“It’s a fact that gay teenagers are about thirty percent more likely than straight teenagers to take their own lives. It’s a fact that the vast majority of Christians believe that being gay is a profound moral failing, a foul aberration, a repelling, unnatural offense against God that fully warrants as punishment an eternity spent in hell. Asserting that those two facts have no relationship cannot possibly be anything but intellectually dishonest.”—John Shore, contributor to the Huffington Post
To an uncritical reader governed by emotion, Shore’s claim may have merit, but for those who think things through, he’s being intellectually dishonest. Shore is right to assert that homosexuals are committing suicide in increasing numbers, but is Christianity to blame for homosexuals committing suicides?
If that’s the case, shouldn’t Christianity be blamed for all suicides because it condemns people who engage in sex outside of marriage, adultery, idol worship, thievery, drunkenness, swindles, and other unrighteous behaviors from entering the kingdom of God. (See, 1 Corinthians 6: 9,10)
Shore also gives religion way too much credit for influencing teenager behaviors in implying that Christianity’s condemnation of people who engage in homosexual acts causes peer bullying of homosexual teens.
And it could just as easily be argued that said bullying resulted from a failure to follow Christianity. “Do unto others” is clearly not at work in any bullying situation. Mean kids do mean things everyday, and they aren’t informed by Christianity.— Krista West
Like all leftists, Shore scape-goats Christians because they’re a benign target. He knows they won’t sever his head to the shouts of “Allahu Akbar” for engaging in his debased lifestyle, but many followers of the religion of peace certainly would.
The reality Shore avoids is that the homosexual lifestyle is anything but gay. The psychological problems experienced by homosexual teens result from the behavior itself, not from some alleged Christian stigma.
Society’s mores are no longer determined by Christian teachings. America’s businesses and social institutions protect, promote, and support the homosexual lifestyle. Only a small minority ever speaks against its depravity anymore, and when they do, they are immediately castigated and labeled homophobic oppressors.
Rather than pen such an ill-conceived argument, Shore should’ve blown it out his backside so its foul stench would reach the nostrils of the truly intolerant who practice Islam, for there is where it richly belongs.
For more on the story, see Blogger Blames Christians For Gay Suicides by Krista West.