I'm so busy in life as a writer, non-profit director, pastor, dad, partner, dog owner, etc., I haven't had time to reacquaint myself with the "Homosexual Agenda," but here we go again:
In a recent notice from Equality North Carolina (hat tip to Ian Palmquist and crew of this great group), there was a notice about an essay/opinion piece by Mary Francis Forrester, wife of North Carolina State Senator, Jim Forrester (R-Gaston), with the provocative title, "The Real Homosexual Agenda." In case I did not know it, there was a "false" or "mythic" "homosexual agenda," the content of which I still know nothing about. Ms. Forrester writes this in February 2008 in the Christian Action League newsletter (click here for the details and proof).
In this essay, Ms. Forrester quotes Mark Swift from an essay he wrote that was included in the Congressional Record in February 1986, over twenty-two (22) years ago, citing this message from "The Winds, p. 4." What she cites from Mr. Swift (if he really wrote or said this) is fascinatingly weird: We shall raise private armies...to defeat you. The family unit will be abolished. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory...All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men. All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men. Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks."
To be sure Mr. Swift is not the only weird one in the boat he is in, Ms. Forrester jumps into his very boat with her observation: "The Fifth Commandment says," Honor thy Mother and they Father that thy days may be long upon the earth that the Lord thy God giveth thee." The first part of that powerful statement gives no mention of 'two mommies," or "two daddies." The second part of that commandant is also powerful. With the gift of this earth comes the responsibility that by honoring our mother and father, "thy days may be long upon the earth." Did you know that the average life span of a homosexual is 39 years as opposed to 78 for heterosexual women and 76 for heterosexual men?" How she connects the Decalogue with same sex relationships is beyond me, let alone where she gets these statistics: we'll never know because she does not cite her sources."
Of course, there is an interesting rebuttal to everything that Ms. Forrester claims in her article, including getting the name of Mr. Swift wrong (Michael, not Mark), and not knowing that what Michael initially wrote was a rather "tongue in cheek" response to the homophobia of American society writ large (click here for rebuttal).
As a Christian who is called to be a dad who is gay, busy taking care of a family, striving to be a good dad to two amazing grown children, being a good partner, beginning a non-profit, pursuing the writing life, teaching and preaching around the country, while maintaining a home, dogs, enjoying friendships, at the end of the day I have little to no energy to flip open the pages to my secret little book, "The Homosexual Agenda," in order to figure out what to do next. I do, however, take time to turn to the Psalms after reading such material from Ms. Forrester, and with the Psalmist ask, "I lift up my eyes to the hills--from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Ps. 121:1, 2)
Bring it on, Jesus: bring the help to Ms. Forrester and all of us! And love us wholly and completely like no one else can, especially in this time of Eastertide!