Reilly, Robert. “Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything”, Ignatius Press, 2014.
More Garbage from the Christian Right
“Making Gay Okay” deals with these questions: ”Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America?” The tone of the above should give you an idea of where this book is going. Robert Reilly tries to answer these by saying, “
The answers are in the dynamics of the rationalization of sexual misbehavior. The power of rationalization-the means by which one mentally transforms wrong into right-drives the gay rights movement, gives it its revolutionary character, and makes its advocates indefatigable. The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the security of its rationalization requires universal acceptance. In other words, we all must say that the bad is good.
At stake in the rationalization of homosexual behavior is the notion that human beings are ordered to a purpose that is given by their Nature (sic). The understanding that things have an in-built purpose is being replaced by the idea that everything is subject to man’s will and power, which is considered to be without limits. This is what the debate over homosexuality is really about-the Nature (sic) of reality itself. The outcome of this dispute will have consequences that reach far beyond the issue at hand. Already America’s major institutions have been transformed-its courts, its schools, its military, its civic institutions, and even its diplomacy. The further institutionalization of homosexuality will mean the triumph of force over reason, thus undermining the very foundations of the American Republic”.
It is only natural to ask just who is this Robert Reilly and what qualifies him to make such judgment. Reilly was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006) for the US Secretary of Defense, after which he taught at National Defense University. He was the director of the Voice of America (2001-2002) and served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President (1983-1985). A graduate of Georgetown University and the Claremont Graduate University, he writes widely on “war of ideas” issues, foreign policy, and classical music. His previous book is “The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis”. Reilly writes for MercatorNet, a right wing, conservative, pro-life, anti-marriage equality, anti-compassion (as demonstrated by the website’s stance on assisted suicide) nexus.
This book is based on articles that he wrote for MercatorNet in which he equates homosexual behavior with pedophilia, bestiality and incest. He has no concept of willing consent.
He voices opposition to homosexual behavior and marriage equality based on the idea that it is “unnatural.” In order to do this, “he must ignore, rationalize away and condemn the homosexual behavior found among over 1000 animal species as ‘inherently immoral.’”
He tries to do so by showing that all such behavior as harmful and should be classified as evil. Furthermore, he ignores one simple fact: “every heterosexual couple can engage in every sexual act that a same-sex couple can, simply with a member of the opposite sex. Even if he is aware he is simply unconcerned about this and therefore he is cognitively dissonant. American sodomy laws which were repealed by the US Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas also made oral sex between heterosexual couples illegal, although this aspect of the laws were almost never enforced. Furthermore we see that unless a lesbian is raped, “same-sex couples are guaranteed NOT to have elective or “convenience” abortions. This is something everyone can support, and marriage equality will encourage monogamy, which will in turn reduce the spread of STDs. Given the title of the book, Reilly seems unconcerned with homosexuality itself, so long as the individual remains repressed, miserable and celibate. So much for compassionate conservatism”.
Looking at the definition of marriage, he forgets that in the Bible, his Bible there was polygamy, a woman and her rapist, a man and MANY women with concubines thrown in for good matter in the case of King Solomon. So we are left to wonder whom Reilly really cares about (except himself, of course).
Reilly states that the purpose of marriage is to raise children but he forgets that a family is built on love and not on a man and a woman. Well, love makes a family, not a man and a woman. “No-fault divorce has been immensely beneficial from a harm-reduction perspective. Lesbian couples have proven themselves better parents than the average “traditional” couple, and Diane Downs proves that simply becoming a biological parent does not prevent one from committing mass child murder. Why Reilly would prevent loving same-sex couples (who must pass the same qualification tests and hurdles than heterosexual couples must) from adopting children and have them languish in orphanages or passed around the foster care system is beyond me. It would seem that he has not thought through the implications of his worldview”.
Reilly has his supporters: “If you read only one book on homosexuality, natural law theory, and the radical changes now being instituted within our culture, let it be this one!
Reilly exposes the unscientific reasons why homosexuality was normalized in the [American Psychiatric Association] diagnostic manual. He offers us some intriguing new material. In a clear, systematic, and engaging style, Reilly show us the inherent futility of same-sex acts, and eloquently explains what marriage really is. This book should be required reading for anyone who writes our laws-in fact, for anyone with cultural decision-making power. We must not allow the surging political tides to obscure what you and I ‘can’t not know’ about the nature and purpose of sexuality.”
- Joseph Nicolosi, PhD, Co-Founder, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
“Reilly has drawn on his extensive knowledge of classical political philosophy to explain the full scope of the dangers inherent in the modern homosexual rights movement. The movement threatens our very understanding of human nature, and hence of the American political regime that derives its understanding of rights and legitimate government from that nature. This book is a stark warning that should be read by every lover of liberty, and a call to action for those who would preserve it.”
- John C. Eastman, JD, PhD Chairman, National Organization for Marriage Founding Director, Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.
“This book is magnificent, a real achievement. For anyone interested in taking our country back from the sexual radicals, you must know how they did it, so rapidly, efficiently, even brutally. The gay rights movement slid through American institutions, both public and private, like a hot knife through butter. I suspect it has surprised even its proponents to see how fast we have capitulated. First philosophy fell, then psychology, the courts, education, the military and even the Boy Scouts followed. No one has told both the broad sweep and the specific details of this story better than Robert Reilly.”
- Austin Ruse, President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. “In our society, homosexuality has become more than a ‘sexual orientation’. It has now grown into a far-reaching movement seeking to redefine not only morality, but ideas about biology, human nature, law, and politics-indeed, to declare opposing views as beyond the pale of civilization. Robert Reilly has the multiple talents necessary to address the full range of relevant issues, from the philosophical to the practical. A rare tour de force on a defining question of our time.”
- Robert Royal, PhD President, Faith & Reason Institute.
And there are many others. The sad thing is that these people really believe this; they claim to be ardent churchgoers who have no concept of the laws they pretend to uphold. We have finally gotten rid of Fred Phelps but we also see that there are others willing to assume his place. It is amazing that something like this has found a publisher but then it is the Ignatius Press that interestingly enough was eager to supply me a review copy with which I would not even wrap my garbage in. I am always amazed at the ability of God-fearing to hate.