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(LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic Church in Germany is facing another push by LGBT activists to eliminate “outdated statements of church doctrine” on sexuality and gender in what they call the “OutInChurch” initiative, spearheaded by 124 church administrators, teachers, volunteers, and even priests who have publicly identified as “queer.”

Seven demands were published on social media, all oriented toward the elimination of “discrimination” against LGBT people by the Catholic Church. They ask that doctrines held for the entire history of Christianity be removed based on “theological and human-scientific findings.”

The media, of course, promptly covered this story as if there is a real possibility that the Catholic Church will actually change its position, which it will not. It is true that the current pontiff appears determined to get as close to the line as possible, encouraging LGBT activists working within the Church to subvert traditional teaching on sexuality, but no formal change in teaching will take place.

Nonetheless, activists have been encouraged by their success in colonizing mainstream Protestant denominations and completely conquering the Church of England, and there are enough wobbly Catholic clergy to make these campaigns worth their time.

There’s one particular detail of this story that I’d like to draw your attention to: The weaponization of personal identity. This is not a new insight, and it’s not my insight — but it’s worth noting again. If there was simply another LGBT group calling on churches to change their doctrine, it wouldn’t be much of a story. Nobody would pay much attention. But when the initiative is spearheaded by people who are self-identifying as LGBT — that changes the dynamic.

Suddenly the manufactured story is Powerful Old Bigoted Institution against Poor Persecuted Gay People. These LGBT activists have constructed a David and Goliath story, casting themselves in the role of David.

It is, essentially, playing chicken with the church hierarchy — are you going to tell all these queer people in your institution who feel targeted by the doctrines that have been there since its very beginning that they are not welcome, or are you going to rewrite the Bible?

In short, the victimhood status projected by the “brave” and “courageous” coming out is a strategic move to present traditionalists as wicked persecutors. This is what one pundit accurately dubbed as “cry-bullying.” Claims of being a victim automatically put you in the position of cultural power.

I’m a millennial, but I’m still old enough to remember when it became a thing for people to begin making a point with the phrase “Speaking as a [fill in minority status here]” in order to shut their opponents up right off the bat. If you are not a [fill in minority status here], then to respond to the [fill in minority status here] with anything other than groveling adulation, sincere, wide-eyed nods, or enthusiastic agreement means you’re a bigot and you should probably get re-educated before someone gets killed. Silence is violence but shut up if you are “cisgender.” Got it? Good. See you at the Pride Parade.

It is an extremely effective tactic, and it is important that we recognize when it is being used. The manipulation of human empathy has worked very well for the sexual revolutionaries, and it has resulted in the collapse of many mainline denominations who believe that love is defined as telling people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.

Those of us who still hold to truth as defined in Scripture must respond by explaining what love actually is — wanting the other’s good — and refusing to cede the ground of compassion to our opponents. Self-identification as a culture war tactic is very clever. We must be wiser than that.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.