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The Unhappy Gays

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The Unhappy Gays
What Everyone Should Know about Homosexuality
LaHaye
1978

Most of you should be familiar with Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind series of books. This evangelical Christian minister wrote this in the late 1970s, not so coincidentally at the same time Anita Bryant was openly criticizing the gay liberation movement.  In fact, we featured her treatise on the evils of gay people on this site 2 years ago. LaHaye lavishes praise on Anita’s good works standing up against those militant gays.

I know many of you are wondering why the gays are so unhappy. I thought maybe they were unhappy because this guy (and many others) are trampling over their rights. I guess I am wrong, because the real reasons are the following:

They aren’t “normal.”
They are promiscuous.
They like sex too much.
“Insatiable quest for the erotic.”

Also, you can add things like selfishness, guilt, hostility, and a host of other issues. What causes all of this? Glad you asked.

Smothering mothers
Dominant mothers
Absent/passive fathers
Permissive parents
Demons

There is also a formula to make someone gay in the book. (See the fourth picture below) LaHaye has the cure for the wayward gay people. These include attending a bible centered church (no wacky Methodists or crazy Catholics), don’t hang out with gays, do hang out with “nice” Christians. There are a bunch more, but you get the picture.

Weeping for humanity (again still),

Mary

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You Don’t Have to Be Gay

You Don't Have to Be Gay coverYou Don’t Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling with Homosexuality or For Those Who Know of Someone Who Is
Konrad
1987

Submitter: Wow, get a load of that back cover! This book was in my local public library. The book is nothing more than correspondences between the author and his brother. 285 pages of typed letters. I am sure there is a healthy debate about whether to keep material like this in a public library.

Holly: Ok. Let’s talk about this. It is plausible that public libraries looking to balance the viewpoints represented in their collections bought this in the late 80s. I have no problem with libraries making books on a variety of viewpoints available – especially controversial topics like this. Almost 30 years later, though, there must be better choices to represent this perspective. I have a bigger problem with the age of the book than its message. (To be clear – I do not personally believe that homosexuality is a choice, or shameful in any way, but this is not about me or my opinions.) It’s just too old to represent current culture, attitudes, or even law regarding homosexuality, on either side of the argument. Everyone should live as they see fit, so if you truly want to “escape from homosexuality,” as Konrad says on the back cover, there are new resources available to you.

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Gay and Gray

Gay and Gray - coverGay and Gray: The Older Homosexual Man
Berger
1982

Submitter: My local library has three copies of this outdated book in its system. A great addition to a public library in 1982. Unfortunately, the data in this book, some from previous publication in 1961 and 1964, are woefully out of date. This book doesn’t even cover the AIDS crisis. It’s makes me sad to think that many of the men this book was target to, might not have survived the 1980s.

Holly: The survey is definitely too old to be of use, and the authors admit that they only got answers from older white men. The whole thing could be re-done with entirely different responses in 2015! It was a huge year for gays of all ages, people! This is mostly useless to most public libraries. I can’t imagine why three copies are necessary!

 

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