1963 Congressional Record: ‘Communist Goals’ Include Promoting of Homosexuality as ‘Natural, Healthy’

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | May 28, 2015 | 3:43 PM EDT

Participants in a gay pride parade march Saturday braving heavy rain in a street in downtown Riga, Latvia. (Roman Koksarov ~ Associated Press)

The U.S. State Department’s new envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) spoke on Tuesday about the U.S. mission to put in place constitutional protections for homosexuals in countries around the globe and how that those protections make “a more durable, healthier nation.”

Randy Berry’s remarks are particularly interesting when contrasted with the Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963 that list “Current Communist Goals.” The list of 42 goals, entered into the record by Rep. A. S. Herlong Jr., a Democrat from Florida, is credited to the book “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen.

Although some critics – liberal and conservative -- have denounced Skousen’s ideology and his ties to the Mormon church, a number of the items on his list are striking when looked at through the lens of current cultural conditions, including his note about homosexuality.

No. 26 on the list states: Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

If the event where Berry spoke about global rights for homosexuals is any indication – the panel discussion was entitled “Expanding Constitutional Rights to LGBTI Communities: International Activism and U.S. Diplomacy” and featuring the lesbian that led the movement to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland – Skousen’s point seems like a prediction that is coming to fruition.

Also on the list are:

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

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