John Beardsley e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(As Submitted to the Rapid City Journal)
(Article may be used with permission)
Marriage by definition is the joining of a man and woman. Our society has not rightfully considered the moral and social implications of homosexuals being joined. Changing the law based on emotion or feelings is a mistake no matter how heartfelt they are.
If homosexual behavior is to be considered "normal" what does human science have to say about it? Are there verifiable facts to support the contentions of the homosexual movement that their "orientation" is somehow genetic? Like a person being born white or black, male or female? Should we fundamentally alter our society's laws for a "chosen behavior"? If we make this paradigm shift, what behavior will someone want to normalize next?
As a Christian, I take great exception to Michael Coats' viewpoint (Forum, Aug. 25) that opposition to homosexuals being Christian is solely based on a particular interpretation of scripture. If you are Christian, you either believe what the Bible says condemning homosexuality, or you do not believe it and you are not Christian by definition. The book of Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6:9 leaves no room for a person to be an unrepentant homosexual Christian. Jesus came to call sinners unto repentance whether homosexual, adulterer, thief, and etc.
A case study, Bailey & Pillard, of twins tries to demonstrate that homosexuality is inherited, however: "This study has been understood as a demonstration that homosexuality is genetic, but there are some real problems with that conclusion. ... Whatever the answer, it is not genetic." - Dr. Robert A. Pyne. Another study done by Simon Levay reveals possible abnormalities in the hypothalamus of homosexuals which researchers said needs replication.
According to an October 1996 panel at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), "No conclusions can be drawn from studies relating genetics to sexual orientation." The ASHG also warned against "'genetic determinism' on the basis of today's fragmentary and sometimes contradictory findings."
No study has proven that homosexuality is genetic, hormonal or environmental! An article from Hastings Center Report even challenges the science in key research studies that have suggested a genetic base for homosexuality! The whole argument for genetic homosexuality is flawed. It is being pushed upon the public through the guise of being "normal" insisting we must accept their behavior or suffer consequences, lawsuits! Homosexuals are pushing an agenda, along with propaganda, attempting to redefine laws and making it a crime to have an opinion against them! Calling anyone who stands against them as being hateful homophobic bigots!
The homosexual agenda is readily observed in the following Hollywood shows and more: "Veronica's Closet," "Head Over Heals," "413 Hope Street," "Profiler," "E.R.," "NYPD Blue," "Friends," "Spin City," "Mad About You," "Party of Five," "The Simpsons," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Cybill," "Chicago Hope," "All My Children," "Nash Bridges," "Fraiser," "Unhappily Ever After" and "Babylon 5" (Source: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). This is not counting the infiltration of Disney by homosexuals!
The National Education Association has taken up the pro-homosexual agenda by encouraging schools to introduce pro-homosexual materials and concepts to students. The National Gay Task Force has goals to remove all age of consent laws, and to legalize same-sex marriages. More radical homosexual groups like ACT-UP and Queer Nation have even used more aggressiveness to further their agendas!
The fact is that humans are made up of male and female, just like God created them. Marriage is the monogamous joining of male and female for the purpose of love, togetherness and procreation. As we all know there can be no new humans without the involvement of a male sperm and a female egg. God fixed that as a natural law, and no homosexual or lesbian can change it!
More Bible references condemning homosexual behavior: Leviticus 18:22-24, Leviticus 20:13. (Under Old Testament Law the penalty was death, but in Christ there is grace for the repentant sinner.)
"And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of a woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:27)
Is it bashing or arrogance to point out facts not acceptable to homosexuals? No more than for them to bash Christians who speak the facts in public. Yes, homosexuals and lesbians must be loved as any other person is loved, but their error does not have to be loved or accepted.
We pass laws against murder, rape, robbery and other social behaviors. We have also passed laws against immoral behavior. However, a society that has become very immoral in behavior seeks to repeal the moral laws. It is time for the people of this land who still love truth and biblical morality to rise up and oppose such notions as homosexual marriage, and declare the facts!
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