November 1997

Hi folks...

It got cold here in Michigan. I need to put that plastic stuff on my windows, because the wind seeps through like they weren't there.

This month, I chose to share some of my opinions on gay politics and gay activism. What I've written below is probably not as well formulated and articulated as I'd like, but it's basically how I feel about the issue.

I will concede that the activism of a lot of gays has increased the acceptance of homosexuals in certain regions of the country and world, and they've probably increased the tolerance of gays a little bit worldwide. I oppose the "mainstream" gay political agenda for two main reasons, though.

First, I am a conservative, both politically and behaviorally. I disagree with the values of the mainstream gays I see depicted in the media (promiscuity, do whatever feels good, secularism, etc.). And I disagree with the in-your-face tactics of many of these groups. As long as gays are perceived as threatening the value system of the vast majority of Americans, they will never be tolerated. America is not California and it's not New York City, but it's the militant gays in those parts of the country that most Americans are exposed to through the media (and some of this, of course, is the media's fault). I can understand why they are disgusted with what they see, and why they apply it to every gay person they see or hear about.

In a sense, it's similar to our history of racism; many people believed, out of sheer ignorance, that blacks were inferior to whites. That, coupled with being threatened by the likes of militant civil rights leaders, caused them to actively resist accepting blacks into society. For many people, it wasn't until they had positive interactions with black people that they were genuinely able to accept them as fully equal human beings.

Militant gay activism may drive us to the point where gays are at least tolerated in most places in our country, but they will not be accepted as normal human beings until Americans are educated through positive interactions with people they know are gay. And mainstream gay types are not providing these positive experiences. I know all of that's a little idealistic, but I hope to do my part when I finally come out. It's important to remember: gay people will always be in the minority. We will not be the majority in this country (or any country). I think it is possible for us to peacefully co-exist and be accepted as equals without threatening the majority of Americans, and that's the goal I will work towards in my personal interactions with others.

Second, the notion of gay pride is antithetical to Biblical humility. Many in the pride movement celebrate themselves and their accomplishments, and place great value in their sexuality. I believe we are called, however, to humble ourselves before God, and give Him the credit for everything He has given to us. What we have is not our own; it is His. Being humble is a difficult enough thing for me to do on my own; I don't want to be part of an organized effort to fight humility.

What do you think? Write me at pikapika@hotmail.com.



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