My letter to the National Post on a piece they picked up from AP on Russia’s anti homosexuality policies: unpublished by them so…
Your long piece on the anti-homosexuality movement in Russia (picked up from AP) demonstrates in its one-sideness and superficiality the very reason I subscribe to the National Post: paradoxically to read alternatives to this approach. If the Post won’t offer a deeper perspective, who will?
The first unspoken premise of the article is that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. The second is that it is genetic or congenital and cannot be learned: one is born with it. The piece assumes further that the Russian government knows these self-evident truths. Therefore, its policies must be based on something else such as irrational, visceral instincts, ignorant beliefs or cynical pandering to both.
Thus the state opposes homosexuality because it needs the Orthodox church as a unifying influence, and the Orthodox, for some unstated reason, oppose homosexuality.
But the premise is wrong because homosexuality is wrong. The Orthodox and Catholic churches have said and continue to say so for 2,000 years. They don`t teach that homosexuality is wrong because it says so in the Bible. Rather, they teach that the Bible says it is wrong because that is how God has made the universe and made humanity.
The design of humans in two genders has one purpose: reproduction. God’s design links sexual pleasure with reproduction, Christianity teaches, because (1) He wanted us to reproduce and (2) to enjoy it and (3) there is nothing He enjoys more Himself than creating so He made us to do it and enjoy it too (this is part of what making us in “His image and likeness” means).
Homosexuality is wrong not in the way that shooting someone with a gun is wrong; it is wrong in the way using a six-shooter to hammer nails into fence posts and shooting yourself in the foot is wrong. Canadians have long had a visceral reaction to homosexuality, but certainly several decades of contrary propaganda has reduced this response here. If Russians choose to resist this homo-normative propaganda with legislation, the Harper government should let them. If it persists to the contrary, I would urge my fellow social conservatives to park their votes elsewhere.