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C. S. Lewis, “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Zig Ziglar tells of the time after he gave his speech, a man came up to him and told him the following:
"When I was 10 or 11 years old, I told my parents I had homosexual feelings toward other boys. My parents said that they would support me in whatever I chose in life. Since then, I entered the homosexual lifestyle until age 60, when I received Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I’m 65 years old now, and the last 5 years have been the best years of my life. But I can’t help thinking about the wife I could have married, the children and grandchildren I could have had." (The man walked away very sad.)
President Clinton named Kristine Gebbie, a lesbian, as the new AIDS czar. Four months later she spelled out her perceptions on traditional morality. She said, [The United States] “needs to view human sexuality as an essentially important and pleasurable thing. [Until it does so], we will continue to be a repressed, Victorian society that misrepresents information, denies homosexual sexuality, particularly in teens, and leaves people abandoned with no place to go. I can help just a little bit in my job, standing on the White House lawn talking about sex with no lightning bolts falling on my head”
Associated Press, October 29, 1993
"My name is Dawn Stefanowicz. I grew up in a homosexual household during the 60s and 70s in Toronto, exposed to many different people in Gay, Lesbian, bisexual, Transsexual subcultures and explicit sexual practices. My biggest concern is that children are not being discussed in this same-sex marriage debate. As a child, I was at high risk of exposure to contagious STDs due to sexual molestation, my father's high-risk sexual behaviors, and multiple partners. Even when my father was in what looked like monogamous relationships, he continued cruising for anonymous sex. Unfortunately, my father, as a child, was sexually and physically abused by older males. Due to this, he lived with depression, control issues, anger outbursts, suicidal tendencies, and sexual compulsions.
He tried to fulfill his legitimate needs for his father's affirmation, affection and attention with transient and promiscuous relationships. Sadly, my father died of AIDS in 1991.
From a young age, I was exposed to explicit sexual speech, self-indulgent lifestyles, varied Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transexual subcultures and vacation spots. Sex looked gratuitous to me as a child. I was exposed to all inclusive manifestations of sexuality including bathhouse sex, cross-dressing, sodomy, pornography, gay nudity, lesbianism, bisexuality, minor recruitment, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Sado-masochism was alluded to and aspects demonstrated. Alcohol and drugs were often contributing factors to lower inhibitions in my father's relationships.
My father prized unisex dressing, gender-neutral aspects and a famous cross-dressing icon when I was eight years old. I did not see the value of biological complementing differences of male and female or think about marriage. I made vows to never have children since I had not grown up in a safe, sacrificial, child-centered home environment. Due to my life experience, I ask, "Can children really perform their best academically, financially, psychologically, socially and behaviorally in experimental situations?" I can tell you that I suffered long-term in this situation, and this has been professionally documented.
Over two decades of direct exposure to these stressful experiences caused me insecurity, depression, suicidal thoughts, dread, anxiousness, low self-esteem, sleeplessness and sexuality confusion. My conscience and innocence were seriously damaged. It took me until I was into my 20s and 30s, after making major life choices, to begin to realize how being raised in this environment affected me. My healing encompassed facing reality, accepting long-term consequences, and offering forgiveness. Can you imagine being forced to tolerate unstable...
"Sometimes our hate sounds louder in our actions than in the volume of our voices that claim love as the grace-filled answer." - Pastor Greg Buchner - Wakelee Church (www.wakeleechurch.net) on the need for grace when dealing with those who struggle in their sexuality.
55% of Americans believe it is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior, among those who have a high level of religious commitment it’s 76%. (Foster Letter 11/25/03)
While fewer Canadians are getting married, it remains the single most common foundation on which Canadians build a family. According to the ’06 census, there is a married couple living in nearly 70% of all families. Even so, common-law and same-sex couples are on the rise, with the number of same-sex couples growing by 32.6% since ’01, 5 times the pace of opposite-sex couples. (Leadership Network Advance 10/9/07)
The 10% figure began as a misinterpretation of studies done in the 1940s by sexologist/entomologist (student of insects) Alfred Kinsey and his associates. Scholars like Dr. Judith Reisman and Edward Eichel have challenged Kinsey's research methodology as flawed (he used an unspecified percentage of college student volunteers and convicts with sex offenses) and his statistics as therefore faulty. A series of recent studies from 1989 through 1993 all...
56% of straight Americans say people should be more supportive of gay equality, finds a Harris Interactive study. 60% of those ages 18 to 44 support equal treatment for the homosexual community. 71% of Americans say they have spoken out against anti-gay comments and about 18% cite religious or moral grounds for doing so. At the same time, about 20% also cite the same reasons for not speaking out in defense of gays. (Christian Post 10/12/07)
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network has organized over 400 Gay-Straight Alliances in US. Director Kate Frankfurt says, "Gays are tired of riding in the back of the bus. The issue [of gay rights] is now being joined, and the schools are a very important battleground." Gay activist and New York kindergarten teacher Jaki Williams stated, "Starting in kindergarten is a must, since children at that age are still developing their values. Even at that age, the saturation process needs to begin." Lesbian author Patricia Nell Warren has publicly declared, "Whoever captures the kids owns the future." A recent survey by Roiters News says 85% of high school seniors now believe gay is OK.