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  Homosexuality and Religion - ReligionFacts
Homosexuality is generally defined as sexual interest in and attraction to members of one's own sex.
Homosexuality was not uncommon in ancient cultures, though the forms and views of homosexual behavior vary significantly.
Hinduism and Buddhism tend to view homosexuality primarily from the standpoint of its karmic effects, with varying conclusions.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Homosexuality and religion
The relationship between homosexuality and religion varies greatly across time and place, within and between different religions and sects, and regarding different forms of homosexuality and bisexuality.
Homosexuality in Voodoo is religiously acceptable and homosexuals are allowed to participate in all religious activities.
Many religions and spiritual movements believe that their sacred texts (or scriptures) are the Word of God, often feeling that the texts are wholly divine or spiritually inspired in origin.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Homosexuality-and-religion   (1335 words)

 Pew Forum: Religious Beliefs Underpin Opposition to Homosexuality
A 55% majority believes it is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior, and that view is much more prevalent among those who have a high level of religious commitment (76%).
In fact, clergy are nearly as likely to address homosexuality from the pulpit as they are to speak out about abortion or prayer in school, say people who attend church regularly.
And compared with others who attend services where homosexuality is discussed, substantially more evangelicals (86%) say the message they are receiving is that homosexuality should be discouraged, not accepted.
www.pewforum.org /docs/index.php?DocID=37   (942 words)

 Religion and Homosexuality - William Gairdner, True Conservative
Religion underpins Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which specifically states: "Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God..." (Preamble to Part 1).
Homosexuality is not mentioned as a "principle" upon which Canada is founded.
The fact that behaviour defines homosexuality is sufficient grounds to exclude it as a protected ground, and the Charters of the people should not protect or promote the mere appetites or behaviours of any individual or group.
www.williamgairdner.com /religion-and-homosexuality   (1032 words)

 Greenbelt Interfaith News - January 1998
Homosexuality, a subject that has divided members of many denominations and faiths in recent years, emerged in 1997 as an issue that threatens to split apart several mainline denominations.
Meanwhile, several traditionalist groups issued statements condemning progressive attitudes toward homosexuality in the Episcopal Church, and traditionalists in the United States and England are threatening to separate from the Anglican churches in their countries, partly over this issue.
This statement in fact characterizes the nature of many debates taking place this year on homosexuality and religion; the issue of religious attitudes toward homosexuality has proved to be tied to such issues as marital fidelity, women's ordination, and even gender-inclusive language in biblical translations.
www.greenbelt.com /news/98/01/01.htm   (1415 words)

 Homosexuality in Islam, Christianity and religion
Despite the oppression of homosexuals, that the public began to consider a wrongdoing on behalf of the Church, in the late 20th century there were known homosexual sympathizers within the Church and many of its priests and bishops (much) later came out as having been homosexual all along, others of having knowingly ordained homosexuals.
Homosexuality is seen by scholars to be a sinful and perverted deviation from the norm.
Although Judaism does not accept homosexuality, Jews have not made many such hateful comments, but partially this may be because Judaism has not yet fully faced the issues although liberal Jewish groups match liberal Christianity in their tolerance.
www.vexen.co.uk /religion/homosexuality.html   (0 words)

 hunterkirk: Homosexuality over freespeech in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As to the criminaliztation and elementation of those who disagree with the homosexual status of "normal" and "equal" it is happening and their are groups of homosexuals whom's goal is to change society to accept (not tolerate) these behaviors as normal.
I am not for homosexual marriage because it seems to be going hand in hand with a change society movement whom's end result will be the criminalization and or elemination of major religious groups.
Freedom of homosexuals to get married and freedom of religious groups to not be threatened by it should be a fairly easy thing to accomplish.
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It is caused by a genetic predisposition towards homosexuality, which is triggered in young children by some unknown element in the environment.
Older teens and young adults, who are not religious conservatives, have generally accepted homosexuality as a normal and natural sexual minority.
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   (0 words)

 FTR Action Kit -- Homosexuality and Religion
Today, homosexuals are a favorite target of the religious right, whose members frequently quote scripture to justify anti-gay bias and even violence.
According to Gomes, three references from St. Paul are frequently cited as scriptural evidence of the evils of homosexuality (Romans I:26-2, I Corinthians 6:9-11, and I Timothy 1:10).
To say that homosexuality is bad because homosexuals are tempted to do morally doubtful things is to say that heterosexuality is bad because heterosexuals are likewise tempted.
www.qrd.org /qrd/www/FTR/religion.html   (0 words)

 Homosexuality and Religion
Homosexuality is being hotly debated today in church and society.
Homosexuality is not the same as either of these past issues.
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.bigissueground.com /atheistground/cauthen-homosexuality.shtml   (2794 words)

 When religion loses its credibility - Opinion - USATODAY.com
Today, the issue is homosexuality, and the persecution is not of one man but of millions.
The truth is that mainstream religion has moved beyond animal sacrifice, slavery and the host of primitive rituals described in Leviticus centuries ago.
Turning to the New Testament, the writings of the Apostle Paul at first lend credence to the notion that homosexuality is a sin, until you consider that Paul most likely is referring to the Roman practice of pederasty, a form of pedophilia common in the ancient world.
blogs.usatoday.com /oped/2006/11/when_religion_l.html   (1367 words)

 Category List --- Religion-Online.org
But Cobb does not agree that the homosexual couples he knows, who, despite all social pressures, have remained faithful to one another through thick and thin, are behaving unnaturally or expressing idolatry.
Homosexuality and the Vatican by Robert Nugent, S.D.S. The distinction between sexual orientation and behavior seems to have been lost or disregarded.
In the case of homosexuality, although wrong in biblical times when population growth was important, the situation today has changed, and any insistence in the need for reproduction is not now advantageous or propitious.
www.religion-online.org /listbycategory.asp?Cat=58   (1196 words)

 Religion and Homosexuality
However, there is one key piece of evidence that indicates that homosexuality is likely a condition some men and women are born with: Homosexuality occurs in equal numbers in every race and population throughout history.
But if homosexuality is consistent and shows up in every population at the same level, then surely this is entirely false, because bad parenting and societal downfalls do not occur equally across society and history.
Although studies suggest that homosexuality is not directly passed down genetically, or as a function of a genetic trait, there is reason to believe it is hardwired into our genes as some sort of ancient, and essentially useless, biological trait.
www.notesfromtheroad.com /greatbasin/zion_canyon5.htm   (479 words)

 Homosexuality: Genetics vs. Religion - Topic Powered by eve community
Homosexuality is a test of sorts that God has chosen for certain people for whatever reason to see how the person handles it.
After all, if homosexuality truly is genetic, it is not a condition that one can truly overcome without the scientific knowledge and/or ability to somehow be able to biologically balance out ones genetic make-up to rid them of their homosexuality.
Homosexuality is not a genetics versus religion argument.
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 [RC] About Religion and Homosexuality
There is no appeal to scientific evidence (not to any that matters; homosexuals have their own so-called scientists, all -all- of whose findings have been refuted, not by Evangelicals, but by bona fide scientists).
About actual religion, while the foundation of my case is psychological (largely psychoanalytic), since religious views of many kinds substantially are in agreement, I make the most of those views.
And it must mean something that in just about all of the world's "great religions" homosexuality is regarded as one of the worst forms of behavior imaginable.This is true with respect to Zoroastrianism, Judaism in all traditional forms, then Bahai Faith, Buddhism, most if not all forms of Hinduism, and still other faiths.
radicalcentrism.org /pipermail/centroids_radicalcentrism.com/2005-March/001063.html   (719 words)

 Religion, World Religions, Comparative Religion - Just the facts on the world's religions.
Religion, or at least religious inquiry, is something that nearly all humans share in common.
The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information — "just the facts" — on the various answers that have been given to these near-universal questions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them.
This very broad definition means that we have articles on a wide variety of world religions, both ancient and modern, as well as "ways of life," philosophies and mind-body teachings, and even some anti-religion systems like ancient Epicureanism and modern atheism.
www.religionfacts.com   (0 words)

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No, religion does not need to prove itself to science because there is so much about the world that is beyond simple human comprehension.
Although when homosexuals say it's determined at birth, it makes it sound like they're stuck with their "condition" instead of being "proud of who they are".
But religion managed to survive things like the geocentric universe and flat earth, so we know religion is persistant.
www.xanga.com /TheTheologiansCafe/549129591/item.html   (1399 words)

 Homosexuality and the Holy Law
The homosexual issue cannot be fought on religious grounds in the West, for the simple reason that religion is too confused.
This is not to say that people who believe religiously that homosexuality is wrong should not summon their minions to do battle to preserve the family and biblical values.
The Gay Lobby is a global religion whose tentacles protrude in public schools, your television set, the liberal media, teaching your children to despise you, to spurn you, to reject you.
www.crrange.com /wall124.html   (2067 words)

 Essay - The Gay Priest Problem - Catholic World Report - November 2000
I would not write him off and say, ‘Because you’ve got AIDS and because there are doubts about how one can acquire it, therefore you’re not a good priest.’” Well, let’s take the case of a three-year-old girl brought into the emergency room with a broken jaw and cigarette burns on her rib cage.
Men entrusted with institutional authority who are enfeebled by deviant compulsive sexuality cannot help but damage the institution, not only by sexual mischief, but in ways unrelated to sex in which their immaturity, hostility, and irresponsibility lead them to sacrifice the common good to their own agenda.
Ordained priests found to be homosexual should be given the option of seeking reparative therapy by which they may be freed from their disorder, or else obliged to cease ministry.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Igpress/2000-11/essay.html   (4635 words)

 Straight Talk about Homosexuality - Religion
She admitted that, as a Christian homosexual herself, she simply has not been convicted...condemned, yes, by other believers...but not convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Brown had remained aware throughout the interview that although the apostle Peter told us, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have," he also said, "But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).
Religion, as the truism goes, is far more influential in American politics today than it was in the 1960s.
www.purely-spiritual.com /religion/50732.php   (2617 words)

 Hansen v. Ann Arbor Public Schools, No. 02-72802 (E.D.Mich. December 5, 2003)
Betsy Hansen, a student a Pioneer and a member of the Pioneers in Christ student religion club, attempted to either be allowed to participate in the panel herself or name a clergyman sharing her view that homosexuality is not a valid lifestyle to the panel.
Although her request to have her viewpoint represented on the panel was rejected, school officials offered Hansen and two other students an opportunity to speak at the school’s general assembly during diversity week on the subject of “what diversity means to me.” All the students’ speeches were subject to review by the school’s administration.
While conceding that the school officials’ actions impeded on Hansen’s ability to express her religious beliefs on the subject of homosexuality in a school setting, the court found that those actions did not limit or impede her ability to practice her religion.
www.nsba.org /site/view.asp?TRACKID=&VID=2&CID=468&DID=32515   (732 words)

 Homosexuality and Religion — www.greenwood.com
This encyclopedia provides an overview of the various attitudes and responses that religions have had to the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons within their communities.
This is the most comprehensive volume to date on the intersections between religion and homosexuality.
Entries contain significant bibliographic references, including websites, for further study Homosexuality and Religion treats the complete cross-section of religious traditions and their understanding of and approaches to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons.
www.greenwood.com /catalog/GR3088.aspx   (245 words)

 Freedom of Religion
If citizens have a right to choose whatever religion they want, no matter how nutty, and if they can choose religions that object to homosexuality on a moral basis, then homosexual citizens have a right to choose a religion that encourages homosexuality on a spiritual basis.
Homosexuals have a right to disagree with conservative Christians over the interpretation of the anti-gay texts in the Bible, just as much as Protestants can disagree with Roman Catholics about the authority of the Pope.
And so laws against homosexuality are unconstitutional and un-American because they discriminate between people on the basis of their religious beliefs.
www.tobyjohnson.com /freedom.html   (1189 words)

 Religion and Homosexuality - Page 389
It seems highly unlikely there are more homosexuals outside the U.S., especially with the largely successful campaign homosexuals have been waging in the U.S. during the last 30 years to gain respectability.
But my own personal understanding of sexual orientation (either heterosexual or homosexual) is that it is something which is deepseated and primordial in each individual, and which manifests itself at a VERY early age (often as early as five or six years old)......
Homosexual liaisons don't make sense because human beings aren't animals who do their sexual thing on the basis of instinct.
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 Mennonite Church Conversations on Homosexuality
Occasionally appeals are made to this confession with regard to homosexuality.
Stratford 98 Resolution on the Issue of Homosexuality, adopted at the Conference of Mennonites in Canada Assembly in Stratford, Ont.
Homosexuality: A Biblical and Pastoral Perspective,” by Gary Harder, part of a “Sexuality Forum” that is apparently largely a response to the book by Willard M. Swartley, Homosexuality: Biblical Interpretation and Moral Discernment (
www.ambs.edu /LJohns/ChurchDocs.htm   (659 words)

 Bishop Spong's Message to the Anglican Communion on Homosexuality
Studies reveal that suppressing homosexuality only cloaks reality; it does not decrease the incidence, and allowing homosexuality to be expressed openly only reveals reality; it does not increase the incidence.
The fact is that the numbers of homosexual persons appears to remain constant in every generation and in every society.
The Kuala Lumpur signatories also hint that homosexuality is a manifestation of a "brokenness" that when admitted and faced, could be "part of a healing process." If one is going to prescribe for a segment of the human race, one has a responsibility to be informed.
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~lcrew/whitepaper.html   (3141 words)

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