• Homosexuality – a choice?

     

    A friend shared this video on Facebook yesterday:

    It contains snippets from news reports of a dozen religious or political leaders that had openly and fiercely fought against homosexuality, but turned out to be gay themselves.  In some cases they openly came out, and in others they were found out by other means.

    The purpose of this post is not to shame such individuals.  It’s not even really to make an issue of their obvious hypocrisy.  The point is simply that, in my opinion, these stories (and countless others like them) provide very strong evidence that homosexuality is not a choice, contrary to what many religious folk say.

    I should say at the outset that the testimony of millions around the world that they were born gay is good enough for me.  But this post is mostly for those that do not accept this.  So……

    Put yourself in the shoes of megachurch pastor Eddie Long, who has preached at the top of his voice for years that homosexuality is a great evil and a choice.  Here is what he said (shouted, in fact) in his segment of the video:

    You cannot say “I was born this way”.  I don’t care what scientists say.  If you say you were born this way, then you’re saying “God, you’re a liar, and I see this thing down here but I’m gonna ignore it.”

    Long has subsequently been taken to court for four separate charges of sexually abusing male church members; he settled out of court on each occasion.  Despite being confronted on numerous occasions, he has never directly addressed the accusations, resulting in other church leaders calling for his resignation.  Instead, he prefers to make such vague statements as:

    I’ve been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man, but this thing, I’m going to fight.

    The other cases are far more clear cut.  Pastor Ted Haggard openly admitted to his deeds, and accepted the labels of hypocrite and liar.

    So the question is this: Did all these people choose to be gay?

    These men all gave in to sexual temptation (as plenty of other people have).  But they were tempted by men.  Would people with such public anti-gay views want to find other men tempting?  Would they really choose that?

    What do you think?

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    Article by: Reasonably Faithless

    Mathematician and former Christian