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  BuddhaNet Magazine Article: Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism
Homosexuality was known in ancient India; it is explicitly mentioned in the Vinaya (monastic discipline) and prohibited.
In this case, the homosexual has to decide whether she or he is going to acquiesce to what society expects or to try to change public attitudes.
This being so, while homosexuality is unnatural in that it cannot leads to reproduction, it is quite natural for the homosexual in that for her or him it provides physical and emotional fulfillment.
www.buddhanet.net /homosexu.htm   (2488 words)

  Homosexuality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thus it is common for homosexual individuals in heteronormative societies to love, marry, and have children with individuals of the opposite sex, a practice that may be done primarily for social reasons in societies which reject same-sex relations, as a cover for one's orientation (such relationships are known as "beards").
Homosexual behaviour although rare does occur in the animal kingdom, especially in species closer to humans on the evolutionary scale, such as the great apes.
Homosexuality in Japan, variously known as shudo or nanshoku, terms influenced by Chinese literature, has been documented for over one thousand years and was an integral part of Buddhist monastic life and the samurai tradition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homosexuality   (9675 words)

 Homosexuality and the Bible
The few unambiguous condemnations of homosexuality in the Bible are surrounded by a fairly broad stream of texts which speak of a very high evaluation of human sexuality.
It is said very often today that the exclusion of homosexual practices from permissible forms of sexual activity in the church amounts to a contradiction of the free and unmerited grace of God, and constitutes therefore a denial of the all-inclusive claims of the gospel.
A point often made in the modern debate about homosexuality in the Church is the observation that Old and New Testament had no knowledge of the difference between a homosexual orientation and homosexual acts engaged in by heterosexually oriented people.
www.inplainsite.org /html/homosexuality_and_the_bible_.html   (4386 words)

 Homosexuality and Mental Health
They reported that homosexual behavior of some sort was considered normal and socially acceptable for at least some individuals in 64% of the 76 societies in their sample; in the remaining societies, adult homosexual activity was reported to be totally absent, rare, or carried on only in secrecy.
Hooker concluded from her data that homosexuality is not a clinical entity and that homosexuality is not inherently associated with psychopathology.
Ego dystonic homosexuality was indicated by: (1) a persistent lack of heterosexual arousal, which the patient experienced as interfering with initiation or maintenance of wanted heterosexual relationships, and (2) persistent distress from a sustained pattern of unwanted homosexual arousal.
psychology.ucdavis.edu /rainbow/html/facts_mental_health.html   (2616 words)

 Homosexuality and the Church
Homosexual Christians are sisters and brothers of all other Christians, earnestly seeking the church's full acceptance without prejudgment on the basis of a sexual orientation regarding which they had no basic choice.
Sheer acceptance of homosexuality would have "implications for our view of marriage, the limitations appropriate to sexual activity, the raising of children and the structure of the family." Since we are relatively ignorant concerning such potentially grave social results, Muehl argues, we should respect the historic position of the church, which rejects homosexuality.
Further, it is probable that greater acceptance of homosexuality would have desirable consequences for families and child-rearing: Emotional intimacy among same-sex heterosexual family members would be less inhibited by unrecognized homosexual fears, and syndromes of alienation and destructive rejection of the homosexual child in the family would be lessened.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=430   (5419 words)

The truth is, homosexuality is not something one is born with, it is a sin, just like adultery, fornication, giving in to lust, and lying.
Homosexuality, not homosexuals, is an abomination to God.
If you are a homosexual or bisexual or know someone who is, or if you are a backslider or someone who has never put God first (never accepted Jesus), it is important that you understand that is not too late to be set free.
www.geocities.com /gngerald/Homosexuality.html   (1032 words)

 Homosexuality | DoctorNDTV: Health Information on Homosexuality
Homosexuality is a sexual preference wherein a person feels sexually attracted to another person of the same sex.
Homosexuals experience similar feelings of love, attraction and romance like heterosexual individuals, the difference being that the feelings are felt towards a same-sex person.
Homosexuality is not a deviation, it is an alternate sexual lifestyle.
www.doctorndtv.com /topicsH/Homosexuality.asp   (783 words)

 Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
Even though most homosexuals live successful, happy lives, some homosexual or bisexual people may seek to change their sexual orientation through therapy, sometimes pressured by the influence of family members or religious groups to try and do so.
Homosexuality was once thought to be a mental illness because mental health professionals and society had biased information.
Accurate information about homosexuality is especially important to young people who are first discovering and seeking to understand their sexuality—whether homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual.
www.apa.org /topics/orientation.html   (1591 words)

 Homosexuality and the Nazi Party
As the badge used by the Nazis to designate homosexuals in the concentration camps, the pink triangle perfectly expresses the message of "gay rights." That message is that homosexuals are currently and historically victims of irrational prejudice and that those who oppose homosexuality are hateful bigots.
Since long before the Nazis, homosexuals had generally lived clandestine lives, so it was not unusual for revelations of their conduct to come as a surprise to their communities when it became a police matter.
Homosexuals who died in the camps (mostly of disease and starvation) were "a small fraction of less than 1 percent" of homosexuals in Germany (S. Katz:146), compared to more than 85 percent of European Jewry exterminated in the gas chambers.
www.leaderu.com /jhs/lively.html   (8205 words)

If homosexuality can be exempt because people claim that they are born that way, then I guess this makes us all exempt from repenting of our various sins that we cannot naturally escape from...
Homosexuality is portrayed by many in government, in public education and in our colleges and universities as just one of many normal, legitimate lifestyle choices.
Those who oppose the homosexual lifestyle on moral and religious grounds are usually portrayed by the intellectual elite, the media and the entertainment industry as ignorant bigots who are full of hatred, “homophobic,” and so on.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/topic/homosexual.html   (1177 words)

 SEP: Homosexuality
For example, the first ecumenical council to condemn homosexual sex, Lateran III of 1179, stated that “Whoever shall be found to have committed that incontinence which is against nature” shall be punished, the severity of which depended upon whether the transgressor was a cleric or layperson (quoted in Boswell, 1980, 277).
Furthermore, in many countries where homosexual sex remained a crime, the general movement at this time away from the death penalty usually meant that sodomy was removed from the list of capital offenses.
Those most concerned with homosexuality, positively or negatively, are also those most engaged, with natural law theorists arguing for gays and lesbians having a reduced legal status, and queer theorists engaged in critique and deconstruction of what they see as a heterosexist regime.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/homosexuality   (6541 words)

 PC(USA) - Presbyterian 101 - Homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
On the basis of our understanding that the practice of homosexuality is sin, we are concerned that homosexual believers and the observing world should not be left in doubt about the church's mind on this issue during any further period of study.
The church must turn from its fear and hatred to move toward the homosexual community in love and to welcome homosexual inquirers to its congregations.
The specific issue of homosexuality first arose as several presbyteries (regional governing bodies within presbyterian churches) requested guidance from the General Assembly on ordaining avowed practicing homosexuals.
www.pcusa.org /101/101-homosexual.htm   (1001 words)

 eMedicine - Homosexuality : Article by Patricia H Bazemore, MD
Homosexual individuals who choose members of their own sex for sexual relations and domestic partnerships are often targets of individual and societal prejudice and may even be discriminated against by health care professionals.
Physicians who understand current views of homosexuality are in a position to provide excellent clinical care to gay and lesbian patients and to provide a model of humane leadership to their health care institutions and communities regarding issues of homosexuality.
Homosexual individuals and couples are likely to have psychotherapeutic issues related to the unique aspects of living with a same-sex domestic partner and to the social and individual discrimination they often experience.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic3359.htm   (9313 words)

Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.
Whether homosexuals are 1% of the population or 10% or some figure in between, they are beyond any argument or cavil 100% entitled to the same protection under the law and the enjoyment of the same rights that everyone else is guaranteed.
To suggest that Paul's references to excesses of sexual indulgence involving homosexual behavior are indicative of a general position in opposition to same-sex eroticism is as unfounded as arguing that his condemnation of drunkenness implies opposition to the drinking of wine.
www.mcwilliams.com /books/aint/309.htm   (8469 words)

 Discovery Health :: Homosexuality
Homosexuality in Western popular thought over the course of the 20th century has generally referred to sexual acts between individuals of the same sex.
Furthermore, an individual who at one point in his or her lifetime engages exclusively or primarily in other-sex behavior may opt to engage exclusively or primarily in same-sex behavior, or vice versa at a later point in time.
According to this social constructivist perspective, homosexuality per se did not exist in ancient Greece or various other indigenous societies in which same-sex behaviors of one sort or another reportedly occurred.
health.discovery.com /centers/sex/sexpedia/homosexuality.html   (397 words)

Many homosexuals claim that they have no more choice in becoming gay than heterosexuals did in being straight, that is seems almost inconceivable that there is no genetic or hormonal component in its etiology.
A strikingly higher proportion of brothers of identical twins of homosexual men (52%) to be gay themselves than was true of fraternal brothers (22%) and genetically unrelated adopted brothers (11%); this study argued for a possible genetic origin of homosexuality.
Most observers and commentators of homosexuality reside in the nation’s largest cities and there suburbs where homosexuality is vastly more common rather than in its small towns and rural areas where it is exceedingly rare.
www.umsl.edu /~rkeel/200/homsex.html   (1686 words)

They generally regard homosexuality as a sexual orientation which is ethically neutral, fixed, unchosen, and is normal and natural for a minority of adults.
They generally regard homosexuality as a deviate and disordered behavior, which is immoral, changeable, chosen, abnormal and unnatural.
A person's beliefs about homosexuality tend to be determined less by their religion, then where their beliefs lie on the liberal-conservative divide.
www.religioustolerance.org /hom_isla.htm   (474 words)

 The Hypocrites of Homosexuality - Orson Scott Card
Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those whoflagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.
Besides, I thought of the many homosexuals I had known, and while a few of them (about the normal proportion among human males) were nasty and vicious and domineering, the majority (again the normal proportion) were decent and kind and meant well in their dealings with others.
Homosexuals themselves pose no such threat, provided that those who are Mormon admit that a homosexual act is a sin as long as the prophet declares it to be so, while those who do not accept the prophet's authority refrain from pretending to be Mormon.
www.nauvoo.com /library/card-hypocrites.html   (3791 words)

It is caused by a genetic predisposition towards homosexuality, which is triggered in young children by some unknown element in the environment.
A number of groups, consisting of most gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their friends and families of origin, religious liberals, mental health professionals and their associations, civil libertarians, human sexuality researchers, etc. They tend to favor equal rights and protections for persons of all sexual orientations, including the right to marry, with special rights for none.
However, we have included many essays about homosexual rights in Canada, because about 5% of our website's visitors are from that country, and because events in Canada may indicate the direction that U.S. society will take in the future.
www.religioustolerance.org /homosexu.htm   (910 words)

Homosexuality is being hotly debated today in church and society.
It is sad that General Colin Powell, himself a distinguished African American of great ability, associated himself with the view that overcoming the segregation of the races in the military was different from removing the ban against gays.
The slavery and segregation of African Americans, the subjugation of women, and the persecution of homosexuals are alike in that they all deny dignity, equality, and the full rights and privileges of citizenship to human beings for reasons that have no basis in fact or in sound moral reasoning.
www.frontiernet.net /~kenc/homosex.htm   (2962 words)

 Homosexuality and Biology
Homosexuals have long maintained that sexual orientation, far from being a personal choice or lifestyle (as it is often called), is something neither chosen nor changeable; heterosexuals who have made their peace with homosexuals have often done so by accepting that premise.
Psychiatry not only consistently failed to show that homosexuality was a preference, a malleable thing, susceptible to reversal; it also consistently failed to show that homosexuality was a pathology.
Hooker's research throughout her long career was driven by the belief that for psychiatry to be minimally scientific, pathology must be defined in a way that is objective and empirically observable.
www.theatlantic.com /issues/97jun/burr2.htm   (1742 words)

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