Greek and Roman civilizations demonstrated an unrestraint sexuality: both engaged in homosexuality, bestiality, and pederasty, with the Romans eclipsing the Greeks. These behaviors were so common, especially in Rome, that it would be inaccurate to identify these as heterosexual societies that practiced and accepted sexual variations, and more accurate to label them as pansexual societies, engaging in all conceivable sexual behaviors. While most cultures in the world were heterosexual, with occasional sexual variations, sometimes accepted, frequently persecuted, Greco-Roman civilization celebrated perversity.
Is contemporary Western civilization revisiting its history? Trends in Western societies seem to be slowly moving towards a Greco-Roman view of human sexuality. Christian churches, historically the most anti-gay institutions, are mollifying their positions reflecting this tolerance and even acceptance of (adult-adult) homosexuality, and several Lesbigay churches have been established. The New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN) believes bisexuality is becoming a cultural norm and is in fact the next natural step in the evolutionary development of the entire human species.
Presently significance differences exist between the ancient and contemporary forms of Western homosexuality. Unlike its Greco-Roman counterpart which occurred largely between an older man and a younger boy, contemporary Western homosexuality is between consenting adults. But what is to prevent a more homosexually tolerant society from broadening its parameters of acceptability to include pederasty. Kinsey Institute advisor John Money, in the 1991 Journal of Pedophilia called for legalizing all adult-child sex and if he or groups like the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) gain political clout, a return to pederasty in the West is conceivable, perhaps even inevitable. Moreover, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), noted:
The American Psychiatric Association already set the stage ... [in] the latest diagnostic manual (DSMIV), a person no longer has a psychological disorder simply because he molests children.” Thus the APA created psychologically “normal” pedophiles. The NARTH article concludes, “If psychology indeed recognizes consensual pedophilia as harmless, then civil law and social norms will be under pressure to follow the lead of social science as indeed they did on the issue of homosexuality.
Accompanying the growing acceptance of homosexuality is an increasing attack on heterosexuality. Heterosexism, a term use pejoratively to identify the general attitude heterosexuals hold towards homosexuality, is coming under attack, making it seem as if something were fundamentally wrong with the heterosexual position. (The problem lies with heterosexual behavior towards homosexuals, which is often violent and discriminatory). Some homosexual theorists have taken the offensive, challenging what they call the “myth of heterosexuality,” arguing it is the less natural and more socially contrived behavior. These trends and emerging attitudes in Western civilization that promote homosexuality as progressive and that homosexuals are specially gifted creative people, has been identified as “Western Homophilia.”
Homophiles, which includes both homosexuals and their sympathizers, idolize homosexuality arguing for “homosexual rights,” which is actually a political battle for sexual expression they connects to human rights struggles. They perceive everything potentially as homoerotic (a term they have created which is a projection of their sexual preference): from the Million Man March to a father embracing his son. This is unfortunate because it reveals a distorted sense of perception. Viewing the world dichotomously, a typically Western way of perceiving reality, the homophile creates oppositional conflict between himself and the homophobe; anyone that is not for him is against him.
One of the most objectionable practices of homophiles is the imposition of their sexual preference on others, which is tantamount to sexual imperialism. Western Homophilia if it is to survive as a viable political movement must be able to recruit members. Given the homosexual’s sexual preference, he is unable to replicate biologically (without the aid of Western science), thus through recruitment, targeting youth from dysfunctional families (and there are many in the dissociated Western world), and especially prepubescence youth, who by “nature” retain latent androgyny (this will make more sense once we expound on the Afrikan conception of the human being), he fodders the movement. This is an irresponsible and reprehensible tactic. Exacerbating matters, Western Homophilia globalizes its ideology championing it around the world as a “universal” behavior, a human rights issue, and as an attempt to further Western democracy.
Afrika’s AIDS crisis has draw attention to the continent’s sexual practice and customs, especially its same-sex behaviors. Afrika has also draw the attention of the international Lesbigay community because with the exception of South Afrika and Zimbabwe, it has remained largely outside of the phenomenon of Western Homophilia, which is detrimental to it as a political movement. Thus, Afrika must be included in the movement and connected to the “universal” history of homosexuality. It is this “universalizing” of a peculiar behavior uniquely celebrated and practiced in Western history, that is being projected onto the world, and in this case Afrika, which we must challenge.