Part Six: A little history lesson — where did the “gay” movement come from?
Many people are asking, “Where did this come from”? “How did we get here”?
I am no historian, but I do consider myself a student of American history and culture. I lead a weekend conference called, “Reclaiming America.” For this post and perhaps the next one, I want to draw from this information to guide us. To develop an adequate response to the “gay” movement, we need to take some time to understand the history and motives behind it.
Since the inception of our nation, in 1776, there have been those who have attempted to separate America from its Christian roots.
The following movements all contributed to this effort.
- The Socialist Movement
- The Sexual Revolution
- The “Gay” Rights movement
An important note: The tool all these movements or groups have used to accomplish their mission is the public school system. In the history below, you will see how they have successfully infiltrated the public schools to change the course of our nation.
The Socialist Movement
I place the organized effort to separate America from her Christian roots at 1905 with the beginning of the ISS, The Intercollegiate Socialist Society. The ISS was formed September 12, 1905 at Peck’s Restaurant, in New York City. This group was founded by Upton Sinclair. By the way, he is still identified by educators as a literary giant. Yes, your high school student may know of Upton Sinclair.
The list of officers that were elected that day reads like a who’s who of the founders of the socialist movement in America. According to www.marxistshistory.org, the first slate of officers for the ISS were:
President: Jack London; First Vice President: Upton Sinclair; Second Vice President: Graham Phelps Stokes; Secretary: M.R. Holbrook; Treasurer: Rev. Owen Lovejoy; Executive Committee: Rev. George Willis Cooke, Morris Hillquit, Robert Hunter, Harry Laidler, Katherine M. Meserole, and George H. Strobell. Of this group of socialist worthies, only Harry Laidler was actually a current college student.
Their first goal was to penetrate American colleges and university campuses. This strategy would give them unfettered access to the people who would be molding the minds of young Americans.
The first ISS organization was founded at the University of Wisconsin. The Wesleyan Social Study Club was headed by Harry Laidler. A second chapter was formed at Columbia University in New York City with a student named Walter Lippmann playing the leading role. Over the course of the first three years affiliated socialist clubs were organized at Harvard, Princeton, Barnard, New York University Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to meeting to discuss problems of the day, these groups distributed socialist propaganda and arranged lectures on their respective campuses in an attempt to extend support for the socialist cause.
The most destructive component of the legacy of the ISS was the establishment of teacher unions.
Feminism played a major role in taking us further away from our Christian roots and toward the sexual revolution. In the late 1880′s Susan B. Anthony led the way for women to eventually gain the right to vote. I believe we all will agree that voting is a privilege that should be afforded to all Americans. However, in the early 1900′s, the feminist movement took an anti-Christian and anti-family turn.
There is no better place to begin this part of our cultural history than with the life and work of Margaret Sanger. Margaret was born on September 14, 1884 in Corning, New York. She died on September 6, 1966. Margaret was one of 11 children. Her mother was Roman Catholic and her father was known as a “free-thinker”.
Ms. Sanger was a strong supporter of the KKK and spoke at many of their rallies. She is known as the “mother” of the modern Feminist Movement and a member of the Socialist party. Margaret Sanger believed that women needed to overcome two problems in order be considered equal, — religion and large families. She was the first to use the term “birth control”. She laid the groundwork for what we now know as “Planned Parenthood”.
The Sexual Revolution
The feminist movement laid the groundwork for the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s. The man who is considered the founder of the sexual revolution and the grandfather of sex education is Dr. Alfred Kinsey.
Alfred Charles Kinsey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 23, 1894. Alfred’s father was a devout Methodist who took his family to church at every possible opportunity.
I must point out that it was in a “Christian” household that America’s most influential sexual revolutionaries grew up. It was Kinsey who championed “sexual freedom” for men and women alike, whether heterosexual or homosexual.
Kinsey received his Doctor of Science in 1919 from Harvard. After a yearlong traveling fellowship he studied gall wasps. He arrived in Bloomington, Indiana in August, 1920 as the new assistant professor of entomology at Indiana University.
At heart, Kinsey saw himself not as a teacher, but as a scientist of the first rank and a missionary whose destiny was to change the world through science. Kinsey argued that sex was the glue that held human societies together. He attacked whom he referred to as “self-appointed religious institutions” for their role in regulating sexual conduct. Kinsey blamed American youths’ almost total ignorance of sex as the inevitable result of Victorian morals and mores.
In 1947, with his wife, Clara, Kinsey founded the Institute for Sex Research. Kinsey and Clara immersed themselves in his work, helping him entertain students who participated in his “research”. His “samples” grew to include prison inmates, drifters, imprisoned homosexuals, pedophiles and homosexuals in the gay bars on Chicago’s Rush Street.
It is Kinsey’s research that is the basis of what determines what is now considered to be “normal” sexual behavior in America.
Kinsey lived just long enough to see the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code, published in 1955, embrace the right of consenting adults to engage in homosexual behavior.
Kinsey and his “research” are credited with inspiring…
- The Sexual Revolution of the 60s
- The Pill
- Roe vs. Wade
- Reversal of Sodomy Laws
- Today’s Sex Education
And you guessed it –the modern “gay” movement
According to www.pbs.org, the following events are the milestones of the modern “gay” movement.
- In 1948, Biologist and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Kinsey’s research lays the foundation of what is now considered “normal” sexual behavior.
- November 11, 1950: In Los Angeles, gay rights activist Harry Hay founds America’s first national gay rights organization. In an attempt to change public perception of homosexuality, the Mattachine Society aims to “eliminate discrimination, derision, prejudice and bigotry,” to assimilate homosexuals into mainstream society, and to cultivate the notion of an “ethical homosexual culture.”
- January 1, 1962: Illinois repeals its sodomy laws, becoming the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.
- December 15, 1973: The board of the American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. By the way, no research was presented to the association. They just felt that this long-standing policy should be changed.
- July 3, 1981: The New York Times prints the first story of a rare pneumonia and skin cancer found in 41 gay men in New York and California. The CDC initially refers to the disease as GRID, Gay Related Immune Deficiency Disorder.
- Eventually, symptoms are found outside the gay community. Bruce Voeller, biologist and founder of the National Gay Task Force, successfully lobbies the science and medical community to change the name of the disease to AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Let’s fast-forward to the present and to recent developments.
- December 18, 2010: The U.S. Senate votes 65-31 to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. Military.
- February 23, 2011: President Obama states his administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans the recognition of same-sex marriage.
- 17 states now allow “gay” marriage and 33 states have banned “gay” marriage.
- June 26, 2013: The United States Supreme Court ruled in Windsor v. United States that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies legally married same-sex couples over 1,100 protections and responsibilities of marriage, is unconstitutional.
Folks, “gay” marriage is coming.
What are Christians to do? Before we can answer that question, I believe we should answer this question: Where was the church during America’s slide to moral and cultural decline?
I’ll attempt to answer that one in my next post.
Thanks so much for sticking with me. I hope you are finding this information helpful.