The Truth about Human Rights
Hillary Clinton in a speech on Dec. 6 insisted that “gay rights are human rights.” It may be a good slogan, but it is a flawed concept. Those pushing so-called ‘gay rights’ calculated that they could win acceptance of their demand for radical social change if they presented their agenda as ‘rights’ and likened their struggle to that of women or blacks. They reasoned that using the word ‘rights’ would intimidate their opposition. They should not be allowed to succeed in this ruse.
It is true that persons who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered (GLBT) are human beings. They are, therefore, entitled to those rights with which we are all endowed by our creator. However, human rights are based on the truth about the human person. No one has a human right to do that which is impossible, to change the truth about the human person, to lie or deceive others. The so-called ‘gay rights’ being promoted by GLBT activists are not based on the truth about the human person.
1) Every human person is either male or female. A person cannot change their sex. Therefore, no person, whether they have been surgically altered or not, has the right to demand that the government change their legal documents. No man has the right to force others to address him with female titles or pronouns. No woman has the right to be a man.
2) Every human person has a biological father and mother. Separation from one’s biological father and/or mother is perceived by the child as a loss. Purposefully conceiving a permanently fatherless or motherless child is an act of violence against the child. No one has a right to commit this kind of violence. No one has a ‘right’ to a child. The rights belong to the child.
3) Marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Two essential elements make a marriage: consent and consummation. Two persons of the same sex may consent all they like, but they cannot consummate. Consummation occurs only through the one act which makes a man and a woman one flesh, the act which has the potential to create a child. Other intimate acts do not consummate a marriage. No one has a right to redefine marriage to be something other than the union between one man and one woman or to force others to recognize same-sex relationships as marriages.
4) Parents have a duty to oversee the education of their children. No one has the right to subject other people’s children to educational materials promoting the GLBT agenda, if such materials violate the parents’ religious beliefs. No one has the right to deceive children by presenting false and misleading information about same-sex attraction and gender identity disorder.
Speaking the truth about same-sex attraction and gender identity disorder, particularly when that truth is drawn from well-designed studies and a firm understanding of the truth about the human person, is not homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, or hate speech, even if self-identified GLBT persons feel offended. No one has the right to never be offended. No one should be punished, fired, or denied professional accreditation for expressing views contrary to the GLBT agenda.
Opposition to so-called ‘gay rights’ has been linked to cultural norms, traditional ways of thinking, and religious teachings. The advocates of ‘gay rights’ argue that the objections are old fashioned and should be cast aside just as we cast aside slavery and other abuses of human rights. We are urged by Sec. Clinton to “Be on the right side of history.” But the cultural norms, traditional ways of thinking and religious teachings, which stand in opposition to the GLBT agenda, spring from a collective and time tested wisdom. If anything recent studies provide a deeper understanding of the origins and nature of human psycho-sexual development, same-sex attraction and gender identity disorder and reinforce traditional beliefs.
Opposition to ‘gay rights’ is rooted in a deep understanding of the truth about the human person, and cannot therefore be cast aside without undermining the very concept of human rights. The promotion of fake ‘rights’ will necessarily undermine support for real human rights. The credibility of agencies and organizations fighting for real human rights will be damaged. And for what? Lies never liberate.