(Thank you, Ayn Rand)
Below is a piece illustrating Rand's point. The conservative folks have not been able to conserve anything because they have been almost totally incompetent to bring clarity to, for example, the homosexual discussion. So the Lord has allowed the homsexualists to bring the clarity -- by the simple expedient of their doing what they said they would do.
Most so-called conservatives would not do their homework on the issue, and were unable to believe that the homosexual advocates were doing what they were alleged to be doing. Now that they are beginning to win big time (i.e., clarity is happening), the mass of do-nothings in the middle are beginning to realize that, yes, the homosexual advocates meant what they said. They really to want to have sexual relations with the same sex approved as marriage by law.
But clarity favors truth even when it is brought by the evil side. So the devil will always overstep himself by the very nature of his success. His growing success is what finally awakens the public to the very evil he is promoting.
Below we see that beginning to happen. It will get rough and nasty, I suspect. But if the pseudo-conservatives actually to their homework (and so become honest and competent conservatives), learn the facts, and how to present them gracefully (namely that homosexuality is a compulsive, lethal addiction), the tide will begin to turn.
If you think "evil" is not a kind word, read Homosexuality: Good & Right in the Eyes of God? the Wedding of Truth to Compassion and Reason to Revelation on how to discern evil. The book is about how to tell the truth with a loving spirit, basing love on truth, not on feeling.
This is a winnable battle because in the end, only the truth can win. And when truth wins, everybody wins. Well, at least everybody who wants the truth -- even if that should upset their original position.
Poll shows backlash on gay issues
Asked whether same-sex relations between consenting adults should be legal, 48% said yes; 46% said no. Before this month, support hadn't been that low since 1996.
In early May, support for legal relations reached a high of 60%-35%.
The shift in attitudes occurs as gay issues have been in the news. In recent weeks, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas anti-sodomy law, a Canadian court decision allowed gay couples to marry in Ontario, and Wal-Mart expanded anti-discrimination protection to gay workers.
Conservative social activists see a backlash to those developments and the growing visibility of gay characters in entertainment, including such TV shows as Will & Grace. "The more that the movement demands the endorsement of the law and the culture, the more resistance there will be," says Gary Bauer, president of American Values.
Bauer says that sentiment will make it harder for elected officials to avoid taking positions on such questions as a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar marriage of gay couples.
Advocates for gay men and lesbians called the poll disappointing. "Clearly, the debate (over recent developments) has had an effect," says David Smith of the Human Rights Campaign. But over time, he says, "The country always ends up on the side of fairness, and I think they will here, too."
Those making the biggest shifts included African-Americans. On whether homosexual relations should be legal, their support fell from 58% in May to 36% in July. Among people who attend church almost every week, support fell from 61% to 49%.
The survey also found rising opposition to civil unions that would give gay couples some of the rights of married heterosexuals. They were opposed 57%-40%, the most opposition since the question was first asked in 2000.
By 49%-46%, those polled said homosexuality should not be considered "an acceptable alternative lifestyle." It was the first time since 1997 that more people expressed opposition than support.
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