It is a pop-culture phenomenon. It’s one of the most popular shows on television, and the top entertainment series among teens. It’s a spellbinding musical comedy, set on a bright, beautiful campus, that follows the day-to-day antics of a high school glee club. Sounds sweet and innocent, right?
Well, last November, an episode of Glee—which airs in prime time and is adored by millions of children and teens—depicted two male homosexual teenagers losing their virginity.
Unpleasant as this subject is, it is important to discuss. For sure, it would be easier to remain silent, to ignore this sordid show, to join the majority in being “open minded” and “tolerant,” or in the very least, quiet. But that is exactly why this toxic show is so popular.
More significantly, that’s how the creators of Glee—activists of the radical homosexual juggernaut conquering America—want you and me to react.
Tragically, that’s how most people are reacting.
Whimpers and Gripes
Take the Parents Television Council, the leading television watchdog in the United States. The ptc slammed the Nov. 8, 2011, Glee episode as “reprehensible.” Not because of the flagrant teenage homosexuality—it said “the gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant”—but because it celebrated “children having sex.”
The ptc is right, of course. Celebrating teens engaging in sexual activity on tv only promotes it in real life. But where was the similarly stinging rebuke of teenage homosexuality, a theme that pervades Glee, and especially that episode?
Liz Perle, the editor in chief of Common Sense Media, was even more blasé. “Homosexuality is a part of life in our kids’ world—no matter what your family’s beliefs are,” she stated. Instead of criticizing Glee, Perle encouraged parents to watch the episode with their children and educate them on homosexuality. How’s that for advice from the head honcho of “Common Sense Media”?
Although a handful of mostly Christian organizations and bloggers had stronger criticisms, the reaction of “conservatives” to the episode was feeble. Meanwhile, the liberal activists responded with effusive praise for Fox. “The actual sex aspect of the story lines [was] treated quite delicately,” wrote Kevin Fallon at the Atlantic. Entertainment Weekly described the episode as “incredibly moving.” The prevailing opinion was that Fox nailed it, that this milestone in television history was handled beautifully, with dignity and sophistication.
To be sure, the “conservative” reaction was pathetic. What was more astonishing (and telling), however, was that most “conservatives” didn’t even recognize their defeat! Homosexual activists, on the other hand, loudly celebrated what they knew was a milestone victory for homosexuality on network television. “The remarkable, if not revolutionary other element here,” wrote Fallon, “is that the decision by gay teen characters to lose their virginities is given equal weight to that of a straight couple. … From the nerves to the passion to the actual footage of the act, Blaine and Kurt’s first time was given the same consideration, weight and respect as their straight counterparts—a milestone for network tv” (emphasis added).
The success of that Glee episode, and the feeble reaction it elicited from “conservatives,” was certainly a measure of how widely accepted homosexuality has become. Be assured too, the activists in Hollywood noted the silence of the “conservatives” and are already planning their next “milestone.” Right now they’re thinking to themselves, If we can get away with showing teenagers engaging in homosexual sex on prime-time television, what can’t we do?
A Whole New Meaning to the Term
This was a victory for the radical homosexual juggernaut too—one more step in a comprehensive strategy for making perversity mainstream.
Much like the forefathers of the movement did with the word gay, the activist creators of Glee chose a title that invokes joy and conjures a mesmerizing world of teenage fun. From there, the show’s creators associated homosexuality with glee. Each episode overflows with well-dressed, perfectly complexioned, vibrant teens—mostly waif-like, hairless, pink-shirt, tight-jean-wearing metrosexuals—living a carefree life. Each episode is peppered with catchy, delightfully sung show tunes, smartly choreographed (albeit effeminate) dancing and, of course, plenty of teenage sex. Glee is a teenager’s paradise, a world without shadows or blemishes, without law and authority, without financial or moral constraints—and without consequences.
There’s no recognition of the fact that homosexual relations are far more dangerous to physical health than heterosexual relations. There is nothing said about how homosexual teens are more than twice as likely to experience depression. There’s no mention that between 30 and 40 percent of homosexual teens have attempted suicide, that the suicide rate among homosexual teens is three to four times higher than among their heterosexual peers. Are we not concerned about such effects? Do we really want our teens involved in such self-destructive behavior?
In fact, Glee puts homosexuality on a pedestal. Like so many of the homosexuals on tv, Glee’s homosexual characters are usually the happiest, the trendiest, the most popular, the best dressed, and the most sophisticated and cultured.
The message is subtle but strong: The homosexual lifestyle is something to aspire to!
In many ways, Glee is the perfect example of how the broader homosexual movement operates. The goal of this movement is to remove the historic stigma attached to homosexuality, to change the core values about marriage and family, to cultivate the cultural acceptance of homosexuality. To make homosexuality as natural and normal as eating, or driving, or heterosexuality (sidebar, page 11).
There is a direct connection between entertainment like Glee and the homosexual movement’s ruthless and mostly unimpeded invasion of Western society and culture, of our politics and legal system, and of our educational system. The homosexual juggernaut has followed a simple but effective formula. First, get people to accept homosexuality on the screen. Once that happens, most people will accept it in other parts of their lives, in their textbooks and courthouses, and in their tax codes and cafes.
Consider homosexuality’s advance in Western society. Since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage” in 2004, six states have jumped on the bandwagon. Last July, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [lgbt] Americans” to U.S. history. In New York, a curriculum is being developed that will educate middle and high schoolers in homosexual practices and other unmentionable fetishes. Meanwhile, across America, legal and other actions are being carried out against ministers, students, parents and virtually anyone who opposes homosexuality.
Britain is under assault too. In Liverpool, homosexual hangouts are now identified by rainbow emblems on public signs. The British government is throwing the book at hotel owners who refuse homosexual couples, registrars who refuse to marry homosexuals, foster parents who oppose homosexuality, and adoption agencies that won’t assign children to homosexual couples. The government is also rewriting school curricula to condone and promote the lgbt lifestyle.
In Australia, the state of Queensland last November voted to legalize same-sex civil unions. Five of the nation’s eight states and territories now recognize homosexual unions. It is now just a matter of time before same-sex “marriage” legislation, which would require a change to the Marriage Act on the federal level, is introduced.
Meanwhile in all these nations, the large majority of the populace—having already been brainwashed by the media into accepting homosexuality—does nothing!
Why Is Glee Victorious?
One of the main reasons for the homosexual movement’s success is the weakness, manifested in silence and inactivity, of its victims. Despite the way it appears on television, most people today are not homosexual. And although the number of people supporting homosexuality is rising, a large number still oppose it. Why then, are the vast majority of people, even “conservatives” and supposed Christians, silent? Why do so many oppose homosexuality inwardly, but very, very few have the moral fortitude and willpower to stand up to it?
Author and columnist David Kupelian addressed these questions in the November 2010 issue of Whistleblower. “Very simply,” he wrote, “most people in today’s America, including conservatives, are afraid of ‘the gay issue.’ Although most know deep down there’s something wrong with homosexuality, they don’t want to be called ‘intolerant,’ ‘bigoted,’ ‘hateful,’ or ‘homophobic.’”
There’s no doubt that fear is part of it. But fear doesn’t always mean capitulation. Fear can be conquered. The soldier on the battlefield has plenty to fear, but his devotion to the cause enables him to overcome his fear. “There is no fear in love,” wrote the Apostle John, “but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18).
If you look back over the past few decades, you’ll notice that the emergence of homosexuality into the mainstream has occurred simultaneously with a cultural devaluing of traditional marriage and family. This is not a coincidence.
Both the birth of the homosexual movement and the current cultural disregard of traditional marriage and family can be traced back to the 1960s. This was an era marked by the pursuit of freedom from sexual repression, gender inequality and traditional roles. For many, this meant attacking the institution considered most responsible for infringing on sexual freedom and women’s rights: traditional marriage and family.
So, beginning in the ’60s, traditional marriage fell under near-constant attack from feminists and intellectuals, from politicians and the media, and eventually, even religious leaders. The assault on marriage has been wildly successful. While the number of people marrying remained high, the role of marriage in society and the value people placed on it waned. Soon, the results of the war on marriage were evident: skyrocketing rates of divorce, single motherhood, abortions and promiscuous sex.
But there was another effect: The homosexual movement blossomed.
The movement gained traction in the wake of the June 11, 1969, “Stonewall riot,” when a group of homosexuals patronizing the Stonewall Inn in New York revolted against a police demand to disperse. Then it made great strides during the 1970s and reached new heights when it bullied the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 into removing homosexuality from its list of official mental disorders. Although it suffered some setbacks during the ’80s, largely because of aids, it was gaining ground again by the early ’90s, thanks to the calculated efforts of homosexual activists.
Twenty years later, we’re at the point where homosexual teenagers lose their virginity to each other in prime time and no one bats an eye!
Without traditional marriage as the defining influence governing human relations, new ideas—and age-old perversions—crept into the mainstream. As the value society placed on heterosexual marriage and traditional family diminished, the more prone people became to condoning alternative relationships—most notably homosexuality.
The cultural embrace of homosexuality is a direct result of our rejection of traditional marriage!
Like the soldier on the battlefield, if Americans understood the importance of marriage, if they valued it as the institution critical to national success, they would be motivated to fight for it. Sure, they might fear the repercussions of taking on the homosexual juggernaut—but their love of traditional marriage would overpower that fear!
In 2 Peter 2, the Apostle Peter warned that in the time immediately prior to Christ’s return, all sorts of horrible sins, particularly homosexuality, would be prevalent. In verse 6, God even compares today’s world to ancient Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities overloaded with sexual perversions. In verse 7, Peter recalls that God “delivered just Lot, [who was] vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.”
Notice the word vexed. It means exhausted with, or afflicted by, or grievously pained. Lot, as editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his booklet The Epistles of Peter—A Living Hope, was tormented “by the appalling homosexuality that saturated his surroundings.” Even when radical homosexuals threatened to beat down his door and kill him, he boldly refused their demands. Verse 8 explains why Lot was repulsed by the rampant homosexuality: “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.”
Lot’s abhorrence of sexual perversion was a measure of his righteousness.
What a powerful condemnation of our society today. Our cultural embrace of sexual immorality is a measure of our wickedness.
What Is the Solution?
When you understand the reason for the homosexual movement’s unimpeded advance into Western culture, the strategy for confronting it is obvious. It’s not a solution most people will willingly embrace. But you can, and should!
The solution is coming to deeply value and understand the God- ordained institution of marriage and family!
This doesn’t mean simply getting back to marriage the way it was in the 1930s or the 1800s. Though marriages for the most part were healthier and more productive in the “olden days,” they were far from perfect.
The first and most important step you can take to avoid being crushed by the homosexual juggernaut is to learn to understand and value marriage the way God does.
The Bible clearly reveals that God created marriage, that He created specific roles for the man and woman, and that He created family. In Genesis 1:26 we learn that man was created in the image and likeness of God Himself. We are not part of the animal kingdom, and God did not create us to behave like animals. In Genesis 2, we learn the reason God created females. Verse 18 recalls that God looked at Adam, the first man, and said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
In verse 22 it is recorded that God “made a woman [not another man], and brought her unto the man.”
Finally in verses 24-25 we see the first marriage, officiated by God in the Garden of Eden: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” How clear: God created marriage!
Why did God want men and women to marry? Perhaps the best explanation is found in Ephesians 5. Verses 20 through 31 of this chapter discuss the marriage relationship, specifically the roles of husband and wife. Notice how the Apostle Paul concludes this passage in verse 31: “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
That is an incredible statement—but there it is, canonized in the Word of God: Physical marriage is a type of a higher, spiritual marriage, the now-imminent marriage between Jesus Christ and His spiritual bride. This doctrine is the nucleus of Herbert W. Armstrong’s groundbreaking book The Missing Dimension in Sex.
“God blessed mankind with the holy God-plane institution of marriage—the very picture of the Christ-Church relationship,” Mr. Armstrong wrote in that book. “God endowed mankind with the God-plane institution of the family and the home—the very type of the Kingdom of God into which we may be born. Thus God ordained that even in this mortal life we may experience the blessing of family life, to prepare us for life in the Kingdom of God!”
That statement, rooted in Scripture, explains the vital importance of traditional marriage and family!
As you come to understand God’s view of marriage and family, it’s important that you start purging from your life and mind anything that undermines this perspective.
Why not start with your tv diet? Remember, shows like Glee are deadly. It’s so easy to get caught up in the emotion, in the visual, sensual appeal—and to forget that brightness is not evidence of purity; that smiles are not always signs of happiness; and that the perfect harmonies and slick dancing are not the result of a healthy, stable lifestyle. In 2 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul writes, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
The devil is appealing; he can sing like Pavarotti and dance like Astaire—but he’s mean and miserable; he is the ultimate mastermind behind the radical homosexual movement!
Another tip: Make sure God, not the media or the fashion industry, is shaping your definition of what it means to be a man or woman. It’s no coincidence that Glee, and pretty much every other television show these days, is missing the barrel-chested outdoorsman, a man with hair on his chest, a deep voice, strong gestures, a love of sports, art and fine music, a likeable personality and quick intellect, and a respect for and willingness to serve women. In other words, anything resembling the traditional, masculine man!
If you really want to know what it means to be a man, study the lives of David, and Daniel, and Jesus Christ. If you want an idea of what it means to be a godly woman, study the biblical example of Hannah, and Ruth, and Proverbs 31.
Another way to stand fast and avoid being crushed by the homosexual juggernaut is to be like Lot. Strive to live righteously, to study and obey God’s laws, to pray daily, and to repent of sin. The more we think like God, the more repulsed by homosexuality we will be, and the more motivated we will be to keep it out of our lives!
Finally, here is something you can do right away. Request and then study deeply Mr. Armstrong’s free books The Missing Dimension in Sex and Why Marriage! Soon Obsolete? These books connect the many passages elucidating God’s laws about marriage and family. Once you’ve read these books, and come to understand God’s mind-stretching purpose for marriage, you’ll find yourself equipped, energized and motivated to defend yourself against the homosexual juggernaut.
In the meantime, start with something simple: Flee Glee! ▪