Editor’s Note: This letter to the editor seemed to address several issues that my article didn’t actually mention, but this guy clearly has a real hate problem with gay people. I have never taken the position that homosexuality is inherited, and I know of no conclusive research that has identified some sort of “gay gene.” I never claimed to have a “superior intellect”; however, if this letter is any indication, I do think I might have an intellect slightly “superior” to that of Mr. Stockbridge. I was glad to see the title that the newspaper affixed to this letter, as I believe it is part of my job to offend people like Mr. Stockbridge. On the other hand, at least one person chose to defend my position, although, for some reason, Peggy Cheyne also focused on the nonissue of whether “homosexuality is inherited.” It’s still a bit bizarre to me that an article attacking the persecution of gay people in Africa would enrage people in Connecticut, which is not exactly the Bible Belt.

To the editor:

Offended by Drought column on mainstreaming of homosexuality

The writer of the commentary on Friday, Feb. 7, seems to think that anyone who is “religious” is necessarily on the nefarious “Religious Right.” Not so. Mark Drought blackens the term “evangelicals” by equating them with persecutors of the tiny minority of persons who live as self-called lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).  I am offended by such an accusation.

Evangelical Christians tell the Good News of the Bible as it is written.  The Bible was put into written form by human hands, but as the Apostle Saint Paul wrote “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching.” Apparently Mr. Drought has gone through the Scriptures cherry-picking whatever will buttress his pre-conceived notions, and throwing out anything that is distasteful to his “superior” intellect.

The largest Christian denominations uphold traditional interpretations of the Bible. These interpretations have stood the test of 6,000 years of history. Self-styled intellectuals delight in contorting scripture to suit their liking, and in ridiculing any group that dares disagree with them. They have “drunk the lemonade” that has made them believe that sexual feelings and desires are unchangeable.

People are not necessarily “born gay.” Show me any scientific proof that homosexuality is inherited. In identical twins, one may by straight, the other LGBT. Transformation is possible and proven.

In fact, there is a large group of people who call themselves “ex-gays” out there. Polls and studies have determined that about one in every 10 people today living in the United States has, at some point in their lives, thought that they may be LGBT. But less than one-third of these people would now identify themselves as such. The other two-thirds are people who may have been approached as adolescents by another person, to join in a homosexual relationship — an approach that was unexpected, unwelcome and unwanted. For a brief interlude they may have been tempted to dip their toe into a style of life that seemed mysterious and attractive. Ultimately, though, this became repulsive to them and they no longer called themselves LGBT.  Many of them later entered into successful heterosexual marriage and raised families.

Mr. Drought is right that Jesus Christ never mentioned homosexual sex, but he conveniently omits the truth that what Jesus did say was that “God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.” This was the only model of marriage that Jesus ever upheld.

So, whether homosexuality has become mainstream does not make “gay marriage” right in God’s eyes.  Evangelical Christians are inspired to spread this message, counter to the culture around us. Jesus called his disciples to be “in the world” but not “of the world.

George Stockbridge
Old Greenwich, Connecticut

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