Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Death Penalty For Homosexual Acts?"

Tim Chesterton, a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, who blogs at To See and to Follow posted on the response (or rather lack therof) of far too many churches in the Anglican Communion to the proposed laws in Uganda regarding gay and lesbian persons. I don't agree with everything that Tim says, but, to his credit, although he holds the "traditional view of sex, marriage, and homosexuality", he speaks out against the harsh laws which will very likely pass and the absence of the voices of the churches speaking against the laws.

Why are gay people seen as such a threat in Uganda? The bill states that its purpose is to protect the traditional family. How are gay people a threat to the traditional family? My daughter recently married her same-sex partner. I can assure you that my wife and I do not feel our marriage to be in any way under threat because of hers! Furthermore, I would suggest that if we want to find out what is threatening the traditional family we ought to look a little closer to home: having sex before you are married, living common law before marriage, or being the child of divorced parents are all factors that statistically increase your chances of going through a divorce yourself. Heterosexual people need to take a long hard look in the mirror before they blame gay people for the demise of the traditional family. We were doing that to ourselves long before anyone dared raise the question of gay marriage in public!

I suggest that you read the post in its entirety.


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