Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nature or nuture?

Albany (New York) Bishop William Love recently said that he "disagreed with those who say that God created some people to be oriented towards people of the same gender "and therefore it is in accordance with His will that they live out their gift of sexuality in a same-sex relationship."

"To the best of my knowledge, there is no scientific study that proves that people are born homosexual," he said. "There is no genetic link that has been discovered. In regard to God creating people homosexual in orientation, Matthew 19 makes a strong case against such an argument. Jesus said, 'Haven’t you read, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?" So they are no longer two but one.'"

I'm appalled at such an attitude from an Episcopal Bishop. While he is correct in his claim that no scientific study proves that people are born homosexual, neither is there any scientific evidence they we are not.

If Bishop Love really believes our sexuality is a choice, I invite him to choose homosexuality for a while and walk in our shoes. I suspect that he will find that kind of choice rather difficult. Shame on him for thinking it is so easy for me.

9 comments:

KathyK said...

Ah! Viktor Frankl. He wrote one of my all time favorite books: Man's Search For Meaning. His discussion that he alone was responsible how he reacted to a situation is a thought I still ponder at times.

Robert said...

I agree with you about Fankl's book. It is an excellent work and I would recommend it to anyone. Glad to hear you have already read it!


Robert

KathyK said...

Oops, wrong post. I'll comment on this one too!

Many years ago I worked with a young man who told me he had tried to kill himself. I asked him why would he even consider doing such a thing? He told me, very tearfully, he couldn't face the discrimination he was experiencing as a gay man. He then said "do you think I would choose to be different and suffer the anger, fear and hatred I face on a daily basis?" That was an "ah hah" moment for me.

Robert said...

Thanks for sharing that powerful story Kathy. I was restraining myself from pointing out you posted on the wrong one, because your comments are always welcomed.


Robert

FranIAm said...

Well in the incredibly tiny, cute world of blogging- I am here via Alcibiades of Duck and Noodle fame, but I live in Albany, NY.

That said, I am not part of the TEC, but a Catholic. Albany is a strange place in which - the obvious aside, that we are more liberal than you all.

I must say that I have a rather ecumenical heart, so all this us and we and you all does not suit me.

Nice to meet you and to find your blog. Know we all walk together - in community.

Pax my friend!

Robert said...

Welcome Fran. Some of my best friends are Catholic! :)

Glad you found you way here. I hope you will feel free to add your voice here whenever you have a comment.

Blessings to you!


Robert

FranIAm said...

The real problem will be that I won't shut up!

Garrulous but with a tender heart, what can I tell you?

FranIAm said...

BTW - come on over.

It is a little unseemly to link back to oneself in a comment, but I do mention you, so maybe that makes it not so bad?

Robert said...

Not unseemingly at all Fran. In fact I had already visited your wonderful web and have it on my google reader, but I was a little slow on listing it here on my site, but I have corrected that oversight!