Is Sexual Orientation a Human Right Or a Sin?

TOREY 2012/05/30 01:43:08
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Chris Hedges: The War on Gays

The sentencing of Dharun Ravi for the
hateful abuse that may have driven his gay roommate at Rutgers, Tyler
Clementi, to commit suicide, or Barack Obama’s public acceptance of gay
marriage, prevents many of us from seeing that life for gays, lesbians,
bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

No one understands this better than the gay
activist and pastor Mel White. White, along with his husband and
partner of 30 years, Gary Nixon, founded Soulforce,
an organization committed to using nonviolent resistance to end
religion-based oppression. White and hundreds of Soulforce volunteers
protest outside megachurches that preach hatred and bigotry in the name
of religion. White travels to communities where young gays, lesbians,
bisexuals or transgender people have committed suicide. He holds
memorial services for them in front of the church doors. He accuses the
pastors of these churches of murder. His books “Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America” and “Holy Terror:
Lies the Christian Right Tell Us to Deny Gay Equality,” are two of the
most important works that examine the innate cruelty and proto-fascism
of the Christian right. White, more than perhaps any other preacher in
the country, has pulled young men and women back from the brink of
despair, from succumbing to the tragic fate of Tyler Clementi. And White
is scared.

“What kind of environment creates a Dharun Ravi
who would carry out that kind of bullying, as well as a kid like Tyler
who would become a victim of that kind of bullying?” White asked when I
reached him by phone at his home in Long Beach, Calif. “It is society.
At its heart it is the church. The churches should be convicted, not
just Ravi. He’s just an extension of the hatred that people feel about
this threat, this gay threat. Pope Benedict XVI should be on trial. Richard Land
from the Southern Baptists should be on trial. Religious leaders,
Protestant and Catholic, should be on trial. They made this happen, but
too few Americans make the connection.”

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  • Moonage 2012/05/30 23:43:50
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    A lot "rights" are sins. The two are not mutually exclusive. Everyone has the "right" to bang their best friend's wife, it's still a sin.
  • Honeybuns 2012/05/30 20:23:54
    Human Right
    Every human has the right to like what they like or prefer.
  • Bastion 2012/05/30 13:13:15
    Human Right
    People have the right to be who they are. Damn this American Taliban crap is getting old.
  • Ira 2012/05/30 12:59:34
    Human Right
    It is not about being granted rights, it is about nature and that reality. It is what it is and should not be quashed because others find it disturbing.
  • Franco Phile 2012/05/30 06:46:42
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    Franco Phile
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    Guess what, I'm going to marry someone of the same gender someday.
  • Jack the Dude 2012/05/30 04:54:20 (edited)
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    Jack the Dude
    But to everyone who thinks its a sin, who is it your opinion to tell people that they CANT get married.

    I love the picture tho!
  • 666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew 2012/05/30 04:46:12
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    666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew
    People can be attracted to whoever they damn well please.
  • Mrkando 2012/05/30 04:14:39
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    Anything that makes a person happy and complete without causing problems for others should be their right. Sin is when you infringe on other peoples rights to happiness.
  • aherbert 2012/05/30 03:57:50
    Human Right
    It is a human right ... and none of my business...

  • KoAm 2012/05/30 03:55:09
    Actually, it's neither. "Sexual orientation" is not the type of thing that can be classified as a right.

    As for it being a sin, only actions and thoughts can be sinful. An inclination to do something is not.

    As for Tyler Clementi -- are we really to believe that it was ONLY the dorm-room camera that caused him to commit suicide?

    Think about it -- should we really believe that he was fine and normal and healthy, and then one day he found out his roommate was secretly filming him, so all of a sudden he was like, "oh, now I'm going to kill myself"?

    Please. There clearly must have been other issues going on with the poor kid. It's not like everything was all fine and dandy in his life -- and then his smartass roommate did something that suddenly made him commit suicide.
  • Bastion KoAm 2012/05/30 13:19:37 (edited)
    OF COURSE this kid WASN'T "fine and normal and healthy" - he had to HIDE IN FEAR of Taliban members like YOU, and ignorant homophobes like his dorm room mate, and the other ignorant students, and religious nuts and political nuts. "Other issues"? - yup, PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

    Your opinions are so ignorant and twisted - I'm only glad that the American Taliban, which you seem to be a glorious member of, is a shrinking (if shrieking) minority, and the majority of young people in America today are rejecting it.

    Read ALL the other comments on this post, and please LEARN something about love, and tolerance, and dignity, respect, and HUMANITY.
  • Dark Angel AKA Hippiegirl 2012/05/30 03:30:19
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    Dark Angel AKA Hippiegirl
    People were Gay/Homosexual since the time of Our Ancient Ancestors and I believe they were human as well....... D'Oh Ancient Gays
  • Morgan 2012/05/30 03:29:14
    Human Right
    We have the right to love who we want to.
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/05/30 03:26:18
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    Jack's Pearl
    And it's by birth. Natural. Not a choice.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/05/30 02:12:52
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    i am part of the human rights campaign because what i have answered human rights campaign human rights campaign show love

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