The Homophobic Agenda
secured a copy of "The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the
Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today" by Alan Sears and Craig
Osten, published in 2003 by Broadman & Holman Publishers, the fractured
publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. This 229-page book
is the most recent Southern Baptist attack against GLBT people that
builds an elaborate argument of misinformation and distortions in order
to attack discredit and destroy homosexual people.
The book begins with a misrepresentation
of the life and career of John
Paulk, the discredited "sexuality expert" employed by Focus on the
Family until he was caught cruising in a gay bar in Washington, DC. See
my web site material on John Paulk and my review of his work. The
entire book is made up of bogus research, fabricated statistics and
other "tricks of the trade" of homophobic "scholarship" and polemics.
The book claims that the homosexual agenda is primarily aimed at the
destruction of religion and the attempt to turn public opinion into hate
against anyone who opposes homosexuals. The book is based on fear and
inaccurate information that would be ludicrous if it were not being
taken seriously by so many millions of Southern Baptist leaders and
obedient church sheep!
Broadman Press for many years was the SBC organization that published
many of the best works by the various scholars and seminary and college
professors in Southern Baptist Institutions until the radical
fundamentalists took over the denomination in recent years. The name is
built on the name of Dr. John A. Broadus and Dr. Basil Manley, two of
the four founders of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Greenville, SC, in 1859, and now dishonors those two great men by using
their names in dishonest destructive scholarship and publications.
Broadman Press published the 12-volume "Broadman Bible Commentary"
beginning in 1969 written by the best seminary and college professors in
the SBC. Almost immediately, the convention attacked the commentary and
ordered the first volume to be withdrawn and rewritten from a
conservative point of view. Now the entire commentary has been
withdrawn from the Baptist Seminaries and other bookstores and is
unavailable anywhere for purchase.
One definition of "religious fanatics" is religious people who have lost
their sense of direction and redoubled their efforts! Southern Baptists
certainly now fit that definition.
The Fear Factor
Dictators always rule by means of fear. From ancient warlords, popes,
emperors, kings and conquerors to Hitler, Stalin and Saddam Hussein,
submissive people have been controlled and crushed by fear. Why are
informed Southern Baptists afraid to expose and end the regime of
ignorance and terror that grips and misuses this once great defender of
religious freedom and objective theological education?
I was present at the Southern Baptist Convention that voted to reject
the first volume of the Broadman Bible Commentary because a small group
of misinformed preachers was able to convince the messengers that the
first volume on Genesis was a threat to truth and to the will of God. I
saw most of the famous and respected leaders of the denomination go to
the podium and beg that people not to pass this destructive proposal.
But the people followed the fear factor, and the deed was done that set
into motion the downhill slide of the SBC ever since.
Homophobia is Fear
Recently several critics of my
web site have written to me to tell me that they were not homophobic because
they were not afraid of gay people
and did not know of anyone else who was afraid of gay people! I wrote
back to give the definition of "homophobia," a word that was invented in
1972 by Dr. George Weinberg in his book on "Society and the Healthy
Homosexual." Homophobia is not the fear of gay people but is the fear
of homosexuality in others and in one's self.
Popular mythology about homosexuals has become religious tradition in
our culture. Bringing objective factual information and logic into the
public mind is almost impossible. The homophobic mythologies are
perpetuated by religion and politics and a massive media attack against
GLBT people that is mind boggling both in its ignorance and its
The underlying false assumption
of the "The Homosexual Agenda" is the
notion that there is some kind of great homosexual organization that
represents all GLBT people and has worked out and promoted an agenda
that speaks for all of us! How absurd. We can hardly get together to
redecorate the house, have a decent pride parade or sustain a local GLBT
center much less a world-wide conspiracy to destroy straight people!
The Homophobic Agenda
The agenda of the homophobic organizations
and movements today is emerging with greater clarity every day. The first
homophobia is the use of fear based on distortions of the facts, the
invention of bogus statistics, citing discredited scholars and other "experts," misrepresenting
the truth about sexual orientation, and ignoring the position papers and statements
supporting homosexual rights
by all of the professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, legal
and educational associations in the United States.
"The Homosexual Agenda" book includes
15 full pages of footnotes and references to give the impression of careful
academic research, when in
fact; there is no objective reliable research at all in the book.
One basic principle of the homophobic agenda is the use of
misinformation and bogus statistics to try to convince people that
homophobia is sound reasonable thinking. It is not.
Religion is the primary tool of the homophobic agenda. The Bible is
cited as the absolute rule and requirement for right thinking about
everything, and the varieties of scholarly translations and
interpretations are completely ignored in favor of preaching and
posturing based on highly questionable distortions and fabrications of
The false teachings and lack of
academic credibility is never more
obvious than in the subtitle of the book "The Homosexual Agenda":
"Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today." The book
itself expresses the principal threat to religious freedom today! The
SBC and the homophobic agenda, not the "homosexual agenda," is the
principal threat to religious freedom today. Distortions and lies are
always a greater threat to freedom than the truth.
Homophobia and the Ex-gay Fraud
The "ex-gay" industry has become the primary everyday tool of the
homophobic agenda. The Southern Baptist Convention and the growing rash
of family research and protection organizations promote and even demand
that the bogus claims of the "ex-gay" industry be accepted as fact and
supported with financial contributions and a daily supply of living
victims to be sacrificed to this modern version of the worship of Moloch
in biblical times.
Homophobia as Idolatry
Whenever anything other than God is made absolute, the result is
idolatry. The homophobic
agenda demands blind obedience to ignorance and misinformation that
replaces God with human error and the Holy Spirit with misguided human
opinions. The real Jesus is replaced with a fake Christ who goes along
with homophobia just as obediently as the Pharisees and Hypocrites at
the time of Jesus went along with idolatrous legalisms that were
destroying the people in the name of God. As always, read Matthew 23 to
see again what Jesus had to say about this powerful abusive form of
The homophobic religious establishment
led by the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormons
and various "save the
family and marriage" sects like Focus on the Family and Family Research
Council along with individuals like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Lou
Shelton spew a constant stream of the lies and distortions of the
homophobic agenda into every level of American culture. The homophobic
virus is infecting everybody within reach.
Professional sports, local state and national governments, arts and
entertainment, publishing, broadcast news and the educational system all
are being infected with the homophobic agenda that contaminates the very
air we breathe. GLBT people are not immune. The growing presence of
internal and horizontal homophobia within our own community and even in
many personal relationships is a seeping poison that quickly becomes a
rising flood of homophobic filth.
The extent of the anti-GLBT onslaught
of the Homophobic Agenda is seen in the fact that Google lists 126,000 web
sites related to the "Homosexual Agenda"!
Paul saw the devastating results
of legalistic judgmental religion that defines itself by who is left out.
In Philippians 3:8, Paul used the
Greek term "skubala" to describe his former abusive destructive
exclusive legalism. Skubala is a rare word, used only in Philippians
3:8 in the New Testament. (KJV translates it "dung" and others
translate it rubbish, refuse, etc.) The word means "excrement" either
animal or human. It is a very strong word!
If Paul were walking in the barnyard,
he would say, "Watch out! Don't
step in that pile of skubala! (I checked out skubala in Arndt &
Gingrich; in Moulton & Milligan and in Kittel and they all supported
this understanding of the word. No modern biblical translation
correctly renders this word for "B.S." accurately!
Homophobia Denies Jesus
"Perfect love casts out fear." "The love of God has been poured out in
your hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to you." You do not
need to be afraid anymore.
The churches have always ruled their people on the basis of fear. Fear
of burning forever in hell, fear of falling into the crushing hands of
an angry God, fear of dying unforgiven for your sins, and fear of who
you yourself really are all make up parts of the arsenal of fear based
control exercised by churches.
Recognize the homophobic agenda for what it really is: a blatant denial
of Jesus and the mind of God that homophobic people pretend to proclaim
and protect. Homophobia is a disease that must be resisted at all
cost. Homophobia is the virus that kills far more GLBT people than AIDS
or any other human illness.
Become informed. Know the facts.
Challenge homophobia at its ignorant lying roots. Resist the lies that try
to convince you that your sexual
orientation is a mistake and that you are some kind of "abomination of
God" because ignorant preachers say you are!
This is not a new problem. The last book written in the New Testament
was probably 2 Peter, which concludes with the following statement in 2
Peter 3:15-18, after reflecting on how the writings of Paul were already
being misunderstood and distorted:
"Regard the patience of our Lord to be liberation (salvation) just as
also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote
to you, as in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in
which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught (ignorant)
and unstable distort ("twist" "torture" "torment") as they do also the
rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
You therefore, beloved, knowing
this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of
unprincipled people, you fall from
your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ, to Him is the glory, both now and to the day of
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