Sexual Deviation Prior to Political Correctness
As human culture inevitably experiences moral degeneration, behavior that was once considered to be deviant, abnormal, immoral, and—from a Christian perspective—sinful, will inevitably be redefined as normal and acceptable. This historical trend is most certainly what has been happening in America over the last 60 years with regard to homosexuality and transgenderism. Mark it down: pedophilia and bestiality are right around the corner.
To see the extent to which the intellectual elite have fallen into line with political correctness, examine the following pages reproduced verbatim from the 1952 “Bible” of the American Psychiatric Association that depicted the psychiatric community’s assessment of homosexuality and transvestism at the time:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
The Committee on Nomenclature and Statistics of the
American Psychiatric Association
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
MENTAL HOSPITAL SERVICE
1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
WASHINGTON 6, D.C.
000-X60 Sociopathic Personality Disturbance
000-x61 Antisocial reaction
000-x62 Dyssocial reaction
000-x63 Sexual deviation
This diagnosis is reserved for deviant sexuality which is not symptomatic of more extensive syndromes, such as schizophrenic and obsessional reactions.
The term includes most of the cases formerly classed as “psychopathic1 personality with pathologic sexuality.” The diagnosis will specify the type of the pathologic2 behavior, such as homosexuality, transvestism,3 pedophilia, fetishism and sexual sadism (including rape, sexual assault, mutilation).
These allusions to homosexuality and transgenderism were maintained until December of 1974 when the pervasive pressure of political correctness encroached upon the profession.4 These changes do not constitute moral progress; rather, they demonstrate moral dysfunction and degeneration. As Isaiah well-described the moral conditions of his own country 2,700 years ago:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!… Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:20-21,24).5
1 “Psychopathology” is defined as “the branch of medicine dealing with the causes and processes of mental disorders; abnormal, maladaptive behavior or mental activity” (Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health (2003), 7th Edition, http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/psychopathology.“Psychopathy” is defined as “a personality disorder characterized by deceitfulness, manipulation, grandiosity, lack of empathy or guilt, and often aggressive or violent behavior. It is sometimes considered a subset of antisocial personality disorder” (The American Heritage Dictionary, https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=psychopathy).
3 The term “transvestism” refers specifically to “a person who likes to dress like a person of the opposite sex” (“transvestite,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transvestism). Transvestism is more commonly identified today with “transgenderism” which is defined as “of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or transvestite) who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth” (“transgender,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgender). Transgenderism is also referred to medically as “gender dysphoria.”
4 DSMII, published in 1968, continued to identify homosexuality and transvestism under the broad category of “Personality Disorders and Certain Other Non-Psychotic Mental Disorders” and under the specific category of “Sexual deviations.”
5 Make no mistake: genuine Christians possess true compassion for those individuals whose environment has been such that they have been drawn into aberrant sexual behaviors. Christians see as sinful all forms of “fornication” (sexual conduct that is out of harmony with the directives of the Creator)—including adultery, polygamy, bigamy, incest, homosexuality, etc. Hence, Christians possess the same loving regard that God has for everyone—“not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Indeed, the Christian posture was expressed by Paul to Timothy: “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).