Read this interesting post from Ms Catherine Lim today on the Aware saga:
And she wrote the following paragraph…
Homosexuality is NOT an abnormality, an illness, an aberration, an evil, an abomination in the eyes of God, etc. This is probably the single most important fact to keep in mind. The research work of scientists such as behavioral psychologists, evolutionary biologists, genetics biologists and neuroscientists has shown that there is probably a genetic component for sexual orientation, but how nature interplays with nurture to affect the individual’s development is not fully understood. Indeed, as parents, you are first-hand witnesses of the mysterious workings of both forces. Your children, despite a common family background, often behave differently from each other, and turn out differently, pointing to the power of nature; at the same time, their personality and behaviour can be guided and shaped by you, pointing to the power of nurture. Hence this knowledge and understanding should make you cast off whatever strong feelings, (including the ugh reaction), which you may have against homosexuality, since it is no more than the natural product of a combination of complex forces, as are personality, character, intelligence, musical talent, etc.
So I replied in the comments:
Well, that’s true from your point of view, Ms Lim.
But just one request – please do not speak on behalf of God, because the Bible is clear on his stand against the act of homosexuality.
What is a fact to you, is not a fact to Bible-believers. We can all accept or reject different opinions, but do let people decide the facts for themselves.
PS: I write this bit after getting my first comment from “poppy”, which was copied from the same posting on Ms Lim’s blog post.
Firstly, all I’m asking Ms Lim is for a balanced read where she can state her opinions but not impose them as facts on the general audience. She is a respected writer, yet this article is not grounded in “fact”, but opinions. She doesn’t even know what are the contents of the sex education curriculum in question, but is willing to recommend it based on her assumptions.
Secondly, I just wish non-believers would stop throwing selected Bible quotes at Christians and taking them out of context at the same time. I certainly won’t take some secular scientific study on homosexuality and twist it to suit my own agenda. It’s like taking a paragraph from any book just to prove your point. But you need to know the historical and religious context of a quote before you can even use it. I sometimes see Christians take verses out of context and I get furious when that happens.
Thirdly, if you don’t post comments with your real name, I’ll just delete your post. Why? Because I appreciate an open dialogue with real people, not pseudonyms.
Fourth, quit trying to make me angry with deliberately barbed comments. I’ll just frustrate you by not responding the way you want me to – ie. get into a shouting match or get personal with you. That’s not objective debating, but immature heckling.