What's the sin: homosexuality or homophobia?

by gabrielledupere on September 17, 2013 - 10:29pm

Our modern society has evolved over the past decades, may it be with the newest technology, the acquirement of knowledge or with the acceptance of differences. Having prejudices that attack people that are somewhat different, or infamously called 'abnormal', is for me something that is largely over rated. However, for others, having another skin color, religious belief, cultural background or sexual orientation is something somehow disturbing and wrong. This topic draws my attention since I find it really sad that still today, some of us are not able to accept the ones that differ from the 'typical' and 'normal' human being. For a modern society, I think we lack evolution. 

This article, "Twin Cities Catholic leader courts controversy claiming Satan to blame for gay marriage, condoms", particularly caught my attention, since it presented homophobic statements from a religious man. I feel like homophobia, that is already too much spread, should not be further encouraged by groups that people rely on, such as the church. This article raises the ethical question: Should the church and its followers accept same-sex marriage? 

The article presents a catholic leader, Archbishop Nienstedt, argument about pornography, contraception and same-sex marriage. In his opinion, we should blame Satan for these very wrong abnormalities. “Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies,” said the man who is meant to represent the will of God in our society. Clearly, he objects to homosexuality and supports his thoughts with the fact that Catholicism doesn't support gay marriage either. Finally, he states that Satan's plans are to destroy God's work, which is to maintain a solid society.  


While Archbishop Nienstedt objects to homosexuality, it is a subject that fortunately becomes more and more accepted. For instance, the article states that the state of Minnesota legalized gay marriage earlier this year. City Pages, a Twin Cities Tabloid, also resented Archbishop Nienstedt's sayings by naming him 2013 best villain. Finally, Pope Francis himself doesn't object to homosexuality as he states “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”. 


And in fact, who are we to judge? I think people take too often the liberty of denigrating others for the principles of religion and traditions. I think that the modern society we are should show its maturity and acceptance, and stop the prejudices. What should be the steps taken in order for people to start accepting differences without judging? 



Your article brings some rather interesting point ,which I think are all absolutely veracious. I would simply state that this "homophobia" thing is just a phase that humans will probably forget in a couple of centuries. Why ? because humans are afraid and sceptic about the unknown. Nature made us such that we want to know the answers of all the questions our world is making us have. One of these questions is: Why are there homosexuals and heterosexuals ? When this specific question is going to be answered, humans, depending of what the answer is, are going to react as they are suppose to. But for the moment , we associate homosexuality with religion and Satan and on some more beliefs which, honestly, are not even proven themselves. I think one of the steps that we as humans have to take is try understanding homosexuality in order to find a reason for its existence.

After reading your article which is well writing and very clear, I’m in total agreement with you. Religious institutions shouldn’t rule the society by stating that they represent the will of God. Even some people and organizations use religion to discriminate homosexuals and races. I found an article that exactly describe this situation. The article of American Civil Liberties Union stated different example of discrimination done in the name of religion like “graduate students, training to be social workers, refusing to counsel gay people.” Nevertheless, this article bring an excellent argument; “religious freedom in America means that we all have a right to our religious beliefs, but this does not give us the right to use our religion to discriminate against and impose those beliefs on others who do not share them” and I’m totally in agreement with that. Our society should, like you said, matured a little bit and stop do prejudices on people who are judged “abnormal.” Link: https://www.aclu.org/using-religion-discriminate

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