A video depicting the ugly eviction of a gay son from the home of his Christian parents, went viral on the internet in August. Gay news sites were quick to report on it, as were many on social media. The angle taken by “gay Christian” activist Justin Lee was not uncommon. Lee wrote on Tumblr “This video of a 19-year-old being kicked out of the house (and physically assaulted) for being gay is extremely disturbing to watch/listen to, …” Blog site TheGailyGrind took a similar angle, titling their article “Christian Parents Caught Tape Beating Gay Son Moments Disowning Him”, and opening the article with the line
“A shocking video captured the moment a God-fearing Georgia family confronted their gay son and verbally and physically attacked him for being a “disgrace” and a “queer.”
And the video does confirm that Daniel Pierce is evicted from the Christian family home on the grounds that he is perusing a homosexual life.
The problem though, is that it’s unclear – and perhaps doubtful – that the son was assaulted for being gay. The video shows that his homosexuality was known of for some time – apparently many years. And it shows that there was animosity over accusations that the son posted negative things about his father on facebook, and had claimed this his parents had not raised him. Also relevant is the fact that the video illustrates the violence arising during arguments in regards to claims of him lying about his step mother during the commotion.
Sadly, even the BBC – who have a reputation for being unbiased – gave their website readers the impression that the fracas was simply in regards to his homosexuality. Who can you trust when you cant trust the BBC?
The video is available here.
Gay activists sometimes say that Christians support same-sex marriage. A few do. But what sort of Christians are they? Here are some answers -
News has emerged of a religious guru who was “using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring”. According to the ABC, members of the cult have reportedly said that -
bizarre sexual rituals were carried out in secret by the cult leader, who described himself as “The Anointed One” with the Lord’s authorisation to sidestep biblical commands against homosexuality and sexually train his male members into submission and obedience.
The cult began in the Bavarian region of Germany. A former member of the cult has lamented that
“in Bavaria kids have no concept of the Bible and very little concept of religion per se, so really he could have told us anything and we would have believed it.“
Sadly, lack of knowledge about what the Bible teaches, has led to similar misunderstandings in churches around the world, not just about sexuality, but about an endless array of topics.
Canada has taken some significantly leftist turns in the past say, decade. At times they have had some of the most restrictive laws concerning speech that offends others, arguably travelling down the dangerous road away from freedom of speech. Oh gosh, listen to me “fear mongering”. At least people wernt getting offended, right! Phew.
Canada was also one of the first countries to convert marriage into an institution that is no longer directly aligned with the biological process of raising families. In Canada marriage was redefined so that gay couples dont feel left out – a change that has continued to spread to other countries. The worry of people feeling left out, is presumably also the reason why Quebec decided to publicly fund IVF treatment for lesbian or gay couples. Increasingly, it seems that in Canada, ensuring that everyone is at peace and everyone is equal, is more important than functional logic. If the West begins to ease legal ‘discrimination’ against polygamy by redefining marriage so that it is no longer limited to two people, I have a hunch that Canada would be at the forefront once again.
So with Canada having the reputation of being a country that is largely a national group hug, images of an adult group punch-up came as a surprise recently. The violence resulted in a case of concussion and hospitalisation in July when “tempers flared between pro Palestinian and pro Israeli protesters …” according to the Calgary Sun (for details, select the image). The violence in Calgary was infinitely small compared with conflict in countries in the Middle East, but I saw it as a reminder that radical attempts to legislate equality, are not a panacea.
When Jesus’ disciples told him that a lifetime married to a woman, with no option for divorce, was not necessarily an desirable path, Jesus reflected on an alternative; the life of a eunuch.
Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Matthew chapter 19
What seems particularly remarkable to me, is that there are those who choose to live like eunuchs. So what are eunuchs, and are there people today who prefer to live as eunuchs rather than enter heterosexual marriage for life? Yes, apparently, according to this article -
The following is part of feedback received on this blog site recently, from someone who described himself as a gay man.
“Mr [X] comments gave me for the first time in my entire life the deep feeling that God might actually love me”
Troubled by this, I replied as follows -
“… Im very saddened to hear once again the perception that gay people often have; that God may not love them. I dont recall such a perspective being taught in churches Ive attended, and I still find it strange that people believe it, despite the fact that the Christian phrase “love the sinner …” is so widely known. Are you able to help me grasp where the message that “god hates gays” comes from? The only source that comes to my mind is the tiny yet vocal group known as Westborro Baptist Church. Are there any large or mainstream groups that teach that god hates gay people?
God does love you Robert, very much.”
It’s been some days now and Robert has not responded, so I doubt that he will. But Ive continued to ponder where he would have heard the lie that God hates gay people. Certainly there are many good Christians who point out that God hates sin, including gay sex. And certainly there have been Christians of the past who have been inarticulate or just uneducated about what aspects of homosexuality are sinful, and have likely given others the incorrect impression that God hates gay people. But do conservative Christian ministries still say that God hates gays? I cant think of any recent incidences of this. Can you?
So who is keeping the “god hates gays” line alive in today’s broader conversation? From what Ive noticed recently, it’s the gay activists who are keeping it alive. Yesterday I read an article online that included reference to GLBT people, mentioning -
“… a church that calls you abnormal, crazy, “intrinsically disordered,” and asserts that God hates you enough for who you are to send you to an eternal hell …”
And a few days prior, a key leader of the Metropolitan Community ‘Church’ released a statement which said in part -
“We categorically reject the disastrous religious dogma that God wants Christians to hate some people.”
Which of course raises the question – if gay people think that God might hate them, is this belief due to what conservative Christians have expressed, or is it because of what gay activists have expressed? Perhaps it’s increasingly the latter.
Which sexual practises are morally acceptable? Is gay marriage approved by God? What about pedophilia? The Bible teaches that both are sin. Some academics say both are fine -
Others will counter this, claiming that the two are quite different, since one involves consent and one does not. But is that argument as strong as they think it is? Probably not -
And what about polygamy? As a blogger pointed out in the following link, Scripture is clearer in its condemnation of gay sex, than it is of advocacy for monogamy -