This continues our look at the great writing of Laurie Higgins.
The next paragraph follows from where we left off in part 1.
Some may find my comparison of homosexuality to polyamory offensive, but their experience of offense does not mean the analogy fails. Polyamory is a condition that is defined by emotional/romantic feelings, sexual attraction, and volitional sexual expression, and therefore is very much like homosexuality. The comparison to race is the offensive analogy in that race has nothing whatsoever to do with feelings or volitional acts.
Some would assert that I ought not ‘diminish a person’s choices of meaningful fulfillment in life and love based on race, sex or sexual orientation.’ But why are those the only conditions that should not be allowed to diminish a person’s life ‘choices of meaningful fulfillment.’ Why should society have the right to diminish the choices of someone who loves his sister or of polyamorists?
Regarding the subject of ‘bullying’ in the schools, I would argue that the blood of ‘tortured adolescents’ is on the hands of those who bully them or communicate the bleakly deterministic and utterly baseless message that they were ‘born that way.’
Their blood is on the hands of everyone who refuses to look at the dysfunctional family relationships, or peer rejection, or molestation that may contribute to sexual identity confusion.
Their blood is on the hands of everyone who tells them the lie that people like me hate them.
Teens who self-identify as homosexual experience higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Without evidence homosexual activists and their ‘allies’ conclude that it’s cultural disapproval that causes these feelings, but perhaps their feelings are the result of God writing moral truths on human hearts. We feel shame and guilt when we experience sinful impulses and/or act on them.
I would argue that children are not depressed because of societal taboos–which have significantly eroded over the past 40 years–but rather they are unhappy because of a natural God-given response to sinful impulses.
They experience these impulses and then the world tells that they ‘are born that way.’ Of course, the world never tells than that there is not one iota of proof for the unproven assertion that they were born homosexual. We’re all born sinners who experience myriad unbidden, powerful, persistent sinful impulses. What homosexual activists are trying to do is scream louder than the still, small voice that tells people homosexual acts are not moral. With enough images and rhetoric, it’s not all that difficult to drown out the sounds of our own consciences.
What kids who experience same-sex attraction are entitled to hear is that their experience of unbidden, powerful, persistent impulses makes them exactly like every other human. These impulses, regardless of whether biological factors play a role, are a result of the fall.
In another statement, she wrote the following.
I believe that no one chooses their sexual attractions. But as moral beings we are all charged with the task of figuring out which of our unbidden impulses are morally legitimate to act upon. Many in our society are perpetuating the lie that homosexual impulses are morally legitimate to act upon. This lie leads to shocking disease statistics (Check out the most recent CDC stats on men who have sex with men).
My feelings about those who experience same-sex attraction are no different from my feelings about those who don’t share my moral beliefs. My beliefs do not diminish my recognition of their infinite worth or diminish the pleasure I take in their company. I don’t hate people whose beliefs and life choices differ from mine. To tell people, especially children, the lie that homosexual acts are moral acts is the epitome of foolishness and wickedness. The truth is that most people are perfectly capable of loving those whose beliefs or life choices differ from their own.
Click here to read: “Laurie Higgins explains the problem with the term “sexual orientation.”
Read more of Laurie Higgin’s writings at www.illinoisfamily.org.