December 21, 2019

Trump Administration Promoting Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Timothy Birdnow

The Trump Administration is pressuring 69 countries (no joke there!) to decriminalize homosexuality.

From Christianity Today:

Openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, and State Department Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Robert Destro, participated in a special meeting Wednesday sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

The three joined other diplomats in criticizing U.N. member states that criminalize homosexuality and same-sex relationships as LGBT individuals across the globe are at risk of being imprisoned or sentenced to death.

In a tweet Wednesday, Craft stressed that "no person should be harmed, tortured or killed because of their sexual orientation.”

"[Y]et at least 69 countries criminalize homosexuality,” she wrote. "Our event today at the [United Nations] showed our commitment to defending human dignity & partnering with #LGBTQ groups to decriminalize homosexuality.”

The meeting comes as the Trump administration vocalized its intent earlier this year to launch a campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality.

"Individual men and women around the world have faced — and continue to face — punishment and even death, specifically because of their sexual orientation,” Craft was quoted as saying by Fox News. "This is a wrong we should seek to right, and it is a wrong I am personally committed to helping right.”

While I believe homosexuality is a serious moral issue and a scourge on our modern society (and this "orientation" need not be obeyed, any more than does an "orientation" toward sexual congress with a child or an animal or a dead body or whatnot) I also do not believe the State has any right to make it a legal matter, and that we should support decriminalization. This is a victimless crime, after all, or at least not something that directly victimizes anyone. Compulsion is a poor motivator for moral behavior. Just look at Islamic countries where homosexuality and other sexual acts are strictly forbidden; they happen anyway, and people are sometimes put to death over them. Remember ISIS throwing homosexuals off the tops of buildings?  That is the greater moral evil.

Look the main reason anyone should oppose homosexuality is that it destroys their eternal souls. It is not good for society, but who asked society to stick their noses in it anyway?  In the end the reason to try to prevent homosexual behavior is to help the very people that criminalization will punish. That makes no sense, and it will not lead to any kind of repentance.

It should also be pointed out that the Bible states:

Be not decceive: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God

And such were some of you.

We have all sinned, all fallen short. If we are to punish homosexuals, we also have to punish adulterers, people who have sex outside of marriage, people who like the sauce, or like money, or what have you. You would have a short list of people NOT in jail using this criterion. 

But it doesn't make it morally approvable. That is where we must draw the line.

We can hate the sin and love the sinner. Unfortunately the homosexual lobby has craftily made the act unseverable from the person. They did this (and it was quite successful) to make it impossible to condemn the act without condemning the person. "I'm gay, it's who I am" is a common phrase among gay people. They claim their very identity is inextricably tied to their sexual behavior, so reject one and you reject all. The end result is that just saying you disapprove of homosexuality on moral grounds makes you a hater and evil.

It was a very clever trick.

But we aren't who we have sex with any more than we actually are what we eat, or what we do for a living, or what we do for leisure. My diet has changed over the years; does that make me a different person? I have worked in a number of different fields over the years. Has my identity changed? I move through different hobbies; I used to make beer and wine, for instance, but don't do it any more. Have I as a person changed?

No.

But I DID change when I accepted Christ. THAT is the big game changer. And when I did so I agreed to accept the Word of God and subordinate my own thoughts and desires.

Nobody forced me to convert. And nobody can force a homosexual to be straight for th esame reason. It must be a free choice.

Not being gay, I don't know what it feels like, but I do know that some things can be chosen. You can choose not to have sex. I do it all the time! You would be amazed at how often I don't jump some sexy young thing in the supermarket; I've learned to control my urges. Most gay people do too. Of course, swearing off of all sex is difficult, but then so too is cancer, or birth defects. It's tough but it must be endured. As a Christian I have to keep in mind that in the end there will be reward for hanging tough. We all have our crosses to bear.

So ultimately I think this is a good thing, but I do worry that it will be used, dare I say misused, by the Progressives to promote the Sodom and Gomorrah lifestyles favored by our Western Elites.

Right now homosexuality is one of the Progressive sacraments, the things used to bind people to the church of Man. Once someone walks down that road they have a hard time leaving. Abortion is another. These things stain the soul of the person, leaving them with only one option - the "community" where they feel they are accepted. Like prisoners in the penitentiary, they are "us" and, no matter the circumstances, the person will find it hard to identify with "them". It's a trap, a spiritual trap laid by Satan. And it is very effective.

In conclusion, I think this is a decent move, but we must be cautious to not let our tolerance turn to approval and celebration - which the homosexual lobby demands of us these days.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 09:18 AM | Comments (20) | Add Comment
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1 I am opposed in general to laws which are based on biblical texts. One person's bible is another person's trash, and we live in a nation which is supposed to embody the principle that one person does not impose their religion on another. People recoil in horror at the very thought of the imposition of Sharia Law, and then turn right around and want gay marriage to be outlawed because "it says so in the bible."

Posted by: Bill H at December 21, 2019 09:52 AM (vMiSr)

2 I agree, Bill, and so did the Founding Fathers, who were Christians but who understood that to have a free society we had to keep government out of religion. The only way to do that was to avoid using religion as the sole criteria for laws. Natural Law was the underpinning of American jurisprudence. Granted, Natural Law is based on "nature and nature's God" and ultimately Biblical, but it is not the enforcement of the Book of Ecclesiastes or Deuteronomy.

Freedom of conscience is at the heart of Christian (and Jewish) belief, and you cannot have it if you impose laws compelling religious obedience. You can have public prayer, say, or general religious symbols, but that is not compulsion to religion.

Now religion as embodied by secular humanism is the law, and it IS imposed on the basis of separation of Church and State (which is nowhere found in the Constitution and was not intended to exile religion from public life as the Left intends now.)

It's always been a balancing act; that is what happens in a pluralistic society. We've tipped over in the last few years, alas.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 21, 2019 12:12 PM (OIYAT)

3 Spot-on to both of you. I have nothing to add at this point. It's past bedtime on a Saturday. Been a heckuva busy weekend. And I'm happy to say that with guys like you out there, our spiritual world has some powerful defenders. I may ring in tomorrow, but for tonight we're safe.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 21, 2019 09:41 PM (ot1RL)

4 Hope you slept well, Dana!  And thanks; we sure do have a great group here, don't we!  I'm always so thankful to have such a great bunch of contributors and friends like you!

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