Commentary: Dovetailing agendas – reflections on sexuality, immigration, families, and economics

The recent massacre, by a (perhaps repressed-homosexual) Islamic terrorist of 49 people in an Orlando nightclub catering to the LGBT population of the area has served as, in the words of one commentator, a “Rorschach test” for some of the issues dividing Americans today, including homosexuality, immigration (although American-born, he was the son of Afghan immigrants), and Jihadism (Islamic extremism, militant Islam, etc.).

As is always the case with tragic events, this has brought out some of the best, and some of the worst, in the people of this country. It has also sparked, or helped to coalesce, a number of thoughts for me, personally.

Let me start by saying that I have quite a number of LGBT friends, many of whom I love dearly, regardless of what they might do in the bedroom. And furthermore, as Christians, we are called a) to remember that we all are sinners, and b) to love one another as we love ourselves, and as Christ loved us. So I have zero tolerance when it comes to bashing people, verbally or (especially) otherwise, for their sexual proclivities.

That said, from a political perspective, it occurs to me that supporting and promoting homosexuality is useful to those who want to “transform society”: not only for its own sake, by making what used to be seen as deviant behavior appear normal, but also because it serves as a form of social birth control, helping to bring down the population, and providing still more openings for the importation of third-world “migrants” to achieve the liberal ideal of a fully “blended” society. (We have also been taught for years that reducing population is an ecological necessity, but that’s a subject for another post.) In fact, the non-procreative nature of homosexual behavior is probably one of the reasons why it has been frowned upon by most societies throughout the world, and throughout history.

And of course the “sexual revolution” as a whole — which decoupled (no pun intended) sex from procreation, and turned it into a solely elective, recreational activity — had, and continues to to have, the same effect. A sentiment I hear expressed time and again on the net, and sometimes in person, is that “sex is just sex”: something to do with your spare time, a recreational activity, not a sacred duty and trust, intended for the strengthening of the bond between two intimate partners – namely, the husband and wife in a marriage relationship – and the procreation of children within that marriage.

While it’s not generally thought of as a “liberal” contribution, the loss of a living wage has also had a deleterious effect on families and child-bearing. It used to be that a single wage-earner could reasonably be expected to support his (usually) or her family, but that is no longer the case. With both parents working, there is less incentive to have children, and less opportunity for any children one does have to be formed in and by traditional family and societal values. As I say, this isn’t a strictly “liberal” policy, but it’s surely an effect of “neoliberal” economics!

Meanwhile, the “ideal” of the “career woman” has been praised to the heavens, while “stay at home moms” get sneered at. To cap that, we are informed that “well-behaved women rarely make history.” Well, that may (or may not) be true, but they certainly do make for stable, loving, and committed relationships, families, and homes, which in turn are the foundation of a stable society — and that is perhaps rather more important, in the overall scheme of things!

Anybody besides me starting to see a pattern, here…?

And of course, on a different but still related subject, the fewer guns that are in the hands of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who still believe in the Constitution and American values, customs, and traditions, the less meaningful will be any resistance to these policies. If governmental and non-governmental forces seem aggressive in their social-transformation policies now, imagine what they would be like if they were not at least somewhat restrained by the knowledge that there are up to 77 million armed American citizens!

I am becoming increasingly aware of, and appalled by, the way so many of these allegedly “liberal” ideas and policies dovetail together. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for what to do about it. But I will say that recognizing and facing up to the problem is an important first step!

Support for Orlando: Prince Harry writes Orlando mayor after being there only last month – Royal Central

“On June 14, Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the United States Embassy in London to sign a condolence book for those who lost their lives in the worst mass shooting in the U.S.” since the Wounded Knee massacre.

Source: Support for Orlando: Prince Harry writes Orlando mayor after being there only last month – Royal Central

Prince Harry of Wales Arlington Visit

“Just over a month ago, at the start of May, Prince Harry was in Orlando to host the 2016 Invictus Games, pointing out in his letter that ‘Having just spent time in Orlando I know what a warm and welcoming community it is.’ The Invictus Games which he founded for wounded veterans were immensely popular and even had the support of First Lady Michelle Obama, wife of U.S President Barak Obama.”

Letters of Condolences Stream in from European Royals to President Obama – Royal Central

“After the tragic terror attack in Orlando, Florida, on 12 June 2016, royals from across Europe have sent their condolences to President Obama and the American people.”

King Harald of Norway
King Harald of Norway

Source: Letters of Condolences Stream in from European Royals to President Obama – Royal Central

As an American, I am of course deeply grateful to Their Majesties and Highnesses for their kindness and compassion. However, with all respect to those who may feel differently, it is my belief that Mr. Obama does bear some responsibility for this and like incidents. Many of his actions, attitudes, and public statements have increased, rather than decreased, social and political polarization here in the U.S. And he has signally failed even to address, much less to effectively engage, the sources and motivations of this and other attacks. I do not feel that this is the time or place to get more specific, so suffice it to say that I am grateful to our Royal friends abroad, and pray for better government at home.

The Queen leads tributes to Orlando shooting victims after Omar Mateen killed 50 people | Daily Mail Online

“Politicians and citizens in the UK have reacted with ‘horror and sadness’ after the mass shooting in Orlando, US, with many calling on those across the pond to ‘stay strong’ in the face of terror.”

Source: The Queen leads tributes to Orlando shooting victims after Omar Mateen killed 50 people | Daily Mail Online

Thank you, Your Majesty. God bless you, Ma’am! So sorry that your birthday celebrations had to be interrupted by such a horrific and despicable incident.

“The Queen, who celebrated her official 90th birthday this weekend, sent a message of solidarity to President Barack Obama. The message, released by Buckingham Palace, said: ‘Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.'”

British Monarchist League – Ella, an adorable little Royalist!

Sam and Hayley’s daughter Ella has been fascinated by the Queen and the trooping the colour ceremony since 2014 when she watched it for the first time. Sam and Hayley, in Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK, bought her the outfit for Christmas and have taken her to watch the changing of the guards on several occasions. BBC©

Trooping the Colour: A day in pictures – Royal Central

“Saturday marked The Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour. To mark the occasion, here are a few of Royal Central’s favourite photos of the day…” Click through the link to see more!

Source: Trooping the Colour: A day in pictures – Royal Central

Official, but informal, Royal portrait

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their birthdays: her 90th, his 95th.

Royal Couple

“He has, quite simply, been my strength & stay all these years.”

A new photo to mark The Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations and The Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday today.

This is the final portrait in the series of official photographs taken by Annie Leibovitz to mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Source: The Royal Family on Facebook