An Invalid ComparisonBy Eric Seymour
According to IDS reports and flyers on campus, a video entitled "All God's Children" will be shown on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as one of the "teach-ins" scheduled by the Student Coalition to replace classes on the day of vacation. This video is said to show the acceptance of homosexuals by African-American religious communities.
In my experience, however, racial minorities tend to be less "tolerant" of homosexuality than whites. Furthermore, I believe this trend is increasing as the homosexual activists of the 90's attempt to steal legitimacy from the civil rights movement of the 60's. I have seen the resentment this evokes in many African-American students at IU, some of whom reject the diversity programs which claim to help them, asserting instead that most of "diversity" means advancing the homosexual agenda.
What exactly is going on here? It's a classic case of spin-doctoring. If homosexual activists can paint themselves as the modern equivalent of civil rights heroes, they can shrug the responsibility to convince the public of the merit of their core agenda (which is rejected by the majority of Americans every time it is exposed.) Indeed, they have succeeded in this comparison, especially at the liberal havens called public universities. GLBT activists are portrayed as heroes, while any people daring to assert that homosexuality is wrong are shunned like the 90's version of a slave trader.
This comparison is in every way invalid. While homosexuals deserve respect as human beings, their agenda cannot be likened to the civil rights movement. The differences are clear in the nature of the issue, the method and attitude of activists, and the spiritual aspect surrounding it all.
First of all, the nature of sexual orientation is far different from race. The majority of scientific studies have found no conclusive genetic link for homosexuality. But obviously, one can never choose their race. Even if homosexuality is determined at birth, it is different from belonging to a minority race. As the activists often say, sexual orientation should not affect a person's life outside the bedroom. A person's race, however, follows them everywhere.
Second, the methods and attitudes characteristic of homosexual activism is far removed from the actions of civil rights leaders. Rosa Parks quietly took her seat near the front of a bus--she didn't sit on the driver's lap. Likewise, many of these activists humbly and non-violently insisted on taking their fair place in society. Today, we see homosexual activists deliberately calling attention to themselves, such as with obscene displays in gay-rights parades and protests. This logically follows when, as explained above, sexual orientation is not normally a factor in public behavior. Furthermore, while brutal acts of violence were inflicted upon the peaceful civil rights proponents of the 60's, today it is often the homosexual activists themselves who use violence against their peaceful opponents (see below).
Finally, there is the spiritual aspect which separates these two groups. The civil rights movement was rooted in the Christian faith. Though a very few people misused Scripture to rationalize slavery, the first abolitionists were men and women of faith. Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many other historical figures were not only civil rights heroes, but also devout Christians, who sought their strength from God when large portions of society opposed their efforts.
Among today's homosexual activists, the table has turned. They find themselves fighting not only society's opinions, but a sense of morality so deeply rooted that even many non-religious people believe homosexuality to be wrong or unnatural. In order to advance their agenda, the activists know they must destroy the moral system that stands in their way, so homosexuals are among today's most militant atheists.
Many homosexual activists go beyond the type of ridicule offered by some atheistic scientists. Cases of intolerance toward people of faith, and even violence to them and their families are numerous and increasing: