The following is something I would say to my little brother or sister if they were a homosexual. And like you, Alex, I’m going to try to stay level-headed, or as I like to call it, objective.
If you’re a homosexual or a Christian, you’ve probably been interested in the recent controversy about the Safe Schools Program, a program that is supposed to protect all bullied students in schools. To hear more about the program from a LGBTI, queer perspective, I picked up a free copy of the FUSE magazine, distributed from my local café, Tilly’s. (I found an ad for Tilly’s in the back of the FUSE magazine that read, ‘Three Decades, The Safe Place, Socialise Fabulously’).
As the program has been implemented, it has shown a significant bias towards protecting bullied LGBTI students over other students. This bias has led the current Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to lead an investigation into the SSP.
Turnbull’s actions, haven’t been popular with everyone, especially the editor of FUSE magazine, who verbalized his disappointment in the FUSE magazine’s editorial rant, saying, “I’m deeply troubled that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull caved in to ordering an investigation into the Safe Schools Program under pressure from a minority of zealots.”[sic] (Personally, I was disappointed too as SSP was giving me so much to write about.)
Following Alex’s letter, I’d like to walk you through three things I’ll call, ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.
The Good: Things Alex Got Right
As a Christian, a lot of the time, when you get under a liberal, gay-affirming atheist’s skin, you must have done something right. And those who oppose the SSP have definitely done that by the look of the editor, Alex, opening statement:
“This was a tough editorial to write. I do try to stay level-headed when it comes to ultra-conservative Christian voices, but I have to admit it has been difficult over the past few weeks. I need to constantly remind myself that no matter how loud they are, they’re a very small minority within the broader Christian population.” – Alex
Alex is angry, and that’s right where we, as true Christian zealots, want him to be. True Christians want all sinners to be convicted of their sin. We want Alex to be convicted of his sin and so repent and be saved, just as we have repented and are saved from our sins.
He is also right about the Catholic Church when he says,
When it comes to claims that the program is ‘grooming’, ‘indoctrinating’ or ‘harming’ young people, I really don’t think people in any kind of glass structure should be throwing stones. We considered calling Cardinal George Pell to get his thoughts on the subject, but apparently he’s way too busy to come to the phone.
As far as sexual promiscuity goes, the Catholic Church, namely the popes (who are supposed to be infallible vice-God’s on earth), have done many worse deeds, such as in the Banquet of Chestnuts in which Pope Alexander VI reigned:
On the evening of the last day of October, 1501, Cesare Borgia [the Pope’s illegitimate son] arranged a banquet in his chambers in the Vatican with “fifty honest prostitutes”, called courtesans, who danced after dinner with the attendants and others who were present, at first in their garments, then naked. After dinner, the candelabra with the burning candles were taken from the tables and placed on the floor, and chestnuts were strewn around, which the naked courtesans picked up, creeping on hands and knees between the chandeliers, while the Pope, Cesare, and his sister Lucretia looked on. Finally, prizes were announced for those who could perform the act most often with the courtesans, such as tunics of silk, shoes, barrets, and other things.
Arguably, the two greatest theologians of all time, have been Calvin and Luther. They both believed those in the office of the pope were the Antichrist. Luther came out of the Catholic Church after being a monk. When Luther attended Rome, the seat of the Pope, and hoped to find greater Christianity there. Instead, he found rank sinfulness:
The city, which he had greeted as holy, was a sink of iniquity; its very priests were openly infidel, and scoffed at the services they performed; the papal courtiers were men of the most shameless lives; he was accustomed to repeat the Italian proverb, “If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”
Luther saw Pope Alexander VI as the antichrist. Alexander VI saw himself as Christ’s representative on earth here to shepherd Catholic Christians.
But, the Catholic Church do not act like Christians and, therefore, are Christians only in name (for that matter, many in our apostate protestant churches do not either). As Alex says, they live in a glass house and throw stones at those who are queer but have plenty of queer members themselves.
“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” – Matt 7:16
The Bad: Things Alex Got Wrong
Alex told us he wanted to set the record straight, saying,
“Straight off the bat I want to put a few things right. There is no such thing as a ‘rainbow agenda’, it’s called equal rights people.” – Alex
(I’ll zip through his comments and add my thoughts as we go.)
Biblically, there is no such thing as equal rights because the Bible is right, and sinners are wrong (yes, this includes Christians who don’t read their Bible and get their subjective morality wrong). God’s law is final, and God’s law says those who are wrong should do right.
In addition, we as a society, pragmatically reject those things which hurt us, physically and morally. Physically, homosexuality brings AIDS. This is very apparent reading the Fuse magazine. The whole magazine is only 50 pages long, yet around half the magazine features things on sexual health, physical health or domestic violence help:
- pg 6 of FUSE 48 magazine is an ad for the Canberra Walk-in Health Centre’s
- pg 9 has statistics on mental health bullying at the top of the page
- pg 10 is an ad for the Northside Community Service for homelessness, youth engagement, wellbeing services and so on
- 11 also gives us the crazy statistic, ‘half of black gay men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV.
- 13 is an ad for sexual health by the Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
- 16 is a mental health counselling ad
- 17-20 is an article on counselling
- 21 is a suicide prevention ad
- 22 is an ad for women’s health
- 26 is how to ‘have some fun at Mardi Gras’ by accessing the Strip Clinic which will test your sexual health
- 28 is an ad for after-hours HIV/STI checking
- 29 tells you to take the little blue ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis’ pill before having sex to stop HIV transmission
- 34 has two ads; domestic violence crisis service and a lesbian cervical screening ad
- 40 is an ad for PAP smears
- 42 is an ad by the AIDS Action Council to do with mental health treatment and HIV prevention
Therefore, for our wider society, SSP should be rejected on pragmatic grounds for it’s inherently overwhelming sexual and mental health problems.
“You can’t be made gay — or straight for that matter — we’re simply as we are.” – Alex
Despite a lot of research into the ‘homosexual gene’, none has been found. There is no homosexual gene:
The gene or genes in the Xq28 region that influence sexual orientation have a limited and variable impact. Not all of the gay men in Bailey’s study inherited the same Xq28 region. The genes were neither sufficient nor necessary, to make any of the men gay.
“As for claims that Safe Schools promotes queer sexuality, encourages cross-dressing and teaches students ‘gay techniques’ (whatever they are) — it’s not only absolute rubbish, it’s all about creating a culture of fear and confusion about the real facts.” – Alex
What is the truth? The SSP teaches:
- Teach girls to bind their chests so their breasts won’t develop
- Encourages students cross-dressing
- Teach kids gay and lesbian sexual techniques
- Encourage kids to use either boys’ or girls’ toilets
- Integrate gender theory and sexual themes across all subjects
Under pressure from the government, the SSP website has ‘occluded facts’ themselves and have taken down a lot of the above information (although it’s still in the curriculum). Their website is now more ‘parent-friendly’. It has removed the pictures of teenage lesbians holding hands and high school homosexuals in bright suits staring lovingly into each other’s eyes.
Therefore, I wouldn’t call all of this ‘lies’.
The Ugly: Things Alex Got Right
“I need to constantly remind myself that no matter how loud they are, they’re a very small minority within the broader Christian population.” – Alex
Yes, the broader ‘Christian’ population, such as the Uniting church, the wider Anglican churches and many in other apostate Christian churches, are pandering to every non-Christian’s morality in a bid to show non-Christians how ‘loving’ they really are. “They do this because, love the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Jn:12:43).
Unfortunately, this type of Christian love’ towards non-Christians, doesn’t extend itself to love for their brethren, as so-called Christians who give into outside pressure end up persecuting their brethren for being unloving. AW Tozer preached on this saying, “I have preached myself out of nearly every pulpit in North America.”
The Christians road is, indeed, narrow, lonely and often devoid of encouragement. Telling others that they’re sinners isn’t fun. Personally, I am afraid of persecution. Only I’m afraid of God more. That’s why I can’t stop saying what I say (I’m so glad I’ve got that miserable fellow, Jeremiah the prophet, as my example).
Things Alex Needs to Work on
Why do zealots go on about homosexuals so much when the Bible talks about other sins? Because homosexuality is the loudest and most flagrant sin in the Western world today. Therefore, it gets the most coverage from Christian zealots.
If a Christian doesn’t hold homosexuality to be a sin, they won’t call for the sinner’s repentance. And failing to warn others of their imminent peril, due to a lack of true love, means unrepentant sinners will be going to hell, thanks in part to ‘loving’ so-called Christians who are too lazy or unloving to warn them about hell.
When people are too lazy or unloving to stop their children touching a hotplate, we call that callous and condemn their actions. But, when someone’s soul is to perish in the far hotter flames of hell for eternity, these apostate Christians say, ‘Go, and may God be with you!’
So dear Alex, I was saved, by the grace of Jesus Christ, through His great mercy. You need to repent and be saved. God is gracious and opens the door to all sinners, of whom I am the greatest. I hope to see you in Heaven.
 < http://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2014/06/17/the-latest-in-scientific-research-there-is-no-gay-gene>. And http://www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/homosexuality-genetic-not-again/.