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Heteronormativity: Re-Writing What is “Normal”
February 4, 2020

            One method of changing a culture to accept a sinful way of life is to redefine what is “normal.”  Most people were raised to believe in decades past that heterosexual relationships were the accepted standard of most societies.  To disrupt heterosexuality as the normal sexual orientation, many in the LGBTQ+ movement have attempted to destroy “heteronormativity.”  Heteronormative is defined as “of, relating to, or based on the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality.”[1]

            This can be done in many ways, but it seems that children are the primary target of those who want to normalize homosexuality, transgenderism, and a whole host of other ungodly lifestyles.  One article under review in this treatise originates from an education journal.  It avers,

            Failing to address this crucial area of equalities tends to ensure that everyone, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, is restricted to the small range of gendered and sexual behaviors that serve to affirm normative (hetero)sexuality. In this sense, disrupting this heterosexual matrix is a wider social justice project that broadens possibilities for all children.[2]

            It is easier to indoctrinate young minds than to change those who have already arrived at the conclusion that homosexuality is sinful.  To that end, school curriculums have been developed and books have been written that are targeting children.

            People in the LGBTQ+ movement want to portray heterosexuality as being nothing more than another “choice” that one might make regarding their sexuality.  They want to teach our children that heterosexuality is no more “normal” than any other sexual orientation or gender choice.  The implications of such a trend are troubling.

            One writer observes, “Heteronormativity is a belief that requires constant reconstruction.”[3]  While the motives of the one writing the article are questionable, this is a true statement.  Godly, intact homes instill within their children God’s view of marriage and the home.  Since children are born tabula rasa,[4] parents have the charge to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6.4).  Part of that responsibility is maintaining a Godly home environment.  Succinctly, this is what many in the LGBTQ+ movement seek to undermine.

            One key goal of those wanting to normalize all sexual orientations and behavior is exploring “possibilities for disrupting dominant discourses of sexuality and gender expression.”[5]  Even though the article explores efforts being put forth in England to accomplish these goals, we see the same efforts being exerted in the United States.

            The article under review goes on to mention the highly publicized case of a transgendered “man” who was about to have “his” second baby.  After citing this, the authors underscore the media’s role in challenging sexuality and gender in society.  They aver, “the popular media ensures that children are grappling with sex and gender, as well as sexuality, whether we address these issues in school or not.”

            Did you catch that?  What is portrayed in media plays a role in advancing the LGBT+ agenda.  It is not coincidental to find news programs, entertainment programs, and even cartoons that challenge “heteronormativity.”  These challenges are not always overtly sexual in nature.  They merely try to present “alternative lifestyle choices” as being normal and acceptable, while portraying opponents as homophobic, transphobic, or backwards in their reasoning about such lifestyles.

            Along these same lines, the LGBT+ movement wants to destroy the idea of heterosexual relationships as being the only normal relationship model.  One group in England  states that they want to, “’completely smash heteronormativity’ by implementing ‘an LGBT+ Inclusive curriculum’ in nursery, primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, organizations and communities.”[6]

            This trend is moving from national media sources to places closer to home.  In 2018, our county library (Clarksville, TN) had a group that secured a room for “Rainbow Reading with Equality Clarksville.”[7]  One advertisement for the program said, “Let’s fill the Shelves with LGBT+ Acceptance And Love.”  Clarksville was not the only target in this effort, because similar programs have been conducted in various parts of our nation.  The battle for the morality of our children is raging!

            An article written by a systems librarian in the Nashville public library took some issue with those opposing “Rainbow Reading with Equality Clarksville,” In his opening remarks, he said,

            “Drag queens reading to kids is the latest issue to draw national attention to the matter of who can use public library meeting rooms.  Many note the celebratory joy and message of tolerance such programming brings to the library.  Others are moved to armed protest.  Snopes even had to check if Satan is, in fact, real…We have never specifically advised a drag queen story time, but I now realize what a great counter punch that would be…This was the context when drag queen story time came to Clarksville and Cookeville.  Kerfuffle’s ensued…Drag queen story times continue.[8]

            Many in our culture are naïve enough to believe this is relatively harmless, but it is part of a bigger agenda to indoctrinate young minds into believing that any type of gender or sexual orientation is acceptable. 

            There is an overt pressure being exerted upon conservative Christians to conform to these perverse lifestyles that is reminiscent of something found in Genesis nineteen.  In this chapter, two angels come to Sodom for the purpose of warning Lot and his family about the impending doom.  As the two angels enter Lot’s home, the men of the city “surrounded the house” so that they might have immoral sexual relations with them. 

            The refusal of Lot to comply with their requests (Genesis 19.7-8) engenders anger and violence among those surrounding his home.    Genesis 19:9-10 says, And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.”  But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.”  While the pressure to conform is not physical in nature (at least not yet), it is being applied to God’s people.  Christian resistance to such lifestyle choices prompts anger, persecution, vitriol, and protest from those promoting the LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

            The efforts to crush heteronormativity are growing, and the battle begins with our children!  Just like Lot we should feel “vexed” by what is happening to our world.  2 Peter 2:6-9says,  “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation (conduct—ESV) of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”

By:  Johnny O. Trail

 



[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronormative

[2] DePalma, Renée and Atkinson, Elizabeth (2010). The nature of institutional heteronormativity in primary schools and practice-based responses.  Teaching and Teacher Education, 26: 1669-1676.  https://www.academia.edu/1029657/The_nature_of_institutional_heteronormativity_in_primary_schools_and_practice-based_responses.

[3] Brown, Belinda (2019).  “Smashing heteronormativity 101: Disrupting Children’s Sexual Intuitions

Education for the New Sexual Revolution.”  https://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/smashing-heteronormativity-101-disrupting-childrens-sexual-intuitions/22877.

[4] Tabula rasa is defined as “an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate.”

[5] Ibid, pg. 1669.

[6] Parker, James (2019).  “Have LGGBDTTIQQAAPP Rights Had Their Day?”  Mercatornet. https://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/have-lggbdtttiqqaapp-rights-had-their-day/23037.

[7] While this was not specifically supported by the public library, per their public usage rules, they did provide the space for such a “reading” to happen.  https://tennesseestar.com/2018/08/10/clarksville-montgomery-county-public-library-site-of-drag-queen-reading-event-saturday-afternoon/. By the way, LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Demisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Twospirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual, Polyamorous.”

[8] Jones, Bryan (2109).  What Happens When Drag Queen Story Time Happens in Tennessee?” Tennessee Library Association, 69:1 https://www.tnla.org/page/69_1_Jones

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