From Politics in Mudville --and the daily news everywhere: "In a newspaper interview Monday, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had likened homosexuality to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces. “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”
LD's comment on the news: "The Bible test. Deuteronomy decides. The right-wing Christians should be giddy today that they have a General for Jesus heading up the Joint Chiefs. Neocon christians throughout America and on their knees in praise and supplication." Comment by Liberal Democrat on Politics in Mudville blog
I feel sorry for any who are gay because they identify with the opposite sex and think like the opposite sex --usually by overly close identification with the opposite sex parent and lack of affirmation by the same sex parent--or some similar variant of parenting. This is a condition of damage to the sexual orientation--a condition to rectify, not something to celebrate and promote. Instead, we need to do better parenting, better teaching, so kids can grow up with their brains and bodies in sync with one another.
I'm not saying, however, that it is ALWAYS parents' fault --but I do think parents need to INTENTIONALLY but subtly help their kids look, feel, think and act normally. And protect them. They need to give them good Biblical counsel about their God-given sexuality --given so they may grow up and become the moms and the dads.
All teens feel some discomfort with their self-image and sexual development. All kids are attracted for friendship to their own sex, rightly so, and need a niche with friends of the same sex, friends who are not exploitive, who will affirm them in their bio-assignments as male or female. All kids should be protected from molesters --if we could just figure out who they were and recognize suspicious situations and individuals.
I feel sorry for any who are gay because older homosexuals (or same age) got ahold of them and drew them into "feel good activities" that were addictive with their own sex--contributing to a homosexual identity and preference.
I feel sorry for kids who were very lonely growing up and found that any port in a storm for friendship was where they belonged --especially when their peers are ridiculing them for not being stereotypically masculine or feminine in their body types or mannerisms. This, too, can contribute to sexual identity confusion.
I especially don't want teachers and counselors to identify certain kids as potentially homosexual, encouraging them to go in that direction.
I don't want sex educators or any other gov't employees or Planned Parenthood in the schools to tell my kids they need to explore their sexuality in order to know which way they "swing."
BECAUSE I agree with General Pace. Homosexual behavior is immoral --like adultery. We have choices to make in life. There is a moment for the homosexual person when he/she first considered his own sex to be attractive (which is normal in itself --as normal people desire to be like the attractive folks of their own sex, and they DO notice what makes men and women attractive.) They do desire friendship with the popular, attractive people of their own sex. However, if they find themselves focusing more on their own sex than on the opposite, getting crushes and desiring physical intimacy with a friend of the same sex, they have a choice to make --to wallow in that thought and get involved in activities, or to reject them --just as a married man has a choice to make when he notices an attractive woman other than his wife. He can fixate on the other woman, entertain adulterous thoughts--or focus on wife and family.
It's when the first temptation comes knocking that we need to slam the door on it.
As Susannah Wesley told her 17 children: "You may not be able to keep the birds of temptation from flying around your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair."