Homosexualism: a view held, not necessarily only by LGB people, but wider, by anyone who wants to promote the idea that 'homosexuality is a Good Thing - whether they are homosexual or not.
The following questions are an attempt to draw attention to a number issues that seem to be overlooked by homosexualists. Most seem to be 'elephants in the room'.
- On the style of debate:
- Has not homosexualism become a hegemony in the mainstream media? Such that it has cut out all contrary voices?
- Has this dominance in the arts and media been gained by good argument, or by shouting down any who oppose them? Has not shouting "Homophobic!", whenever anyone questions the homosexualist agenda, effectively silenced or sidelined all contrary views? [Note 1].
- Have we too readily labelled people 'gay', 'lesbian', when all they have is a closeness to someone of the same sex? Or they are going through the turbulence of adolescence? Should we not be allowed to have closeness to people of either sex without it being assumed to be sexual?
- Is the debate really over? Has the issue really been settled?
- Has the genetic basis for a homosexual disposition been proven? Is it not true that there is no sound overwhelming evidence for this? Is it not true that the evidence is still '50-50'? (For example, Niklas et al. find social factors more important than genetic.)
- Have we really taken all possible causes of same-sex attraction into account?
- Is it not over-simplified to say there are only two options, of moral choice versus natural unalterable inclination? Is there not also a third option, of responding to prevailing societal presupposition and cultural mindset?
- As a result, is there a huge 'spiral of silence' that doubts the validity of homosexuality, but is scared to admit so?
- On narrow focus and imbalance:
- Has too much emphasis been placed on sexuality, at the expense of other aspects of life and identity? [Note 2]
- Do all intimate relationships have to be seen as sexual? Can members of same sex not have a close affectionate relationship without it being labelled 'homosexual'?
- Is the homosexualist agenda implicitly a form of neo-colonialism?
- Is not the homosexualist agenda (as distinct from homosexuality itself) largely a Western affluent phenomenon that seeks to dominate non-Western cultures? [Note 3]
- Is that dominance without sensitivity?
- Does the Western view assume a superiority, which sees itself as progressive and the other cultures as backward? Is there not a danger of colonialism, presuming that Western 'progressive' ideas have an innate 'right' to domination over the non-Western ideas?
- Is it not surprising that only recently it was the progressives who proposed respect for non-Western cultures, and now these same 'progressives' are ignoring especially the African viewpoint, or are silent about those who do so? (Example: Jackie Kay, publicly poured scorn on Africans.)
Is it not time for proper exploration, analysis and debate to address these questions?
Note 1. An example of 'shouting'. On 2 July 2015 Nicky Morgan, the UK Government Secretary of State for Education, was being interviewed (BBC Radio 4 Today Programme) about how British schools could be asked to check for possible radicalisation by Islamists. She mentioned that "homophobia" might be an indication. The interviewer challenged her, suggesting that if a student says "I don't agree with homosexualty. I hate it." then they might be suspected of radicalisation. It seems that nobody these days is 'allowed' to have any belief other than "Homosexuality is a Good Thing." This is an example of 'shouting'.
Note 2. An example of narrow views. On 25 July 2015 President Obama of the USA was visiting Kenya. To the President of Kenya, He praised Kenya for various things, then criticised it for two things: corruption and its attitude to gay 'rights'. Why did Obama choose that issue, above all others, to mention? Why not climate change, for example? President Obama was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on 25 July 2015. Again, gay marriage was discussed, but not climate change.
Note 3. Three examples of Western homosexualist arrogance.
- Jackie Kay, lesbian poet, publicly sneered and laughed at Africans for their 'backward' views on homosexuality in February 2015; see 'An Evening With Jackie Kay'.
- On 25 July 2015 the President of the most powerful country was visiting the Kenyan President (see Note 2) and criticised Kenya for its attitude to gay 'rights', when he could have mentioned many other issues. The President of Kenya pointed out that this should not be forced on people who do not want it.
- The American Episcopal church has been trying to force gay priests and bishops on the Anglican Communion without sensitivity to the Africans. Is this hypocritical or just ironic, given that only a few short decades ago it was urging the North to take African culture seriously? It seems that its own interests trump those of Africa.
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Created: 25 April 2014.
Last updated: 5 July 2015 Replaced the original list with a more structured list of questions that separates out the issues. 7 July 2015 .end corrected. 25 July 2015 Obama narrowness and western arrogance. 26 July 2015 new form. 10 January 2016 'progressive' and African views, shortened ending. 19 February 2017 request dashes.