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Homosexual Activists Shamelessly Exploit Teen Suicides

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DATE: October 6, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lynchburg, VA – Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel, released the following statement today on the series of recent highly publicized suicides committed by allegedly “gay” identified teenagers:

“Anyone with a heart grieves deeply over these needless suicides. Taking one’s own life is never the right choice. There are thousands of teen suicides each year. Some kids just don’t seem to understand the permanence of it, or how it destroys the lives of those they leave behind.

“We all agree: harassment and bullying of children should always be dealt with immediately and firmly. And if laws are broken, offenders should be prosecuted – period. This is true whether kids are targeted because they’re perceived to be homosexual, conservative, Christian or for any other reason.

“Unfortunately – though not surprisingly – extremist ‘gay’ pressure groups, like the incongruously named ‘Human Rights Campaign,’ Ellen DeGeneres and other liberal activists are shamelessly exploiting these tragedies as a means to achieve their own selfish political ends.

Ellen DeGeneres (Photo credit: Alan Light)

“In a recent statement, Ms. DeGeneres said: ‘There are messages everywhere that validate this sort of bullying and taunting and we need to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kids life.’

“Indeed, actual bullying and taunting must not be tolerated. But what ‘messages’ is Ms. DeGeneres referring to, and how do ‘we…make [them] stop?’ I’ll translate from liberalese to plain English. What Ellen meant was this: ‘Public defense of God’s express, self-evident and unequivocal design for human sexuality must be stopped under force of law. Proponents of the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic are murdering ‘gay’ kids with their words.’

“Not only is this propagandist line of reasoning disingenuous, offensive and Orwellian, it’s utter nonsense.

“Joe Solmonese, president of HRC, took it a step further, directly blaming for these suicides Christians and the Mormon Church. To him, opposition to so-called ‘same-sex marriage,’ and defense of biblical sexual morality are the culprits: ‘Words have consequences,’ said Solmonese, ‘particularly when they come from a faith leader. This is exactly the kind of statement that can lead some kids to bully and others to commit suicide.’

“As Rahm Emanuel famously said: ‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste. [I]t’s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.’ It makes me physically ill to watch as the HRC and other ‘gay’ militants lick their chops and rub their hands together over the tragic suicides of these troubled, sexually confused young men,” continued Barber. “Before they were even laid to rest, the radical homosexual lobby pounced leveraging these suicides to demand that government codify each of their extremist, social engineering demands. This is political exploitation at its slimiest and it pours salt on the wounds of loved ones.

“God’s message to young people struggling with same-sex temptation or to those who feel the shame that naturally accompanies sexual sin is that suicide is never the way out. But there is a way out. It comes first through belief in Jesus Christ, and then through confession of sin; finally, repentance. As Jesus said to the repentant sexual sinner at the well, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’

“The families of these precious young people should know that Christians around the country are praying for them and will continue to pray for them in their time of loss. Scripture says ‘blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’

“But Christians are also praying that these wicked and callous political vultures who seek to exploit these suicides become confounded and fail fantastically. Their mission is not one of ‘tolerance’ or ‘diversity.’ Quite the opposite: Their goal is to fan flames of anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination, evangelizing on behalf of their own perverted god: moral relativism. We simply won’t let them get away with it,” concluded Barber.


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17 Responses to “Homosexual Activists Shamelessly Exploit Teen Suicides”

  1. The implication is that most or many of these suicides could be prevented if Americans were only more “tolerant.” It is only the hostility, bigotry and ignorance of “homophobes” that causes these children to despair and resort to taking their own lives. That’s what the homosexuals and their apologists would have us believe.

    A report from 2007 exposes that lie. “San Francisco Has Highest Youth Suicide Rate” (link below) reported the suicide rate among youth ages 15-24 to be 30% higher in San Francisco than in California generally. I think we could probably agree that San Francisco is arguably the most gay-friendly city in America so, presumably, intolerance of homosexuals very low compared to most other cities.

    The rate of suicide among gay youth is four to six times that of their peers. That too has been blamed on “family rejection” and intolerance, but, again,the statistics just don’t bear that out. Statistics consistently show that gay teen suicide rates are actually higher in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and New York, where we might presume people are more “open-minded” and tolerant.

    The facts appear to me to be obvious. Homosexuality is a perversion that is often a manifestation of other mental health issues. I also believe that God puts in all of us a basic moral code that causes us to suffer depression and guilt when we violate it. No amount of tolerance or gay-friendly education and support will ever completely relieve that guilt.

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=5647416
    http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=features&sc3=&id=87924

  2. Bingo. The deep inner pain & confusion that homosexual-identified people feel is due to what’s inside them, not so much due to persecution or lack of acceptance. They are inwardly conflicted because they are driven to do things that, deep inside, they know are not acceptable. Far too many try to resolve the conflict by attacking the conscience instead of working toward stopping the behavior.

  3. I’m reminded of a commentator on a Southern Baptist website who wrote, “I can’t reconcile how someone could feel he or she was born with strong homosexual feelings, love Christ and yet take on the limitations of what seem to me to be straightforward biblical teachings. That’s agonizing, and I don’t really understand it.”

    And this is the weird thing: “Straighforward biblical teachings” should at least be understandable to the average person. So often I hear it said, “OUR ways are not GOD’s ways,” as if God was some sort of inscrutable alien being.

    Consider The Golden Rule: We do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Put all the religious dogma and ritual aside, and this is what our laws boil down to. We don’t lie or bear false witness because we won’t want people to lie to us. We don’t steal from other people because we do not want people stealing from us. We don’t betray the trust of our spouses because we wouldn’t want them doing the same to us. Same goes for killing and a variety of other “bad” behaviors.

    And yet somehow there seems to be this sheepish adherence to a double standard for Gay and Straight people. If you’re Straight, it’s all so wonderful to be able to find a compatible person of the opposite sex, court and get engaged and marry and live happily ever after. But if you’re Gay, all of that is completely out of the question. Don’t even bother trying to find a compatible person. Lesbians and Gay men are precluded from any hope for romance or commitment. Gay people are simply told: “Gosh, sorry about that. You make us uncomfortable; acknowledging your existence means we might have to revise what we’ve been teaching all these years – meaning, Whoops! No infallible Magisterium or “literal” Bible … so you’ll just have to sacrifice your life and any hope of finding somebody to love. Tough luck, kid. God said it, I don’t necessarily understand it, but there it is.”

    I wish more social conservatives and evangelical Christians would at least TRY to wrap their minds around why this makes so little sense to Gay people, and why constant exposure to this sort of disdain is exactly WHY so many Gay young people end up taking their own lives.

  4. I’m reminded of a commentator on a Southern Baptist website who wrote, “I can’t reconcile how someone could feel he or she was born with strong homosexual feelings, love Christ and yet take on the limitations of what seem to me to be straightforward biblical teachings. That’s agonizing, and I don’t really understand it.”

    And this is the weird thing: “Straighforward biblical teachings” should at least be understandable to the average person. So often I hear it said, “OUR ways are not GOD’s ways,” as if God was some sort of inscrutable alien being.

    Consider The Golden Rule: We do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Put all the religious dogma and ritual aside, and this is what our laws boil down to. We don’t lie or bear false witness because we won’t want people to lie to us. We don’t steal from other people because we do not want people stealing from us. We don’t betray the trust of our spouses because we wouldn’t want them doing the same to us. Same goes for killing and a variety of other “bad” behaviors.

    And yet somehow there seems to be this sheepish adherence to a double standard for Gay and Straight people. If you’re Straight, it’s all so wonderful to be able to find a compatible person of the opposite sex, court and get engaged and marry and live happily ever after. But if you’re Gay, all of that is completely out of the question. Don’t even bother trying to find a compatible person. Lesbians and Gay men are precluded from any hope for romance or commitment. Gay people are simply told: “Gosh, sorry about that. You make us uncomfortable; acknowledging your existence means we might have to revise what we’ve been teaching all these years – meaning, Whoops! No infallible Magisterium or “literal” Bible … so you’ll just have to sacrifice your life and any hope of finding somebody to love. Tough luck, kid. God said it, I don’t necessarily understand it, but there it is.”

    I wish more social conservatives and evangelical Christians would at least TRY to wrap their minds around why this makes so little sense to Gay people, and why constant exposure to this sort of disdain is exactly WHY so many Gay young people end up taking their own lives.

  5. Thanks for your reasoned approach, although I disagree with much of it. Consider the contrasting enviroments and how different being “gay” is today as opposed to several decades ago, when it was much more taboo and dangerous for someone to be “proud” of their condition, especially before the APA gave it their dubious seal of approval. Do you think that suicides were more prevalent then than they are now among homosexual youth, being overwhelmingly pressured to keep their sexual desires to themselves? I would contend that they were not. So, as the homo-lobby likes to say, “self loathing,” “internalized ‘homophobia’,” and “living a lie” are not the evil boogiemen that the homo-activists make them out to be.

    But isn’t is revealing – horrifically so – that in the most “open” era homosexuals have ever experience to date, these youth are finding LESS hope for living? Living their desires to the hilt seems to be the unloosed demon that is destroying them.

    Dr. Theo is right. The locales most “open” to the expression of homosexuality are no more affirming of life, at least not that most elusive element that we all crave, than the more reasoned environment of caution and heeding the voice of ancient morality.

  6. Having worked several years in law enforcement (not to mention plain ole’ life experience) has shown me countless examples of people who live contrary to the dictates of conscience…and end up in a downward spiral of depression and often substance abuse and suicide attempts.

    Having spent several years doing just that myself (living contrary to the dictates of conscience), I also lived that downward spiral, getting so depressed I used to knock half to two-thirds of a fifth of vodka every night.

    We can run from our conscience, we can dull it, we can muffle it…but only an extreme minority (thank God) ever manage to completely get away from it. These people usually end up sociopaths or worse–and even then, I’m not sure they are completely beyond the pull of conscience.

    Engaging in sexual behavior that is contrary to biology and morality takes a mental and emotional toll, just like any habitual immoral behavior. No amount of “tolerance” from society will ever change that.

  7. “The Golden Rule” is what you call “religious dogma.” Ironically, people who are strongly inclined to commit immoral acts that are contrary to what God tells is is good and right often adopt a “pick and choose” approach to God’s truth: “I’ll take the ‘Golden Rule’ package, but leave the ‘Sexual Morality’ package on the shelf; I’m not interested.”

    God’s truth doesn’t work that way; it isn’t optional, and it isn’t a pick-and-choose proposition. If you truly accept God’s knowledge and authority, you accept it all, not just the parts that allow you to continue doing what God has said is bad.

    God made it clear in both Old and New Testaments that he created human beings male and female, with different but complimentary roles. Our dispositions and our very bodies provide clear testimony of how males and females are to come together in marriage and function in a complimentary fashion–including sexually. That same biology also provides the negative testimony that two male bodies or two female bodies have nothing with which to compliment each other or join together; it makes no more sense than trying to build a bathroom with all male or all female plumbing parts.

    We all have deviant dispositions toward sinful behavior. For some of us, it’s habitual lying, for others it’s gossip, for others it’s substance abuse…and for still others it’s an attraction to the same sex. But we all have the same obligation to resist those temptations and choose obedience to God’s standard. Only in obedience to our Creator’s design can we find peace.

  8. Pure sophistry, Polish Bear. The Golden Rule originated in the Code of Hammurabi and is reiterated in the Bible but I don’t think we can apply it in every case. If I desire something evil or immoral I don’t think there is a Christian imperative to inflict it on others.

    Mr. Ellis has made this point often that marriage, by definition and in practice, throughout human history has been between one man and one woman (we can deal with polygamy later). It is neither sheepish nor a double standard. No one is stopping two people from forming whatever relationship they like and living their lives “happily ever after,” but unless it involves a man and a woman it is not a marriage.

    “Pedophiles and child molesters are precluded from any hope for romance or commitment. NAMBLA folks are simply told: “Gosh, sorry about that. You make us uncomfortable; acknowledging your existence means we might have to revise what we’ve been teaching all these years – meaning, Whoops! No infallible Magisterium or “literal” Bible … so you’ll just have to sacrifice your life and any hope of finding somebody to love. Tough luck, kid. God said it, I don’t necessarily understand it, but there it is.”

    See how changing only a couple of words makes you sound like an amoral thoughtless creep. Perversion is perversion and accomodating it does not make it right.

    There is no research to support your assertion that the horrendous rate of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors such as violence and drug abuse has anything to do with society’s condemnation of homosexual practices.

  9. Child molesters can marry their minor victims? News to me.

  10. Or do you mean legally married to someone besides their victims? Either way, Dr. Theo’s point has been made and you haven’t countered it.

  11. “pedophiles and child molesters (which are the same thing, BTW)”
    Thanks for the clarification. I am not an expert on the nuances of sexual perversions.

  12. Unfortunately… adults can marry minors in many U.S. states. Here’s the statutory law from my state:

    “A defendant is guilty of a Class B1 felony if the defendant engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with another person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old and the defendant is at least six years older than the person, EXCEPT WHEN THE DEFENDANT IS LAWFULLY MARRIED TO THE PERSON.”

    Now, where do you suppose some folks and lawmakers get the idea that it’s completely appropriate for a grown man to have sex with a child as soon as she reaches puberty just so long as he’s married to her…? Where might some grown men get the notion that they can “pluck the Lord’s harvest” as soon as a child develops breasts and pubic hair…?

    Clearly, historical and Biblical practices and concepts regarding marriage and age of consent are not the best gauges for how we should view these issues today.

  13. The operative phrase in your accusation is, “EXCEPT WHEN THE DEFENDANT IS LAWFULLY MARRIED TO THE PERSON.” Marriage presupposes many foundational facts and safeguards: the emotional maturity and ability to understand a marriage commitment to some degree; consent of legal parents or guardians; the consent of all persons involved; the societal expectations of the institution of marriage to permanently protect and nuture the woman; etc. A child molester isn’t interested in, or is able to make real, any of these conditions, all he/she wants is to get his jollies and leave.

    Is it possible to draw a more stark black and white contrast of what you attempt ot compare?

  14. I learned from an LA Times article about Seth Walsh’s suicide that there were many other factors in the life of Seth that the homo-activists are deflecting from their focus on “bullying” because it would lessen the impact of their argument.

    Apparently, Seth was one of four siblings from three(!!) different fathers who were seldom around, living with their single mother who is largely absent from the family, working long hours as a hairdresser. I know from experience, both mine and that of several friends, that a distraught home life is every bit as destructive as outside bullying. After all, you can eventually get away from bullies, but you always have to go home.

    That many in society shower so much honor and praise on intentional single motherhood is, I believe, one of the single most destructive factors in the nihilistic attitude of the past few generations.

  15. You’re absolutely right.

  16. Here is an absolutely chilling quote from the Boston publication you posted, Doc:

    “Linda Goldman, author of ‘Coming Out, Coming In: Nurturing the Well-Being and Inclusion of Gay Youth in Mainstream Society’, advocates for educating children when they’re very young [emphasis added], about five or six. It’s then, she says, that ‘they are learning that everyone needs to be respected–not when kids are 12 or 13.’ Before adolescence is the time, she says, to target them with the message that ‘everyone is unique and different and no one rally fits perfectly to society’s stereotyping of what boys and girls should say, do, or wear.'”

    Five- or six-year-olds being subjected to this stuff?!

    This completely blows away the ‘promises’ made by the homo-anarchists that they won’t teach children about homosexuality in school.

  17. Thanks for the folow-up, oldspouse. This shines a different light on the matter. Of course, the homo-activist will try to minimize his dysfunctional upbringing. It doesn’t fit the tempate.