Support for the Family: Defending David Kurten
EDITORS NOTE: LGBTQ IN UKIP HAVE ALSO BEEN CONTACTED FOR A RESPONSE TO THE COMMENTS MADE BY MR KURTEN AND HAVE AGREED TO WRITE AN ARTICLE WHICH WE HAVE YET TO RECEIVE.
Support 4 the Family sent a questionnaire to all the leadership contenders about very important family issues so that their views could inform UKIP members in deciding whom to support as leader.
David Kurten was the first to reply and wrote this in answer to the first question about the definition of marriage.
“I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. If there were to be a free vote in Parliament I would vote to restore this definition of marriage”. The rest of his answers can be found on the website at http://www.support4thefamily.org/
Subsequently articles published online in Pink News and the Daily Mirror (09/08/2017) claimed UKIP LGBT members were calling for his suspension and attacking David for having “homophobic” and “transphobic” views. Fortunately common sense prevailed and David was included in the final candidate list. It is not insignificant that one of the listed LGBT UKIP members has since withdrawn from the suspension call after he read David’s ‘Statement on Support4TheFamily UKIP leadership survey’.
But the rather Machiavellian tactic of accusing those who share David’s views, of being motivated by irrational fear and hatred of homosexuals and the transgendered, needs to be exposed for what it is, a calculated stigmatisation of supporters of the traditional family. This follows the pattern set up by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and Karoly Maria Kertbeny in 1860s Germany.
Ulrich was a homosexual who wanted to free himself from the condemnation of same sex behaviour as unnatural and against legal, religious and social laws. Kertbeny was a sympathiser. Between them they came up with the word ‘homosexual’ to replace ‘sodomite’ as a neutral term masquerading as a scientific one, to block moral censure. With no scientific evidence whatsoever they assumed homosexuality was inborn, natural and congenital. Later homosexual rights’ campaigners Kirk and Madsen used ‘born gay’ as a powerful and expedient falsehood while acknowledging that homosexuality emerges from experiences and needs arising in childhood and adolescence.
It was the psychiatrist George Weinberg who first coined the word homophobia in the 1960s to describe the not unusual wariness he observed in colleagues potentially being brought into close contact with homosexuals. As a homosexual rights activist he offered the term/word to other activists to further their campaigning. Although he wanted his newly minted “phobia” to be recognised by the psychiatric and psychological authorities, with some counselling organisations actually recognising it, in 2012 the Associated Press officially discouraged use of the word. “Phobia means irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. In terms like homophobia, it’s often speculation. The reasons for anti-gay feelings or actions may not be apparent. Specifics are better than vague characterizations of a person’s general feelings about something.” Unfortunately, others who ought to know better have not adopted this attitude and continue to use what they see as an indispensible tool in their political campaigning.
By insisting on the use of the word homophobia in making personal attacks on people like David, activists are following Kirk and Madsen who advocated “jamming” in their highly influential homosexual rights campaign manual After the Ball (1989). Jamming is a silencing technique. It works by “jamming” the desire to be accepted by one’s peers and the desire to express strongly held personal views against each other. Most people desire acceptance over self- expression so they opt for silence. It takes a particularly strong character to withstand this treatment.
UKIP members trying to deny David’s right to speak his mind are arrogantly reserving the right to free speech to themselves on the assumption that “politically correct” freedom from “homophobia” gives them the moral authority to do so. It doesn’t and their imagined moral superiority is just that: imaginary.
A few words about ‘political correctness’ might help here. Lenin invented it in the early years of the 20th century to enforce Bolshevik unity under his dictatorial leadership. It travelled to Germany in the 1920s via the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt, which Lenin instigated, set up as a Comintern front (The Frankfurt School). Tasked with destroying the West’s resistance to ‘international socialism’ it focused on indoctrinating its future leaders and intelligentsia – largely sociology and humanities students, with ‘Critical Theory”. First in the firing line to be criticised, as ‘oppressive’ were father led families, the Church and patriotism. This is “cultural” as opposed to “economic” Marxism fighting to destroy freedom and democracy for the sake of a dystopian fantasy.
The school’s academics fled to Columbia University in New York after Hitler came to power because as communists they were on his hit list. Once in the USA they quickly assumed the role of academia’s gatekeepers and began to influence profoundly generations of students. They also found their way into Hollywood.
In the 1960s when students began to protest against the war in Vietnam a chance came for these Marxist professors and agitators to lead them in a revolt against their university authorities and capitalist democracy. The school’s leading light Herbert Marcuse coined the most memorable slogan “Make love, not war” and aided by the contraceptive pill, Kinsey and Hefner made promiscuity fashionable.
In UKIP we are about defending freedom and the right to say what we think and not be coerced by self-appointed commissars. Finally this Spectator article http://spectator.org/liberalism-transgenderism-and-gay-conversion-bans/ is well worth reading as it reveals David’s comments about the unreality of transgenderism as carefully considered. Ultimately futile attempts to shut him down must be resisted.
Alan J Williams
Support 4 The Family
 Behavior, and not a person. http:www.banap.net/spip.php?articles86
 After the Ball: How America will conquer its fear & hatred of gays in the 90s, Kirk and Madsen, p.184, Doubleday, 1989
 George Weinberg Dies at 87; coined ‘Homophobia’ After Seeing Fear of Gays, William Grimes, New York Times, March 22nd, 2017
 After the Ball, p.150