Alan Keyes, more than almost anyone else on the far right fringe, is prone to flights of rhetorical fancy that reach astounding excesses. In his latest Worldnetdaily column he says “homosexual rights” are “suicide for humanity” and will cause “self-inflicted genocide.”
This simultaneous respect for the nature of the individual as a whole and the nature constituted by the whole of all such individuals is the hallmark of the natural law. Human sexual activity in the true sense (i.e., the activity of human procreation) is the concrete paradigm of this respect. Respect for the nature of human sexual activity, therefore, implies respect for the authority of the natural law. The special combination of human faculties allows human beings to act without such respect. But just as homosexual activity implies the extinction of humanity as such, so acting without respect for the natural law implies the extinction of humanity as a whole.
This reveals the supreme irony of the contemporary debate over law-enforced respect for so-called homosexual rights. In their clamor about global warming, poverty or an end to racism, those who advocate such respect pretend to be “humanitarians.” Yet they seek to discard our respect for the activity that implements the law (of the Creator) intended to preserve and perpetuate the nature of humanity as, in and of ourselves, we know it to be.We do not forbid people to fly because they are born without wings. So the advocates of law-enforced respect for homosexuality may argue. But if and when they propose that, as a species, we should, like Icarus, fly into the sun, what then? If genocide is wrong for this or that race of human beings, how can self-inflicted genocide be right for humanity as a whole?
This is truly one of the most bizarre and inane arguments and we hear it from the Christian right all the time. They really do seem to think that gay people want everyone to be gay and that if we don’t legally punish them and discriminate against them, everyone will turn gay. Seriously, how does someone believe something that fucking stupid?