Friday, May 17, 2019

Equality (Sic): Conservatives Have to Change Gears on the Sexuality Issue

This article ran in Stream today:

Here is the full text:

The dreaded moment is upon us. The Equality Act has passed out of committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It will pass the House and move to the Senate. The White House (a house divided) has criticized the bill, but has not threatened to veto it. Christians who backed this president must contact him and demand that. Call your congressmen and your senators. If we stay silent, this may become law. And that would be the end of freedom for Christians in America. 
Read the bill for yourself here
“Public accommodation,” “federal funding,” “education,” and “anti-discrimination protection” … all nebulous words that regulators can expand to mean anything.
LGBT activists will demand access to children through school curricula. They will insist upon the right to groom them and coax them into identifying as gay or trans. In essence they lay claim to the right to prepare them to be their future sex partners. They will force people who experiment with gay sex to remain in the gay sex pool, via laws that ban any counseling to help them leave.
The Equality Act will force everyone to lie. We will have to tell innocent children that they have two daddies, when they do not. Then we will have to tell confused teenagers that they are girls when they are boys. We will have to tell miserable and suicidal homosexuals that their unhappiness derives from external homophobia. The solution to their unhappiness would actually be to stop engaging in homosexuality and pursue a normal heterosexual life.
People should oppose this act with all their energy because it will affect everyone in America. So speak up and oppose it. Call your congressional representatives. Be vocal.

Meanwhile, What Just happened?

In the movie It’s A Mad Mad Mad WorldEthel Merman’s character, Mrs. Marcus, browbeats her unsuccessful son-in-law. She tells him, “You tried to sell people seaweed for $5 a can!” Of course he lost money.
We need Ethel Merman to come back and chastise conservative activists. We had something that could not have been easier to sell — heterosexuality! — but we sold a soup of isolated assertions that made no sense out of context. The average person wanted his children and neighbors to be happy. It was Thanksgiving and instead of selling turkeys, we sold edible seaweed like Mrs. Marcus’s son-in-law.
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So let me provide a run-down of all the flavors of seaweed soup we peddled during decades of pro-family activism. I do this for educational purposes, so we can do better. Let me begin with myself, and what I did wrong. Since I’m male and can only speak to one side of the issue, I’ll confine my comments to male homosexual sin. 

My Problem: Too Scared to Speak the Truth

I entered the public debate on gay issues when Ryan Anderson asked me to write one essay about growing up with a gay mom and I said yes. Ergo, “Growing Up with Two Moms” came out in Public Discourse and thus began seven years of my life in a political hurricane.
My first crime was cowardliness and insecurity. Instead of being myself and telling the world what I really thought, I tiptoed around everything and over-strategized.
My main reason for opposing the gay agenda had almost nothing to do with big ideas. My reason for opposing homosexual culture came from far more basic causes. I had grown up around tons of gay people. Starting from the age of thirteen I had had sex with many men.
The sex was horrible. Because the sex acts between men are unseemly and unfulfilling, gay courtship mostly involves mutual admiration based on superficial appearances. Like most gay men, while in the lifestyle I spent my waking hours trying to have a nice physique. The only real satisfaction I could get was knowing that gay men found me nice to look at. Everyone knew this was a ticking time-bomb. With age one’s metabolism slows and men get pudgy.
Nobody is really gay. Nobody is fated to live the life of a gay man and engage in that kind of degrading sex for their whole lives.
Gay activists like to have it both ways when confronting stories like mine. On the one hand they want to say I am still gay and simply self-hating. On the other hand they claim I was never gay or I was always bisexual, so that they can separate my experience from their own. I know the truth. I was as gay as they are, which is not at all. Because nobody is really gay. That is, nobody is fated to live the life of a gay man and engage in that kind of degrading sex for their whole lives.
Gay men can come out of every closet save one. They will never admit that what they do for sexual pleasure is half nightmare, half farce.
I got out of the gay lifestyle because I met a girl, fell in love, and gained the confidence to pursue what I always wanted: a lifelong romantic relationship that involved true sexual fulfillment, intimacy, pleasant companionship, and children. That’s heterosexuality. Homosexuality provides none of those things.

What I Should Have Said

So in 2012, when I entered the Colosseum, I should have just said this to the public:
Look, I know we want this to be profound. As a Christian, I understand we want to speak in higher spiritual terms. But this is a brutally physical issue. Gay sex is horrible. If you know men who think they ‘are’ gay, you should help them abandon their misperception. They can spend a whole life chasing after a happiness that will never come to them. 
Gay sex combines the banality of masturbation with the danger of promiscuity. You get all the disease, shame, misery, alienation, embarrassment, pain, filth, disease, and self-doubt; but you get no spontaneity. You can never sire children in the same act that gives the other person pleasure. And you will never get the wondrous feeling of knowing your body parts can bring your sex partner to a level of ecstasy that one can never achieve alone.
For this reason, I oppose homosexuality. We should never tell people that it is normal. We should respond to any homosexual propaganda with our free speech making clear that it is wrong. And we should support laws that discourage homosexuality even if we do not impose penalties on people who engage in it. We should not expose children to it. In fact, we should teach children that it is bad for them. We should help anyone falls into homosexual thought or conduct to get away from it. Because nobody is homosexual and homosexuality is not natural. Heterosexuality is a good thing that everyone should pursue.
I didn’t say anything like that. Nobody else did, either. Words such as “anus” and “penis” were too much for people to deal with. So they talked about the sanctity of marriage and shifted to stories about Christian bakers and florists. In my view we avoided the main point. The main point is homosexual intercourse is very bad, not just for me or you, but for everyone.

Mistake 1: Just Making It About Marriage

Marriage only matters here because marriage has been a way of designating who you can have sex with. If you cannot discuss sex openly then you can never really explain why you do not want to give marriage licenses to gay people.
The problem is that nobody is gay. If you love your friends you should not reduce their being to sodomy.
The talk about children, religious liberty, and supporting healthy marriages, uncoupled with frank talk about homosexual activity, was bound to end in defeat for our side. Tons of straight couples do not have kids. Many children are born out of wedlock. It was not that hard for gays to found their own churches. Marriage mattered in large part because we didn’t want gay sex, which is dirty, to increase in society. We should have said that.

Mistake 2: Conservatives With Gay Friends

Almost every conservative outlet ended up compromised because someone in power has a gay friend or relative. Let’s call it the Meghan McCain Syndrome (see what happened between her and writer D.C. McAllister.) It goes like this: powerful conservative worry about gay friends feeling accepted, so they block any publications that refer truthfully to the harms of sodomy. The problem is that nobody is gay. If you love your friends you should not reduce their being to sodomy.
Because of the Meghan McCain Syndrome, conservatives spent years talking about gay rights in libertarian terms and avoided the fact that gay sex is dirty.

Mistake 3: The Pro-Life Pro-Gay Position

Many supposedly conservative platforms saw that pro-life positions became more acceptable while pro-gay ones did not. Hence groups like CPAC banned Mass Resistance in 2018 while claiming CPAC had socially conservative content — that is, pro-life speakers.
The problem is that homosexuality is a life and death issue. We had an AIDS crisis and a host of new STIs among gays. And there are vulnerable victims — children brainwashed, groomed, or molested into homosexuality. To show concern for the unborn but disregard for these other impacts reveals conservatives as callous and opportunistic rather than principled.

Mistake 4: Be Winsome and Charitable, and Don’t Be Seen With Meanies

No list of mistakes would be complete, of course, without mentioning the Winsome Warriors. Whether it’s David French attacking pro-Trump evangelicals or evangelicals warning readers on Facebook never to read Pulpit and Pen, many of the harshest voices are actually the ones attacking others for sounding too mean. Instead we should speak “the truth in love.” Yet truth is love, and conservatives simply did not want to tell the truth about homosexuality.
No human being, created in the image of God, can be reduced to an identity based on sodomy. Gay sex is dirty, dangerous, and bad. If our discussion standards stipulate that we cannot speak about dirty, dangerous, or bad things, then we might as well not have a discussion.

Mistake 5: Not a Hill to Die On

I could go on and on but this is another big mistake our side made. When we fail to read the Bible dutifully we lose sight of proportionality as God views it. Through God’s perspective, homosexuality is a huge deal. Sodom stands out as the great symbol of evil and its downfall went hand in hand with rampant homosexuality. The first chapter of Paul’s key epistle to the Romans places homosexuality front and center as it discusses the process by which people deceive themselves and become delivered to a depraved mind.
Even today, the FBI estimates that about 1 in 6 males gets sexually abused before the age of 18, overwhelmingly by other males. In other words, homosexuality is a big deal.
Homosexual intercourse was forbidden and vilified for thousands of years because it is too vile to be placed on par with normal sex. Homosexuality coincides overwhelmingly with slavery, rape, prostitution, prisons, drunkenness, and pedophilia precisely because gay sex requires at least one party to be damaged and humiliated by sodomy in real time. Only someone who has been forced, paid, brainwashed, or groomed to accept self-harm as pleasure can make homosexual acts possible.
Even today, the FBI estimates that about 1 in 6 males gets sexually abused before the age of 18, overwhelmingly by other males. In other words, homosexuality is a big deal, and where it becomes acceptable, it leaves devastation in its wake. Conservatives misfired tremendously by avoiding the confrontation with what gay sex has always been and protecting people from its harms.
The Equality Act is no small battle. This is our last stand. We can be like the Spartans at Thermopylae and turn our failing side around. Or we can be like those in Constantinople in 1453, and bid farewell to a culture of which people will say, “They once were civilized, but somehow they ruined themselves.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


In case you need to be walked through the specifics of the Equality Act and why it is so crucial to block its passage, I have made five short videos here, walking through the specifics of (1) the preamble of the bill, (2) Sections 1-2 on "findings," (3) the bill's redefinition of "public accommodations", (4) the bill's warping of the racial history behind desegregation of public accommodations, and (5) the bill's abuse of educational institutions and the ways it would force schools to protect predators and disruptive students to the disadvantage of vulnerable students.

PART 1: The Preamble

PART 2: The Fake "Findings"

PART 3: The Harmful Distortion of "Public Accommodations"

PART 4: The Abuse of the Racial History of Desegregation

PART 5: The Bill Will Force Schools to Allow Predators and Disruptive Students to Harm Vulnerable Students

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hurry Up! Oppose the Equality Act! (Don't let the name fool you.)

The Equality Act is a deadly bill currently making its way through Congress. This law will distort the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was passed to address the historical impact of slavery and Jim Crow segregation on black Americans. It will force the federal government to equate the history and legacy of African Americans with the largely adolescent disappointments of people who engage in homosexual acts or who want to become the opposite gender. Currently no real religious exemption will protect churches under this law, let alone private Christian citizens. The law's vague language will allow LGBT activists to construe disagreement with gay leaders, criticism of gay practices, or truthful discussion of the harmful consequences of homosexual behavior, as actionable discrimination and denial of Fourteenth-Amendment rights. Here is the link you can use to find your House representative. Call your representative and tell them to oppose this bill. Let them know you plan to use your rights as a voter to retaliate against leaders who support legislation like this with such gross disregard for the virtue of our society and the viability of Christian gospel-based churches.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Good News from HHS

This came across the transom from health and human services. Let's pray that they extend conscience protections to include access to ministry, counseling, and help for people who want to overcome harmful sexual patterns and restore themselves to God's design. Here:

Dear Colleagues:
Today HHS finalized an important policy that protects individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs.
HHS is issuing this final “Conscience Rule” as part of an overall effort to protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty.  This policy reflects President Trump’s promise and call for action in his Executive Order in May 2017 and the follow-on guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Justice encouraging other Departments, including HHS, to implement and enforce all relevant religious freedom laws.
HHS issued a proposed conscience rule in January of 2018 and, after reviewing some 242,000 public comments, today issues the rule in final form. 
The rule will protect healthcare providers, individuals, and other health care entities from having to provide, participate in, pay for, or refer for services which violate their conscience.  This includes ensuring that nursesdoctors, or medical students cannot be forced to participate in procedures which violate their religious belief or moral convictions – that might include procedures like abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide.  It also protects the right of diverse faith-based health care institutions to retain their religious beliefs and identity as part of their mission of serving others. 
As Roger Severino, Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights said, “Finally, laws prohibiting government funded discrimination against conscience and religious freedom will be enforced like every other civil rights law.  This rule ensures that healthcare entities and professionals won’t be bullied out of the health care field because they decline to participate in actions that violate their conscience, including the taking of human life. Protecting conscience and religious freedom not only fosters greater diversity in healthcare, it’s the law.”
The rule will go into effect 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.
Link to Press Release and Final Rule:
The Conscience Rule implements full and robust enforcement of approximately 25 provisions passed by Congress protecting longstanding conscience rights in healthcare.
Laura C. Trueman
Principal Deputy Director
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hearing D.C. McAllister's Side of the Story

The firing of Denise McAllister, known as D.C. McAllister, from Daily Wire and the Federalist, was an obvious blow to many conservatives. Here we see a strong conservative voice with a lot of pop culture appeal driven off two platforms often known for defending free speech. It was my great honor to interview Denise and get her take on it all. 

Warning: Some Disturbing Content Not Appropriate for Children

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019


On Southern Baptist Whistleblowers and Their Freedom of Conscience
April 21, 2019

WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention has already suffered the consequences that occur when people who hold ecclesiastical power intimidate church members into silence, as exemplified by (1) the sex abuse crisis reported by the Houston Chronicle, and by (2) dangerous compromises by Southern Baptist groups that partnered with Anglican groups which, as investigators such as Tom Buck discovered, encouraged youth to explore homosexuality and even attend prurient homosexual events—both scandals, among many others, which might have been averted if whistleblowers and informants who knew of such problems had had the opportunity to bring information to the public without retaliation from people in power; and
WHEREAS, Jesus Christ demonstrated in His ministry the importance of confronting authorities when they have failed to live out God’s Word or have badly shepherded the flocks to whom God has called such authorities, such as in the following selections from only one gospel: Jesus Christ’s public challenge to scribes in Matthew 9:4; Jesus Christ’s challenge to the Pharisees’ objections to His associations in Matthew 9:12; Jesus Christ’s rejection of the Pharisees’ view of fasting in Matthew 9:15; Jesus Christ’s prophecy that Christians will be brought “over to sanhedrins,” “in their synagogues,” and “before governors and kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the nations” in Matthew 10:16; Jesus Christ’s admonitions to entire generations and entire towns in Matthew 11:16 and Matthew 11:21; Jesus Christ’s confrontation with the Pharisees about the Sabbath in Matthew 12:3; Jesus Christ’s refutation of the Pharisees’ accusations about demons in Matthew 12:25; Jesus Christ’s refusal to provide the scribes and Pharisees with a sign in Matthew 12:39; Jesus Christ’s public charge of hypocrisy against the Pharisees and scribes about dietary law in Matthew 13:7; Jesus Christ’s rejection of the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ prophetic claims in Matthew 16:2; Jesus Christ’s public warning against the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 16:6; Jesus Christ’s description of the source of his future tribulations as “the elders, chief priests, and scribes” in Matthew 16:21; Jesus Christ’s public refutation of the Pharisees’ position on divorce in Matthew 19:8; Jesus Christ’s description of his crucifixion as being “handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death” in Matthew 20:18; Jesus Christ’s warning about hierarchies, saying “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them and the men of high position exercise power over them […] It must not be like that among you,” in Matthew 20:25; Jesus Christ’s expulsion of money changers and dove sellers from the temple complex in Matthew 21:12; Jesus Christ’s rebuttal to the chief priests and scribes by assigning moral weight to children and infants in Matthew 21:16; Jesus Christ’s shrewd deflection of condescending interrogation by “chief priests and the elders” in Matthew 21:24; Jesus Christ’s purposeful targeting of the chief priests and the Pharisees as faulty leaders who will lose their kingdom in Matthew 21:45; Jesus Christ’s calling of the Pharisees “hypocrites” about taxation in Matthew 22:18; Jesus Christ’s public claim that the Sadduccees were “deceived, because [they did not know] the Scriptures or the power of God” in Matthew 22:29; Jesus Christ’s public and purposeful deflation of the scribes and Pharisees for not practicing what they preach and loving honors and titles when they are really “broods of vipers” and “whitewashed tombs” in the entirety of Matthew 23; all these passages, when taken as a whole, overwhelmingly show that Jesus Christ intended His people not to stay silent before religious authorities whose misdeeds come to people’s attention; and
WHEREAS, Southern Baptist leaders who invoke “hospitality,” “civility,” and “speaking lovingly,” as hedges against the confrontation of religious authorities, would seem to be in error; insofar as Scripture demonstrates that secrecy and silence in the face of wrongdoing are not godly, as evidenced by the following: 2 Samuel 12:7 (the prophet Nathan did not hold back from revealing King David’s crimes to him); Luke 12:49 (Jesus Christ states, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were set ablaze!”); Luke 9:33 (Jesus Christ’s Transfiguration aligns Him with prophets like Elijah, who confronted Ahab in 1 Kings 18:18 and Jezebel in 1 Kings 21:23); and 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 (the Apostle Paul defines love such that “love does not act improperly…Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth”); and
WHEREAS, Jesus Christ demonstrated in His ministry that secrecy and silence in the face of wrongdoing are rather harmful and ultimately doomed to failure, saying in Matthew 10:26, “there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made known… [w]hat I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the rooftops”; and
WHEREAS, the Apostle Paul calls us to speak openly when we know of things being done under the cover of darkness in Ephesians 5:11-13, saying, “Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them [f]or it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret [but] everything exposed by the light is made clear, for what makes everything clear is light”; and
WHEREAS, in Revelation 3:16 we are warned that churches that rely too much on politeness and complacency will not please Jesus Christ in the last days, but rather, it will be said, “because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth”; and
WHEREAS, scriptural warnings match what we see occurring to the Southern Baptist Convention in our present time, as decades of fear and silence cultivated by people in power have caused many potential whistleblowers to back away from taking concerns public, and many whistleblowers who have taken concerns public have suffered retaliation and found themselves marginalized within their communities; and
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist heritage dates back to the Reformation and a profound element of Baptist identity lies in the rejection of any concept of a “pontiff” or “pope” or “archbishop” claiming infallibility, so that our foundations clash with the rise of individuals so influential that they operate beyond the pale of criticism or scrutiny; and
WHEREAS, more than a few employees or members of Southern Baptist entities—including, among many others, employees of churches, professors at Baptist seminaries, pastors at Baptist churches, and others engaged with Baptist churches—have been warned not to criticize leaders in Southern Baptist entities due to a “gentleman’s agreement” or the supposed “eleventh commandment”; and
WHEREAS, some Southern Baptist leaders have misused certain scriptures (among them Matthew 18:15-19, Exodus 20:16, Romans 13:2-5, Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 6:7-8, and 1 Timothy 5:19), mistakenly construing any criticism from any Southern Baptist as a violation of the gospel’s mandate to avoid needless discord, or mistakenly construing any expression of concern as slander, with the result that, for example, professors at one Baptist seminary are forbidden by a “gentleman’s agreement” from criticizing any public figure leading any Southern Baptist organization or associated with any Southern Baptist organization leaders; and
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention should not use non-disclosure agreements at all insofar as such agreements impose silence on fellow believers by threatening to use the power of the unbelieving world’s legal system to enforce such silence, in violation of Jesus Christ’s warning in Matthew 22:21, to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s but to the Lord what is the Lord’s; and
WHEREAS, so long as Southern Baptists unofficially enforce gentleman’s agreements and the eleventh commandment, or make use of non-disclosure agreements on those whom they dismiss or pressure to resign, then potential whistleblowers will face reprisal in the form of church discipline and organizational retaliation to include firing, blacklisting, and/or character assassinations in public forums, with the result that many people will remain silent about corruption, abuse, error, and financial mismanagement in Southern Baptist entities; and
WHEREAS, for the sake of harmony and out of obedience to the spirit of Matthew 18:15-17, we may expect employees of the Southern Baptist Convention to show discretion in questioning or challenging authorities within their own chain of command, yet to extend this mandate from one Southern Baptist organization to the entire leadership and its cronies of the whole Southern Baptist Convention would turn the Convention into a totalitarian cult; and
WHEREAS, the “eleventh commandment” known as “thou shalt not criticize a fellow Baptist publicly” cultivates a climate of fear and silence that can only allow sinful, abusive, or misguided practices to flourish within the Convention and within its organizations, because some Baptist figures who hold powerful positions have availed themselves of their influence to retaliate against their critics by contacting employees, church leaders, or associates in order to apply pressure behind the scenes; and
WHEREAS, no authority figure should be granted such eminence that the gentleman’s agreements, an old boys’ network, the so-called eleventh commandment, and/or non-disclosure agreements can afford the authority figure an airtight shield against necessary and healthy scrutiny or challenge; it should never be the case that an authority figure can, if he chooses corruption or fails to see how he has become corrupted, ignore or dismiss private criticisms, and then deflect public criticism by claiming that critics can only challenge him privately; and/or that an authority figure can ultimately cite false standards such as “civility,” “cordiality,” “hospitality,” “church unity” or “respect” as a way of blocking fellow Southern Baptists from raising concerns or seeking correction to Southern Baptist organizations; and
WHEREAS, trustees, entity leaders, pastors, executives, directors, and other empowered individuals in the Southern Baptist Convention do not own the resources they steward and must act in the interests not of themselves or of their friends but rather of the Kingdom, of the Southern Baptist Convention, of the Southern Baptist people, and of the members of their entities; and all these interests are always best served by transparency, due diligence, and scrutiny to avoid conflicts of interest, corruption, nepotism, error, abuse, and waste; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention affirms that there are only ten commandments in Exodus 20:3-17, and none instructing Southern Baptists to refrain from criticizing Baptist leaders, even publicly if necessary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention denounces “gentleman’s agreements” designed to force silence on people whose livelihoods depend on the Convention due to their service to the Convention; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention denounces “non-disclosure agreements” and calls all Southern Baptist leaders who have imposed them on former employees to repent of them; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention denounces retaliatory actions by Southern Baptist leaders, such as contacting critics’ employees or charges in order to threaten critics’ jobs or standing within their community; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention calls all Southern Baptists to proclaim and avail themselves of their freedom of conscience, since our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told us in John 8:32, “the Truth will set you free.”

Impeachment: Good for Trump?

Honestly, impeachment is probably going to be a good thing for Trump, if it ever happens.

If the Dems impeach, they have to hold a trial in the House and their star witnesses will all get cross-examined. Think of the subpoenas. They'll find nothing on Trump but expose tons of stuff about Obama and Clinton. Go for it.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Case for a RICO Investigation of the Gay Movement

Please listen to me and Brittany Klein discuss the need for government investigation into the gay movement's practices over the last 10 years.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Don't let the perpetrators pretend to be saviors

The Atlantic ran a long-overdue story about Bryan Singer. In it we see that the situation with the LGBT movement has changed. At last, the purveyors of homosexuality can no longer assume that the press, academia, and their past enablers in the courts and government will continue to protect them. In an age of MeToo, perhaps the gay community had scant cause to believe their own vast networks of abuse would remain undiscovered to the general public, and the perpetrators in their midst unpunished. If the Vatican with all its money and power could not dodge a reckoning, then it should not surprise us that the gay community could not either.

The tide seems to turn now, but we must wait to see if it will turn as fully as it should. As I noted in an earlier post, groups like GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign will likely try to reposition themselves in the avalanche of revelations about to come forward. They may pretend they are shocked or may be shameless enough to present themselves as the solution to gay abuse. 

Do not let them get away with anything. Groups like GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Southern Poverty Law, and Right Wing Watch all applied the "homophobia" or "hate" label to anyone who spoke the truth about gay abuse. They acted as the nerve center of a gigantic web of collusion, protecting gay abusers in exchange for the financial incentives that came with it, and ruthlessly stifling any whistleblowers.

Some folks (including me) spoke truthfully about the core issue that could never be denied. Homosexual activity is physically harmful between men. Nobody can engage in a lifetime of anal sex without harming himself or harming lots of other people. While apologists may mention the rates of heterosexual infection in Africa, in the West, where plentiful health care is available, only homosexuals managed to contract AIDS sexually in large numbers even after decades of generously funded outreach, research, training, and awareness. The anus is not designed to be penetrated. Lifelong habitual anal sex causes an endless series of health problems, of which the worst is AIDS though AIDS is not the only damage. Whether you have 500 sex partners in your erotic career or only one partner with whom you have sex 5,000 times, the fact is that the act of anal sex damages people. Feces spreads sickness and filth. The skin in the anus ruptures easily and results in pain and the dysfunction of the muscles used to defecate. To enjoy this act many people need to use alcohol, amyl nitrates or other drugs; otherwise they must be coaxed or coerced, doing it for pay, using sex as a means to find acceptance, or getting raped. 

That is what male homosexuality is. It will never be anything else, no matter how hard we try to use our rhetoric and moral imagination to envision male homosexuality as something more wholesome and dignified.

To get to the point where you view anal sex as normal and commit your identity to it for life, you have to be brainwashed to accept abuse as normal; either you are abused perpetually (bottom), or you abuse and are abused (versatile), or you become a serial abuser (top). Whichever role you play, you are complicit in massive, systematic abuse.

Where underage males are involved or someone fails to honor the need to gain consent from a partner, the abuse is particularly terrible and rises past a legal threshold. But even among consenting adults, homosexuality is harmful. Because it harms people's health to such an extent, the deliberate and organized encouragement and enabling of such harm is abusive. Homosexuality is harmful.

Lesbians do not cause this much physical harm to each other. But they harm each other emotionally. That alone would not be enough to deserve a strong rebuke. But lesbians must accept a public rebuke because they yoked their cause to gay men, who do cause widespread devastation through their sexual practices. In fact, at no time did any lesbian movement assert itself as the leading component of a queer or LGBT movement. Gay men held the most money and power, so they set the course for the activist enterprise. They formed a global community of abuse and tainted any other group that tied itself to gay male activism with complicity in abuse.

The lies about gay normalcy, gay families, "born this way," and "good as you" could not sustain themselves over the long term. Inevitably the cold statistics of harm done by homosexuality would become undeniable even if a gay-friendly society could try to defuse anger over the effect of rampant homosexuality on culture, law, religion, and politics. Too many people got out of homosexuality and turned normal for people to claim that this was an innate "orientation." Too many kids raised by gay parents reached adulthood having seen the twisted workings of gay subcultures. Too many people who jumped into gay identity reached middle age with misery and sickness for people to dismiss the physical harms as the fruit of homophobic imaginations.

The reckoning would come. Perhaps it has come already and the first revelations about gay abuse are only the beginning. I can see the gay activists trying to double down, blaming "stigma" or comparing gay abusers to the abuse by heterosexual predators. But things do not exist in comparison all the time; sometimes we must grapple with what things are, in themselves. The gay community is full of people who engaged in widespread abuse and/or encouraged it to go on, defending those who perpetrated it and crushing those who called it out. I know, I have the scars to prove it. Just google my profiles on GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and the rest. Go back and see how Claire Potter, the lesbian blogger at Chronicle of Higher Education, classlessly attacked me in the comments at Inside Higher Education to state that my own history of sexual abuse was something I imagined because I was mentally ill and a liar. These people know very well they covered up horrors that the average American could not bear to hear about.

They knew all along what went on. They tried to cover for the gay community's abuse by spreading a false idea that some people were born gay and therefore carried a biological destiny to suffer the harms of anal sex. This paradox, obviously untrue, gave the gay community "gaydar" status because we were told that adult gays could spot younger gays. And then came the "bullying" rhetoric. Kids who got made fun of, who felt rejected, who struggled to find their place, were told over and over again that they must be gay because they were bullied. (As if the bullies knew them better than they knew themselves, and somehow the sympathetic gay adults and the bullies were united in their knowledge that yes, this child must be gay.) Pressured into experimentation just as they were tender, young, and vulnerable, they found themselves unable to go against the assumptions that gayness was something in their destiny, inside them. They surrendered to fashion and allowed the gay community to take them prisoner.

GLAAD and the other gay organizations knew perfectly well that they were minions for rich abusers. They smeared critics, demonized whistleblowers, and propped up false propaganda for decades. Never let them claim they were innocent. As the stories come forward, let them face their own crimes, one by one. And one day, let America restore the reputations of all the maligned people who say in good faith now, "I told you so."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

God's Voice Conference, Compensation, and the Conservatives' Funding Crisis

Robert Oscar López
Dear Colleagues, Friends, Allies, and Anyone Else Who Cares,

On February 22-23, 2019, in Oklahoma City, a conference will take place called "God's Voice." You can peruse the website for this conference at I served as a committee member for this conference and also intended to speak at the event. Early versions of the conference website list my name. 

I will not attend the conference as a speaker or as an organizer. I do not serve currently on the planning committee. I would prefer not to comment on this change but some people have questioned what my withdrawal from God's Voice means.

We have, perhaps, a teachable moment on our hands.

Four planners still serve on the committee--Janet Mefferd, Tom Littleton, Stephen Black, and Peter LaBarbera. They are good people. I support their work and agree with the vast majority of what they say. 

I encourage people to attend the God's Voice Conference. If they offer you a chance to speak at it, I would recommend that you take the opportunity and go.

But some have asked me to explain further. 

The conference will attract its own controversy because of the subject matter (a "biblical response to the queering of the church"). Also because of who the organizers are (people know them as fighters who do not back down.) 

Because of the controversy, a few people want me to disown the conference or disavow the people on the committee. I will not do that.

I withdrew from God's Voice due to a problem that needs more attention within our conservative and Christian movements. Quite simply, I cannot afford to go. 

For the last eleven years I have been heavily involved in both conservative and Christian causes. I sustained financial losses to defend them. My wife and children have paid the price for what has amounted to my "donation" of uncompensated labor.

Conservative activists and leaders have expected me to risk my family's sustainability by traveling and dueling over political questions. Since 2008 they have pressured me to take public stances that alienate colleagues and isolate me within my field. Then the backlash comes. I find myself abandoned and forced to clean up the mess.

Most in the pro-family movement ignore, minimize, or dismiss the toll this takes on families like mine. They often expect me to swallow the loss, anger more people I need as professional allies, and as one person told me, "shut up and back off." 

For years I went along with this. But I noticed that when their financial support is at risk, they will turn into compromisers and placaters. Recently allies asked that I refrain from scrutinizing or publicly questioning certain churches about their problematic practices. They wanted to protect the financial viability of ministries that would go under without the churches' support.

To which I finally asked, "what about my going under?" Many conservative and Christian leaders fail to step back and consider the sacrifices and risks that their foot soldiers take to work on their projects. Often they hide money and call in favors to protect their funders, even when they loudly call out others for selling out.

I cannot judge people for needing to feed their families. I will not judge them. But I need to feed my family too. I have to stop doing things for free which hurt my wife and children. In an ideal world, Christian activists would see this and understand it. But we do not live in an ideal world.

Tom and Janet have heroically sought to expose the financial corruption that undergirds and makes possible the "queering of the church." Queer subversives have made inroads into the churches because of money. Many people in the conservative and Christian world played tricks with their money in the past. They have financial secrets, especially debts. They need bailouts, which often come in the form of secret or "dark" money with strings attached. 

I stood up and fought for the truth in the last year because I believe truth deserves a fight. Dallas police officers physically removed Tom Littleton from the Southern Baptist Convention at the same event where Vice President Mike Pence spoke, where the Southern Baptists dealt with a firestorm over the firing of Paige Patterson, and where my resolution supporting reparative therapy got rejected whereas the convention passed countless resolutions affirming threadbare social-justice issues or thanking rich people. I wrote about these affairs when they were radioactive. 

Seeing power games this dangerous, a smart detective knows to follow the money trail.

Like most Christian denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention finds itself desperate for money. Churches are losing members, particularly white people. They need to do special outreach to people of color to save themselves from dissolution. They need to play up to wealthy foundations. The typical family foundation is a big pot of money that began when Grand Pappy, who struck it rich somewhere, became a Baptist. Typically a Grand Pappy found Jesus in the post-Civil War days of robber barons and plucky inventors. As his generation died off, later generations changed the family lineage. Among the great-grandchildren, some liberal descendant who partied for four years at an Ivy League school and has lots of gay friends now decides who gets the money. 

I smelled this game long ago. I once wrote a novel called The Melville Affair. It remains unpublished. One of the main characters, Austan Melville, was an heir to a Texas oil fortune and a flaming gay socialite living in Manhattan. Austan's ancestor was Baptist preacher "Habakkuk Magpie" who changed his name to Melville when he saw a rack of library books dedicated to Herman Melville. Habakkuk and his son Rufus wanted respect from the world at large so they took the surname Melville and started a charitable trust. 

Austan, a great-great-grandson of Habakkuk, was the favorite of his grandmother. She had no idea about his sexual antics. Everyone in the family covered for him until she died and left Austan in charge of the family foundation. 

Austan uses the money to gather an entourage of cloying pornographers producing "art" that really amounts to photographs that demean young Latino boys and display them for profit. The main protagonist in Melville Affair, Dodson Silva, falls prey to Austan Melville's seduction. Austan throws him away when he realizes that Dodson sees the racism and hypocrisy in his family's cultured veneers. 

In Melville Affair, three rich white families complicate life for the ensemble cast of Latino characters affected by their schemes. The Melvilles are one family. Another, the Buckleburns, are old Yankee aristocrats who ended up on the right side for hundreds of years. Then the Turtleshells, a shady media dynasty with a fake name, descended from Andreas, refugee fleeing the war-torn Balkans in the late 1940s. 

Anglo money ends up toxic to poor Latinos trying to get ahead in the creative arts. Latino characters like Evelyn Morales, Oscar Coronado, Richie Rosas, and Angélica Crespo get entangled in conflicts they did not choose. They try earnestly to share their talents with the world and get dragged into the nightmares of nonprofit foundations, political action committees, and media megaliths controlled by these wealthy white people behind the scenes.

I wrote Melville Affair first in 1998 as "the Latino Bronze Age" and kept developing it until it reached its final form in 2008. I mention this to say I have noticed the problem of Baptist money for a long time--long before I had any idea I would ever be Southern Baptist, live in Texas, or have anything to do with debates about Mike Pence or Tom Littleton.

Southern Baptists must walk a tightrope and not fall down on either side of the wire.

If they openly affirm homosexuality and trans politics, they will lose more Christians, who will exit the churches. 

If they play hardball and stick to the scripture on sexuality issues, they will lose the Melvilles and Buckleburns whose money they need to keep going. 

So they invite and honor Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana and VP of the USA. He vetoed the religious freedom act that would have protected many Christians from persecution similar to what I suffered. Of course Pence had to do that back then, to protect his career. And Southern Baptists had to invite him to speak at the convention, to protect their careers. They had to sink my resolution, to protect something somewhere too.

Tom and Janet have done important and courageous work to expose these financial corruptions. For that reason, the God's Voice conference matters. It will do important work.

But my situation differs. For a whole decade I gave my pound of flesh to pro-family causes. I will continue to fight for them as I can. But we cannot ignore the quandary of how Christians are going to make a living. We cannot simply attack and attack and expose and criticize. 

To present at God's Voice, I would have to sacrifice a great deal. I would have to spend my money and time. Instead of attacking people whose money comes from questionable places, I want to work with people to build something sustainable that I can get behind. I do not need to be on a stage and on the radio fighting battles on a dozen fronts.

I choose this way because I know the reality of my family's needs. But others who can make the sacrifices necessary to attend and support an effort like God's Voice should absolutely do it.

Irregardless, we all have to figure out how people in our movement can support themselves on terms they can live with.

By the way this transmission is worth listening to, by Joe Goodson.