I’m surprised the only only speaking any truth on Michael Jackson is Congressman Peter King.
While I’m sure Michael Jackson was kind and gentle, possessing a childlike soul, I don’t think that takes into any consideration the effect his sleeping with young boys had on the young boys themselves.
I recently posted some material on my blog concerning the Church and homosexuality. An essay here:
And a report titled “Causes of Homosexuality: A Christian Appraisal of the Data” by
Andrew J. Sodergren, M.S. of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
The outpouring of vitriolic bile directed at those pieces was educating to say the least. Here is part of an interview with Robert P George who encounters this stuff all the time:
"Another and far more insidious and brutal way in which many advocates of sexual liberalism deploy cultural power in the cause of redefining marriage is by depicting their opponents as bigots. Across the country, they have pursued a strategy of intimidation against anyone who dares to dissent from their position in a public way. Their appalling treatment of Carrie Prejean is merely one example. Their relentless personal attacks on her were designed to send a clear message to others who aspire to succeed in any area of public life, from beauty pageants to careers in journalism and politics: “If you oppose us, if you have the temerity to express support for the conjugal conception of marriage, we will smear you as a rube and a bigot, make your life hell, and do our best to ruin you.”
After losing the Proposition 8 battle in California, the campaign of intimidation went into full swing. Anyone who contributed money to the Prop 8 effort or played any identifiable role in supporting it was targeted for intimidation. They were depicted as agents of intolerance and enemies of equality. Pressure was put on their employers to fire or discipline them. (I speak from personal experience here: the president of Princeton University, where I am a member of the faculty, was deluged with letters demanding action against me.) Boycotts were launched against their businesses. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and its members, who were, as always, generous and active supporters of conjugal marriage, were made a particular target because they were perceived as an especially vulnerable religious minority. The LDS faithful were harassed, their church services were disrupted, and a grotesquely libelous and bigoted video ad depicting Mormon missionaries as home invaders was run against them.
PD: Will the campaign of intimidation work?
George: Campaigns of intimidation succeed only if the victims of such campaigns permit themselves to be intimidated. They fizzle when people refuse to alter their behavior out of fear. As anyone who has ever confronted a school-yard bully knows, bullies are cowards. When their victims stand up to them, they fold like accordions. My advice to supporters of marriage who are targets of intimidation is this: make clear to the bullies that if they seek to intimidate you, your response will be to ratchet up your support of marriage by, for example, increasing your financial contributions to the pro-marriage cause, devoting more time to making phone calls to family members, friends, and members of your religious community, and doing other grassroots work on behalf of marriage. That is what I have personally done. Just as the campaign of intimidation will fail if we refuse to be intimidated, it will backfire if we decide to make it backfire by redoubling our pro-marriage efforts in the face of it.
In the words of a prominent politician who says that though he supports civil unions he opposes same-sex “marriage”: Yes, we can! "
So I see why it seem the wiser choice to remain silent about Jackson when others (Rev Al Sharpton) are crediting him with being a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, another Martin Luther King.
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