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An article on the history of homosexual/gay oppression. Prejudice and oppression is against God.

Updated on May 31, 2013

Contents.

How homosexual/gay prejudice ruins lives.

Homosexual/ Gay prejudice and oppression through history.

Homosexual or Heterosexual. Prejudice and oppression is wrong, and against God's word.

Some victims, and a villain. Homosexual prejudice again.

Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Not for the reason many believe.) Homosexuals tell their own version.
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Not for the reason many believe.) Homosexuals tell their own version.
Oscar Wilde. This rabid homosexual heterophobe ruined the life of the unfortunate  Marquis of Queensberry.
Oscar Wilde. This rabid homosexual heterophobe ruined the life of the unfortunate Marquis of Queensberry.
A loving couple. Is this really so perverted? What makes homosexuality so right?
A loving couple. Is this really so perverted? What makes homosexuality so right?

How homosexual/gay prejudice ruins lives.

One of the most besetting sins that seem to afflict our society is the prevalence of discrimination either through the law, or through ill-informed antipathy from religiously inclined people, against those who have a minority sexual preference. In Christian societies the oppression that exists often calls on the words of The Bible to lend authority to the condemnatory utterances, although true students of that Holy Book will tell you that, when the passages that seem to castigate certain sexual practices are read in context, they are not really doing so at all. We all know how "the sin of Sodom" was said to be a certain way of copulating. What is less well known is that that idea only really entered into mainstream Christian thinking around the sixth century AD. The real biblical interpretation is that the inhabitants of Sodom,(and Gomorrah) were guilty of the sin of refusing hospitality to strangers, and ignoring the plight of the poor. Sexual practices had nothing to do with it.

On these false notions the idea that certain sexual preferences were anathema to God took hold in the Christian psyche, and this as well as a slavish admiration for the homosexual practices of The Ancient Greeks, means that the heterosexual minority in our society has been subjected to undeserved prejudice, bordering on hatred, ever since.

I want to make a plea now for tolerance and understanding. I don’t feel that in the twenty first century a man should be condemned simply for having feelings for a woman, and wishing to give expression to those feelings in a way that, strangely enough, seems perfectly natural to him. Neither should it be right that the woman is reviled, because she rejects lesbianism. This behaviour may seem perverted to the majority, and indeed it certainly is odd, but they are all "God's creatures", and as such they are beloved of "Their Father" even if their way of making love is different from that of the majority. Homosexuality may be "the norm" but "the gay way “is not the only way of expressing sexual love.


Homosexual/ Gay prejudice and oppression through history.


Of course these prejudices have been ingrained in our society for a very long time. The discovery of artificial insemination in roman times removed the absolute need for men to copulate with women in order to propagate the species. This fitted in well with the desires of the majority of men to couple only with each other, so women took up the role, that they have filled ever since as "breeding machines". They were allowed to make love to each other in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet Sappho. Inseminating them meant that the species could be maintained, and everyone was happy. That was, of course, never really the case. Even then there were men and women who preferred to make love with each other. They had to keep it very quiet of course, especially after the rise of the Christian era, when the loathing of heterosexuality that permeated society was reinforced by the notion that such practices were sinful. The story of David and Jonathan has always been held up as the ideal of sexual love. It is to reinforce that idea that so many pictures of that couple are displayed in all our churches and schools.

One of the best known stories that illustrate the operation of the unjust laws that operated in our society until very recently is the story of The Marquis of Queensbury and Oscar Wilde in which the unfortunate Marquis had to spend several years in prison after being accused of heterosexual behaviour by the rabid heterophobe and homosexual Oscar Wilde.

Until the laws against sex between men and women started to be relaxed in the nineteen sixties both men and women could be imprisoned for life just for giving physical expression to any feelings that they might have for each other. Can you imagine that? Of course it was a blackmailer’s charter. The famous expression "the love that dare not speak its name" dates from that era. It is from a poem by Queensberry, and it speaks very eloquently of the terror that was felt then by all "heteros".

Of course things are not quite so bad in our age, although there still is a long way to go. It is no longer against the law in most western countries for heterosexuals to engage in intercourse. In some parts of our cities men and women can even be seen walking hand in hand. I saw a man actually kiss a woman straight on the lips one day. They did get some strange looks from some of the people around them. But they were not arrested, and nobody tried to beat them up. Of course if they did that in some of our more fundamentalist communities it might very well have been a different story. Recently the law governing marriage has been amended in several countries. People of opposite gender can now get married for the first time. Mind you it is called a civil partnership, as opposed to marriage, which is still only really available to same sex couples. Of course none of the mainstream religious denominations will allow the practice. Old prejudices die hard, and if you want your union to be "sanctified by God" you will need to be of the same sex as your spouse.

That is the situation that exists in this country. Of course in some less enlightened parts of the world the position is still very much in the dark ages. There are countries where to engage in opposite sex relations is still a capital offence. The pictures that we can see on the internet of young people being slowly hanged, just because they loved in an unapproved way are heart breaking. Although I must ask myself if telling someone in our society that they will be condemned to Hell for eternity for the same offence is not equally as bad.


The absurdity of prejudice.

Homosexual or Heterosexual. Prejudice and oppression is wrong, and against God's word.


What prompted me to write this article is the news that I have been receiving recently of the sad incidence of suicide among young people who are being bullied over their sexuality. Bullying of any sort is intolerable. And the type that is just reinforcing the false notion that your sexual preferences are somehow wrong or something to be ashamed of is particularly to be condemned. Sadly this attitude is being fostered in many cases by those who profess to follow the Prince of Peace. As I said before, Jesus does not care whether you are heterosexual or homosexual. His love is for all people. The prejudice that is felt against heterosexuals by the gay majority is not the will of God, but a perversion of his teachings. Learn to live in love with each other as He commanded. Don’t let the sad fate of The Marquis of Queensberry be repeated in our day.

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    • christopheranton profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      PaperNotes.

      Thank you for your sensible, and supportive comment.

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      PaperNotes 

      7 years ago

      I agree with what you said that old prejudices die hard and prejudices, just as bad habits are hard to break, for the homosexuals surely is a perfect example. Nowadays, there are homosexuals who have proven themselves much better than other people yet they are still discriminated because some people (especially those against them) cannot admit that these people are individuals with great talents to share. Some can really act so narrow minded and self-righteous.

    • christopheranton profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      CP Thanks again for your further comments. Your kind remarks are appreciated.

      Be well yourself, and all yours.

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      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      CA, you are such a kind yet insistent tutor.

      Be well.

      CP

    • christopheranton profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thanks syzygyastro I really appreciate your considered comments,as your own articles are always so interesting and well written. But I am not saying that gay people are discriminatory as such. I am inventing a scenario that is the reverse of the true situation in order to make people think about it. For instance the real story of Oscar Wilde and the Marquis of Queensberry is exactly the opposite of how I tell it.

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      William J. Prest 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      It is indeed unfortunate that some gay people discriminate in this manner, but then again, they also discriminate against one another along class lines, i.e., rich and poor. The whole idea about the gay rights struggle in the beginning was the concept of human rights for those of homosexual preference in orientation. It has since degenerated far from that.

      As for politics, this is just another football that's kicked back and forth, as in California's on again, off again, on again back and forth gay marriage with mass annulments and so on. It has degenerated into a useless mess. Other politicians who are known to be gay, actually vote against gay right propositions.

      Family values is a tag that is meaningless considering the tragedy that emerged out of the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the arising "foreclosure Gate". Millions of families have been thrown onto the streets to rot as profit seekers seek fortune off-shore.

      Prejudice is seemingly innate in human beings and we have to be conscious to overcome it. I appreciate your full understanding of the Bible in context as this is seldom done. Good work and sorely needed!

    • christopheranton profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Christopher and Keith. Thank you both for reading and "Getting It". When attempting to be satirical, I always have that sinking feeling that the whole thing might fall flat, or offend the wrong people. I,m glad this one seems to have worked so far. Bullying is crap, no matter who does it.

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      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      CA,

      If in was out and up was down

      We'd still be stumbling all around

      And judging all with vision clear

      As muddy water, egg in beer.

      It took me a minute to follow your lead, but once I "got it" it all fell satirically into place.

      I used to frequent night clubs and bars nearly every night of the week. I loved to get dressed up and go out to dance. Every so often some nice guy would approach me, and I'd have to gently let him know that I was heterosexual, and though I was flattered he was wasting his time. I'd also warn him who NOT to hit on if he valued his health.

      I've lost good friends to AIDS. I have two sons and a daughter who seems "straight" but who know that I don't care what sexual orientation they are as long as they are happy.

      I live in Vermont where we passed the law to legalize same sex marriage.

      I wish people would simply let others follow their hearts. It's a tough enough world out there. Loving someone shouldn't be discouraged with meaningless mindless restrictions.

      Let the Marquis of Queensbury invent rules for pugilism, Love should know no bounds.

      CP

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      attemptedhumour 

      7 years ago from Australia

      That's a class response to the lunacy of small minded people who want to continue living in the dark ages. When gay marriage is touted the politicians hide behind political number crunching to avoid this ridiculous anomaly even though they would obviously support it in their private lives. It will come and i think, or hope, that it is soon. Great, well written, important hub that millions should take heed of. Cheers from an avid supporter

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