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Enough with the Gay Mania: How about a little old-fashioned privacy for sexuality of all stripes?
National Review ^ | 02/24/2014 | Quin Hillyer

Posted on 02/24/2014 9:01:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind

It’s one thing to be tolerant of what once were known as “alternative lifestyles.” It’s another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do. And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth on any sort of sex life — perhaps apart from self-restraint — as if it’s a form of heroism.

Yet the culture of the professional Left, enthusiastically aided by the establishment media, is going bonkers in pushing active homosexuality (or any one of several exotic variants thereof) as an absolute virtue. One can hardly turn around these days without facing, in fiction or in real life, what amounts to homosexual chic. From the amount of primetime air time afforded to gay Americans, one would think they constitute at least a large minority of the population, rather than the 3 to 5 percent they actually do.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” as Seinfeld wisdom had it. Most Americans assuredly don’t much care what other people do as long, as the saying goes, as they “don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses.” And if the Bible tells us it’s a sin, well, we can leave that issue between the putative sinner and a God famous for both judgment and mercy. Our job, speaking spiritually rather than physically, is to love our neighbor, not from some misguided impulse to charity but instead genuinely, as equals — and to worry about not committing our own particular brands of transgression.

Still. Enough already with the in-our-faceness from the homosexual activists and their aggressively enthusiastic cheerleaders. It’s not enough, apparently, that they appropriated the perfectly wonderful word “gay” so that its original meaning is lost to the ages. It’s not enough that what many once considered wrong or unmentionable is now largely accepted and broadly discussed in polite society. It’s not enough that people now provide homosexuals the privacy that should respectfully be afforded every law-abiding adult. Instead, homosexuality has become a cause célèbre, and those whose faith calls for forbearance from material, ardent support of its practice are themselves bullied and have become the target of discrimination.

So we see football player Michael Sam’s furthering the cause at the NFL combine by wearing a gay-pride button that read “Stand with Sam.” And we see that as a result of his coming-out, he reaps financial benefits in clear excess of what his expected draft status would warrant. Despite being projected as merely a fourth- or fifth-round pick, Sam topped sportscasts nationwide last weekend while projected first-round picks were entirely ignored.

If Sam, whose demeanor and public statements in the past month have been nearly exemplary, will continue to let his football skill speak for itself, for good or ill, then more power to him. But the real test of his character will be how he reacts if he is drafted in a lower round than he wants (or goes undrafted at all), or if he doesn’t make the final cut for the pro-football season. Would he blame it all on discrimination against his homosexuality (as if NFL teams would actually deny themselves the services of a player who could help them on the field)? Or, worse yet, would he decide to press a civil-rights lawsuit?

One hopes he proves that he belongs in the league — or, if he doesn’t, that he doesn’t make a spectacle of his failure no matter how many leftists might scream for Eric Holder’s minions to file a grievance against the NFL. In today’s gay-friendly environment, Michael Sam is portrayed as a hero for announcing his sexual orientation, but he will be a true hero only if he continues to go about his business, come what may, with understated dignity and old-fashioned professionalism.

Alas, that’s not what we have seen from the garish spectacle of figure-skating announcer Johnny Weir. His antics are appalling. The problem is not that he’s homosexual; it’s that he advertises his sexuality to the extent that it makes him (his choice of makeup, jewelry, and extravagant dresses or furs) more of a story than the athletes he is supposed to cover.

For comparison, imagine if sportscaster Erin Andrews reported from the basketball or football sidelines in a bikini. She would rightly be criticized from coast to coast for a lack of professionalism and for playing into sexual stereotypes to the detriment of the games she was covering. (Of course, Andrews does nothing of the sort, instead dressing appropriately and reporting and asking questions with skill and aplomb.) Yet Weir draws fawning media coverage for his sequins and earrings, even though his attention-grabbing behavior would be seen as unprofessional in other arenas of sports coverage, and as validating the worst stereotypes about gay men.

Frankly, male figure skaters should be mighty irked with Weir for validating the image of their sport as one populated by effeminate men. And gay men should be equally annoyed that Weir furthers the stereotype that male homosexuals are flamingly feminine.

Michael Sam and Johnny Weir are not the only homosexuals to benefit from the media’s adoring coverage. The latest flash point in the gay-rights legal wars involves refusals by photographers and cake makers to provide their services for same-sex marriages. Can anyone doubt that the Left would rush to the defense of a Muslim photographer who refused to take pictures at a Jewish wedding, or a Muslim caterer who refused to serve pork? But let the person claiming victimhood be homosexual, and religious freedom is suddenly disposable.

Millions of LGBT citizens doubtless are content to go about their lives with modesty and in private — not “closeted,” mind you, merely in privacy, as most things sexual should be. But the activists and media chorus won’t let them. The Missouri defensive lineman, for example, may ask at the combine to be treated “as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player,” but the media will no doubt continue pegging him as the latter. If it weren’t for the fetishistic politicization of homosexuality, the underlying societal problem would be more obvious: At base, the problem isn’t homosexuality, but public sexuality. There was a time, a better time, when the sex lives of strangers were nobody’s business. It is a coarser society, and one where interpersonal respect is seriously diminished, when so many people broadcast who is having what sorts of intercourse with whom.

None of us needs to hear Jane Fonda talk about Ted Turner’s prowess in bed, as Fonda did in an interview a few years ago. No one needs to read Shirley Jones’s disclosures, detailed in her recent memoir, about threesomes with her former husband or about how much her current husband enjoys her, uh, upper assets. And if one more trampy poptart wants to sex up the stage and airwaves, following in the very-well-worn path of Madonna, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Miley Cyrus, she will be about the 20th pop star too many to do so. Likewise with the raunch of urban rappers and their imitators. Isn’t it all getting mind-numbingly predictable by now?

Whether homosexual or “straight,” on TV and Facebook and Twitter and in loud conversations at fast-food restaurants, it sometimes seems as if almost everybody these days is dangerously frightening the horses. It’s time to stop the stampede.

— Quin Hillyer is a contributing editor of National Review.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturewar; gay; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; sexpositiveagenda; smashthepatriarchy; smashthestate

1 posted on 02/24/2014 9:01:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Enough with the Gay Mania: How about a little old-fashioned privacy for sexuality of all stripes?

I support this idea entirely.
2 posted on 02/24/2014 9:03:51 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Huzzah!

Earth to gays...we don’t give a flying smelly Obama what you poke into what. STFU, get a room, and get a life.

And no, two married gays are in NO WAY EQUAL to a real couple.

Sorry, but that’s the twuth.


3 posted on 02/24/2014 9:04:58 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
To libs..respect means to keep in the closet.
To the REST of normal human thinking it means respect..PERIOD.
4 posted on 02/24/2014 9:07:35 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: SeekAndFind
Exactly. Excellent point.

I don't go around yelling what kind of “relations” I have with my wife. It is private!

Nor do I want to hear the same from anyone else including other heterosexuals. Nor, I am betting that no one else cares to know.

Except, for some reason, gays are paraded around like it is some major event, like the 4th of July, when they come out of the closet.

A little tid bit for gays: keep quiet about your private lives and a lot less people will care.

5 posted on 02/24/2014 9:13:19 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: SeekAndFind

Privacy also means discretion...

In that you don’t wear bondage gear in public, strait or gay or even in a parade...


6 posted on 02/24/2014 9:14:18 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

Gays want and crave public approval and affirmation of their lifestyle.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 9:21:46 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Gays Liberals want and crave public approval and affirmation of their [the gay] lifestyle.
8 posted on 02/24/2014 9:28:48 AM PST by mbarker12474
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny thing about this whole uproar.

Back when blacks were pushing for equality, it would have been considered pretty classless for a black dentist to put a sign in the window saying “BLACK Dentist!!”

Same with the womens movement. They achieved (pretty much) equality without having to advertise it, yes, they did whine, but hey, they’re women!

This whole concept of “I’m a GAY basketball player” or “I’m a GAY garbageman” or “I’m a GAY guy who thinks his crotch is the most important thing in the universe...” well, it’s just pandering. It’s “bathroom employment”.

I would not go to one.
They are obviously more interested in their sex than their occupation.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 9:31:09 AM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: dhs12345

Analyze LGBT in light of left wing politics. L, lots of votes for the Democrats. G, more votes,B, some more votes, and finally,T, more votes, but I suspect not many more.

Now, lets look at why we lose. We can’t even support republicans.


10 posted on 02/24/2014 9:31:27 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I believe, I truly believe, that it’s because most or all of them KNOW IT IS WRONG.

What kid hasn’t watched the birds or the bees? They can see the natural way.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 9:33:28 AM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: SeekAndFind

amen


12 posted on 02/24/2014 9:36:27 AM PST by skyman
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To: SeekAndFind
It isn't actually so much about homosexuality as it is about finding something that shocks and offends their "oppressive" political opponents. The majority of the people pushing this aren't gay or lesbian or anything other than aggressive against the people they think are the "other side".

Toleration isn't the answer. Minding one's own business won't satisfy them. This is war, cultural war, and they're looking to outrage.

13 posted on 02/24/2014 9:37:28 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: billhilly

Ya. So you are suggesting that it is partly propaganda to get votes for the Democrat party? No, you are kidding. /sarc. :)

Sounds sort of like racism and the war on women and so on.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 9:37:56 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: SeekAndFind
Not going to happen. Those people don't have any shame. They have set themselves a purpose of flaunting perversion in front of the rest of us.

You're asking them to have decency, shame or at the very least modesty. That's the very thing they are rebelling against.

Until there are real penalties for flaunting your perversion, it will continue to get worse.

15 posted on 02/24/2014 9:46:35 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: arderkrag; SeekAndFind

Everyone is born with sex organs just like they are born with teeth and a nose and a stomach and intestines and eyes, etc.. I don’t need to know what one does with his/her eyes or nose or teeth or stomach or sex organs.

Homosexuals, however, seem to want to show their sex organs to everyone. Their parades show almost nude or nude bodies and grotesque make up, etc.. Their obsession with their bodies reflects an unsettled mind, an inability to live a private life as the vast majority of “straight” people do.

One time I saw a reporter’s report about the section of San Francisco where anyone could go nude at any time and there were the pictures and film of nude men on the streets, at bus stops, and in restaurants. It appeared there were only nude men on those streets and in those cafes - no nude women. The restaurants in that area had “seat covers” to put on chairs so the nude men’s buttocks were not directly on the chair seats and when a man left, the cover was changed and a new cover put on.

Okay, so they were nude, showing their sex equipment to everyone. I think they don’t know that everyone has those particular items on their bodies so theirs is not special.

I think those men didn’t master potty training. :o)


16 posted on 02/24/2014 9:58:20 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: All

I think they mean the “Gaystapo”.


17 posted on 02/24/2014 10:11:36 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: dhs12345

If bank robbers decided to come out in force supporting Democrats, there would be an overnight effort to make Bank Robbers good guys.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 10:11:49 AM PST by billhilly
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To: SeekAndFind

Good article.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 10:14:37 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

...because of profound guilt. They know they’re going to hell, but they hope that if everybody is forced to say how great they are, it makes them feel better about themselves.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 10:16:22 AM PST by afsnco
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To: billhilly

Ya. Where is the integrity. I wonder if they’d sell their children into slavery if it would win them votes.

They thrive on discontentment. Kind of evil when you think about it.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 10:20:08 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: SeekAndFind

It is intentional (Madsen/Kirk marketing of Evil) to normalize and sexualize children. The concept destroys normal sexual identity formation of children and reduces sex to a meaningless, animal act.

Privacy and intimacy is what elevates sex acts above animal acts. Our toxic culture is to destroy the Virtue in children-—to flip Good and Evil and to corrupt and warp their perceptions of their bodies and biology and Truth.

The kids exposed to the ideas will be like the little harem boys of Afghanistan. They will think unnatural, dehumanizing acts are “normal” and most people take “Pride” in it.


22 posted on 02/24/2014 10:46:49 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was working for the local phone company many years ago, my boss’s name was “Gaye.” I wonder if she still goes by that.


23 posted on 02/24/2014 11:02:41 AM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmqNiFJyI28

I was watching vintage videos on youtube the other day and this one popped up. “1950’s Education on Homosexuals.” How far we’ve devolved from a civilized society.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 11:07:53 AM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: dhs12345

I wish all straight professional athletes would call a press conference concerning their sexual preference then announce they’re all straight.


25 posted on 02/24/2014 11:13:37 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: arderkrag

I don’t care which type “animal” those crazies want to have sex with, just don’t force me to accept it.


26 posted on 02/24/2014 11:21:25 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: VerySadAmerican

Exactly. That would confuse them.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 11:49:23 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: arderkrag

Thank God. A voice of reason speaking my thoughts. keep that crap out of my face..otherwise, whatever...just leave my child out of it.


28 posted on 02/24/2014 11:56:46 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Da Coyote
Earth to gays...we don’t give a flying smelly Obama what you poke into what. STFU, get a room, and get a life.

Well, that's it, isn't it.

Important to remember that that the "gay" agenda is just the same old left agenda. Just a different target group.

29 posted on 02/24/2014 4:52:46 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. We need to reclaim the word “gay” and restore it to its former meaning. We should stop using it to refer to faggots. Most queers are the most un-gay people you will ever meet (typical lib false packaging, sort of like you-can-keep-your-plan).
2. They aren’t going back in the closet until Jesus comes back and puts them in the eternal closet. They wouldn’t push it in our faces if it wasn’t working to some degree. They have the political machine of 1 major party behind them, and they dominate the mass-market entertainment industry, so they have clout and visibility. They are not, however, winning many hearts and minds. As Phil Robertson has shown, remind those sympathetic to the homo agenda of just how destructive to the body the act of homo sex is - it is clearly an unnatural act not supported by creation or evolution and results in unique damage to the body.
3. Inoculate your children against homo propaganda. Our children are the main target - they have no use for an old fud like me. Remember that they are doing it mainly to recruit fresh meat. I teach youth Sunday School at my church, and I make sure that every class hears the truth.
4. Remember that, at its heart, the homo movement is just another satanic attack on God and His people. Satan delights in dragging another child down into the homo pit. If I understand scripture correctly, angels are supposed to be sexless....but you have to wonder about this guy - sexual sins are his strongest lures. The Bible’s clear teaching about the sinfulness of homo acts is the best antidote.


30 posted on 02/24/2014 7:23:56 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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