In 1975, the brilliant Catholic philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe wrote one of the earliest defenses of Humanae Vitae with her essay “Contraception and Chastity.” It is a work that every Catholic should read, not only for her brilliant logic but also for her remarkable prescience. This is how she saw the future:
If contraceptive intercourse is permissible, then what objection could there be after all to mutual masturbation, or copulation in vase indebito, sodomy, buggery . . . if such things are all right, it becomes perfectly impossible to see anything wrong with homosexual intercourse . . . I am saying: you will have no solid reason against these things. You will have no answer to someone who proclaims as many do they are good too. You cannot point to the known fact that Christianity drew people out of the pagan world, always saying no to these things. Because, if you are defending contraception, you will have rejected Christian tradition . . . if contraceptive intercourse is all right, then so are all forms of sexual activity.
Thirty-eight years later, we look around and see just how right she was. Today, everything in the name of “love” is permissible. Which brings us to this story out of Florida.
Kaitlyn Hunt is an eighteen-year-old high school senior who was charged recently with sexual battery because she is in a sexual relationship with a fifteen-year-old female classmate, who was only fourteen when they started dating. Charges were brought by the parents of the other girl, who claim that they were unaware of their daughter’s relationship with Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn’s mother has no problem with the relationship and declares, “This was unusual for Kate, she has always dated boys, but being the kind of mother I am, I didn’t want to make it a big deal.”
So her daughter is in a sexual relationship with a girl who is three, almost four, years younger, and the mother sees neither the sexual part nor the age part as a big deal. Oh, one more thing. Kaitlyn’s mother considers the parents of the fifteen-year-old girl to be “bigoted, religious [zealots]” who believe that being gay is a sin. (For the record, the younger girl’s mother is black; the father is white. Bigots?)
Rest assured that Kaitlyn is not fighting this battle alone. Virtually the entire homosexual community in America is supporting her and threatening to bring enormous pressure on the school district and the local police. And judging by the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America, that pressure can be daunting.
Now the reader may be asking, “What does this have to do with me?” Much, especially if you have young children. This disturbing drama is the logical outcome of a society that proclaims from the rooftops that homosexual relationships are to be embraced and applauded. Children in too many public schools have been brainwashed to believe that Heather having two mommies or two daddies is as normal as blue sky and green grass. And all this is supposed to bring forth a world of lollipops and roses.
But let’s see where this will take us in the school. If an eighteen-year-old student can have a sexual relationship with a fourteen-year-old, why stop there? Why not with a thirteen-year-old or younger? Can an eighth-grader have such a relationship with a fifth-grader?
While we’re talking about ages, what middle school or high school student is emotionally mature enough to understand the ramifications of a homosexual relationship? Even a normal heterosexual relationship at that age is fraught with dangers. The greater the age difference of the couple, the greater the dangers. Are we to believe that homosexual sex is no different, given its unique characteristics?
And what stories with homosexual themes will be read to elementary students? How many photos of homosexual heroes will adorn the classroom walls, next to those of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Margaret Tubman, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights pioneers?
When the homosexual lifestyle is fully accepted as simply an alternative lifestyle, what else can we expect in the classroom? Will Johnny, who has been raised by his parents to regard homosexual acts as abnormal and contrary to God’s law, be able to express his disagreement? Or will he be chastised for being insensitive and intolerant? Will he be declared a bigot? Will he be forced to attend counseling so that his abhorrent views might be “corrected”? Will he be told that his parents’ beliefs are antiquated and based on superstitious myths? Will his parents be reported to social services for emotional abuse of their children?
For the reader who sees me as Chicken Little, let me ask another question: Did you ever think you’d see the day when an openly homosexual boy would be allowed in the Boy Scouts? I rest my case.
Let me conclude with a word to parents who are opposed to the homosexual lifestyle and have school-aged children: This is a reality check. The public school is, or soon will be, your enemy. The purveyors of political correctness are already bullying children into either embracing homosexuality or keeping their mouths shut. The culture war is heating up, and your children are dying on the battlefield. But you do have two options. First, you can continue to send your children to the public school and hope that they can survive unscathed. Or, second, you can remove your children from the school and find a private school or educate them at home. The first option carries with it a huge risk. The second option gives your children a fighting chance. What’s in the balance? The souls of your children.
(Footnote: At the Cannes Film Festival this year, the top prize went to Blue Is The Warmest Color. What’s it about? It’s a coming-of-age story about two teen lesbians. The bumpy ride is getting bumpier.)