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Ideas sometimes not so innocent

Homosexuality has been the topic of several recent letters to the editor.

Although one letter writer chastised the LGBTQ community for their inappropriate conduct displayed at Pride events and the other letter writer chastised that author for chastising the LGBTQ community, both letter writers acknowledged their support and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The latter author expressed it this way: “Instead of telling people to repress their sexuality and signs of their sexual orientation in order to fit into a societal belief that heterosexuality is the only acceptable option, our community needs to work together to encourage our young people to develop into the best people they can be ... As a young person, I want to live in a community that accepts others.”

Part of “working together to develop into the best people we can be” is carefully and thoughtfully examining ideas and their consequences before accepting them as virtuous and embedding them in public policy. A moral wrong should not become the basis of a civil right.

Is homosexuality a moral wrong? Many would say no, it is not a moral wrong. But what norm or standard or objective reference point leads them to this conclusion? “One cannot defend the particulars of a moral choice without first defending the theory in general upon which that choice is made.”

Is the homosexual lifestyle self-destructive? Would there be any objections if a movie were shown in our theaters and classrooms that exposed homosexual practices, using medical research to evaluate the practice? A self-destructive lifestyle should be warned against — not publicly applauded.

Should we follow our desires but not the designs of our bodies? Doesn’t the complementarity of the physical design of male and female bodies give us a strong clue to the proper meaning of sexuality and its rich, multi-faceted purpose? It is often from the most simple observations that we learn the most significant truths.

Is homosexuality unchangeable? How does one sustain such a claim when the massive body of clinical research and the reality of former homosexuals say otherwise? The mutable cannot be immutable.

Acceptance is to be desired but only after seriously questioning and scrutinizing those thoughts and beliefs pressing for approval. Ideas have consequences, and seemingly innocent ideas may not be so innocent.

Jocelyn Funk

Brandon

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 22, 2014

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Bandb is correct.

Please provide ONE scientific, peer-reviewed study that has been published in a major scientific journal to back up the "massive body of clinical research" that you are referring to.

I bet you can't. This type of letter is better left to an anonymous Facebook post that is then debunked by Snopes.com rather than in the Brandon Sun.

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Homosexuality has been the topic of several recent letters to the editor.

Although one letter writer chastised the LGBTQ community for their inappropriate conduct displayed at Pride events and the other letter writer chastised that author for chastising the LGBTQ community, both letter writers acknowledged their support and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

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Homosexuality has been the topic of several recent letters to the editor.

Although one letter writer chastised the LGBTQ community for their inappropriate conduct displayed at Pride events and the other letter writer chastised that author for chastising the LGBTQ community, both letter writers acknowledged their support and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

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