Saturday, May 13, 2006

Homosexuality, etc.

[if you've come for Shangri-la diet notes, click here]

Carol Lynn Pearson's talk on the subject. I enjoyed her book, so I listed to the webcast, at least some of it.

I'm only fifty. I don't know enough to comment more. So, in case you are wondering why I haven't blogged on the subject, it is because all I know about homosexuals is that they suffer and need love, especially in grief, like everyone else. It is our weaknesses and needs that bind us together.

As an update for those with questions about the strength training I'm doing: for the essay that I used for the foundation of my weight training (though I kind of slipped into most of it by accident over the last three years, this just solidified my thinking).


annegb said...

I know as much as you do, Stephen. I'm leaving with God and the eternities.

I loved Carol Lyn's book as well. I remember her first words (I think): "Gerald shone." I think about her book a lot, her neighbor's good bread, Gerald wistfully telling her how much he loved her, and "if only" she were a man.

Did you see that recipe I posted for you, here? It's really a good one. What a segue.

Stephen said...

I got the recipie (I've got the option turned on that e-mails me all of the posts).

I read the book about the time a friend's husband left her telling her "if only she was a big breasted blond" (and he moved in with one)

Thank you!

Digby said...

My mother is in her 80s and as a child had her left hand tied to her side, at school and at home, to make her right-handed. These good people, Christians all, believed back then that lefthandedness was a sign of the Devil.She just happened to in the last days of a centuries long system of belief by Christians. She was traumatized for life, yet she, who knew better than anyone that we don't choose most of who we are, could condemn my cousin for being gay. This sweet guy, who grew up like the rest of us in the rural west, had no more choice over his feelings of attraction to males, than my mother did to being left-handed. People very rarely choose to be or do things that make them social outcastes. My cousin was a conformer, a faithful Christian, and all he could do was pretend, which is hardly a fair way to live one's life. I think God has always put things out there to test if we are really capable of loving our fellow human beings. In Jesus' time it was no different, just different people as the outcastes. In our own history, Mormons have been at the top of the list at times.You can now safely be a tax collector, left-handed, a Mormon, even have leprosy (also once believed to be caused by sinfulness, but since the 1940s known to be caused by a bacillus easily treated with antibiotics), but homosexuality is alright to hate. Few people really hate the sin and not the sinner. We will probably have sound science before the middle of this century to show that sexual preference, like handedness, is genetic. But that is no comfort to the millions of gay people who are suffering around the world now.

Anonymous said...

Wow, not sure why I'm commenting as I've not done this before but I have gay friends, both male and female, and they are wonderful, honest, hardworking people that I would trust as I trust my family. I do not understand the reason for their feelings but it does not change who they are deep down. We may not agree with the lifestyle but, to me, that is not their identifying characteristic-it is their hearts that tell me who they are.