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The sinfulness of homosexuality is up for debate!
In his article in the
November issue of the “Pittsburgh Standard” titled
“Homosexual activity is sinful in God’s eyes”, Dave Auger claims he
will give an “honest opinion” about gays.
What he is really giving is a bigoted
and ignorant opinion.
In support of his arguments
he misrepresents Romans 1:32 “Although they know God’s righteous decree that
those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very
things but also approve of those who practice them” NIV.
Auger would have the reader
believe that the “they” in that passage refers to gays.
However, if you read the entire chapter, you’ll see that the “they”
refers to: gossips, slanderers, and God-Haters.
The “things” that they do include murder, deceit, and disobeying
their parents. The chapter
certainly isn’t as clear as Auger would have the reader believe.
In general, the Christian
bible’s stance on gays isn’t very clear.
There are many instances of Christian clergy blessing same-gender unions.
In Ontario, same-gender
couples that were married by the church are currently waging a legal battle to
have that marriage recognized by the government.
Several churches have dealt
with the issue of ordaining gay ministers involved in monogamous same-gender
relationships. This issue of
whether being gay is or isn’t a sin has been debated throughout various
Christian church hierarchies. There are those who don’t believe it to be a sin
(and those who do) at all levels of faith and knowledge.
Hardly an indication that the matter is as simple as Auger represents it
Additionally, Auger claims
that homosexuality is “unnatural” this is also incorrect.
“Natural” refers to
things that occur in nature. Same-gender
pairings do indeed occur in many species, not just humans.
Auger attempts to trivialize being gay as nothing more than people who
are only interested in having sex with others of the same gender.
If Auger bothered to talk to
people who are gay he would learn that many want love, commitment, and
relationships involving more than just sex, just as many straights do.
He would also find some that are only interested in sex, just as many straights are. Auger claims to have heard opposing opinions, but based on his writing; he obviously never listened to them. While he is entitled to his opinion, when that opinion is based on bigotry and ignorance, it should never be allowed to simply “let stand.”
By Ken Tew