Quantcast
About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Your first visit?
Contact us
External links
Good books
Visitor essays
Our forum
New essays
Other features
Buy a CD
Vital notes

World religions
BUDDHISM
 
CHRISTIANITY
Who is a Christian?
Shared beliefs
Handle change
Bible topics
Bible inerrancy
Bible harmony
Interpret Bible
Persons
Beliefs, creeds
Da Vinci code
Revelation, 666
Denominations
 
HINDUISM
ISLAM
JUDAISM
WICCA / WITCHCRAFT
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing religions

Non-theistic...
Atheism
Agnosticism
Humanism
Other

About all religions
Main topics
Basic info.
Gods/Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt/security
Quotes
Movies
Confusing terms
Glossary
World's end
True religion?
Seasonal topics
Science/Religion
More info.

Spiritual/ethics
Spirituality
Morality/ethics
Absolute truth

Peace/conflict
Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten Commandments
Abortion
Assisted suicide
Cloning
Death penalty
Environment
Homosexuality
Gay marriage
Nudism
Origins
Sex & gender
Sin
Spanking kids
Stem cells
Women-rights
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news

Sponsored links

 

 

!!!!!!!! Search error!  If the URL ends something like .htm/  or .htm# delete the character(s) after .htm and hit return.

Homosexuality:

This webmaster/author's personal opinions


Sponsored link.



Personal opinions of B.A. Robinson the webmaster/main author:

I normally try to be objective when writing for this website, by carefully explaining the beliefs of others and not letting my own beliefs intrude. But, sometimes, I need to let fly with my own opinions in order to protect my own sanity.

During the battles over homosexuality between religious conservatives and progressives, between supporters and opponents of reparative therapy, etc. reality has somehow become ignored. Within the religious and the therapeutic communities, "experts" are absolutely certain that their beliefs are true. Yet it is obvious that many of their beliefs are mutually exclusive. So, some must be just plain wrong.

Reparative therapy is probably either safe and effective, or dangerous and ineffective. We don't know for certain because no meaningful study of this form of therapy has ever been studied and reported upon in a peer-reviewed journal.
The root cause of homosexuality is probably either genetic or a personal choice. Conservative religious experts say the latter; others say the former.
Poor parenting and/or having been sexually molested as a child, and/or other environmental events, and/or a person's genes may or may not have been a principal factor in determining adult sexual orientation.
Some suggest that the higher levels of depression and suicide among gays is primarily caused by homosexuality itself. Others suggest that the root causes are the homophobic culture in which a gay person must live, and the gay person's internalized homophobia absorbed from others.

At least some religious leaders, mental health practitioners. gays, lesbians, and human sexuality researchers have the ability to dialogue together, tackle some of the diverse beliefs listed above, and reach some form of consensus. To use one of my favorite phrases from the Law and Order TV program, to not dialogue is to exhibit "depraved indifference," towards sexual minorities. Considering the high suicide rate among gays and lesbians, the stakes are extremely high.

We have a motto in this office: "whenever someone deviates from reality, others get hurt." I think that it applies, in spades, to homosexuality. All sides need to work together to determine what reality is. Right now, both sides generally hide behind their barricades and throw rocks at each other.

In the present situation, everyone suffers:

  • Those who are hated because of their homosexuality,
  • Those who hate themselves because of their own homosexuality,
  • Those who dislike homosexuals and are being damaged by their degree of hatred,
  • Parents who wonder if they caused their child's homosexuality,
  • Those who are aware at some level that they might be teaching falsehoods, etc.

 All will continue to suffer until some meaningful effort at dialog happens.

To our knowledge, the only overture to dialogue occurred in the 1990s. It was proposed by the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH), a small professional organization of conservative therapists, and rejected by the much larger American Psychological Association (APA). The joint effort would have conducted a detailed study of the effectiveness of reparative therapy. Again, the term "depraved indifference" comes to mind.


Sponsored links:



Site navigation: Home > "Hot" topics > Homosexuality > Basic data > here


Not copyrighted
Initial posting: 2008-AUG-17
Latest update: 2008-AUG-17
Author: B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)



Go to the previous page, or go to the Homosexual basic info menu, or choose:

Google
Web ReligiousTolerance.org

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?


Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

 
 
Sponsored link: