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THE SUBMERGING CHURCH
A closer look at the Emergent Church, its leaders, their teachings and where it is all headed in light of bible prophecy. Learn More >>
by Joe Schimmel
With the June 2011 release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp continues to roll out more gay pirate films for the kiddies. In his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow, is Depp purposely subjecting America’s children to an alluring character that is intentionally intended to depict homosexual characteristics? Parents who are taking their children to see Depp’s latest pirate movie should be aware what kind of role model Depp is foisting upon their children.
Depp not only imbibed traits of drug addled guitarist Keith Richards into his persona, but inculcated a flamboyant gay pirate into his composite character as well. To prepare for the starring role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp admits that he read the book Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition. Depp admits that in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, he is in part portraying himself as a flamboyant homosexual. When Rolling Stone asked Depp about the “certain gay undercurrent” so obvious in his Jack Sparrow’s character, Depp responded:
“Well, there was a great book I read…. ‘Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition.’ A very interesting book. I wasn’t exactly going for that with the character. And Keith is not flamboyant in his actions. Keith is pretty stealth. But with Jack, it was more that I liked the idea of being ambiguous, of taking this character and making everything a little bit… questionable. Because women were thought to be bad luck on ships. And these pirates would go out for years at a time. So, you know, there is the possibility that one thing might lead to another [like homosexual anal sex]. You’re lonely. You have an extra ration of rum. ‘Cabin boy!’”
(Rolling Stone, July 2006, p. 50)
Depp’s eye shadow and effeminate mannerisms reveal that he played up what Rolling Stone called the “certain gay undercurrents” of his character quite well. Famous film reviewer Robert Ebert wrote:
“Depp seems to be channeling a drunken drag queen with his eyeliner and the way he minces ashore and slurs his dialogue ever so insouciantly.”
(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times, July 9, 2003)
Depp may in fact be channeling a demon that comes across as a “drunken drag queen,” as he himself admitted being possessed by a multitude of demonic entities, “I know I have demons,” said Depp, “I’m 30 different people sometimes” (US Magazine, December 1999, p. 116).
Depp has stated that as an actor he was sending out a message that it’s okay to “behave differently.” We would all agree that behaving differently is not a problem in and of itself, so long as the behavior in question is not immoral or destructive. God’s word warns against the immoral behavior that is fundamental to the character that Depp seems to relish portraying. God’s word makes it clear that He created us in His image, and from the beginning He intended one woman to be with one man (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:1-9). God further warns us in His word that it is sinful for men to have sexual relations with other men:
“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:26-27).
God’s Word condemns all sorts of sexual sin because it is against the natural order He ordained and is destructive to the human race. Such unlawful deeds include adultery (Deut. 5:18; 22:22; Lev. 18:20 & Lev. 20:10); rape (Deut. 22:25-26); incest (Deut. 22:30; 27:20, 22, 23; Lev. 18:7-17; 20:11-21 & 1 Cor. 5:1-10); pimping (Lev. 19:29); prostitution (Deut. 23:17); fornication (Acts 15:20, 29; 1 Cor. 6:15-20 & Heb.13:4); polygamy (Lev. 18:18; Deut 17:17; Matt. 19:5-6; 1 Tim. 3:21 & 1 Cor. 7:2); Transvestism (Deut. 22:5); Beastiality (Ex. 22:19; Lev. 18:23-30 & Deut. 27:21) and homosexuality (Gen. 19:4-5; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17-18; 1 Kings 15:11-12; 1 Kings 22:43, 46; 2 Kings 22:2; 2 Kings 23:7; Matt. 7:6; 1 Cor. 6:9-10;1 Tim. 1:10-11; Rom. 1:24-32; Jude 6-8; Rev. 21:8, 27 & 22:14-15).
Depp’s reference to Sodomy in the Pirate Tradition gets its name from the sexual perversion practiced by the sodomites in the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were infamously overthrown by God as He rained fire and brimstone down from the heavens (Genesis 18-19; Jude 6-8)!
In B.R. Burg’s Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition he deals with English piracy in the 17th century and tries to recast pirates as homosexuals. This serves as another propaganda tool of the gay agenda. Burg sees homosexual dalliances at every turn and where few, if any, have seen it before.
Burg states that in a 1683 incident, buccaneer Captain Nicholas Vanhorn “whipped Nicholas Browne to death,” a deed which Burg presumes to be the result of a homosexual relationship. Burg concludes it was “likely an act of pure pirate sadism.” Burg seeks to portray the most scant evidence as pointing to homosexuality in his effort to support a pirate tradition of sodomy. Tragically, Johnny Depp has seized upon this angle as he influences a young impressionable audience with one of the most popular movie series in the history of film.
It has long been part and parcel of the gay agenda to cast admirable historical figures of the past as homosexuals in an effort to normalize and homosexualize America, despite whether such figures were actually gay or not. While pirates were not truly heroic figures, they have long been cast as heroic by Hollywood. Hollywood, as we all know, has long had a penchant for seeking to make evil look good and good look evil, promoting lies and specializing in historical revisionism. Hollywood, therefore, has become a very effective and subversive tool for liberals to exploit their favorite agendas.
Consider the following revealing stratagem from a popular gay manifesto, advocating homosexual propaganda by Harvard trained gay activist Hunter Madsen and Marshall Kirk:
“… Famous historical figures are especially useful to us for two reasons: first, they are invariably dead as a doornail, hence in no position to deny the truth and sue for libel. Second, and more serious, the virtues and accomplishments that make these historic gay figures admirable cannot be gainsaid or dismissed by the public, since high school history textbooks have already set them in incontrovertible cement. By casting its violet spotlight on such revered heroes, in no time a skillful media campaign could have the gay community looking like the veritable fairy godmother to Western civilization.”
(Marshall Kirk & Hunter Madsen, “After the Ball,” Plume, 1990)
While movies such as Brokeback Mountain sought to market homosexuality by way of the Marlboro man (see The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian), Pirates of the Caribbean is repackaging homosexuality to our children through the fun loving and mischievous pirate Jack Sparrow.
It doesn’t matter if Burg’s account in Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition of Captain Nicholas Vanhorn whipping “Nicholas Browne to death” in an “act of pure pirate sadism” is actually true, the story serves as potent propaganda in portraying pirates as gay. It doesn’t even matter if Vanhorn’s beating Brown to death in pirate sadism was even evil, Jack Sparrow will be made to look gay and heroic, and our children will learn lessons from phony history! It doesn’t matter because, in the words of Madsen and Kirk, Vanhorn is “dead as a doornail,” and “hence, in no position to deny the truth and sue for libel.”
Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen detail a three-stage plan to homosexualize America in their book, After the Ball. The outline of their threefold plan is simple, “desensitize, jam, and convert.”
The first stage is to desensitize by inundating the public with a “continuous flood of gay-related advertising, presented in the least offensive fashion possible.” They go on to say, “The main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue becomes thoroughly tiresome… If you can get [straights] to think [homosexuality] is just another thing—meriting no more than a shrug of the shoulders—then your battle for legal and societal rights is virtually won.”
The second stage, called “Jamming,” is described as “psychological terrorism meant to silence expression or even support for dissenting opinion.”
The third stage is “Conversion,” and they define it as the “conversion of the average American’s emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media”
(Source: “Selling Homosexuality to America,” Regent Law Review, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring, 2002, available at www.regent.edu)
Tragically the plan is working, as Hollywood’s use of effeminate male heroes like Captain Jack Sparrow, in feminizing America, have largely replaced the more masculine heroes of yesteryear, who stood up for decency and protecting the family.
Christopher Sharrett, a professor of communications and film studies at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, stated, “We’ve seen a big change from the concept of the masculine hero in the days of John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Clark Gable, and now we’re seeing an era of much more untraditional characters.” Sharrett stated, “Depp as this comic hero is really a continuation of the deconstruction by Hollywood of masculinity.”
Through Pirates of the Caribbean, Hollywood continues its quest in the feminization of America and its desire to destroy the historical understanding of marriage and the family. We need to wake up and realize that America’s children are under assault by an industry that is subversively and perversely seeking to make us into their own diabolical image.
Depp said that studio executives were initially terrified of his over-the-top, flamboyant portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow as a drunken homosexual. “They said, ‘He’s gay, he’s drunk,’” according to Depp. However, after the studio executives saw the finished product, they were convinced that they could pawn off the drunken homosexual pirate to the ever increasingly desensitized public. How many caring parents would dare allow a gay, drunk pirate to influence their children? They wouldn’t, unless of course, they were unaware that their children were unwittingly being influenced by Hollywood’s gay agenda. Is it any wonder that more and more children are claiming that they want to experiment with a gay lifestyle? In their article, “The Overhauling of Straight America,” authors Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill, advocate this strategy to further the gay agenda:
“Where we talk is important. The visual media, film and television, are plainly the most powerful image-makers in Western civilization. The average American household watches over seven hours of TV daily. Those hours open up a gateway into the private world of straights, through which a Trojan horse might be passed… So far, gay Hollywood has provided our best covert weapon in the battle to desensitize the mainstream.”
(Marshall K. Kirk and Erastes Pill, “The Overhauling of Straight America,” Guide Magazine, October and November 1987)
We have seen this diabolical plan come to fruition, as there are now a host of TV shows depicting gays in the most positive light, while at the same time disparaging traditional family values. In the last couple of years popular television shows like Degrassi, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars and Glee are at the top of the list of shows that fall into this category. Many of these TV shows receive awards from the homosexual organization GLAAD for their promotion of homosexual lifestyles. Wise parents should protect their children from being enticed by programming that is intended to entice their little ones into homosexual lifestyles with gay propaganda.
Johnny Depp has been voted Hollywood’s most influential actor and has received more web views than many of the top actors combined. Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., stated that Depp’s character is one “whom you root for even though his values are suspect.” Do parents want their children rooting for and emulating characters whose values are at best “suspect”? If corporations will pour millions of dollars into 30 second commercials, because they know they will affect a viewers behavior, how much more can a riveting, two hour, multi-million dollar movie affect our children?
While most of the millions of children who are being subjected to Depp’s drunken, homosexual persona will not adopt his gay mannerisms or love for alcohol, a fair percentage of them will, and one of them may be your child. Gay activist Darrell Rist, in his article “Are Homosexuals Born That Way?” acknowledges the infectious nature of homosexuality when young people are exposed to it:
“I have found that even many of my most unbiased straight friends grow skittish with my homosexual candor—say, kissing my mate—when their children are around. Underneath it all, they too understand that sexually free ideas are infectious and that, once introduced to the suggestion of same sex love, their kids might just try it and like it.”
(Darrell Yates Rist, “Are Homosexuals Born That Way?,” The Nation, October 19, 1992, p. 428)
If Rist’s admission that his public sexual expression has the power to “infect” young children, how much is the purposely seductive character of Jack Sparrow enticing our children?
The spiritual side of the gay agenda goes far deeper than most people realize. The world’s most influential Satanist of the last century, Aleister Crowley, not only stated that he had gone over to “Satan’s side,” but proclaimed the family to be “public enemy number one.” Crowley claimed that he received the licentious motto “Do What thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law” from a spirit named “Aiwass,” which he later identified with Satan himself. Crowley was a bi-sexual, whose Abbey of Thelema in Italy was found to have biographical graffiti depicting Crowley in orgies with little children. We document this from his own followers in our documentary, The Kinsey Syndrome.
Crowley further stated that he was out to “sodomize the boys of England.” He stated that he would target the United States of America to push his agenda. His disciple, Harry Hay, was not only a member of Crowley’s cult known as the OTO, but was a practitioner of Crowley’s sex magick and the founder of the Gay Liberation Movement. Harry Hay was called the oldest hippie in the counter culture movement of the 1960’s, and he played a key role in altering the views of the youth regarding human sexuality.
Crowley’s disciple, Harry Hay, went so far as to march with the perverse National Man Boy Love Association, with a NAMBLA placard draped over his body in a gay parade. Thankfully, not all homosexuals are after our children, and many would condemn such behavior, but it is clear that our children are in the cross hairs of a growing population of gays and pedophiles. Homosexual activist Michael Swift flaunted his gay aspirations in the Gay Community News as he envisioned a gay utopia:
“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools…in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms…wherever men are men together. Your sons will become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.”
(Michael Swift, Gay Community News, February 15, 1987)
It is critical that we are aware of the schemes of the devil (Eph. 5:11; 2 Cor. 2:11). Knowing that Jesus warned in the last days the world would be like it was in the days of Sodom (Luke 17), it is vital that we protect and safeguard the hearts and spiritual lives of our children from those who would prey on their souls in Hollywood, the music industry, and the government schools. Let us fast and pray for those who are caught up in sexual vices that exclude them from the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Let us remember that God, in His great love, gave His only Son and He died for all of us, including those who have chosen to be fornicators, adulterers and homosexuals. Let us share the soul saving gospel with everyone and proclaim Jesus’ word, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 15:3, 5). May God give each of us the grace we need to fight the good fight of faith, and to remain faithful, until we see Him return in the clouds of glory.