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John Shore Receives Homophobic Response to his Anti-homophobia Article

January 29, 2011

John Shore posts an email he had received in response to his article on the Christian take on “acting straight.” Here’s the email:

Would you support a serial adulterer who loves his wife, but is just attracted to other women because that’s who he is and how he was born? How about an alcoholic who just can’t help himself? Would you support him as he leaves his wife for alcohol? A glutton? A man of extreme pride? Why does homosexuality get a pass, and not any other sin? A person with homosexual desires who resists temptation is exactly the same as a married man who resists temptation to carry on affairs with other women—-which is to say, a human being battling the temptation to sin. The most compassionate thing that we could tell someone struggling with homosexuality (or any other sin for that matter) is to keep resisting temptation. Keep battling. Don’t give in. This is your badge as a Christian, that you fight temptation

No I would not support a serial adulterer, who loves his wife, but is attracted to other women, nor would I connect a homosexual to a serial adulterer. This person is mistaking the meaning of the word attract with love. I will find a man that I love and I will always be attracted to him and other men. I can’t help it. It’s biology. But I will always love that one man. We aren’t born alcoholics. We aren’t born adulterers. We aren’t born gluttons. We aren’t born excessively proud. (Although maybe a little self-esteem boost might stop homophobes from taking their lack of personal strength out on others.) We do not choose to be gay. We choose to accept ourselves as we are. We choose not to pretend to be something we are not.

Some people do choose, however, to find a reason to repel something different. It seems that not too long after the Civil Rights Movement did we have the Defense of Marriage Act pass. What’s next? The Defense of Two Arms and Two Legs Act? Come on, America, we are supposed to progress not regress. I mean, we live in a country that “claims” to be a government separate from church. Yet on every dollar, we see “In God We Trust.” If Christianity is going to determine who I can and cannot marry, why is it that Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and the people who practice Vodou can still get married by their own means of marriage?

The Defense of Two Arms and Two Legs Act suddenly sounds strangely like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. That frightens me a little…

Read the article here

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  1. January 29, 2011 4:05 pm

    ” We aren’t born alcoholics. We aren’t born adulterers. We aren’t born gluttons. We aren’t born excessively proud.”

    We’re born sinners…

    “Why does homosexuality get a pass, and not any other sin? ”

    It doesn’t!

    I think that it’s Mr Shore who has the definition of love confused with attraction (or lust)

    Of course I respect your choice to disagree…

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