“Redeeming the Rainbow”: A Definitive Response to Michael Swift’s “The Gay Revolutionary”
Nat Turner, the Christian minister who led slave revolts and symbolizes black manhood, was cast as a homosexual in republication of The Confessions of Nat Turner. Was that historical revisionism by accident? Movies (e.g., Brokeback Mountain). A number of television shows, including “Masters of Sex”, a new Showtime series on Masters & Johnson – the authors of a famous (but flawed) study that sought to popularize homosexuality. A President that openly supports this lifestyle and a Democratic National Party that formally supports it. The National Education Association (NEA) has written into its charter advocacy for alternative families. Gays celebrated in journalism, sports, and entertainment. Even some religious sects and leaders that now support what religious teachings formally denounce. Are these just happenstance or do they point to a more strategic work to re-engineer American society into a center of sexual perversion in open defiance of God?
Michael Swift’s 1987 essay, The Gay Revolutionary (see below), is a vision of a utopian society that promotes same-sex relationship orientation. A society that represses all expressions and efforts that discourage homosexuality. Swift’s piece takes a position that homosexuals are oppressed and, filled with rage, these individuals carryout vengeance against those who oppose the gay lifestyle. Published in the Gay Community News [GCN], Swift’s satirical homosexual manifesto is nothing short of extreme. While many in the movement (including practicing homosexuals) would not agree with all that Swift articulates, we can see the shifting sands that reflect some of Swift’s ideas as they paint a picture of how same-gender relationships has worked itself into the mainstream, indeed into places of politics, commerce, the military, arts and entertainment, the media, and even some misguided religious circles. Swift’s editorial was printed in the Congressional Record as part of the evidence that a “gay agenda” indeed exists, and it operates with specific designs and aims.
Despite its widespread reprinting, Swift’s editorial (even as social commentary) is grounded in a single fallacious pretext on which he hangs the entire narrative. Namely, Swift casts the gay movement as being “oppressed”. The very idea of oppression historically and philosophically conjures up cruel treatment of ideas and ideals that are good. And to conceive of oppression or any other evil, one must adopt a justxaposing standard for that which is deemed good. From the perspective of faith, Christians believe the Word of God emanates from the source of all good — God himself. And it is in this unwavering standard of good that numerous passages (e.g., Romans 1) specifically and categorically judge homosexuality as sin. To consider one an oppressor who opposes homosexuality, as a sin against God, is to consider it also oppressive to jail murderers, convict rapists, penalize people for lying, prosecute pedophiles, etc. Further, Swift (as do many who write on this topic) fail to present a compelling argument that homosexuals are “oppressed”.
What has been missing in this debate is a definitive guide to the history, strategies, and resources of the homosexual movement. Dr. Scott Lively’s “Redeeming the Rainbow” (see attachment below) lays out conceptual, philosophical, and biblical responses to formidable battle being waged to normalize homosexuality and transgender lifestyles. By doing so, it takes on Swift’s underlying themes in sound manner.
I encourage readers to consider Swift’s words (below) and spend some with in Dr. Lively’s work. Redeeming the Rainbow is a 232-page response that presents topics related to homosexuality and the gay agenda in a way which equips Christians to address this issue taking shape in America and across the globe. Lively summarizes this work:
“A comprehensive but easy-to-understand textbook for Christians and other defenders of God’s design for family and society which explains in detail 1) the nature, causes and characteristics of homosexual dysfunction and militancy, 2) the history, philosophy, goals, methods and strategies of the global “gay” movement, 3) the urgent, escalating and imminent danger this movement represents to all aspects of Christian civilization throughout the world,and 4) specific, practical principles for responding to each of the many areas of “gay” aggression — all firmly grounded in and supported by both Scripture and non-religious logical
analysis, documentation and terminology.”
Dr. Lively heads the not-for-profit Abiding Truth Ministries [ATM] that works to strength family in the US and abroad. ATM’s website is located at: http://www.defendthefamily.com/.
And on that note, I want to publicly thank Dr. Lively for the enormous work that went into Redeeming the Rainbow and for making this work free of charge and thus more accessible to the public.
Get PDF eBook free of charge. Click here -> “Redeeming the Rainbow”
The Gay Revolutionary
From Gay Community News, Feb. 15-21, 1987
(reprinted from The Congressional Record, with preface restored)
This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.
We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.
Women, you cry for freedom. You say you are no longer satisfied with men; they make you unhappy. We, connoisseurs of the masculine face, the masculine physique, shall take your men from you then. We will amuse them; we will instruct them; we will embrace them when they weep. Women, you say you wish to live with each other instead of with men. Then go and be with each other. We shall give your men pleasures they have never known because we are foremost men too, and only one man knows how to truly please another man; only one man can understand the depth and feeling, the mind and body of another man.
All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men.
All homosexuals must stand together as brothers; we must be united artistically, philosophically, socially, politically and financially. We will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual enemy.
If you dare to cry faggot, fairy, queer, at us, we will stab you in your cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.
We shall write poems of the love between men; we shall stage plays in which man openly caresses man; we shall make films about the love between heroic men which will replace the cheap, superficial, sentimental, insipid, juvenile, heterosexual infatuations presently dominating your cinema screens. We shall sculpt statues of beautiful young men, of bold athletes which will be placed in your parks, your squares, your plazas. The museums of the world will be filled only with paintings of graceful, naked lads.
Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable and de rigueur, and we will succeed because we are adept at setting styles. We will eliminate heterosexual liaisons through usage of the devices of wit and ridicule, devices which we are skilled in employing.
We will unmask the powerful homosexuals who masquerade as heterosexuals. You will be shocked and frightened when you find that your presidents and their sons, your industrialists, your senators,your mayors, your generals, your athletes, your film stars, your television personalities, your civic leaders, your priests are not the safe, familiar, bourgeois, heterosexual figures you assumed them to be. We are everywhere; we have infiltrated your ranks. Be careful when you speak of homosexuals because we are always among you; we may be sitting across the desk from you; we may be sleeping in the same bed with you.
There will be no compromises. We are not middle-class weaklings. Highly intelligent, we are the natural aristocrats of the human race, and steely-minded aristocrats never settle for less. Those who oppose us will be exiled.
We shall raise vast private armies, as Mishima did, to defeat you. We shall conquer the world because warriors inspired by and banded together by homosexual love and honor are invincible as were the ancient Greek soldiers.
The family unit-spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence–will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory. They will be bonded together in communal setting, under the control and instruction of homosexual savants.
All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men. We adhere to a cult of beauty, moral and esthetic. All that is ugly and vulgar and banal will be annihilated. Since we are alienated from middle-class heterosexual conventions, we are free to live our lives according to the dictates of the pure imagination. For us too much is not enough.
The exquisite society to emerge will be governed by an elite comprised of gay poets. One of the major requirements for a position of power in the new society of homoeroticism will be indulgence in the Greek passion. Any man contaminated with heterosexual lust will be automatically barred from a position of influence. All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men.
“We shall rewrite history, history filled and debased with your heterosexual lies and distortions. We shall portray the homosexuality of the great leaders and thinkers who have shaped the world. We will demonstrate that homosexuality and intelligence and imagination are inextricably linked, and that homosexuality is a requirement for true nobility, true beauty in a man.
“We shall be victorious because we are fueled with the ferocious bitterness of the oppressed who have been forced to play seemingly bit parts in your dumb, heterosexual shows throughout the ages. We too are capable of firing guns and manning the barricades of the ultimate revolution.
Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks.
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