It takes a lot for the Family Research Council to get our attention these days, and they must know this, because their president, Tony Perkins, keeps escalating the level of hysteria. Recently he prophesied the end of humanity if homosexuality comes to be widely accepted. “The human race would be extinct within time if [homosexuality were]normal … if it were not for physical relationship, intimacy between a man and a woman.” Sure, the link between heterosexuality and procreation is pretty well-established, but is Perkins seriously suggesting that it’s only the taboo against homosexuality that has kept procreation afloat through all these centuries, that without it people would naturally gravitate to their own sex—exclusively!—thereby ending the human race? There must be something missing here—and it is Satan. Once society lowers its guard and gives the temptation of Sodom free rein, argues Perkins, everyone will be fair game, and it’s only a matter of time before the Prince of Darkness turns everyone gay. Here one has to be a bit surprised that heterosexuality can’t mount a stronger defense. Finally, one wonders: is this a policy statement on Perkins’ part, or is it a cri de coeur?
For The End Is Near 2 , check out the BTW column in the current issue!