Why are Americans being forced to accept the morality of homosexual acts? Why has the US Supreme Court acknowledged the validity of same-sex "marriage", which was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization until a decade ago? Where has the "gay rights" movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America?
The answers are in the dynamics of the rationalization of sexual misbehavior. The power of rationalization-the means by which one transforms wrong into right-drives the gay rights movement, gives it its revolutionary character, and makes its advocates indefatigable. The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the security of the rationalization upon which it is based requires universal acceptance. In other words, we all must say that the bad is good.
At stake in the rationalization of homosexual behavior is the notion that human beings are ordered to a purpose that is given by their Nature. The understanding that things have an in-built purpose is being replaced with the idea that everything is subject to man's will and power, which is without limits. This is what the debate over homosexuality is really about-the Nature of reality itself.
The outcome of this dispute will have consequences that go far beyond the issue at hand. Already America's major institutions have been transformed-its courts, its schools, its military, its civic institutions, and even its diplomacy. The further institutionalization of homosexuality will mean the triumph of the primacy of force over reason, thus undermining the very foundations of the American Republic.
Robert Reilly was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006) for the US Secretary of Defense. He directed Voice of America and served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President (1983-1985). A graduate of Georgetown University and the Claremont Graduate University, he has written widely on foreign policy, "war of ideas" issues, and classical music. His previous book is The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis. 250 pages