By G. C. Forsman
Before I present this article, I want to make something very clear. I am not anti-gay, I have known gay people all my life. While it is not the lifestyle I choose to live, I cannot condemn those who do. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors. He did not say – love everyone except those who are gay. Everyone is welcome in the house of the Lord. If you don’t believe that, maybe you should re-examine yourself.
Now, about this article. It is flawed studies like this, and radicals that cause issues. Remember when we Christians were called Jesus Freaks for sharing our faith? It was not the message, but the methods of the messengers that turned people away. Gay activists are causing the same type of reaction. No one should be denied human or civil rights for any reason. Having said that, it would seem that the majority of Americans are reacting negatively to the push of activists attempting to force homosexuality into the mainstream.
Certainly, many will disagree with me (even some of my friends), but rights are not based on lifestyles. God given rights belong to everyone. All of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. You may not like it when I say homosexuality is a sin, but that does not change the fact that God has called it an abomination, and a sin like any other sin.
Homosexuality is not the problem, the problem is the moral decay in our nation that is destroying American families, and ultimately our society. This moral decay makes sin acceptable in our society. In fact it is no longer called sin, it is simply a mistake, or a choice.
If I can recall where I read it, I will post the reference, but for now you will have to trust me on this next part. The Chinese government sent people to study America and determine what made America such a great nation. The findings of this study was that three things make America great: Patriotism, Morality, and Christianity.
Joseph Stalin commented, “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
If these two communist nations independently came to the same conclusion, doesn’t it make you wonder what they observed that led them to this conclusion? In addition, doesn’t it make you want to take a look at what is happening around you and wonder if Stalin was right?
Let us fight to restore the America where all men are created equal, no one is denied rights, and moral decency is restored.
Now to the article…
The mantra of activists is once again heating up in their attacks of anyone who disagrees with them. If you are against homosexuality, according to them and new study, it means that you are a homophobe (fear homosexuality) and that you are most likely a closet homosexual yourself.
Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Essex in England and the University of Rochester in New York worked together on a study that was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Their study looked at parenting and sexual orientation and how they play a role in forming one’s own understanding of homosexuality.
Their research was conducted in the United States and Germany and involved surveying around 160 college students in each of 4 separate studies. According to their findings, the researchers concluded that most people that fear or discriminate against homosexuals are themselves attracted to the same sex and are fighting or repressing those feelings internally.
Netta Weinstein from the University of Essex said,
“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves.”
Richard Ryan from the University of Rochester said,
“We laugh at or make fun of such blatant hypocrisy, but in a real way, these people may often themselves be victims of repression and experience exaggerated feelings of threat. Homophobia is not a laughing matter. It can sometimes have tragic consequences.”
However, I challenge their findings and conclusions based upon the ambiguous way the questions were worded and how the researchers interpreted the responses. For example, students were asked if they agree or disagree to a variety of questions. The questions were then used to determine the degree of homophobia within a household and the individual answering the questions. Here are some of those questions they used,
- “I felt controlled and pressured in certain ways.”
- “I felt free to be who I am.”
- “It would be upsetting for my mom to find out she was alone with a lesbian.”
- “My dad avoids gay men whenever possible.”
The researchers automatically interpret feelings of being uncomfortable around a gay person or avoiding them to be evidence of fearing them – aka homophobia. That is patently absurd with many cases and is very poor logic to use on such an emotionally charged subject as homosexuality.
I am not comfortable being around gay men or lesbian women, but I do not fear them. I am uncomfortable because I see their lifestyles as the sinful abomination described in the Bible. I also don’t like to be around liars and that isn’t because I fear them either, I just strongly dislike being around people that can’t tell the truth.
I’m sure that if I were to take their survey that they would label me as a strong or intense homophobe because of my strong and intense aversion to gays, lesbians, transgenders and bi-sexuals, but I don’t fear them.
In reading the report on the study, I didn’t see any indication where the researchers allowed for religious beliefs of those individuals who responded negatively towards homosexuals. That didn’t seem to be an option they were willing to consider.
Now the gay activists are already starting to take these results and use them in their rhetoric to help justify their sinful lifestyles. They are pointing their fingers at you and me and calling us homophobes and closet gays. They will use the label of homophobe to accuse us of hate language and try to prevent us from saying anything publicly against them.
America’s moral decency has been burned, singed and sadly what is rising from the ashes is a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. If our nation continues on this path of sinful debauchery, we are destined for a similar fate as befell the two ancient cities and all I can say is heaven help the faithful as they will also feel the wrath and judgment of God Almighty.