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“Gay” is A Social Construct

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

So say the historians who have actually studied the concept.  Oh yes, same sex sexual activity has been around since antiquity. But the idea that someone would call themselves “gay” or  would see that as the primary basis of their identity: that is something new.

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“Scholars don’t think the ancient Greeks had a gay minority. Rather, that civilization thought homosexuality was something anyone could enjoy. In addition to a wife, elite men were expected to take a younger male as an apprentice-lover, with prescribed bedroom roles. The system was so different from ours that to describe specific ancient Greeks as gay or straight would show profound disrespect for their experiences, and violate the cardinal historical rule against looking at the past through present-colored lenses.”

The idea of a “gay person” or a “gay minority” of the population arose relatively recently.

As in, since the mid 19th Century:

So why did a gay minority first appear only a century and a half ago, and only in the West? Some scholars say it’s because that’s when and where doctors began to pathologize people who spoke of same-sex desires or experiences. Those patients developed homosexual identities, which led others to distinguish themselves as heterosexual.

Another kind of analysis spotlights Western economic and demographic trends. Dr. D’Emilio has argued that subsistence outside the nuclear family first allowed urban young men to experience same-sex eroticism in ways that could lead to gay identity. And Katz has pointed to the increased “sexualization of commerce and commercialization of sexuality,” in which entrepreneurs profited from sex-linked books, magazines, films, bars, and baths.

Many LGBT scholars decry the attempt to read “essentialist” notions into sexual orientation.

(Cultural Anthropologist) Dr. Esther Newton noted in an essay that her field has “no essentialist position on sexuality, no notion that people are born with sexual orientations. The evidence, fragmentary as it is, all points the other way.”

I personally have always found it odd that people can simultaneously believe a) that the sex of the body is fluid and socially constructed, while b) one’s pattern of sexual attractions is immutable and genetically hard-wired.

Read the whole fascinating article.

You Are What—and How—You Read

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

Rosaria Butterfield was a lesbian activist who hated Christianity until she was saved. Now she shares her story of salvation around the world. Here’s what she’s learned.

Rosaria Butterfield

I just returned from a well-known (and well-heeled) Christian college, where roughly 100 demonstrators gathered on the chapel steps to protest my address on the grounds that my testimony was dangerous. Later that day, I sat down with these beloved students, to listen, to learn, and to grieve. Homosexuality is a sin, but so is homophobia; the snarled composition of our own sin and the sin of others weighs heavily on us all. I came away from that meeting realizing—again—how decisively our reading practices shape our worldview. This may seem a quirky observation, but I know too well the world these students inhabit. I recall its contours and crevices, risks and perils, reading lists and hermeneutical allegiances. You see, I’m culpable. The blood is on my hands. The world of LGBTQ activism on college campuses is the world that I helped create. I was unfaltering in fidelity: the umbrella of equality stretching to embrace my lesbian identity, and the world that emerged from it held salvific potential. I bet my life on it, and I lost. Read more…

Shouldn’t same-sex oriented teens be given a chance to change?

February 21st, 2014 Comments off
The evidence shows that most “unsure” adolescents become exclusively heterosexual.

In 2013 California and New Jersey passed laws that ban licensed mental health providers from offering sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) to minors. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Minnesota and Maryland are considering similar legislation. Recently, however, this legislation died in the Virginia House, and a stay was imposed in California pending review by the Supreme Court of the United States. Read more…

Phil Robertson’s Victory Over the Secular Theocracy

January 17th, 2014 Comments off

Editorial Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on Duck Dynasty and what it reveals regarding America’s “secular theocracy,” from the inimitable David Theroux, President and CEO of the Independent Institute. If you missed it, read the first part here.


Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy, Part II

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Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

By David J. Theroux

With A&E Network facing an avalanche of public protest and in just over one week of its decision to place family-patriarch Phil Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” from its megahit reality series Duck Dynasty, the network caved. Read more…

When government bans therapy for teens

December 2nd, 2013 Comments off
Two US states have laws violating the rights of parents and children to seek counseling for same-sex attraction.

The governors of California and New Jersey have recently signed bills into law that violate First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. These new laws ban licensed counselors from engaging in talk therapies that reduce the level of same-sex attractions in minors for whom such reduction is a personal goal. Strikingly, these bills apply to all minors except those who wish to change their sex (“gender identity”) altogether, via hormones and surgery. Legislators in New York,Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are pushing for similar talk-therapy bans. Such legislation usurps the rights of parents and children to seek counseling that conforms to their values. They are also based on faulty premises. Read more…

Religious Freedom, Homosexual ‘Rights’ Clash in Supreme Court Appeal

November 11th, 2013 Comments off


Lawyers for a Christian couple have filed with the Supreme Court an appeal of a New Mexico court that said homosexual rights are more important than religious freedom.

In the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, Elane Huguenin and her husband, Jonathan,  are photographers who were fined by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission for refusing to photograph a homosexual “commitment ceremony.” The state does not recognize civil unions nor homosexual marriages. Read more…

Family tree-lopping

November 7th, 2013 Comments off

by Kelly Bartlett

This weekend my daughter was catching up on her college homework.  Chapter Ten in her psychology textbook is titled “Sex and Gender.”  It covers topics such as gender differences, similarities, and stereotypes.  The chapter wends its way from transgender issues to sexual harassment to the glass ceiling in the workplace, the boundary beyond which women are not welcome.  The book defines sexism as “differential treatment of an individual on the basis of his or her sex.” Read more…

Parents sue to overturn New Jersey ban on ex-gay therapy

November 7th, 2013 Comments off

By Susan K. Livio

TRENTON, N.J. — A South Jersey couple has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie for signing a law this summer prohibiting licensed therapists from providing gay-to-straight “conversion” therapy to children, saying it infringes on their rights to free speech, religion and to parent their teenage son “free from unconstitutional government interference.” Read more…

Sexual Radicalism: Imperial Project, Global Goliath

November 2nd, 2013 Comments off

by Robert Oscar Lopez

October 28th, 2013

While US conservatives are distracted by internal debates, the wealthy and powerful international movement for LGBT rights is aggressively targeting nations that are poorer and less powerful.

Speaking before the United Nations earlier this month–bragging about American leadership in a global movement to normalize homosexuality, same-sex marriage, artificial reproductive technology, and cross-dressing–John Kerry revealed the deep pockets and loaded guns that the world’s only superpower can count on to bring such ideas to nations that have religious or cultural objections: Read more…