Again and again we have been told that homosexuals are simply decent people who want the same rights as anyone else – the right not to be discriminated against in the search for a job or for an apartment, the right not to be subjected to verbal abuse, and so on. It may well be that on average they are no more sinister and menacing than other members of our society. Occasionally, however, evidence is produced that the so-called gay rights movement has some very sinister aspects.
A Menacing Agenda
In the February 15, 1987 edition of Gay Community News, published in Boston, the homosexual agenda was made to seem very menacing indeed:
“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theatre bathrooms…Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.”
As for the family, that “spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy, and violence,” it will have to be eliminated. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in genetic laboratories; they will be brought up under the control of homosexual savants. As to religion, “All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.” If you insult us, the message concludes, “we will stab you in your cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.”
All this is so extreme, so full of hatred, that one’s initial reaction is to feel that it cannot be genuine. But when one reads about the December demonstration in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, by ACT UP (the Aids Coalition to Unleash Power), the Boston pronouncement does seem characteristic or typical of the extreme side of militant homosexuality.
As Cardinal O’Connor got up to preach in St. Patrick’s Cathedral an individual screamed out, “You bigot, O’Connor, you’re killing us.” Others stretched out in the aisles or chained themselves to pews. The Cardinal made himself heard above the din: “Does everybody care to stand and pray?” The congregation rose and chanted the Lord’s Prayer at the tope of their voices. Police arrested 43 demonstrators and carried out many on stretchers when they refused to stand. During Communion, one protester received a host from a priest and threw it on the ground.
The demonstration was staged by AIDS activists and supported by abortion-rights groups. Time magazine reported. During the New York City protest, 4,500 people rallied noisily outside the cathedral.
Time also ran a photo of an ACT UP demonstrator holding up a placard that read, “Cardinal O’Connor is spreading AIDS.” The animosity against the Cardinal springs from the fact that he does not mince words in condemning homosexual acts and opposes the use of condoms to spread AIDS.
ACT UP claims to have forty chapters in the U.S., as well as others in Paris, Berlin, and London. It targets Roman Catholicism, according to one of its spokesmen, “because no other religion so energetically tries to influence public policy.” One protest group threw red paint on four Catholic churches in Los Angeles in December and left posters of Archbishop Roger Mahony labeled “Murderer.” Others smeared paint on the walls of the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco and hung posters depicting sex acts.