Editor's Note: LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen delivered the following address at the Rome Life Forum on May 6, 2016.
May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Under the guise of fighting homophobia, sex education, freedom of choice, LGBT rights, and non-discrimination we are experiencing the imposition of gender ideology. An ideology that is asserted all over the world with religious fervor. Unlike the Christian faith however, this set of beliefs is imposed rather than proposed.
It is the intellectual underpinning of the homosexual movement. It proposes that a person’s sex is not biologically determined but that it was historically socially constructed and that individuals should have the choice to determine their own sex – or gender. It is a belief system that denies bodily reality and forbids even the consideration of the risk factors associated with abnormal sexual activity. It employs the education system, national legislation, attacks on religion and the Church in an effort to achieve total adherence.
To demonstrate how ubiquitous is the new faith, you may note that there are now 71 different genders to choose from when you sign up for a Facebook – the most popular social media site in the world with over a billion active users.
But as Gabriele Kuby would say, there are much more dire implications since the ideology has been taken up by governments and is being written into the legal codes all over the western world. She posits that now that gender theory has been widely adopted, the gender ideologues insist that “society must not only tolerate but positively accept any kind of sexual orientation.”
A new religion
This ideology, I would posit, is profoundly religious, with profound religious implications. As Pope Francis has said repeatedly, the pushing of “gender theory” is a type of “ideological colonization” where like the “Hitler youth,” they come to impose their “doctrine.”
Pope Benedict XVI explained the “profound falsehood” of gender theory and the “anthropological revolution contained within it.” He described gender theory as people disputing “the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being.” Rather than acknowledging that God created people male and female, the theory contends that these are societal constructs and we now may decide for ourselves.
“When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being,” Benedict concluded. “The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears.”
As the Croatian Bishops explained it, “So man, under a gradually increasing impression of [his own] power, and convinced that there is no natural, preset order of things, increasingly began to put [himself] in the place of God and claim a role for himself omnipotent creator and legislator, whose freedom is absolute.”
Philosopher Peter Kreeft has observed that almost the whole of the culture war is centered on a deformation of the conjugal union.
Abortion, Same-sex ‘marriage’, contraception, adultery, pornography, promiscuity, sex-education, divorce, homosexuality, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research are all related to sexuality.
In answer to why this should be the case, two quotes attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary by the children of Fatima are important. The first related by Blessed Jacinta Marto: "More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.” And the second sent in a letter by Sister Lucia to Cardinal Caffara in which she said that Our Lady told her “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.
Additionally, Pope John Paul II noted in his Theology of the Body, the sacred union of man and woman in marriage - the conjugal union - is a prime image stamped in mankind of the Trinitarian relationship to which we are called in the life to come. The fathers describe the Trinity as the Father loving the Son completely and the Son the Father completely and that complete giving of Themselves to Each Other is Itself the Holy Spirit. It is also as St. Paul teaches, the key image of Christ’s relationship with His Church.
Thus Satan whose primary objective to steer mankind away from heaven and Christ, has made this his primary focus of attack – to distort the most prominent image of the Trinitarian relationship to which we are called and to distort the image of Christ’s own relationship with His Church.
As I said in the beginning, this new religion is imposed rather than proposed. Gabriele Kuby expresses it this way: “A new totalitarianism is developing under the cloak of [sexual] freedom.” “The destruction of the family uproots every single human being. We become atomized human beings who can be manipulated to do anything.”
As recently as last month, Pope Francis described it as an “educated” or “polite persecution” that seeks to restrict rights to freedom of religion and conscientious objection. In his characteristic style the Pope said this “educated persecution” of “which not much is being said,” comes “cross-dressed as culture, cross-dressed as modernity, cross-dressed as progress.”
It targets individuals, he added, “for wanting to have and to manifest the values of a Son of God… It’s a persecution that robs man of his freedom, even from conscientious objection!”
“We see every day that the powerful countries create laws that force us to go through this path … a nation that doesn’t follow these modern laws, these cultures, or that at least doesn’t want to have them in its laws, is accused, is politely persecuted,” he noted.
Both martyrdom and the “educated” persecutions have “a boss,” he said. “Jesus named him the Prince of this World.”
“And when the powers want to impose attitudes, laws against the dignity of the Son of God, they persecute and go against the Creator, against God. It is the great apostasy,” Francis said.
The results of persecution
Across North America and Western Europe for the last 20 years we’ve seen bakers, wedding photographers, florists, professors, counselors, media personalities, professional sports players, bed and breakfast owners, mayors, printers, politicians, foster parents, fire chiefs, magistrates and police fined and some lose their jobs and livelihoods for criticizing homosexuality or homosexual ‘marriage.’
The persecution was directed squarely at religious leaders. In 2003 Swedish pastor Ake Green gave a sermon on homosexuality for which he was charged with hate crime and sentenced to one month in prison. He appealed the ruling and it was overturned in 2005 only to be appealed and finally acquitted permanently later in 2005 after the Supreme Court suggested that while he contravened Swedish law the European Court would not uphold the conviction.
So that you won’t think that this could only happen in ultra-liberal Sweden, I will tell you the same intimidation appeared in 2014 in one of the most conservative states in the United States of America. The openly lesbian Mayor of the city of Houston Texas issued subpoenas demanding five pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity. If they failed to comply they could be held in contempt of court.
In Canada two bishops were taken to human rights commissions over their stances in defense of the traditional Catholic teaching on homosexuality.
Also from the beginning, schools were a target for the re-education programme. Even Catholic and private schools are not exempt. A Catholic Canadian bishop was threatened with denial of Catholic school funding if he did not remove the teaching against homosexual acts from the religious education classes – sadly he acquiesced. Other bishops through pressures of various kinds have permitted comprehensive sex education, homosexual clubs and other such indoctrination programs in their schools.
Parents rights also fall victim to the new ideology. In various cities throughout North America and Europe parents are forbidden from withdrawing their children from sex-ed classes, which are explicitly pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, and more. Two provinces in Canada have proposed that even in home schooling parents are not permitted to teach against homosexual sex.
In Germany parents have their children taken away and are jailed for home schooling their children in the truth and meaning of human sexuality.
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