In a sign of their growing intolerance of people who hold positions other than those of the Homosexual Cultural Revolution, the Media Watchdog Organization "GLAAD" (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has issued a blacklist of commentators. This effort is called the "Commentator Accountability Project". The blacklist includes some people I know and admire. It also includes some of my favorite commentators in both the Catholic and evangelical protestant communities. For example, both Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.
NEW YORK,NY (Catholic online) - In a sign of their growing intolerance of people who hold positions other than those of the Homosexual Cultural Revolution, the Media Watchdog Organization which calls itself "GLAAD" (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has issued a blacklist of commentators.
This effort is called the "Commentator Accountability Project". The blacklist includes some people I know and admire. It also includes some of my favorite commentators, in both the Catholic and evangelical protestant communities. For example, both Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.
The effort recruits likeminded parties to "spy". They are asked to send reports in to GLAAD if these commentators are featured in local media. GLAAD will then pressure the media sources to not feature their writing. In effect, the organization has established a ministry of propaganda. Its purpose seems to be to ensure that only the positions of the Homosexual Equivalency movement are allowed to be read, heard or considered.
The response of Chuck Colson to being blacklisted is found in a March 16, 2012 BREAKPOINT Commentary. I commend it to our readers along with all of his commentaries. They can be read or listened to here. Chuck seemed surprised that he and Robert George made the list. I was not surprised at all. The intolerance of the homosexual equivalency activists in their assault on marriage is growing in ferocity. Chuck ends his comments with these insightful words:
"Their definition of "gay bashing" is skewed. For them, anything short of renouncing the historical Christian teaching on sexuality is akin to hate. If I say that homosexual sex is a sin, they say I'm hateful. Yet I also say that pre-marital sex is a sin, as is drinking too much. Is that hateful, too?"
"Over the years I have been very careful not to engage in gay-bashing. I can't think of a single time I have. I seek to honestly discuss the issues. So if any reporter has evidence of gay bashing on my part, I'd like to hear it. But again, I reject the notion that disagreement - even strong disagreement - is gay bashing or hateful. I can't speak for the others on this latest list, but I for one, will not be intimidated into silence. No matter what list I make!"
Not only must Chuck Colson not be silenced, we must support his right to speak. We must join our voices together and openly oppose this assault on a Free Press and growing threat to the rights secured by the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution .
GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project wants to silence disagreement with their positions. They hope to exclude our positions from being heard in the public debate. They do not want us to influence the positive/civil law. They oppose our defense of the normative nature of the two parent, heterosexual, marriage bound family.
First, they attempt to relegate our truth claims to being only "religious positions" in order to marginalize their ability to persuade. Then, they take the next step; they insist that these truth claims be confined to expression only within our Church Walls. When we insist on the Right to contend for our positions in the public square, they try to silence us.
We live in what Pope Benedict XVI properly called a "Dictatorship of Relativism." The relativists of this age have even managed to persuade some Catholics, and other Christians, that there are no objective truths; there are only "my" truths and "your" truths.
However, Catholic Christians insist that there is a Natural Law, "present in the heart of each man and established by reason." This law "is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties." (CCC# 1956)
It is here we find the ground for our claim that there are moral truths which should inform our life together in a truly just and free society. It is here where we also find the fundamental and foundational human rights which we insist must be recognized by the civil or positive law as belonging to all men and women, from the moment of conception, throughout all of life, up to a natural death.
The Catholic position on homosexual sexual practices as objectively disordered and our opposition to efforts to undermine true marriage irritates the "Homosexual Equivalency Movement". I use that phrase to refer to the movement which calls what can never be a marriage a marriage and then wants to use use the Police Power of the State to force all of us to do the same.
We claim that the truth about marriage is revealed in the Natural Law and serves the common good of every society. That is part of the reason why they have a special disdain for Catholics. We insist that like the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death, the authentic definition of marriage is not simply a "religious" position. The truth concerning the nature of marriage can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church wrote in 2003, "The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. "
"No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives."
The Homosexual equivalency movement demands that homosexual behavior and sexual practices be given the moral and legal equivalence of marriage. They use a similar tactical strategy to the one used in denying the fundamental Human Right to Life to our first neighbors in the womb.
First, they engage in verbal and social engineering. The tactic is the same as the one used to replace the true Human Right to Life with a counterfeit "right" to take the Life of children in the womb. The US Supreme Court discovered a "Right" to abort children in a "penumbra" of the 14th amendment to the Constitution and the "right to privacy".
The homosexual equivalency effort follows the same playbook. They use Orwellian "newspeak" such as "gay marriage" and "marriage equality". However, such partnerships are constitutively and objectively incapable of being a marriage. By even using the terms, we fall right into their strategy.
Next, they use the courts in an effort to compel us to treat homosexual partnerships as the moral and legal equivalent of true marriage or face the police power of the State. They insist that homosexual partners have a "right" to marriage - and no-one better disagree. GLAAD and its ministry of propaganda will now attempt to make sure that any other claim is silenced.
However, just as we insist that abortions have no rights; only human persons do (including our youngest neighbors in the womb) we insist that marriage is what it is, no matter what the verbal engineers of this new order claim. No bullying from a self appointed ministry of propaganda set up by GLAAD can erase what is true.
We will not be censored from sharing the truth about the dignity of every human life or the truth about marriage and the family and society founded upon it. GLAAD will not succeed in curtailing our right to contend in the Public Square for the truth.
There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, human flourishing and marriage and the family founded upon it as the first cell of a truly just society.
The early Christians were not persecuted for their "religion" but for being "enemies of the State". They were charged with "odium humani generis" [hatred of the human race]. We are witnessing contemporary Catholics and other Christians being accused of creating a climate of "hate" in much the same way.
This charge of "Hatred of the Human Race" was directed by those within an ancient Rome which had lost its respect for the dignity of all human life while claiming to be enlightened. They practiced primitive forms of abortion as well as "exposure", the killing of unwanted newborns.
The Emperor Nero in the first-century A.D. was overt in his homosexual relationships. He sought to make such relationships normative in the empire by giving an equal status between homosexual relationships and true marriage.
First and Second century Rome were the first mission fields of the early Christian Church. Rome proclaimed itself the shining example to the world of its age while it embraced debauchery. In an eerie parallel, the history of ancient Rome reveals that the hostility toward the Christians grew as the citizens of this once great empire continued in their own spiraling moral decline.
They did not want to hear the Christians and their opposition to abortion and the practice of "exposure" (the killing of newborns). Their infatuation with hedonism was threatened by the Christian insistence that monogamous family was the first society and the foundation of civilization.
One of the ancient Christian manuscripts from that age, written to a pagan inquirer named Diognetus, spoke of the distinctly different practices of the Christians in these words:
"They reside in their respective countries, but only as aliens. They take part in everything as citizens and put up with everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their home, and every home a foreign land. They marry like all others and beget children but they do not expose (kill or abandon) their offspring. Their board they spread for all, but not their bed."
The commitment of these early Christians to the dignity of every human person as well as the witness of their faithful monogamous marriages eventually transformed ancient Rome. But it was not without hostility.
We are called to build a culture of life and a civilization of love. We will not support the effort to give promiscuous heterosexual or homosexual relationships the same status as monogamous marriage. When such practices become enforced by the civil law of the State, we must be ready to experience hostility in opposing such laws as we propose a better way.
In so doing, we will become more and more annoying to some such as GLAAD as the West proceeds on a march toward a new paganism. The irony is that some actually call such a march "progressive" when, in fact, it is regressive. We have not been charged with "hatred of the human race'. At least not yet. Instead, we face the brunt of censorship of our speech and efforts to marginalize our participation in the culture such as GLAAD's Blacklist.
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