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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Gay History?

A recent conversation with a friend had me thinking - some would say dangerous - and then I did a little digging. The subject at hand was the latest law passed in California, a State which some say is bankrupt and struggling to provide proper education among other things. The law requires schools to teach children in their first years a subject called "Gay History" and aims to ensure that children "learn that some folk have different sexual attractions." OK, but this is also a State which has outlawed any religious education, prayers in schools or any form of religious activity and celebration. So now we have an attempt to teach children about a life style at an age they haven't even discovered much more about sex than that boys and girls have different 'rude' bits ...

I find it interesting that the label "Homosexual" is a 20th Century invention, and the highjacking of the word "Gay" to mean someone of a different sexual orientation is less than 40 years old. Prior to these labels being applied, these different sexual preferences existed and there was certainly discrimination (You could get hung in Britain for "Sodomy."). The wheel has now swung, in my humble opinion, to far the other way. Instead of simply promoting acceptance that some folk are simply "other gendered" and allowing them to live quietly in their own way, the legislators have almost made it compulsory for us all to be "Gay." There are plenty of examples in history - the Spartan society partnered boys with men in Gymnasia and did the same with the girls, partnering girls with women in the female version of the 'Gymnasia.'. Contemporary accounts tell of how many young men when "married" at the appropriate age, failed to have any sort of relationship with their "wives" and continued to live in relationships with their "friends."

While they all attack "religion" - shorthand for "Christianity" - as bigoted or restrictive of choice, they fail to recognise that the great atheists, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao etc, were even more intolerant and sent anyone suspected (You didn't have to prove it!) of being "homosexual" to their death camps. All Muslim countries still have death sentences for homosexual behaviour, yet there are as many men and women there of that persuasion as in the west. In fact, most of these societies still practice "mentoring" - a form of pedophilia - where a man may take a younger boy as a "companion" ...

Historically "same sex love" has been with us from the beginning of time. All tribal cultures have it, all the ancient civilisations allowed it and the Biblical injunctions against sexual activity are actually aimed at the "fertility" rites practiced in Pagan Temples. The Ancient Greeks fully accepted the practice of men joining in "union" and even encouraged it. Men often took teenage boys as lovers and it was accepted. Only really since the Reformation has there been this absolute and outright antipathy toward "different" sexual orientation, yet, even in Europe, one finds it being openly accepted right up to the advent of the 19th Century...

I believe that sexual orientation is genetic and probably influenced in the womb. I do not believe it is a "lifestyle" choice by the individual. I also believe that the efforts to legislate against all forms of discrimination are ultimately creating greater problems than the ones they are supposedly solving. Like you I think the dumbing down of education will come back to bite and bite hard in a few more years.

I have lived my life according to the principle of allowing other folk to live and let live. A pity others cannot accept that we could do the same if they just stopped meddling. Considering the concern these same people generally claim for the prevention of child abuse - this sort of law is almost the opposite in that it comes close to inviting the child to seek to be abused. Assuming, of course, that the mere fact that it is blatant indoctination isn't in itself child abuse as is so often claimed about teaching your child about your faith ...

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