Bold Politician Displays Compassion for Homosexuals By Being Honest
A council member has come under severe attack from the public and colleagues alike for seemingly doing nothing more than speaking the truth.
Rosalie Crestani, the Rise Up Australia Party’s councilor for the City of Casey, has been the subject of what amounts to a smear campaign against her for her willingness to speak out against the health dangers of homosexuality. In the rush to make everyone accept and celebrate the homosexual lifestyle, the inherent health dangers have been deliberately ignored. Who in their right mind would support a lifestyle that is inherently dangerous to a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health? So honesty has been replaced by political correctness.
The reality that the average homosexual will have 500-1,000 sexual partners in his or her lifetime is a shocking statistic. Whether man or woman, if a heterosexual person admitted to having 1,000 sexual partners we would consider that person immoral, and be concerned with the potential for disease. And yet this is a normal characteristic within the homosexual community and no one seems to want to talk about it.
Lord Monckton, writing for WND, reports that Councilor Crestani boldly stood in the council chambers to read the following statistics regarding the health hazards resulting from the promiscuity of the homosexual lifestyle:
A male homosexual is eight times more likely to contract hepatitis and 14 times more likely to contract syphilis than a male heterosexual (Artnak, E., and Cerda, J., 1983, The gay bowel syndrome, Current Concepts in Gastroenterology Jul/Aug, p. 6);
Almost half of male homosexuals have a history of alcohol abuse, compared to a quarter of males generally (Schmidt, T, 1995, Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, p. 101);
Homosexuals of both sexes are thrice as likely to be problem drinkers as the general population (Schmidt, op. cit.);
More than half of male homosexuals have a history of drug abuse, compared to just 1 in 14 males generally (Schmidt., op. cit.);
More than four-fifths of Australian homosexuals sometimes use recreational drugs (Prestage, op. cit., Report C2, 45.);
One Australian homosexual in five uses amyl at least once a week; one in three uses marijuana at least once a week; one in six use heroin, cocaine or speed at least once a month; and one in eight injected other drugs (Richters, J., et al., 1998, Sydney Gay Community Surveillance Report: Update to December 1997, Report no. 6, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Macquarie University, Sydney, June, p. 15);
Gay men and bisexual and homosexually experienced heterosexual individuals had higher levels of psychological distress compared with exclusively heterosexual individuals (Cochrane, S., and Mays, V., 2007, Physical health complaints among lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and homosexually experienced heterosexual individuals: results from the California quality of life survey, American Journal of Public Health, April 26);
For the vast majority of homosexual men, and for a significant number of homosexual women – even apart from the deadly plague of AIDS – sexual behavior is obsessive, psychopathological, and destructive to the body (Schmidt, op. cit., p. 130);
Homosexual men, because of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, can expect a lifespan up to 21 years shorter than other men (Hogg, Robert, et al., 1997, Modelling the impact of HIV disease on mortality in gay and bisexual men, International Journal of Epidemiology 26(2): 657-661 at 657);
Those statistics are both shocking and heart-breaking. Our society – led by the media and various governments – is pushing us to celebrate a lifestyle that kills. For many homosexuals there is daily abuse of drugs, alcohol, and body. It would be similar to our culture celebrating domestic violence because, in essence, it is similar in many ways. It’s ludicrous to think that we would celebrate domestic violence and yet we celebrate a lifestyle that is just as abusive and harmful.
It is reported that as Councilor Crestani neared the end of reading this list that she began to cry. She was heart-broken for the men and women in the homosexual lifestyle and the abuse and disease she knew they were experiencing. While her opponents labeled her a bigot, “hater,” and other false labels, Councilor Crestani showed her compassion for people by loving them enough to speak the truth. At other times Councilor Crestani has made clear that she views every person as equal in dignity and worth, but that she cannot let the dangers of homosexuality go unchallenged.
Monckton’s article for WND further stated:
“Councillor Crestani broke down in tears of sorrow for those young people whose lives are likely to be so tragically shortened by conduct that her fellow councilors think we should ‘celebrate’…Councillor Crestani’s first and foremost concern is for the homosexuals who are the chief victims of homosexuality. It is they who are most directly at risk. It was they for whose ghastly fate she wept.”
Councilor Crestani is showing the kind of love and compassion that is needed in our culture. For Christians, this is the kind of love and compassion we are called to, the kind Jesus lived. There is a need to stand boldly for the truth that homosexuality is a sin that God does not approve. But there is also a need to be overtly loving toward people, all people, but particularly those people trapped in this lifestyle of abuse and health dangers. Christians have the opportunity to be a light in our dark culture by “speaking the truth in love,” (Eph. 4:15) but only if we are willing to back up our truth with actions motivated by love. After all, what good are our words if we have no actions to back them up? (James 2:14-17)