Setting the record straight

Guest Commentary

by Dr. Michael Brown    
Published: December 25, 2010 in Guest Commentary

In his recent editorial, “A Prayer for Michael Brown” (Dec. 11), Matt Comer wrote that he is now convinced that I honestly “believe everything that comes out of [my] mouth.” This marks a significant advance from his 2008 editorial in which he claimed that I followed “a carefully plotted and scripted message of ‘compassion,’ ‘love’ and ‘gentleness.’” Today, he believes the love is genuine and the words are sincere, but he feels that I’m operating out of “some sort of deeply-rooted dislocation from reality,” with my words providing “more than ample evidence of a journey into delusion,” all of which underscores my alleged “unique brand of lunacy.”

The basis for these charges is that I supposedly compare “homosexuality to child rape” and that I “paint gay people in the same light as child rapists.” Is this true? God forbid! Why would I compare the forcible rape of an innocent child with the consensual acts of two adults, even if those acts are immoral or wrong?

What I have addressed — and which Matt, it appears, has consistently and persistently misrepresented — is: 1) the similar arguments used by both gay activists and advocates of “man-boy love”; and 2) the failure of many gay leaders to condemn the youthful (and, often fondly-recalled) same-sex encounters of some of their leaders.

Let me explain briefly. First, we constantly hear that homosexual behavior cannot be considered morally wrong because “I was born this way and I can’t change.” Yet this is the very argument used by pedophiles (among others), who also claim their behavior or orientation is innate and immutable. In response, a gay person would say, “But my sexual acts are not coercive or harmful.” That, however, is an entirely different subject, and it fails to address the obvious question, namely: If claiming that “I was born this way and I can’t change” is no justification for the pedophile’s sexual attractions, how does this argument, in and of itself, justify homosexual attraction? How does saying “I was born this way” provide moral justification for any behavior? Clearly, it does not.

Second, influential gay leaders like Harvey Milk and Larry Kramer and Troy Perry have freely referenced their childhood sexual encounters, often in positive terms, with Milk having his first experience with gay men at the tender age of 11. Kramer once commented, “In those cases where children do have sex with their homosexual elders . . . I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it . . . .”

Where is the widespread condemnation of this in gay circles today? Why is it that I am accused of operating out of “some sort of deeply-rooted dislocation from reality” for allegedly comparing homosexuality to pedophilia (which, again, I have never done), while gay leaders wink at the pederastic past of some of their heroes? Today, Milk is venerated, while those of us who question whether he serves as an appropriate role model are vilified. Could it be that the “deeply-rooted dislocation from reality” is actually on the GLBT side?

Although there is much more to say, space only allows me to address one final point in Matt’s editorial, namely, the meaning of Christlike inclusion. GLBT leaders often point out (rightly so) that Jesus spent time with those whom society marginalized, specifically the prostitutes and corrupt tax-collectors, commonly viewed as sinners. But what did Jesus do? Did he encourage the prostitutes to serve their clients better? Did he teach the tax-collectors how to extort more money? Of course not. Rather, he reached out to them, got involved in their lives, and changed them. He practiced transformational inclusion, which I wholeheartedly advocate, not affirmational inclusion, which the GLBT community advocates.

I for one am eternally grateful that Jesus didn’t affirm me in my lifestyle. Rather, he died for me and transformed me. And so it is my fervent prayer and hope that Matt will experience this same transforming love. Who would want to resist the life-changing love of God? : :

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