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Breaking the Back of Intolerance Among the Young

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Comparing homosexuality with race and gender has become a culture-wide strategy of the homosexual lobby. Not even children are spared these tactics. Consider how homosexual propaganda is set forth in the world of comic books and the way the press handles the topic.

In the March 1992 issue of Marvel’s Alpha Flight comic book series, Northstar, a former (fictional) Canadian Olympic athlete, decides to come out of the closet after seeing the ravaging effect that AIDS has had on an abandoned baby. He decides to adopt the infant AIDS victim. The editors at The New York Times celebrated this favorable treatment of homosexuality: “[T]he new story lines suggest that gay Americans are gradually being accepted in mainstream popular culture. . . . Mainstream culture will one day make its peace with gay Americans. When that time comes, Northstar’s revelation will be seen for that it is: a welcome indicator of social change.”[1]

The New York Times , in order to justify its support of homosexuality, compares discrimination of homosexuals with the discrimination of blacks, women, and the handicapped. “Marvel, beginning in the early 1960’s, was the pioneer in comic book diversity. Marvel published ‘Daredevil,’ a dynamic crime fighter who was also blind. Then came ‘The X-Men,’ a band of heroes led by a scientist whose mental powers more than compensated for his confinement to a wheelchair. And with ‘Powerman,’ ‘The Black Panther,’ and ‘Sgt. Fury,’ Marvel offered black heroes when blacks in the movies were playing pimps and prostitutes.”[2]

We should not forget Wonder Woman who brought equality to women nearly fifty years ago. Now there are many women superheroes. Northstar’s hero team was led by a woman. The second-largest comic company, DC comics, publisher of Batman and Superman, introduced a homosexual character—the Pied Piper—and AIDS-related themes in their Flash series (August 1991). “Future issues [of Flash] will have the Pied Piper bring a male date to a wedding, and discuss the importance of protecting yourself from exposure to AIDS.”3

The goal of parading homosexual “heroes” is to get young people—who will one day be decision makers—accustomed to seeing homosexual characters in leadership positions. Gary Stewart, then president of Marvel Entertainment Group, had this to say about the introduction of their homosexual “superhero”: “And at the time that . . . the team was created, Northstar . . . was considered to be gay by the creator. [In earlier issues] there were hints that he was. There was no direct admission at that time. We believe that the only message here, per se, is the fact that we do preach tolerance. Just as you have in every day society, you have gay individuals and straight individuals. We happen to have one character in the Marvel universe, which exceeds two thousand characters, that happens to be gay.”[4]

The New York Times , being a bit more honest than the people at Marvel, took an advocacy position. The editors wrote that it was “welcome news.” Since the comic book audience is made up mostly of teenagers, that group “will benefit most from discussions about sexuality and disease prevention.”[5] According to the Times, Northstar’s homosexuality should be treated like race, physical handicaps, and gender differences. There is a problem with the analogy: homosexuality is a behavioral choice. No one chooses blindness, racial makeup, physical handicaps, or gender. And given a choice, people with physical handicaps would like debilitations reversed. My father lost his right leg in a mortar attack while engaged in fighting during the Korean War. Given the possibility of change, he would choose to have his leg back.

Consider Ben Grimm’s character “Thing” of The Fantastic Four. The other three members of the superhero quartet can turn their power alternations on and off at will. Most of the time they are normal-looking human beings. This is not the case for Ben Grimm. He is always the rock-like “Thing.” Reed Richards, “Mr. Fantastic,” is forever working on ways to make Ben normal, or at least to give him the ability to change into the “Thing” at will. Abnormalities should be corrected, and homosexuality is an abnormality.

The homosexual community’s strategy is evident: To soften the public to adopt the homosexual lifestyle as morally acceptable. The latest comic character to normalize homosexuality is the reintroduction of DC’s “Batwoman” as “a ‘lipstick lesbian’[6] who moonlights as a crime fighter. . . . The new-look Batwoman is just one of a wave of ethnically and sexually diverse characters entering the DC Comics universe.”[7]

Endnotes:

[1] “The Comics Break New Ground, Again,” The New York Times (January 24, 1992), A12.
[2] “The Comics Break New Ground, Again,” A12.
[3] “Comic Book Hero Says He’s Gay,” The Gwinnett Daily News (January 17, 1992), 4A.
[4] Interview from “Point of View,” #2274 (January 17, 1992), P.O. Box 30, Dallas, Texas 75221.
[5] “The Comics Break New Ground, Again,” The New York Times (January 24, 1992), A12.
[6] A non-stereotypical feminine lesbian.
[7] “Batwoman hero returns as lesbian” (May 30, 2006)

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