Klavan On The Culture

It's a Gay Scandal Too

Pope Francis celebrates Mass of the Solemnity of Mary at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2018. (Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto/Sipa USA via AP Images)

The satanic corruption in the Catholic Church is an absolute disaster for Western Civilization: evil bringing scandal to an essential priesthood at a time when our survival depends on rediscovering God. I’ve addressed this elsewhere.

But it is also something else. It is a scandal of homosexual rape. The press is politely disguising this fact because they don’t want to bring hatred down on innocent gay people. I also do not want to bring hatred down on gay people, but only the truth can set us free.

I have worked in the arts my whole life. There are a lot of gay people in the arts. I openly respected, liked and loved some of  these individuals even back in the days when that meant losing friends or being falsely suspected of being homosexual myself. When I became a Christian, my attitudes did not change. While I’ve spoken out forcefully against the persecution of Christians by fascistic gay activists, I cannot for the life of me understand why a man or woman’s loving relationship with a member of the same sex should lessen my good feelings toward him or her.

But — as with the open secret abuse scandal that lurks just beneath the surface in Hollywood — most of the victims in the church are not children but under-age adolescent males. That is not pedophilia. That is homosexual rape. The New York Times, CBS and other news venues have tried to disguise this by citing as many examples of girls being abused as boys. But this is just the sort of dishonesty we’ve come to expect from our news media. It is a false kindness.

Covering up the homosexuality here does no more good than covering up the cancer of violence that is damaging Islam. In fact, it gives credence to haters. It allows the hateful and bigoted to appear to “discover” the “secret” that is being hidden by the “fake news” press. It allows them to be the first to interpret the data in the worst way. And just as bad, it leaves all the good, decent people with no way to speak out, no way to say, “This is not me! This is a problem in my community that I want to solve in tandem with the good people of other communities.”

Myself, I believe that bigotry creates the problem in the first place. When people are excluded from society, they are excluded from its moral structures and tend to become estranged from them. They say to themselves, “Well, if you hate me, your rules don’t apply to me.” This is likely to transform some members of the despised class into the very image of the cliche the haters hate. Shakespeare’s villainous Jew Shylock addresses the effects of anti-semitism when he snarls: “Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause; But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs.” In the excluded gay community, being sexually “wicked” or “evil” was often perceived as a positive thing. Why not, when the “good” people despise you?

This in no way lets the doers of evil off the hook. Rather the opposite. It means that when mores change and bigotry passes, excluded people should not only be welcomed into the majority community, they should also be held responsible to its values. It is no good to say, “Yes, we were bigoted against black people, so now we will not only welcome them in, we’ll ignore the high crime in their neighborhoods to show how un-bigoted we’ve become.” No. You have to say: “We were wrong. You’re part of our community now. Act like it.” Then you have to listen to CNN and the Twitter mob call you a racist. Then you have to say what you said again. And again.

So with gays. Instead of hiding this problem, the media should name it and address it. And instead of persecuting a cake baker who has the full and perfect right to disapprove of them, gay activists should work to purge their community of those who abuse the young. Instead of re-opening scars and feeding anger, this would begin the unification of gay culture with the majority straight culture.

As for the haters of gay people and others, here’s some advice: Let him who is without sin throw the first stone. Judge not, lest you be judged. Love your neighbor as yourself.

I won’t read the comments to this post because I already know exactly how that advice will be received: same as always.

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