Catholics should be very concerned about the continued progress that is being made by President Barack Obama towards increasing immoral secularism in our American government and military forces. Over the weekend the President announced he would end the ,â€donâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell,â€ policy that has been the norm for decades concerning homosexuals in the military.
The policy was initiated by former President Clinton as a non-resolution to the growing concerns of homosexuality within our military services. Clintonâ€™s evasive policy of being mute on the subject not only ignores any option regarding the issue other than military silence gives consent. The issue of sexuality, any sexuality, homosexual or heterosexual deserves a cognitive understanding of our American traditions of Judeo-Christian observations in our society.
While the lifestyle of homosexuality is increasingly more visible in our culture, itâ€™s proliferation in American life demands an objective viewpoint that once again focuses on the institution of marriage and family, that is firmly established in Christian and Judaic norms. The matter is so strongly debated that there have been attempts to include permission of homosexual marriages and unions into the American Constitution. Once again, any argument of Constitutional modification that permits anything other than a heterosexual union is a misinterpretation of our most fundamental norms of morality and ethics as taught in the Torah and the New Testament.
The real matter of concern that everyone should consider is the fundamental concept of chastity among all sexes in our society, and the procreative act of sex as essential for procreation and development of mutual love between male and female married couples. Seemingly, the disintegration of the family unit in our society is related to the incidents of extramarital sexual relationships contributing to the increased awareness of heterosexual and homosexual lifestyles. The Judeo tradition encapsulates the normative behavior of sexuality in the Ten Commandments, which simply codify the matter, â€œYou shall not covet your neighborâ€™s wife.â€ The fact that Mosaic norms ignore and donâ€™t even mention the coveting of members of the same sex, illustrates both the importance of familial development and the presumption that sexual activity among faithful Jews was heterosexual.
The decreasing sentiments of sexual morality of our 21st century seems to more openly provide for the mutual existence of homosexual and heterosexual unions in all aspects of society. However, the topic never seems to include a discussion of homosexuality as the antithetical activity of procreation and family values. In the Christian tradition, the sexual union is directed towards the development of mutual love between the male and female couple, and the openness to the procreation of children as the tangible result of that sexual union. Sexual activity outside of the heterosexual context of these two points creates not only a corruption of the intrinsic sanctity of the procreative act, but sets an opposition in sexual norms that is diametrically opposed to the institution of marriage.
The homosexual individuals that are engaged in our American military services should not equate the ability to live a sexual lifestyle that is incompatible with their military vocation. Rather, the lifestyle is incompatible with the foundational precepts of military organization and directly incompatible with our normative Judeo-Christian traditions as lived in our society. The topic is not a military issue of homosexual rights, but rather an issue that considers our entire heritage of sexual norms that have evolved from Judeo-Christian heritages of male & female marriages.
Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Father John Harvey, an American Priest that has devoted his entire priestly ministry to the needs of homosexuals. He maintains the actual physical attributes of â€œsame-sex,â€ intercourse is intrinsically and physically impossible based upon the physical resistance that same sex bodies experience that contradict the biological human design. This notion of physical incompatibility further illustrates the progress of natural law and indeed the adage that form follows function when it comes to human reproduction and copulation. Fr. Harvey then elaborates that, the human couple of male and female are representative of the only species of mammal that copulates in a face-to-face position, namely for the purpose of the development of mutual love between the couple.
While Fr. Harveyâ€™s concepts are oven ridiculed by advocates of homosexual activity, his points are well founded in anatomical and physical biological reality.
The policy of the incumbent President to eliminate the, â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell,â€ policy really escalates the issue from a merely homosexual topic to a larger symptomatic misunderstanding of our societyâ€™s morality and not just the emerging permissiveness towards unregulated sexual norms and a deeper corruption of both of physical and spiritual awareness as Judeo-Christian believers.
In conjunction with the much touted Barack Obama program towards a pseudo-socialized health care plan,intrusion of government control into our free market business activities and increased government intervention into our most basic human freedoms, the ability of homosexuals to openly serve in the military marks another decline in moral and social turpitude. The next step might well include government assumption of religious organizations as Americans mover toward a new form of American Marxism and the traditions of Judeo-Christian norms fade into social antiquity.
Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com & http://nothing-left-unsaid.blogspot.com . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at http://graysferrygrapevine.blogspot.com . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin, Pewsitter.com, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal.