"Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air."
The homosexual movement has been very effective in its creeping efforts to normalize deviant behavior. In the 1960's we heard the first rumblings of "Gay Rights" when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar, fought a police raid in 1969. In the 1970's, we were asked to be "tolerant" and "accepting". In the 1980's a new word entered the American Lexicon: "homophobic", a pseudo-psychological term suggesting that opposition to homosexuality meant someone had an irrational fear of homosexuals and, therefore needed help. In the 1990's, homosexuals were winning discrimination suits in court, and persuaded President Clinton to institute the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy in the American Military. States began to feel the pressure of a stronger homosexual lobby, demanding "civil union" rights. In the 2000's homosexuals came out for what they really wanted all along: Marriage. America's gayest city, San Francisco, was only too happy to comply, civil law be damned.
The strides made in this slippery slope of "tolerance" and "civil rights" has a definite evolution: First, homosexuals did not want to be harmed because of their preferences. Later, they said they only wanted to be tolerated and not discriminated against. A few more years, and they demanded the same legal rights as married people, but insisted that a state-recognzied "union" would suffice and they were not seeking marriage. One decade later, they are re-defining marriage.
We are now on the cusp of a new epoch: Homosexuals are manipulating the legal system so that no one is allowed to even disapprove of their "lifestyle" in any way. They are insisting that religions re-define themselves (and the Christian gospel) to accept homosexuality and that any such group that refuses must be abolished. Any ministers who refuse to cooperate must be silenced. They are determined to transform society by turning it upside down and elevating their unnatural desires to a revered status.
Below is a "Gay Rights Timeline" provided by a secular website. For brevity's sake, it has been edited to begin with the year 1962:
- Illinois becomes the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private.
- The world's first the transgender organization, the National Transsexual Counseling Unit, was established in San Francisco.
- The Stonewall riots transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. Patrons of a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid on June 27, sparking three days of riots.
- The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.
- Harvey Milk runs for city supervisor in San Francisco. He runs on a socially liberal platform and opposes government involvement in personal sexual matters. Milk comes in 10th out of 32 candidates, earning 16,900 votes, winning the Castro District and other liberal neighborhoods. He receives a lot of media attention for his passionate speeches, brave political stance, and media skills.
- San Francisco Mayor George Moscone appoints Harvey Milk to the Board of Permit Appeals, making Milk the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States. Milk decides to run for the California State Assembly and Moscone is forced to fire him from the Board of Permit Appeals after just five weeks. Milk loses the State Assembly race by fewer than 4,000 votes. Believing the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club will never support him politically, Milk co-founds the San Francisco Gay Democratic Club after his election loss.
- Activists in Miami, Florida pass a civil rights ordinance making sexual orientation discrimination illegal in Dade County. Save Our Children, a campaign by a Christian fundamentalist group and headed by singer Anita Bryant, is launched in response to the ordinance. In the largest special election of any in Dade County history, 70% vote to overturn the ordinance. It is a crushing defeat for gay activists.
- On January 8, Harvey Milk makes national news when he is sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Running against 16 other candidates, he wins the election by 30 percent. Milk begins his term by sponsoring a civil rights bill that outlaws sexual orientation discrimination. Only one supervisor votes against it and Mayor Moscone signs it into law.
- John Briggs drops out of the California governor's race, but receives support for Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, a proposal to fire any teacher or school employee who publicly supports gay rights. Harvey Milk campaigns against the bill and attends every event hosted by Briggs. In the summer, attendance greatly increases at Gay Pride marches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, partly in response to Briggs. President Jimmy Carter, former Governor Ronald Reagan, and Governor Jerry Brown speak out against the proposition. On November 7, voters reject the proposition by more than a million votes.
- On November 27, Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated by Dan White, another San Francisco city supervisor, who had recently resigned and wanted his job back, but was being passed over because he wasn't the best fit for the liberal leaning Board of Supervisors and the ethnic diversity in White's district. San Francisco pays tribute to Harvey Milk by naming several locations after him, included Harvey Milk Plaza at the intersection of Market and Castro streets. The San Francisco Gay Democratic Club changes its name to the Harvey Milk Memorial Gay Democratic Club.
- About 75,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C., in October. It was the largest political gathering in support of LGBT rights to date.
- At the 1980 Democratic National Convention held at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Democrats took a stance supporting gay rights, adding the following to their plank: "All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation."
- Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
- The city of Berkeley, California, becomes the first city to offer its employees domestic-partnership benefits.
- The “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is instituted for the U.S. military, permitting gays to serve in the military but banning homosexual activity. President Clinton's original intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in the military was met with stiff opposition; this compromise, which has led to the discharge of thousands of men and women in the armed forces, was the result.
- In Romer v. Evans, the Supreme Court strikes down Colorado's Amendment 2, which denied gays and lesbians protections against discrimination, calling them “special rights.” According to Justice Anthony Kennedy, “We find nothing special in the protections Amendment 2 withholds. These protections . . . constitute ordinary civil life in a free society.”
- Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these “couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses.” It stops short of referring to same-sex unions as marriage, which the state defines as heterosexual.
- The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct.”
- In November, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that barring gays and lesbians from marrying violates the state constitution. The Massachusetts Chief Justice concluded that to “deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage” to gay couples was unconstitutional because it denied “the dignity and equality of all individuals” and made them “second-class citizens.” Strong opposition followed the ruling.
- On May 17, same-sex marriages become legal in Massachusetts.
- Civil unions become legal in Connecticut in October.
- Civil unions become legal in New Jersey in December.
- In November, the House of Representatives approves a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.
- In February, a New York State appeals court unanimously votes that valid same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized by employers in New York, granting same-sex couples the same rights as other couples.
- In February, the state of Oregon passes a law that allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners allowing them some spousal rights of married couples.
- On May 15, the California Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. By November 3rd, more than 18,000 same-sex couples have married. On November 4, California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage called Proposition 8. The attorney general of California, Jerry Brown, asked the state's Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The ban throws into question the validity of the more than 18,000 marriages already performed, but Attorney General Brown reiterated in a news release that he believed the same-sex marriages performed in California before November 4 should remain valid, and the California Supreme Court, which upheld the ban in May 2009, agreed, allowing those couples married under the old law to remain that way.
- November 4, voters in California, Arizona, and Florida approved the passage of measures that ban same-sex marriage. Arkansas passed a measure intended to bar gay men and lesbians from adopting children.
- On October 10, the Supreme Court of Connecticut rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This makes Connecticut the second state, after Massachusetts, to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples. The court rules that the state cannot deny gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry under Connecticut's constitution, and that the state's civil union law does not provide same-sex couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
- On November 12, same-sex marriages begin to be officially performed in Connecticut.
- On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejects the state law banning same-sex marriage. Twenty-one days later, county recorders are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- On April 7, the Vermont Legislature votes to override Gov. Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry, legalizing same-sex marriage. It is the first state to legalize gay marriage through the legislature; the courts of the other states in which the marriage is legal—Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa—gave approval.
- On May 6, the governor of Maine legalized same-sex marriage in that state in Maine; however, citizens voted to overturn that law when they went to the polls in November, and Maine became the 31st state to ban the practice.
- On June 3, New Hampshire governor John Lynch signs legislation allowing same-sex marriage. The law stipulates that religious organizations and their employees will not be required to participate in the ceremonies. New Hampshire is the sixth state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.
- On June 17, President Obama signs a referendum allowing the same-sex partners of federal employees to receive benefits. They will not be allowed full health coverage, however. This is Obama's first major initiative in his campaign promise to improve gay rights.
- On August 12, President Obama posthumously awards Harvey Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- March 3, Congress approves a law signed in December 2009 that legalizes same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia.
- August 4, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in California, violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. "Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment," Vaughn wrote in his opinion. "Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents."
- December 18, the U.S. Senate voted 65 to 31 in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era military policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Eight Republicans sided with the Democrats to strike down the ban. The ban will not be lifted officially until President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agree that the military is ready to enact the change and that it won't affect military readiness. On Dec. 18, President Obama officially repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
- June 24, New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage. New York is now the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. The vote comes on the eve of the city's annual Gay Pride Parade and gives new momentum to the national gay-rights movement. The marriage bill is approved with a 33 to 29 vote. Cheering supporters greet Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he arrives on the Senate floor to sign the measure at 11:55pm, just moments after the vote. After making same-sax marriage one of his top priorities, Cuomo emerges as a true champion of gay rights.
- February 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled 2–1 that Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in state, is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In the ruling, the court said, the law "operates with no apparent purpose but to impose on gays and lesbians, through the public law, a majority's private disapproval of them and their relationships."
- February 13, Washington state became the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.
- March 1, Maryland passes legislation to legalize gay marriage, becoming the eighth state to do so.
- May 9, President Barack Obama endorses same-sex marriage. "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he said. He made the statement days after Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan both came out in support of gay marriage.
It is important for Catholics (and other members of what we call Christianity) to understand events that have been left out of this timeline:
August 26, Fr. Michael Rodriguez of the Diocese of El Paso Texas takes a public stance against initiatives supporting homosexual marriage.
September 8, The Diocese of El Paso, publicly disavows Fr. Rodriguez' efforts, its Vicar General insisting that the priest's statements were merely his own "personal views and opinions". A cursory reading of the ads (which can be viewed here, here, here and here) shows that Fr. Rodriguez did not engage in personal opinions, but shared directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Bible.
September 21, Fr. Rodriguez is transferred. His new parish assignment is more than 250 miles (and longer than four hours' drive) away from El Paso, to an obscure parish near the Mexican border.
December 1, Bishop Armando Ochoa is transferred to the Diocese of Fresno.
January 12, Bishop Armando Ochoa sues Fr. Michael Rodriguez.
March 2, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, a priest serving in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., refuses to give Holy Communion at a funeral Mass to the daughter of the deceased. It is later learned that the daughter informed the priest that she was a Lesbian and a Buddhist before Mass and after introducing her lover, walked out of the sacristy with her lover blocking the priest from talking to her after her "announcement".
The offended Lesbian daughter, Barbara Johnson, publicly demands Fr. Guarnizo's removal from ministry.
March 9, Fr. Guarnizo is removed from ministry in Washington D.C., in a letter published by the Vicar General and made public.
May 10, Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ( residence of the same Archdiocese of Washington D.C.) tells reporters at a news conference that her Catholic Faith "compels her" to support homosexual marriage.
To date, there has been no public correction rebuke from the Archdiocese.
Suggestion: If you believe that your Catholic faith compels you to support homosexual marriage, please read the Church's official position on homosexuality.
If you are a Catholic and you believe what the Church teaches, start doubling your efforts in prayer and fasting, because a persecution is coming the likes of which you have never imagined. These people will stop at nothing and they will search you out and do all they can to destroy you unless you tow their party line.
The lines have been drawn. The choices could not be clearer.
Where do you stand?
Shouldn't the approx 30 state bans on same-sex unions (eg the recent one in NC) be part of the time-line (esp. since they demonstrate that whenever it goes to an electorate, approval for SSU's have always failed)?ReplyDelete
Yes, they should. And if I find time, I will amend the post to include those.Delete
However, it should be noted that public opinion is shifting towards sympathy to the homosexual agenda and they are counting on it. If the California initiative that banned homosexual marriage were on the ballot today, it probably would not pass.
The U.S. Supreme Court will eventually rule on this. If the homosexuals do not prevail, they will probably be about as vocal as pro-lifers have been since the Roe V. Wade decision of 1973.
No matter what happens, the future looks ugly. Very ugly.
I think the AIDS epidemic also made the general population feel sorry for homosexuals. If it wasn't for aids then they could remain in dens of a iniquity. Nobody feels sorry for those who have the sexual habits of active homosexuals. But they do feel sorry for someone dying and agonizing death.ReplyDelete
I think they may be unfairly treated by the Church. If they were born Gay, then their nature is NOT unnatural -for them! In that case, we reject God's creation as UNNATURAL! The Church descriminated against them and slanders their existence. They are not worthy of our trust-even if they obey ALL the laws of the Church and are chaste! Jesus would NOT approve of the way they are treated by this Pope-who labels and slanders ALL of them!ReplyDelete
Boy, it sure seems like there are a lot of us who presume to know what Jesus would say or do or approve of. Since I am not qualified to "channel" the mind of Christ as you and so many others are able to do, I'll just make a few observations:Delete
1) I am not sure why you think our current pope slanders all homosexuals. He is simply holding to what the Church (and the Bible) has always taught about homosexuality. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God does not "evolve" and neither do His morals or standards.
2) This whole "Born Gay" vs. "Gay is a result of growing up a certain way" argument is deceptive and, in some ways, irrelevant. I was born heterosexual. I was also born in a state of Original Sin and it is the original sin that is the corruptive force and makes mankind a fallen race. We are saved and forgiven for Original Sin through Baptism but that does not take away the effects of original sin, which includes concupiscence.
If I was born without original sin, I would "naturally" be unselfish. I would naturally look upon women as beautiful and I would not have a tendency to objectify them as sex objects for my own pleasure, nor would I desire to have relations with every beautiful woman I come in contact with. But, thanks to my fallen nature, I face all of these sinful temptations.
To claim that "this is the way God made me, so it HAS to be natural" not only denies the reality of man's fallen state, but it is a cop-out to avoid taking responsibility for our duty to spiritual combat--fighting against our sinful nature.
If I looked at heterosexuality the way you want me to look at homosexuality I could accuse the Church of slandering the existence of heterosexual men who are unchaste.
Many scientists make a good case that alcoholics are BORN as alcoholics. That doesn't change the reality of what a problem alcoholism is. To attempt to normalize sin by dismissing it as "natural" or a mere variation of nature is to deny God's truth and run from our own responsibility to rise above our fallen natures.
We're not going to have heaven on earth, no matter how hard we try. Life is a struggle, a fight and it's frequently painful and requires self-denial. Self-indulgence is no path to God.