The main point of contention here is sexual perception. Secular society’s sexual values have been “Kinseyed”, i.e. developed and nurtured according to Dr. Kinsey (a zoologist, by the way). In his 1950’s report on human sexuality, he equated sex to simple genital friction. From that point of view, one source of friction is as good as another. Also, it would mean that human beings are no different from any other animal on the planet. That’s how many in the secular left look upon sex. That is also why they can’t, or to be more exact, refuse to understand the religious perspective.
I’ve heard it said that religious people look on sex as filthy and disgusting, and that they believe it should be a male dominated subjugation of women. I’ve also heard that there’s no joy possible in sex between religious people – images of Puritans copulating between a hole in the sheet are often brought up.
But what’s the truth? How do religious people look upon sex? For starters, it is not seen as something filthy or disgusting. Rather, it is something mystical and spiritual. After all, in having sex, couples are imitating God in the creation of life. Neither is sex joyless. Studies have shown that religious couples often have a busier sex life than non-religious couples, and walk away more satisfied. A Google search will find numerous blog posts and articles concerning sex and marriage among religious couples that are quite open and frank. As for female subjugation, Pope John Paul II wrote The Theology of the Body, and argued in previous books (1950’s) that men should take great pains to ensure a woman’s pleasure. Even the Pilgrims and ancient Israelites allowed women to divorce if their husbands weren’t pleasing them.
God blessed them saying be fertile and multiply; fill the Earth and subdue it. Gen 1:28
So much for all the stereotypes. Then why does secular society persist in perpetuating them? And why do religious people get painted as domineering control freaks ready to burn at the stake anyone who disagrees with them? The simple answer is that liberal secularists are actually the control freaks. They can’t stand anyone disagreeing with their point of view, whether it be gay rights, abortion, civil rights, etc. And heaven forbid that you might convince other people to your way of thinking. Therefore anyone who does disagree must be portrayed as evil and close-minded, regardless of how vocal they might be or how much power they actually have. The current treatment of Phil Robertson proves it.
Phil does not hold a public office, nor can he enact any laws. He is in no position to deny anyone’s civil rights. Also, he only said that he doesn’t see any logic to homosexuality (nor does any high school biology textbook). He was basically practicing the art of Apologetics: here’s what I believe, and why I believe it. Apologetics is never meant to convert, indoctrinate, or threaten one who refuses to change sides. Phil has no real power over anyone, nor was he proselytizing.
However, it is Phil’s popularity with the masses that makes him a threat to left wing activists. People admire him and listen to what he says. And since Phil doesn’t believe what secularlists believe, he is dangerous and must be crushed out of existence. I can almost see the boots, the uniforms, and hear both German and Russian accents. Sadly, the voices of the vicious left speak modern American English.
Until the secular left learns to tolerate other viewpoints – as they preach we should all do – then no, the battle between Religion and Gay Rights will never go away.