something like this:

1: a list or outline of things to be considered or done<agendas of faculty meetings>
2: an underlying often ideological plan or program <a political agenda> – Merriam-Webster

If this definition is acceptable then we can only conclude that the gay agenda is real and has been established for a while. We see this agenda displayed for us in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. We see political campaigns built around this agenda. We see laws being passed to appease the people espousing this agenda. We see churches abandoning the Scriptures to support this agenda. We see parades, festivals, TV shows, conventions, and our current president, who said June 2009 was to be known as LGBT Pride Month, supporting this agenda.

Christians, it is time to recognize that this battle has been going on for a long time and the people representing the “mythical” gay agenda have been fighting with little resistance from the other side. What should be done about this? What can be done about this?

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on January 16, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Everyone has an agenda. It’s almost always self-serving. We’re all pretty selfish when we feel threatened.

    • I agree to some extent but the homosexual agenda goes beyond simple selfishness. The people proposing this agenda want to fundamentally change the fabric of morality and culture and so far they have been winning.

      Thanks for reading Toby,

      Travis

  2. What should you do about this? How about not interfering in people’s private lives? You’d scream blue murder if people abused you because of your religion, or if you had fewer rights because of what you believe. But that’s exactly what gay people face all the time.

    Ask yourself what Jesus would do in your place. Personally, I can’t see him campaigning for fewer rights for anyone, but maybe you think he’d be marching with a placard saying “I hate fags”.

    • Hey RA,

      I am not sure where I said anything about interfering with people’s personal lives. Maybe you could enlighten me?

      Also I am not advocating taking away anyone’s rights. It is the other side that wants to redefine marriage and teach to young kids that homosexuality is alright. Shouldn’t that be left to parents to do? Isn’t that going against their private lives? I would say yes. I hope that you would be consistent and go against that as well. Also how about the thousands of Christians around the world that get killed for their faith have you spoken out against that? Just some things to think about.

      Thanks for reading and commenting,

      Travis

  3. It would serve us well to move away from terms like “gay agenda” and “gay lifestyle” without putting an “s” at the end of them. For it feeds into the erroneous assumption that all gay people live the same way and have the same values. The “lifestyles” of gay people are every bit as diverse as the lifestyles of straight people. The term “lifestyle” is at the heart of a serious category confusion. Mother Theresa and Madonna, for example, are both heterosexual women. But we can hardly say their “lifestyles” or values are even remotely similar. We can’t use “lifestyle” and “sexual orientation” interchangeably.

    You’d be surprised how many gay people are sitting next to you in church on Sunday mornings. Many of us pray, read our Bibles and grow in godliness in a way any minister would be proud to observe in their flock. Many of us have high view of Scripture and are prayerfully committed to ordering our lives in accordance with it.

    Over the years we Christians have found “proofs” in our Bibles that the world is only 6,000 years old, that slavery is God-ordained, that women and blacks should not be allowed to vote, that interracial marriage is wrong, that women should neither preach, teach or wear lipstick, and on and on. The Bible verses that once footnoted these notions are all still in the Bible. Those who ascribed to these notions were all convinced that they had the Bible on their side and that their understanding of the Bible was self-evidently correct. They all had substantial support too from many other like-minded Christians. But most of us now think they were interpreting the Bible wrongly and making serious mistakes as a result — mistakes which led to fanaticism, persecution and even war. Perhaps then, the warning of Jesus about the perils of trying to conduct eye-surgery when you are unwittingly the victim of poor vision yourself is a salutary one to remember here?

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

    • Hey Alex,

      Thanks for the response hopefully I can answer some of the things you said.

      You: “It would serve us well to move away from terms like “gay agenda” and “gay lifestyle” without putting an “s” at the end of them. For it feeds into the erroneous assumption that all gay people live the same way and have the same values.”

      Me: I don’t know how many times I have heard gay activists say that the homosexual rights are on par with the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, Civil Rights activists proudly used the term “agenda”. Some of those include: “The Unfinished Civil Rights Agenda,” “Setting a Sweeping Civil Rights Agenda,” “A New Civil Rights Agenda: A New Leadership Is Making a Difference.”

      Now I don’t know if you would say that gay-marriage is on par with the abolition of slavery but if you do why stray from the word “agenda”? We still allow for “agenda” to be used of the Africain American Civil Rights Movement even though Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were two very different people.

      You: “You’d be surprised how many gay people are sitting next to you in church on Sunday mornings.”

      Me: Would I?

      You: “Many of us pray, read our Bibles and grow in godliness in a way any minister would be proud to observe in their flock. Many of us have high view of Scripture and are prayerfully committed to ordering our lives in accordance with it.”

      Me: I do not doubt your sincerity. Often these discussions can lead to people feeling personally attacked when really I just want to shine light on what you are saying. When you say that you have a “high view of Scripture” would that include Romans? The Apostle Paul writes:

      For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. -Romans 1:26,27

      Paul also speaks about homosexuality in 1 Corinthians 6 when he writes:

      Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. -1 Cor. 6:9,10

      For many homosexuals this may sound harsh but God is clear and he has the right to deem what is right and wrong. The best part of 1 Cor. 6 is that Paul doesn’t end with a bleak outlook. He ends this section with hope when he writes in verse 11:

      Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

      Alex I would encourage you and everyone else that struggles with these issues to examine what God has said. Practicing homosexuality and lust are both sins in the eyes of a holy God. And you need to repent from those sins. I pray that your eyes will be opened and that God will wash you, sanctify you, and justify you in the name of Jesus Christ.

      Thanks for Reading and Responding,

      Travis

  4. Travis, thank you for your kind reply. For whatever it might be worth, I have an advanced degree in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary and have been a Christian for over 30 years, so I am no stranger to the passages you reference.

    Let me also say that I love the Bible. In my handling of Scripture, I think that I am as in other areas of my life and outlook, very conservative. As a Christian, I consider myself both conservative and evangelical. If I were accused of twisting the Scriptures to justify sin, it would cut me very deeply. My love for God’s Word will not let me twist it or otherwise do it any harm.

    However, as R.C. Sproul wisely noted: now that we know what God said, we are still left to wrestle with what God meant. The cardinal rule of responsible biblical exegesis is that we are tasked with seeking to “draw out” from the text what it originally meant to the author and to the original intended audience, without reading into the text the many traditional interpretations that may have grown up around it.

    In contrast to this, what far too many do instead is what some theologians refer to as “frontloading”, that is to say, they read their own personal, political or prejudicial beliefs back into the Bible, instead of reading out from the Bible what the original writers were saying. This process of reading one’s own ideas into interpretation of the Bible is called “eisegesis”. Exegesis and eisegesis are conflicting approaches to interpreting the Bible. Exegesis is reading out from the Bible what the original writers were saying. Eisegesis is reading one’s own ideas or prejudices back into the Bible.

    For an exegetical treatment of Romans1, please see my posts titled: “Romans 1: What Was Paul Ranting About?” and “Romans 2: Paul’s Bait and Switch.” For an exegetical treatment of Leviticus 18, please see my post titled: “Leviticus 18: What Was the Abomination?” For an exegetical treatment of Genesis 19, please see my post titled: “Genesis 19: What the Bible Really Says Were the Sins of Sodom.” The links to these as well as other posts may be found on my “Archives” page.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

    • Hey Alex,

      You said: “In contrast to this, what far too many do instead is what some theologians refer to as “frontloading”, that is to say, they read their own personal, political or prejudicial beliefs back into the Bible, instead of reading out from the Bible what the original writers were saying. This process of reading one’s own ideas into interpretation of the Bible is called “eisegesis”.”

      Me: I am very much familiar with the terms eisegesis and exegesis. Could it not be said that because of your bent towards homosexuality you are reading your own personal view into the text of Scripture? I like R.C. Sproul and I am sure that he would not agree with the way you read Scripture when it comes to this issue. I would suggest that you are editing Scripture in order to satisfy your unnatural attitude towards sexuality (I didn’t want to make any assumptions on your behavior).

      I would like to respond more fully but I need to head to work.

      Thanks,

      Travis

  5. Travis, I am certainly not perfect by any stretch and am learning and relearning all the time. In fact, for the first 17 years of my Christian walk I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you until I discovered that the few passages that generally get appealed to in this debate simply do not hold up to scrutiny when they’re examined more closely and in context.

    Since you are familiar with exegesis and eisegesis, when you have time to read the posts I suggested above, let us reconvene and we can evaluate which of the two positions is more exegetically supportable.

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

  6. You said: “I would like to respond more fully but I need to head to work.”

    Me: I still look forward to hearing your comments..

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

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