I'll give you a hint: trees.
Three different species of rotting fruit, all plucked from the same evil tree of selfishness.
Three wildly variant forms of sexual deviance, one root sin:
Pride that asserts one's subjective reality over objective reality. Pride that places personal happiness and 'fulfillment' ahead of the good of the other. Pride that seeks to subvert, destroy and remake truth for the sake of an imagined personal 'good' at the cost of real goodness.
At first blush, predators who seek sexual encounters with children and homosexual adults who seek to enter into 'marriages' with same sex partners might not seem to have too much in common besides an uncommon sexual appetite, but an honest examination of the motivation behind both behaviors reveals an uncomfortable truth.
When we attempt to redefine reality, we have to expect that others will do the same. Gay 'marriage' may be promoted as all about tolerance and love... but in some circles, (widening circles, I might add) so is the notion of 'love' between an innocent child and an adult.
In a disturbing report issued earlier this week, a reporter shed light on a curious conference taking place outside our nation's capital right now. Pedophiles are seeking to destigmatize their deviant, criminal sexual behavior by lobbying the American Psychological Association to declassify pedophilia as a mental illness in the forthcoming edition of the DSM - the 'bible,' if you will, of the mental health world.
This is relevant because it is the same path homosexual activists started down in the late 70's when they lobbied to have homosexuality removed from the third edition of the DSM as an identified psychological condition.
And where exactly does birth control factor into this all?
Well it turns out that everyone is after their own version of 'no strings attached' sex. And if straight, married couples can go on the Pill - which many did for the first time starting in the 1950's and '60's - then why not straight, unmarried couples? Sex, no longer prudishly bound to the constraining, tired and traditional 'construct' of marriage was now fair game for anyone, provided they were 'in love.' (I am well aware that the invention of modern contraception did not single-handedly fuel the sexual revolution. People have been sexually active outside of marriage from time immemorial. The difference is, now it's openly acknowledged and even applauded by a global majority)
Once sex was effectively divorced from marriage by its sterilization, homosexuality - nothing new except in its growing social acceptability - began to creep from the shadows. If sterile, fruitless sex made sense for straight people, than why not for two men? Or two women? Sex, no longer inextricably linked to the possibility of bringing forth new life (in addition to pleasure), became just another method for communication between companions. And who are we to tell anyone with whom they may or may not communicate?
When sex ceases to be primarily about the gift of self, (and, consequently, the gift of life) it becomes primarily a means to self-gratification. And everyone deserves to be gratified. To be satisfied. To be happy. It's one of the last remaining 'virtues' we seem able to agree upon as a culture: happiness. Except sometimes one person's version of 'happiness' turns out to be tantamount to another person's version of 'hell.'
The young girl whose body is used by an older cousin for unspeakable acts of sexual abuse. The toddler whose two 'mommies' special ordered her using hand-picked sperm and cutting edge IVF technology, but who will never know her father. The teenager whose parents divorced during his freshman year of high school, dumping him with relatives while they set out on solo journeys of self discovery to 'find themselves' at a time when he is poised on the precipice of adulthood and in crying need of parental guidance and support. Each of these are the unwilling victim of someone else's pursuit of happiness.
So where does it end?
I would imagine that bestiality and incest will be coming down the pike as the next agenda items in our glorious cultural pursuit of equality. Because if anything goes, then everything goes. And who are we to say otherwise?
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Bl. John Paul II
Pray for us.