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Jewish World Review July 27, 1999 /14 Av, 5759

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Why celebrate homosexuality? --
WE HAVE A REALLY SERIOUS ISSUE in this country, and most of you are scared to address it because when you do, you are made to feel evil and bad.

I know. I am routinely excoriated for having a different opinion. So I understand how difficult it is to stand up for heterosexual marriage. But if we don't, pretty soon what we commonly understand and cherish as "family" will be gone.

There are two events I want to bring to your attention. One involves our president, who proclaimed June the month of "celebrating homosexuality." I think he must be nuts. He designated a whole MONTH to celebrate this? You only get a DAY if you're Irish. Right? Do we have a month to celebrate heterosexuality?

President Clinton's proclamation said that businesses, families and all of us should "celebrate" the fact that some people cannot or will not mate with members of the opposite sex, be married and have children. In my opinion, that is not something to celebrate. It's very sad, and I have great compassion for homosexuals.

An interesting aside is that Clinton began his proclamation by saying, "in the year of our Lord, 1999." Where is the much-treasured separation of church and state? And imagine invoking Jesus' name in the same breath as he celebrates behavior specified as sinful in both the Torah and Christian bible!

So that's No. 1 -- this astonishing proclamation that directs Americans not to accept homosexuality, not to tolerate it, but rather to CELEBRATE it!

Here comes No. 2:

Human rights campaign leader Elizabeth Birch and her partner, Hilary Rosen, who is a lobbyist for the Recording Industry Association of America, recently adopted male and female twins born Jan. 7 in Texas. There is no specific legislation in the state of Maryland, where they live, that prohibits placing children in homosexual households. The two women have proudly announced that the children will be raised by nannies.

Do we not have sufficient empirical evidence that fatherless homes are not the best environment for raising children? And these particular babies aren't even going to have an attentive mother, either! How could any adoption agency give twins to two lesbians who don't even want to care for them when there are heterosexual, committed couples waiting for babies to adopt and dying to stay home and parent them?

Talk about the power of ideology run amok! That the government permits a child to be robbed of a father to satisfy the political demands of gay activists is an outrage. Since when do people have a "right" to practice deviant sexual behavior and bring innocent children into their homes? The answer is that "rights" are not involved here. There is only the RHETORIC of rights and the cover of tolerance that sends everyone, including the president of the United States, running for cover, uncaring that our children are paying the price for our cowardice.

These actions, by adoption agencies, politicians, even clergy, advance the activists' goal of changing the definition of marriage from a man and a woman in the sight of G-d to any sort of arrangement between any two people. Are we going to just let these events go by and not fight to preserve traditional families, which are the foundation of our civilization and our society?

We all just want to put gas in the car, go to work, see a movie, get some sleep. We worship convenience and self-gratification, so America has a million and a half abortions each year. Just suck the little babies down the sink. They are so inconvenient. And we sit by and allow this to happen in the name of freedom of choice. What about responsibility? Can't we see what's happening to our children year after year as we stretch our definition of liberty to the breaking point?

If the welfare of our children is not the No. 1 priority, ideal and goal of this nation, then the nation will disintegrate. I talk to a lot of people in government, psychology and psychiatry every day who are afraid to stand up for the importance of the traditional family to the welfare of children. They are silent not because they agree with the homosexual agenda, but because they are afraid of the militant activists among homosexuals.

And the irony is that the activists use THEIR so-called fear -- "everyone is out to kill us" -- when it's those opposed to homosexual marriage and adoption who live in fear. This includes numbers of nonactivist homosexuals who write to let me know they agree with many of the things I say, but beg me not to use their names on the air for fear of retaliation of some kind.

This has gone too far. We cannot continue to sacrifice our children on the altar of "freedom" and "diversity," no matter what the president of the United States proclaims.


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©1999, Universal Press Syndicate