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I came up with the idea to start this blog last semester, I had this fantastic english teacher who gave us writing assignments but let us pick out our own topics.  I decided to do double duty and try to inform myself while completing my assignments.  I chose to write on a different gay topic for every paper due and in doing some research came across an article by Craige McMillan entitled Why ‘gay marriage’ is a religious hate crime.  This article was so annoyingly uninformed that I decided to write him a letter addressing it.  Following is McMillans article and my letter… I am currently waiting for his response.

Why ‘gay marriage’ is a religious hate crime

Posted: April 01, 2004
1:00 am Eastern

By Craige McMillan
© 2009

A lot has been lost in the debate about so-called “gay marriage.” At the top of that list is the effect that redefining marriage will have on people of conscience and religious believers.

Marriage is an institution that has been present since the beginnings of recorded history. It has meant the union of a man and a woman, and provided within that union the stability necessary to create and nurture the next generation.

While not all such unions produce children, procreation is the reason that most governments give some special consideration in law and tax to marriage and the resulting family. No government that ignores the welfare of the next generation will long endure.

At least three of the world’s major religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – condemn homosexual relations. These faiths prescribe varying degrees of punishment for those who practice such behavior. The most serious punishment is death.

Amazingly, no one seems concerned about the effect that elevating such condemned behavior to the same position of dignity and honor that families receive will have on people of conscience and religious faith. We should expect homosexual activists to be one-sided and completely consumed with gaining cultural and legal sanction for their favored sexual pastime – that is the nature of the lust that consumes their minds and bodies.

The Catholic Church is a prime example. Even within the sacred confines of the priesthood, men were unable to control the lusts that ravaged their minds and bodies – and many, despite their stated intentions, ended up serving their lust by betraying the trust and innocence of those they sought to serve and lead to God. The result has been thousands of shattered lives among victims (and, one suspects, perpetrators as well).

We have a right to expect more than one-sided homosexual-advocacy from our judges, political leaders, pollsters and journalists. Yet our highest-ranking judges have betrayed their own oath to the Constitution to serve homosexual advocacy. They have cited international law over the Constitution in manufacturing a “right” to homosexual sodomy.

Local political leaders who failed to reveal to voters their homosexual sympathies have brazenly ignored state laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman, and issued homosexual “marriage licenses,” then conducted “marriage ceremonies” for the deluded “couples.” Journalists have written about these incidents, yet never disclosed to their readers that they are homosexuals or supporters of the homosexual movement.

What do these people who advocate for their own unrestricted lusts imagine that people of conscience and faith are supposed to do if the activists accomplish their selfish, thoughtless agenda and mandate acceptance of their sexual lifestyle? Do they somehow imagine that their sexual proclivities should be rammed down the throats of the faithful, and God be damned?

Yes, they do. Witness the Boy Scouts. Little else would give homosexual activists or their supporters in government, media and academe more pleasure than forcing a Christian, Jewish or Muslim widow to rent her property to a pair of homosexual tenants in violation of her conscience, and in mockery of her faith. It is the barrel of the policeman’s gun that they seek – and which they have now found in Canada, where it is illegal to speak against homosexuality. That the widow should have her property seized and turned over to homosexuals through the court system for denying them the legitimacy they crave is their end goal.

Throughout history homosexuality has been characterized by uncontrolled lust. Today we see it in the “gay” personals ads, where men now advertise for sex with unprotected HIV-positive men. Nothing else, not even their life, matters. That is why homosexuals have historically been barred from government security service, military service and, yes, as Scoutmasters for Boy Scout troops. Has the Catholic Church not proven these concerns valid – in spades?

All that homosexuals have “achieved” since the 1960s has been achieved through manipulation, coercion or stealth. In 1973, militant homosexuals invaded the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting and disrupted the meeting to such an extent – threatening more the next year and the next and the next – that psychiatrists were bullied into removing homosexuality from their list of illnesses. By stealth, they invaded and crippled the Catholic Church’s seminaries, and ultimately its parishes, destroying the lives of tens of thousands. Behind closed doors, homosexuality’s adherents in government have hold closed meetings, excluding those who disagree with their plans. They then present their cherished goal – “homosexual marriage” – as a fait accompli.

It is not. Homosexuals are now fond of presenting their “struggle” as a “civil-rights struggle.” That is a self-serving trivialization of what blacks, who had no control whatsoever over their skin

color, suffered. Blacks did not suffer because their behavior was abhorrent or ill-considered, they suffered for marrying, having children and supporting their families in the workplace. Only someone whose lust had corrupted their mind and obscured all rational thought could believe otherwise.

America needs to make sure its politicians understand: You’re not God, and the perversions you’re peddling have no place in civilized society.

My letter:

Dear Mr. McMillan,

I would like to politely disagree on your opinion on homosexual marriage and various other topics stated in the article you wrote entitled, Why ‘gay marriage’ is a religious hate crime. As stated in John 8:1 – 11 “Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone,” meaning that unless you are without sin you have no right to condemn. Ultimately God is love, and therefore God loves everyone no matter his or her race, color or sexual orientation.  Also, you state that the three major religions condemn homosexual behavior and that it is punishable by as drastic a measure as death, I find this hard to believe unless you could perhaps point out a passage in the bible where it says that?  It is however stated directly within the Ten Commandments specifically in commandment six; Thou shalt not kill.  I find it rather hypocritical that these religions and you yourself would condone these thoughts, which directly go against God’s word.   The fact that you are manipulating God’s word into a tool of hate is a gross misuse.

Personally I have no care to “redefine marriage” as you call it.  Label it a civil union if it makes you sleep better at night.  I am the child of a 63-year-old, devout Christian, republican and baby boomer, if my mother can be all right with the term Civil Union I am not sure where the problem lies.  I am not sure who exactly you think you are, but America was founded on the practice of freedom and trusting in God.  When you try to disfigure meanings both in the bible and laws put down by our forefathers, you are a direct threat to those two things, and in my mind most un-patriotic.

Personally I do not have “uncontrollable lusts,” I do not prey on people as you so blatantly insinuate, I do not have an STD as I am fond of protected sex.  I do not use “manipulation, coercion or stealth” and I do not think that homosexual orientation is a mental illness.  In fact I feel that it is quite natural as opposed to heterosexual coupling, I mean in all reality what could be more natural than something that you are familiar with?

As for Catholic priests that are led astray, I would like to ask why you are condemning homosexuals as a whole?  Perhaps if the Catholic church were to rethink their laws on priests marrying, there would not be such a problem.  As for myself I come from a family of five children, two of the five are gay, myself and the brother closest in age to me.  We were raised on solid values, him in the Catholic Church and myself Baptist/Presbyterian.  My brother is still a devout Catholic and I have recently gone back to my faith through a friend in the Methodist church.  Both my girlfriend and I enjoy attending church as well as other extracurricular church activities.  I also have friends both gay men and lesbians that are quite devout in their faith, one girl being my former pastor’s daughter and going to college for missionary work.  My girlfriend and I do not invade the parish by stealth, in fact we are not quiet about our sexual orientation at all and our pastor is quite wonderful and truly seems to believe in loving all of his sheep unconditionally as good Christians should.

I would just like to say that after reading your article numerous times I feel that the culture has changed and with it many an opinion on homosexuality.  Quite honestly, homosexuality does not affect you or your lifestyle, why meddle with something that is really not your fight?  All that we ask is that you would kindly show us the same courtesy that you would show anyone else who happens to be different from you.  We cannot change our feelings just as African Americans cannot change their skin.  If you think that is not the case ask yourself; why would we choose to be ostracized and not have equal rights.  If it was possible to change how I felt I could have stayed with my high school sweetheart, gotten married, popped out 2.5 babies and preceded to live happily ever after.  With that said, you sir, are not God yourself and so therefore not at liberty to pass judgment on others nor peddle your distorted view of sexual orientation.  It would be in your best interest to attempt at a more open-minded view on current events.


Elisabeth S. Paquet


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  1. * Tavis Reed says:

    Wow, very nice response, Elisabeth!

    I’m curious to see if he will response, since his original article was dated 2004…I wonder what other kinds of responses he has received.

    I just wanted to make a comment about the death penalty for homosexuality. Unfotunately this is still practiced, mostly in Islamic countries in the Middle East. The stories still hit the news every now and then.

    But Mr. McMillan must also be careful in his broad generalizations. While most branches of Christianity may condemn homosexuality, there are various branches who do hold commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples. Even the Roman Catholic Church has a policy to respect and love queer people (though they may not always practice what they speak). I, for one, am very curous to see how things will pan out with the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church of the USA–and how that will trickle out to other forms of Christianity. (Though I realize this will take a generation or two of bishops.)

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