I don’t know much about Rick Perry as a man. As a politician I’ve found reasons to disagree with him and even dislike him. I’ve also found reason to admire his stands against Federal encroachments.
But I am pleasantly surprised that he would take a hit on the homosexual issue. It is one that many conservatives in office might try to avoid. Many “conservatives” in the media have apostatized on the issue. But Rick Perry, without being angry, simply spoke against our present cultural madness.
Perry made his comments to the Commonwealth Club of California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Perry was asked if he believed homosexuality is a disorder.
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
The large crowd gathered at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel on Nob Hill included many Perry supporters. But the comment still drew a murmur of disbelief.
Notice how polarized the nation has become and how elitist the pro-homosexual “believers” have become. They not only believe that homosexuality is normal, but they pretend that anyone who thinks otherwise is some sort of impossible barbarian. Nothing has happened to change the minds of millions of people, including Bible-believing Christians. Yet these people act like they have shown us proof that we must reject everything and submit to their pansexual ideology.
Dear Homosexual-normalizers, wake up and realize you have never been persuasive. That’s why you keep trying to find new ways to intimidate.
CNS News points out this is not a new way for Perry to explain his view on homosexuality:
Perry expressed a similar view in his 2008 book, On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For, which examined how liberal groups and gay activists had attacked the Boy Scouts since 1976 to change its policies on membership.
In the book, Perry says, “Though I am no expert on the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate, I can sympathize with those who believe sexual preference is genetic. It may be so, but it remains unproved. Even if it were, this does not mean we are ultimately not responsible for the active choices we make.”
“Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” said Perry. “And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”
Perry went on to explain that this does not mean people should condemn those who engage in homosexual behavior, for their lives are just as valuable in the eyes of God as anyone else’s life. But freedom to engage in homosexual behavior does not mean that millions of Americans have to accept, or “normalize” that behavior in society.
“A loving, tolerant view toward those who have a different sexual preference is the ideal position – for both the heterosexual and the homosexual,” said Perry. “I do not believe in condemning homosexuals that I know personally. I believe in valuing their lives like any others, as our God in Heaven does.”
“Tolerance, however, should not only be asked of the proponents of traditional values,” the governor said. “The radical homosexual movement seeks societal normalization of their sexual activity. I respect their right to engage in the individual behavior of their choosing, but they must respect the rights of millions in society to refuse to normalize their behavior.”
Perry’s analogy was perfect. Not everyone is equally prone to alcoholism. Furthermore, the love of alcohol seems like a natural inclination to the alcoholic. To be a full human being the alcoholic must combat his own desires. Jesus calls people who find themselves erotically fixated on anyone other than an opposite-sex spouse to do the same. I am thankful Perry spoke the simple truth.
Of course, Perry’s ethic of tolerance and love is completely foreign to the current promoters of homosexual acceptance who use the power of government and economic intolerance to wipe out all traditional societal and civil freedoms.