BY MICHAEL COOK
This documentary from Family Watch International is a very helpful introduction to understanding male same-sex attraction. It argues that no one is “born gay” and that many people with unwanted same-sex attraction have been able to change. Read more…
BY MICHAEL COOK
by Michael Bradley, a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 conference alumnus and a new graduate of Notre Dame University.
This article was first published at thepublicdiscourse.com on May 21, 2014.
The University of Notre Dame is unwilling to bear an “uncompromising witness,” as Pope Francis challenged it to do, to the moral truths of marriage and sexuality. This is a subtle but certain pastoral failure on the university’s part. Read more…
by Bryan Fischer
The number of careers and professions available to practicing Christians is shrinking by the day.
You can add a career in public health to that list. Dr. Brendan Bain, one of the leading AIDS experts in the Caribbean, has been unceremoniously cashiered from his post for having the temerity to tell the truth about the cause of AIDS. Read more…
by Bob Kellogg
The superintendent of a Wisconsin public school district has apologized after high school students were shown a video that promotes same-sex marriage. Read more…
People with same-sex attraction do not need to be “fixed”—they need genuine, authentic friendship.
Carissa Mulder recently published an excellent essay here at Public Discourse entitled “The Single Life: Where Do We Go from Here?” As Mulder expressed so well, human persons truly are not meant to be alone. We are designed for community. After having a marvelous Lent and subsequently disastrous Easter Sunday totally by myself, I can strongly relate to the author when she encourages married friends to include single people in their holiday celebrations. Read more…
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.
“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.
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.
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…
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…
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
By David J. Theroux Read more…
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…