Thursday, September 9, 2010

Religion and Homosexuality

Whenever you hear the religious say that homosexuality is a "choice" or a "temptation" that people should resist with god's help, simply say:

"There is a name for people who think homosexuality is a choice; they're called bisexuals."

You can follow it up with:

"Of course, that's not always accurate, sometimes they're just repressed, closeted homosexuals."

Non-believers often wonder why the religious are so obsessed with homosexuality.  I suspect it is because many of them are desperately fighting the "temptation".  They can't stop themselves unless they convince themselves that it is an evil sin forbidden to everyone.  That would explain why they implicitly assume that we are all fighting this "temptation" and that gays and bisexuals are simply craven hedonists who have given in to temptation.  They can't seem to comprehend that some people are inclined to these activities and some people aren't.

At the same time, it is clear that many of the religious are simply stuck in an infantile state of moral and emotional development where echoing the words and values of the "authority figures" (god or the clergy) seems necessary to be "moral" as they understand the meaning of that term.  I suspect that for many religious people their homophobia results from a combination of these two motives.  These suggested replies should have the effect of countering the "moral choice" argument, the infantile morality will have to wait for a later post.


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  2. Thank you for your comment Sophia. I had previously heard the argument you make regarding homosexuality. In fact, the first time I heard it I found it to be highly persuasive as I was still harboring some of my "Christian" training on this subject. I never felt intolerance, but I wasn't as completely accepting as I should have been. Fortunately, this was decades ago.

    I don't really know why I didn't include that point. Perhaps because I didn't consider it to be an argument that had occurred to me independently. I have made that argument elsewhere, however, and will include it in a future post on this subject.

    Thanks again.