(CNSNews.com) - Former President Bill Clinton will be remembered by many in the pro-family community not so much for his sex scandals, but for his administration's many attempts to force acceptance of homosexual behavior through executive orders and federal regulations. With a new, conservative administration in the White House, how much success can the homosexual agenda hope to see in 2002?
Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America's Culture and Family Institute (CFI), says that while the majority of Americans have been focused on returning to normal after Sept. 11, a small but powerful group of liberal political activists has been promoting an agenda that is anything but normal.
"Since Sept. 11, the news focus and the focus of lawmakers has been on stopping terrorism and waging war in Afghanistan," Knight explained. "And yet, the social agendas of homosexual activists, feminists, the pornography industry, and the abortion industry have not slowed a bit. They're using the change in focus to really cover their activities."
Conservatives who have been rallying to the defense of America have not really keyed in on the threats posed by this agenda, according to Knight. But he says that will have to change because liberal activists are "not letting up for a minute."
Comparing the Bush and Clinton administrations, Knight says the climate is only somewhat better for the pro-family movement under Bush.
"The Bush administration has probably slowed down the embrace of homosexual activism by the federal government but it has aided it, to some extent, with appointments such as Michael Guest to be ambassador to Romania," he said. "He's openly homosexual. It's been reported that this has upset the Romanians and the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest."
The Bush administration's inaction also speaks volumes, says Knight. Bush has not rescinded any of the executive orders Clinton issued to give special legal privileges to homosexuals.
"They have sent the signal that they will do nothing to oppose homosexual activism openly. They probably won't do much to promote it, but they won't do a whole lot to oppose it either," Knight added. "And when a vacuum exists, and one side is pressing, that means homosexual activists can expect to score more victories."
Knight says the District of Columbia appropriations act is an example of the administration's inaction. President Bush recently signed the spending measure into law. It allows D.C. government employees to include "domestic partners" on their health insurance plans.
"The Bush administration did not oppose that provision, and that basically brings gay marriage by another name to the District of Columbia. That's President Bush's new adopted hometown. As president, it's right in his back yard, and they didn't do anything to stop it," Knight continued. "So that's a very disturbing signal to the pro-family movement that they're not taking this agenda seriously."
That agenda, Knight says, contains a number of action items designed to empower homosexuals politically, while weakening the traditional family. He says the primary attack is on traditional marriage through so-called domestic partnerships and civil unions.
"In California, they're trying to create gay marriage by another name, in the form of a civil union bill similar to that of Vermont," he said. "They hope to duplicate that all over the country. That would present a huge challenge to people with traditional values."
Knight says the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and hate crime legislation are meant to achieve the same goal.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) sponsored, would add the term 'sexual orientation' to federal workplace law and impose it on every business in America with 15 or more employees," Knight warned.
Hate crimes bills at the federal, state, and local levels also include 'sexual orientation' in their language, are "are aimed at curbing opposition to homosexuality by saying that if you are against it, you are causing hate violence," Knight said.
One approach favored by homosexual activists, Knight says, is to introduce their agenda in public schools in the name of "diversity education," using Justice Department and Education Department programs left over from the Clinton administration.
"The Bush administration so far has been very slow to eradicate these things," he added. "So we're looking at a number of challenges on the local, state, and federal fronts."
With most members of Congress focused on the war in Afghanistan and the potential for future terrorist attacks, Knight says pro-family conservatives must be pro-active to get their message across.
"People should be contacting their representatives and telling them that they don't want hate crimes laws by any name, at any level, and that they don't want gay marriage by any name," he said. "The legislators will know what they're talking about."
Knight also says conservatives should not let a lack of expertise on an issue stop them from voicing their opinions to those representatives.
"One of the things that stops ordinary people from getting active is they think they have to have a wealth of information about these issues. They don't have to know a bill number. They don't have to know any arguments for or against it. They just have to call their legislators and say something like, 'Don't approve any legislation that has the effect of promoting homosexuality,'" Knight said. "If they get enough calls like that, they know there is a constituency watching them."