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Left Justified: Approval of civil unions
By Stanley Campbell
I’ve said it before—I can’t imagine making love to a man. To me, that is not appealing. I’m biologically wired to be attracted to the female form, and I am happy being a heterosexual. So, I can’t imagine how a man can physically love another man unless their biology and chemistry are different.
That’s what the American Psychiatric Association, as well as every reputable medical group in the country, now state: homosexuals are made that way, and have little choice in what attracts them. The way they are made determines their sexual preference.
So, when I heard Christians using the Bible to bash gays, I had to do some soul-searching. I am a Christian, I know the Bible tells us to treat each other as we would like to be treated. Love your neighbor as yourself, that’s the main message. When we lust after another person and want to use them for our own selfish means and then throw them aside, whether male or female, that is the “abomination.”
I think we must support loving individuals, and try to stop the sexual slavery of this commodity-driven society.
So, I was glad to see Illinois approve civil unions. Rockford Urban Ministries (for which I work) is co-sponsoring a discussion of Illinois’ new civil union bill (S.B. 1716—the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act). The program is this Friday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m., at the offices of Spectrum, 7120 Windsor Lake Parkway, in Loves Park (north of Windsor Road, just east of the post office). If you need directions, please call (815) 639-0312.
At this program, you’ll meet the director of Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov. He will discuss what happens next now that the bill has passed the Illinois House and Senate, what the bill entails, and address any questions you might have. This discussion in Rockford is one of several Equality Illinois is holding across the state.
Most of the religious community is against this bill. That is sad. But I do remember when most of the religious community was against people of different races marrying. Miscegenation, I think it was called. That was an abomination then. I doubt if many churches would say the same thing now.
Homosexuality is supposedly condemned in the Bible. It also makes reference to sins and abominations that today make little sense, such as no fair mixing two types of fiber to make one garment, so all our cotton blends are an abomination unto the Lord. Slavery was purported to be OK with God. I have a big book, printed in Virginia in 1859, that uses Bible verses to protect and promote slavery. But we know slavery is wrong and not acceptable unto the Lord.
I’m in deep doo-doo with my fundamentalist friends, and I pray they keep an open heart. It perplexes me that these religious men can satisfy their sexual proclivities and be blessed by the state and the church, yet somebody hot-wired differently either must live in a closet or, as some do, kill themselves. More fervent anti-gay fundamentalists do advocate stoning. My dear friends, I think that is an abomination—killing somebody because of their biology.
I am not promoting homosexuality. Lord knows I have enough trouble with heterosexuality. I am promoting tolerance for those who are different and those who want to live and love in peace and privacy without having a bunch of storm troopers busting down doors and dragging them off to prison. Allowing gays to live together and receive the same rights as all married couples, I think, is advancing civilization and will only increase the respect we have for family and community. Amen to that.
Stanley Campbell is executive director of Rockford Urban Ministries and spokesman for Rockford Peace & Justice.
From the April 27-May 3, 2011 issue