Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Attack on morality, part 4

The following material is taken from “How America Went Gay” by Charles W. Socarides, M.D. and the entire article may be found at http://www.leaderu.com/.

Charles W. Socarides, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York.  He is president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and author of Homosexuality: A freedom Too Far (Adam Margrave Books, Phoenix, Arizona).”

For most of this century (This article was originally published in 1995.—my addition), most of us in the helping professions considered this behavior (homosexuality—my addition) aberrant.  Not only was it ‘off the track’; the people caught up in it were suffering, which is why we called it a pathology.  We had patients early in their therapy, who would seek out one sex partner after another-total strangers-on a single night, then come limping into our offices the next day to tell us how they were hurting themselves.  Since we were in the business of helping people learn how not to keep hurting themselves, many of us thought we were quietly doing God’s work.

Now, in the opinion of those who make up the so-called cultural elite, our view is ‘out of date.’  The elite say we hurt people more than we help them, and that we belong in one of the century’s dustbins.  They have managed to sell this idea to a great many Americans, thereby making homosexuality fashionable and raising formerly aberrant behavior (sin according to the Bible—my addition) to the status of an ‘alternate lifestyle.’ (and a so called civil right—my addition) [my underline]

You see this view expressed in some places you would least expect.  The Pope says same-sex sex is wrong, but a good many of his own priests in this country (some of whom are gay themselves) say the Pope is wrong.  Indeed, in much of academe and in many secondary school classrooms (and elementary schools now—my addition) gays are said to lead a new vanguard, the wave of the future in a world that will be more demographically secure when it has fewer ‘breeders’ (which is what some gay activists call heterosexuals these days).    

How did this change come about?  Well, the revolution did not just happen.  It has been orchestrated by a small band of very bright men and women—most of them gays and lesbians—in a cultural campaign that has been going on since a few intellectuals laid down the ideological underpinnings for the entire tie-dyed, try-anything-sexual Woodstock generation.  In various ways, Theodore Reich, Alfred Kinsey, Fritz Perls, Norman O. Brown, Herbert Marcuse and Paul Goodman preached a new cultural gospel.  ‘If it feels good, do it.” (Another way of saying—self, self, self!—my addition) [my underline]      

It was all part of a plan, as one gay publication put it, ‘to make the whole world gay.’  I am not making this up.  You can read an account of the campaign in Dennis Altman’s The Homosexualization of America.  In 1982 Altman, himself gay, reported with an air of elation that more and more Americans were thinking like gays and acting like gays.  There (I believe the word should be ‘they’ but it is written ‘there’ and I am quoting from the article.—my addition) were engaged, that is, ‘in numbers of short-lived sexual adventures either in place of or alongside long-term relationships.’  Altman cited the heterosexual equivalents of gay saunas and the emergence of the swinging singles scene as proofs that “promiscuity and ‘impersonal sex’ are determined more by social possibilities than by inherent differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals, or even between men and women.’

Heady stuff.  Gays said they could ‘reinvent human nature, reinvent themselves.’  To do this, these reinventors had to clear away one major obstacle.  No, they didn’t go after the nation’s clergy.  They targeted the members of a worldly priesthood, the psychiatric community, and neutralized them with a radical redefinition of homosexuality itself.  In 1972 and 1973 they co-opted the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association (Significantly, in January of 1973, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time in history that it was legal to murder your unborn baby!—my addition) and, through a series of political maneuvers, lies and outright flim-flams, they ‘cured’ homosexuality overnight-by fiat.  They got the A.P.A. to say that same-sex sex was ‘not a disorder.’  It was merely ‘a condition’—as neutral as lefthandedness. (my underline)

This amounted to a full approval of homosexuality.  Those of us who did not go along with the political redefinition were soon silenced at our own professional meetings.  Our lectures were canceled inside academe and our research papers turned down in the learned journals.  Worse things followed in the culture at large.  Television and movie producers began to do stories promoting homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle.  A gay review board told Hollywood how it should deal or not deal with homosexuality.  Mainstream publishers turned down books that objected to the gay revolution.  Gays and lesbians influenced sex education in our nation’s schools, and gay and lesbian libbers seized control of faculty committees in our nations’ colleges.  State legislatures nullified laws against sodomy.  (Even very conservative Arizona did so a few years ago.—my addition) [my underline]

If the print media paid any attention at all, they tended to hail the gay revolution, possibly because many of the reporters on gay issues were themselves gay and open advocates for the movement.  And those reporters who were not gay seemed too intimidated by groupthink to expose what was going on in their own newsrooms.

And now, what happens to those of us who stand up and object?  Gay activists have already anticipated that.  They have created a kind of conventional wisdom (man’s wisdom; not GOD’S—my addition): that we suffer from homophobia, a disease that has actually been invented by gays projecting their own fear on society.  And we are bigots besides, because, they say, we fail to deal with gays compassionately.  Gays are now no different (by their perverse definitions—my addition) than people born black or Hispanic or physically challenged.  Since gays are born that way (one of the many lies promoted—my addition) and have no choice about their sexual orientation, anyone who calls same-sex sex an aberration is now a bigot.  Un-American, too.  Astoundingly now, college freshmen come home for their first Thanksgiving to announce, ‘Hey, Mom!  Hey, Dad!  We’ve taken the high moral (turning morality upside down—my addition) ground.  We’ve joined the gay revolution.’ [my underline]

My wife, Claire, who has an unerring aptitude for getting to the heart of things, said one day recently in passing, ‘I think everybody’s being brainwashed.’  That gave me a start.  I know ‘brainwashing’ is a term that has been used and overused.  But my wife’s casual observation only reminded me of a brilliant tract I had read several years ago and then forgotten.  It was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 1990’s, by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. (my underline)

That book turned out to be the blueprint gay activists would use in their campaign to normalize the abnormal through a variety of brainwashing techniques once catalogued by Robert Jay Lifton in his seminal work, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China.” (my underline)

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6: 7-9)

(To be continued)            


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