Open Forum: Atheism and totalitarianism
In his letter of July 13, John B. Tidwell takes Christians severely to task for their stand on homosexuality — “The evil these self-styled Christians do to our fellow citizens is remarkable and inexcusable” and “Apparently, self-styled Christians seek to oppress their fellow citizens for their own self-aggrandizement.” These comments are somewhat mindless since there are numerous reasons why Christians cannot accept homosexual practice, one being that the behavior is so very harmful.
Not long ago, six homosexuals filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, charging it with homophobia. The commission supposedly was not responding well enough to the “many health issues that are endemic to our community.”
What health issues are regularly found among homosexuals? Lower life expectancy, higher rates of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS (76 percent of all cases), anal cancer, cervical cancer, depression, and suicide (up to 13.9 percent higher). This is the pathology of same-sex sex, pointing to the fact we are dealing with aberrant behavior.
And yet we are told that homosexuality is as natural as heterosexuality. But even in ancient times it had never been considered the equal of heterosexuality and was practiced only on a restricted basis. Nor has any culture in history ever accepted same-sex marriage. But suddenly “marriage equality” has become a right, in much the same way as killing a baby in the womb, once considered an abomination, quickly became a right.
Now that abortion is normalized, the right of burdened parents to kill their burdensome children is being argued. So develops the underlying philosophy of abortion.
Normalization of the homosexual lifestyle is now being sought by those pushing for marriage equality. But if the term marriage can be applied to two people of the same sex, in the face of a history which has totally rejected that possibility, then the term can apply to any group of people. “Beyond Marriage,” a growing LGBT group, is demanding just that.
One of its leaders, Lisa Duggan, finds same-sex marriage too limiting: “I have been shocked at the way lesbian and gay leaders have prioritized same-sex marriage . . . Queer people, perhaps more than others, might be expected to see marriage as a much too narrow and confining status to accommodate our elaborate innovative forms of intimacy, interconnections, and dependency.”
It isn’t hard to see that the “innovative forms of intimacy” which make marriage “too narrow and confining” must lead to the attempt to make every form of sexual activity socially acceptable. Abortion is evolving, so also will marriage equality. Will opposition to the acceptance of sexual deviance be deemed an “evil” both “remarkable and inexcusable”?
Already the American Psychological Association promotes man-boy “love,” concluding from studies that man-boy sex should not necessarily be repudiated; it introduces a child to a new world of pleasure and “love.” The Journal of Homosexuality devoted a double issue on “Male Intergenerational Intimacy,” noting in one piece the pedophile should be seen as a partner in the boy’s upbringing.
But sexual-abuse expert Dr. David Finkelhor points to numerous studies that show adult-child sexual contact as a predictor of later depression, suicidal behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual problems. This moral rot is being advocated by intelligent people with academic credentials. Why? Doesn’t intelligence count for something? Without moral norms, no! Without the direction of absolute norms, intelligence serves to destroy rather than build up.
We had these norms once. There was a time we could say, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” because those truths flowed from “nature and nature’s God,” and so were absolute. They have been repudiated by today’s intelligentsia, who now worship at the altar of science and have reduced all reality to particles in motion. Its dictum: “We are bright; we are right.”
With the advent of Christianity, a new thing came into the world, an entirely new way of understanding the human scene. Every human soul, being created by God, had value and dignity. Through all the vicissitudes of our history, despite human corruption, Christianity presented this fundamental notion to each new generation. And it prevailed, as history attests, and as our nation, the greatest beacon of freedom, also attests.
Our cultural leaders, wanting to establish their hegemony, have declared (without evidence) that the Christian God cannot exist, and our sex-saturated society couldn’t care less. The high priests of science now claim to know man in his entirety, down to the last molecule. They know “that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves, and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms . . . Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built” (Bertrand Russell).
This is a fair representation of every atheist’s faith. Atheism never could have transformed the barbarians into the creators of Western culture. It is the prelude to totalitarian rule.
D.F. McNeill, formerly of Front Royal, resides in Liberty, Mo. He is an E-Edition subscriber to The Star.