In the past two decades, homosexuality has become a controversial topic in the United States. Many Americans have been arguing the fact that God created them that way. We have begun to see the very beginning of the battle for gays and lesbians. Since the 1950’s, and more so since the rebellion at the Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969; the U.S. has experienced a growing gay and lesbian right movement (Fone 2000). In order to comprehend what the Bible says about gay and lesbians relationships, we must pass over the references to homosexual rape, male sexual abuse to bouys, homosexual prostitution, and same sex orgies by heterosexuals.
With the continuous growth of homosexuality in this secular centered society of America, we the people are forced to value the importance of sexism and discrimination of same sex relationships. With homophobia (fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men), being a hot topic all over the world where people question if Religiosity can cure homosexuals to return back to their natural sex preference just as God wanted them to be? Some theologians say yes, and some say no. So, in this paper I hope to give a clearer explanation to the question about being cured from homophobia. We need to get a clear understanding of what is Religiosity. Most people term for Religiosity is a comprehensive sociological term that is used to refer to countless aspects of religion doctrine such as religious activity, dedication, and belief. Attending homosexual practice is an increasing high rate of negative side effects as regards to the understanding of psychological conflict between homosexuality and religion, health, (sexually transmitted diseases, mental health problems, and shortened life expectancy), and relational dynamics (short term relationships and high numbers of sex partners).
Approving homosexual behavior will also contribute to the gender identity confusion of adolescents and by virtue of denying and significance or valve to male/female differences, will bring about the destruction of all gender norms and societal endorsement of transvestites and transgender. To understand the psychological conflict between homosexuality and religion, one should have some sense of broader ideological theory. “I want God’s gay and lesbian children to know of God’s unconditional love and acceptance of them as well. We cannot find any condemnation in scripture for committed monogamous same sex relationships” (Coppinger, 2000). If an observer were to examine certain religious ideas, were might those ideas come into conflict with someone being homosexual? Since opposition to homosexual behavior occurs primarily in the context of more conservative Christian denominations, this discussion will focus on their objections to homosexuality.
Homosexuals are still considered as American citizens and are allowed to be out in public, basically allowed to do anything that an American citizen are allowed to do in their society. Some people are beginning to fight back in what they believe in and we as Americans give them that right to it, by justice of the constitution. This topic of homosexuality is brought within the scriptures of the Bible and the hierarchy that God wanted us to leave. A number of verses from the Bible have been cited as prohibitions against homosexual activity. “You shall not lie with man as with a woman; it is an abomination” [Leviticus 18:22]. If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They will surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them” [Leviticus 20:13]. “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of the error which was due” [Romans 1:27].
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals nor sodomites” [1 Corinthians 6:9]. These verses are quite clear, and needs little elaboration. God created two humans of different sexes so that they could reproduce. The only family/marriage structure that allows procreation by spouses is made up of one man and one woman. The type of religion a person practices makes a difference in the way a person sees himself or herself in relations to God. Erich Fromm describes that religion can be authoritarian and humanistic. Under the authoritarian model, people are seen as worthless and can only retrieve their ideal qualities through beliefs in God. In regards to the repressed homosexual, beliefs in God help make them think they will be able to change their sexual orientation to heterosexual, which is considered to be ideal.
This religious representation leaves the individual feeling bewildered and anxious and God is willing to punish the because of the homosexual impulses they feel. In the humanistic view of religion, the aim is to improve the lives of followers using God as a reference. The humanistic view of religion does not provide relief for the homosexuals. According to a scientific research on homosexuality, “ A number of authors argue that homosexual orientation is “immutable” or unchangeable despite the fact that every study ever conducted on change form homosexual to heterosexual orientation has created has claimed some success, thought the reported success rates have never been very high (SRH,P.25,1995).” In this present time becoming a better person in humanistic sense is to act more of God because he or she does not represent what God is. A person can pretend or repress natural feelings, but can never reach the status of what they want. The unhealthy actions the people take to hide natural urges cause them to become psychologically unstable because it is impossible to adhere to the laws of the organized church and be an open homosexual.
In most of the past studies of homosexuality it has been said that homophobia can be the leading cause of HIV/AIDS because of its spread of constant bodily fluids. Homosexuals, represent two percent of America’s population, and suffer vastly disproportionate percentages of several of America’s most serious sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A and B, and herpes far exceeding their presence in the heterogeneous population. These are due to common homosexual practices that include digital stimulation of the rectum and ingestion of urine and feces. In addition to unprotected sex among men, the HIV rate is being driven by poverty, gender, and unemployment. The associated stigmas of the disease are also preventing many persons from finding out and/or revealing their status because of discrimination.
According to Dr. Melinda Schroeder from the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research VII, on a different scale, Black and Stevenson (1984) conducted research investigating the relationship between self reported sex-role characteristics and attitudes towards homosexuality. Their results showed that females with more “instrumental” characteristics were more accepting, while males with more expressive (feminine) characteristics were more rejecting of homosexuals (Schroeder, 2004, p.3). Other studies have found that gay men report a similar rate of attendance at religious services as male heterosexuals, and about the same rate in the frequency of prayer as female heterosexuals. Gay men have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, also report high levels of both attendance at religious services and prayer. Basically, from a secular world view that is the reason why so many people fear homosexuals in this society because of here say of this type of people contracting diseases and not understanding the whole concept of the meaning “homosexuality”.
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