For Valentine’s Day, the religious extremists have ratcheted up their barrage of hatred.

Linda Harvey of Mission America, a rabid anti-gay organization, has a new story about 13 year old Josh, a fictional compilation of what she envisions to be a vulnerable youth susceptible to the homosexual agenda. This listing of imaginary horrors can be found on the website of Concerned Women for America (Robert Knight’s organization).

In it, Harvey argues (without any substantiation whatsoever) that homosexuality is a learned and avoidable condition:

Can people, children in this case, become homosexuals by exposure to certain ideas and behavior? In other words, can a person who would not otherwise become homosexual start the behavior, come to prefer it and form a habitual addiction?

Can a society create more homosexuals? The answer quite clearly is yes. That is how current homosexuals, in fact, came to be.

Although every reputable mental health organization has stated that sexual orientation is determined very early in life, Harvey seems to claim that homosexuality is caused in teenage years or later:

People, especially the young, can be seduced into homosexual behavior and have their identities molded around the homosexual lifestyle through a combination of persuasion and circumstances that may include the following:

• being convinced homosexuality is acceptable;
• reading or viewing explicit homosexual pornography;
• having a close relationship with a peer who is practicing homosexuality;
• admiring an older teacher or mentor who is homosexual;
• attending homosexual social venues (a “gay” club, bar, church youth group);
• being homosexually molested;
• having parents who espouse homosexuality or engage in homosexual activism;
• lacking strong ties to a church that remains faithful to the historic Christian faith, and hostility toward traditional views.

In direct conflict to the life experiences of many people on this site, myself included, Harvey makes a most bizarre claim:

When children grow up trusting God as the Designer of masculinity and femininity, and if they are not sexually molested or have their innocence assaulted by other traumatic events, their feelings will be channeled normally toward heterosexual sex within marriage as an obvious and desirable goal. The truth imparted by the Holy Spirit in young believers hinders the harmful absorption of the culture’s deceit about homosexuality as well as other temptations.

Yes. Harvey actually claims that if you go to the right church your child won’t be gay.

What is disturbing is that there is a whole segment of society that isn’t horrified by the unsubstantiated and illogical lies spouted forth by Harvey and her fellow anti-gay activists. The CWA will print Harvey’s claim that going to a gay bar makes you gay and at the same time they print some ex-gay minister admitting that sexual orientation isn’t chosen but is caused by a distant father during adolescence. It doesn’t have to be consistent or make sense. All that is required is that it is anti-gay, and the more scandalous and hateful, the better.

Oh, and what happens to fictional Josh? He gets HIV, infects several teenagers, and dies in his 40’s. And lest you think this is presented in the spirit of “loving the sinner”, Harvey entitled her venom Fairy Tales Don’t Come True.

Yeah, that’s Christ-like, Linda.

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