From The Atlantic Monthly:
Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it's probably less than 2 percent.
Let that soak in for a moment.
The country thinks that 1/4 of society is gay or lesbian. In reality, less than 2% of the country is comprised of people who are gay or lesbian. How can this be?
First let me say that nothing I ever write about gay marriage or homosexuality in general is meant as a personal attack on gay people. I'm not obsessed with the issue and my goal is not to have gay people locked up or to prevent them from smooching whoever they want in the privacy of their own homes.
This specific story from Atlantic Monthly is interesting because it (at least partially) confirms something that many religious conservatives - like myself - believe and have been saying for years: our media, academia, and entertainment industry are lopsidedly influencing the culture. The culture, in turn, is what influences politics and decisions our government makes. There is an agenda at play, and not some nefarious, "dimly-lit back-room conspiracy" situation that the Left always accuse conservatives like Dick Cheney of being a party to.
As silly as they were, Vice President Biden's recent comments that the television show Will & Grace did more for impacting the way Americans thought about gay people than anything a politician could have said or done is absolutely true. Not just that show, but the overall barrage of "gay" content on television and in movies has without a doubt influenced the way people think.
Such a misunderstanding of the basic demographics of sexual behavior and identity in America has potentially profound implications for the acceptance of the gay-rights agenda. On the one hand, people who overestimate the percent of gay Americans by a factor of 12 seem likely to also wildly overestimate the cultural impact of same-sex marriage. On the other hand, the extraordinary confusion over the percentage of gay people may reflect a triumph of the gay and lesbian movement's decades-long fight against invisibility and the closet.
Notice the word "triumph." One side (the pro-gay movement) is allowed to look at the issue like a battle, and is dead-set on changing the way the culture looks at human sexuality and the institution of marriage in any way they can.
The other side (pro-traditional marriage) is told that they are "obsessed" with the topic of gay marriage. Should proponents of "one-man, one-woman" organize themselves to combat what they (correctly) identify as a coordinated movement from their Left flank, the media mocks and maligns their motivations.
I'm not looking to solve the matter in one short blog-post, but I thought the statistics revealed in this article are pertinent and noteworthy. I can't imagine anyone would deny that an effort exists in a place like Hollywood to re-shape the way young Americans think about this issue.
Oh, and about ten minutes after reading this Atlantic Monthly piece, I saw this one about a new gay superhero:
One of DC Comics oldest heroes is super-coming out.
The original Green Lantern - a DC Comics mainstay for the past 70 years - will be revealed to be a gay man in next week's issue of "Earth 2."
Alan Scott - formerly a married father of two who first appeared in 1940 - tips readers off to his sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.
"He's very much the character he was. He's still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He's also gay," "Earth 2" writer James Robinson told The Post.
The Emerald Guardian's sexuality was rebooted along with the rest of his fictional universe as part of DC's "New 52" initiative aimed at rejuvenating their characters.
Robinson said he decided to make the change because making the character young again meant erasing Scott's gay superhero son out of existence.
All I want is clarity here: there is a gay movement, it is out to change the way your kids think, and if you care about the institution of marriage, it's time to wake up, get informed, and get involved.
While it clearly shouldn't decide the outcome of this debate, I think letting people know that less than 2% of the population are gay gives it some much-needed context.