In their book The Lessons of History, historians Will and Ariel Durant
caution that, “No man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in
one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and
dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for these are the
wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory
of history.  A youth boiling with hormones will wonder why he should
not give full freedom to his sexual desires; and if he is unchecked by
custom, morals or laws, he may ruin his life before he matures
sufficiently to understand that sex is a river of fire that must be
banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume in
chaos both the individual and the group.” (Durant 43) The rebellion and
sexual revolution against the alleged “archaic” and “outdated”
traditions and customs of the ancients plays a significant role in the
modern acceptance of licentious behavior between men and women, and
most especially in upholding homosexuality as well.  To lightly dismiss
such lessons from history in favor of this “enlightened” worldview is
short-sighted, foolish and self-defeating.  Homosexuality is a mental
and cultural aberration that must be seen as the disease it is instead
of being condoned, if not praised.

Literary critic, novelist, Christian apologist and philosopher C. S. 
Lewis, on the subject of adherence to tradition, writes in The
Abolition of Man that, “In the older systems both the kind of man the
teachers wished to produce and their motives for producing him were
prescribed by the Tao - a norm to which the teachers themselves were
subject and from which they had claimed no liberty to depart.  They did
not cut men to some pattern they had chosen.  They handed down what
they had received: they initiated the young neophyte into the mystery
of humanity which over-arched him and them alike.  It was but old birds
teaching young birds to fly.” (Lewis 451) The ancient world, with few
exceptions, universally condemned homosexual practices.  Although it
was most severely censured with the advent of Christianity, it was
thoroughly denounced by the ancient Hebrews (i.e. Genesis 19:1-12;
Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) as well as in the long-lived pagan societies
such as the ancient Greeks and amongst Roman, Frankish and Teutonic
tribal cultures (Flaceliére 62-4).  Christianity by no means instigated
a hostility towards homosexuality; it rather continued faithfully in
the way that the ancient cultures - pagan and Hebrew - had already
begun.  The New Testament likewise contains various strong words
against homosexuality (i.e. Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1
Timothy 1:9-10; Jude 6-7).  Even today, traditional Christianity -
Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox - continues to treat
such behavior as a mental and moral aberration to what God had truly
intended - sexual intercourse prohibited outside of the marriage bed
between a man and a woman.

Homosexual behavior, condemned throughout the centuries, also carries
with it a body of disease accompanied with physical and social
disorder.  Dr. Edward R. Annis, a distinguished medical doctor and past
president of the American Medical Association writes in his book Code
Blue: Heath Care in Crisis that, “The anus and rectum are not sexual
organs; they are the drainpipe of the body’s sewer.  Anyone foolish
enough to play in a sewer can expect unhealthy consequences.” (Hoar 31)
Aside from the fact that the AIDS epidemic first appeared amongst
homosexual groups (commonly known as the “gay plague”), sexually
transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea are three times more likely and
hepatitis is eight times more likely to be found amongst homosexuals
(Kidwell 7).  Intestinal infections such as Shigella, Amoeba
dysenteriae, and Giardia and commonplace.  Rectal infections and trauma
caused by certain sexual habits peculiar to “gays” are so prevalent
that doctors refer to such conditions as “gay bowel syndrome” (Kidwell
8).  However, homosexuals are not only susceptible to physical disease;
there are larger implications that come to play within their social
lives as well.  For instance, 1.4 percent of homosexuals die as murder
victims, a rate of 21 times higher than black males and 116 times
higher than white males.  Similarly, homosexuals commit suicide at a
rate of 30 times higher than black males and 24 times higher than white
males.  They die violent deaths at a rate of 17 times higher than that
of black males aged 24 to 44, and 28 times the rate of white males in
the same age group.  In the city of San Francisco, 31 percent of the
homosexual population is addicted to drugs or overuses them (Cameron
55-6) Altogether, whereas 73 percent of the white male population lives
to age 65, only 9 percent of male homosexuals live to that age. 
Although the average life span is approximately 75, for a homosexual
with aids it is 39, and for one without AIDS it is 42 years (Cameron
51-9).  Homosexuals also have a lack of fidelity toward their partners. 
A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control reported that among
homosexuals the median number of sexual partners during a lifetime was
1,100 (Kidwell 9).  One survey discussed by Dr. Cameron demonstrates
that couples remained together, on average, for 3.5 years in the case
of male homosexuals, and 2.2 years in the case of lesbians (Cameron [2]
1).  Modern society would lead us to believe that what goes on behind
closed doors should not be a cause for judgment.  However,
homosexuality clearly possess enormous social implications and
justifications for its suppression and general condemnation within

Against all tradition and medical justification, homosexuality now is
entering the mainstream, slowly being accepted as a social norm.  In
1991, the results of a research project were published in Science
magazine which claimed to offer indications that homosexual tendencies
are hereditary.  The researcher, Simon LeVay, noted unusual properties
in a certain region of the brain among the bodies of dead homosexuals
and offered this as “proof” as compared to the brains of rats. 
However, Dr. Paul Cameron shows this study as completely flawed.  Since
all of the corpses had been of men who had died with AIDS, there is now
way to know whether the part of the brain was a genetic indication of
homosexuality or a result of the ravages of AIDS.  LeVay also
mistakenly identified the respective regions of the rat and human
brains, so that the two did not correlate (Cameron 70).  A sizable body
of empirical evidence strongly supports the view that homosexuality is
not innate.  A 1970 study reported that 84 percent of male homosexuals
changed their sexual orientation at least once, 60 percent twice, 32
percent thrice, and 13 percent five times or more.  Among lesbians, 97
percent changed once, 81 twice, 52 thrice and 29 percent at least five
times.  Furthermore, 74 percent of homosexual males admitted to being
sexually attracted to females, and 80 percent of lesbians confessed an
attraction to males (Cameron 71-2).  As Dr. Cameron puts it, “Immutable
traits like eye and skin color don’t change cone, much less two, three,
four or five times!” (Cameron 72) In another front, in December 1973,
the American Psychiatric Association, under intense pressure from
homosexual radicals, reclassified homosexual behavior in order to no
longer regard it as a disorder (Lyons 1).  Commenting on the APA
decision, Dr. Melvin Anchell noted that it was “in total contradiction
to psychoanalytic precepts that have been repeatedly substantiated by
clinicians for the past 100 years . . . It is a psychological fact -
‘when the normal life-sustaining sexual instincts are perverted, the
death instincts take over’.” (Anchell 15) And from what can be seen,
homosexuality has brought nothing to society except death.

Homosexuality is a poor substitute for the love and bond between a man
and a woman - the core of a family.  It is ironic that within the past
few years politics has stressed the importance of family values. 
America is supported on the firm foundation of strong families holding
together with selfless love and determination.  As in the creation
passage of the Bible, a man and a woman, through the aspect of sexual
relations in marriage, are united by an internal unity that involves
the total merging of two independent personalities so that they become
a single unit.  This is the true expression of selfless love which is
most frequently cultivated within the traditional family unit (Sorokin
247-8).  Society, through espousing such radical and anti-traditional
innovations such as homosexuality, promotes its own self-destruction -
the end of all values, morals, traditions and heritages that have once
been held so dear.  It is being replaced with a minimalistic liberal
agenda built upon the false axiom that ambiguously states that anything
goes “as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else.” This creates a
groundless and sterile society that foolishly has sold all of its
wealth and richness for a wasteland.  Conservative sociologist Robert
A. Nisbet once compared people living in such societies to stray dogs
running lose across the landscape (Nisbet 108).  If there is any hope
for society and restoration, aberrations like homosexuality must be
denounced, liberal innovations must be halted and the consistent
traditions and teachings of the ancients, like rich garments, must be
faithfully worn once again.

Works Cited

Anchell, Melvin, M.D.  “A Doctor Looks at Homosexuality”  The New 
American  March 17, 1986
Cameron, Dr. Paul  The Gay Nineties:  What the Empirical Evidence 
Reveals About Homosexuality  Franklin, Tennessee  Adroit Press, 1993
Cameron, Dr. Paul  Same Sex Marriage:  Til Death do Us Part?  Colorado 
Springs, Colorado  Family Research Institute, 1998
Durant, Will and Ariel  The Lessons of History  Simon & Schuster 
Publishers, June 1968
Flaceliére, Robert   Love in Ancient Greece  New York, New York  Crown 
Publisher, Inc., 1960  
Hoar, William P.  “Overdose of Government”  The New American  October 
18, 1993
Kidwell, Kirk  “When Perversion Prospers”  The New American  January 19, 
Lewis, C.S. “The Abolition of Man”  The Essential C. S. Lewis  Ed. Lyle 
W. Dorsett.  New York, New York.  Collier Books.  MacMillan Publishing 
Company, 1988
Lyons, Richard D.  “Psychiatrists, in a Shift, Declare Homosexuality No 
Mental Illness”  The New York Times  December 16, 1973
Nisbet, Robert A.  The Sociological Tradition  New York, New York  Basic 
Books, Inc., Publishers, 1966
Sorokin, Pitirim  Society, Culture, and Personality:  Their Structure 
and Dynamics  New York, New York  Harper & Brothers, 1947

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