July 19, 2018
To most people, July 19th is just another day. If you asked them what happened on this date 25 years ago, only a handful would probably know that President Bill Clinton made "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" the policy for America's military. Even fewer would know that the summer of 1993 help set into motion a quarter-century war on marriage and the family.
Looking back on those days, most Americans are probably nostalgic for the days when sexuality wasn't something people broadcasted. Back then, even the most liberal activists just wanted to "get the government out of their bedroom." How far we've fallen. Now, two decades later, they want to take what happens in the bedroom and force Americans to celebrate it -- at work, church, school, even (and especially) in government. Who knew 25 years ago that Christians would long for the days when everyone just went about their lives?
There were groups like FRC who recognized "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for what it was: the first major crack in the foundation of marriage and human sexuality. Then, the next biggest shoe would drop -- Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas's ban on sodomy. The late Justice Antonin Scalia warned where their mistake would lead: "State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers' validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today's decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding."
With prophetic insight, he explained how six justices had just given the far-Left the only hammer they'd need to destroy thousands of years of human history. Anyone being intellectually honest knew this was where LGBT extremists were pushing America. Of course, for years the media laughed off groups like FRC who warned that the Left's goal isn't same-sex marriage but any kind of marriage. Establishment Republicans didn't buy it, insisting there were plenty of laws on the books to keep the redefinition of marriage from happening.
They were wrong. Three years since the decision that redefined marriage for America, the Left is still bulldozing their way through every possible social norm. The country finally realized -- too late -- that this isn't about two people who love each other. It's about obliterating every moral and cultural boundary humans have ever known. And fortunately, some activists are finally doing us a favor by admitting it.
First, it was "time to legalize polygamy" -- an agenda the far-Left flatly denied, only to go on a normalization campaign that's helped boost the acceptability of group marriage from seven percent in 2010 to 19 percent now. Then, there was the rejection of basic biology, a fight that's broken out in sports, schools, Scouts, bathrooms, changing rooms, gyms, and locker rooms around the country. Gender, they tell us, is flexible. The same "they" who said they'd draw the line at same-sex marriage. Then today, we see just how imaginary that line has become with the news that child sex is the next "norm" on the horizon.
At a TED Talk earlier this summer, medical student Mirjam Heine insisted to a crowd that "our perception of pedophilia has to change." "Anyone could be born a pedophile," she told them. It's just another "unchangeable sexual orientation just like, for example, heterosexuality." Using the same born-that-way playbook as LGBT activists, she's trying to legitimize child abuse as the latest acceptable expression of sexuality. "Just like pedophiles, we are not responsible for our feelings," she said. "We do not choose them... but it is our responsibility to... overcome our negative feelings about pedophiles and to treat them with the same respect we treat other people with." I agree we should treat everyone with respect, but overcoming our negative feelings about child sex? Seriously? What we need to overcome is our sin nature -- and that will never happen when we normalize it.
It was an astonishingly honest look at where this debate -- and the world, if we're not careful -- is headed. The movement that promised to quit once it won marriage through the courts doesn't bother pretending anymore. The only limits that exist are your own reality -- unless you're a Christian. And then it isn't "live and let live;" it's conform or be punished.
Once you've rejected basic biology and 2,000 years of civilization, there are no boundaries. Surely, the world has learned its lesson since the first walls came tumbling down in 1993. First, activists said they just wanted to love who they loved. Then, they said they just wanted benefits -- not marriage. When liberals got marriage through the courts, they vowed not to force it on the states. After they forced it on the states, they said it wouldn't lead to religious persecution. Even after county clerks were sent to jail and Christian bakers fined up to $135,000, they claim there's no slippery slope. But after a track record of such intentional deception, who could (or should) believe them?
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.