Busted Halo
Daily Jolt
February 13th, 2014
Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie. — Khaled Hosseini (author, “The Kite Runner”)


Today, tell someone you know who is denying a problem the truth about it.

Please note that the editorial staff reserves the right to not post comments it deems to be inappropriate and/or malicious in nature, as well as edit comments for length, clarity and fairness.
  • JuliePurple

    J McCall, I don’t really think there is a “radical homosexual agenda”; it’s just gay folks wanting to be treated fairly. Period. If you delete religious prejudices from the equasion, there is nothing wrong with gay love. And remember, not all homosexuals have sex. My best friend is gay, has absolutely no romantic interest in the opposite sex, and has been celibate for over 25 years. Homosexuality is NOT only about sex.

  • J McCall

    I am so tired of the constant comparison of the plight of those suffering from an inability to integrate into society their active participation in homosexual behavior to the plight of ethnic minorities. I just read an newspaper op/ed in our local paper touting Michael Sam as a latter day Jackie Robinson in the sports world (he is a pro football draft prospect who just “came out” about his homosexuality) . The truth is that homosexual activity/behavior (ie: sex) is a behavior, not a physical characteristic over which one has no control. True, we can be predisposed to certain feelings or attractions (not the same as an action or behavior), however, as human beings, we have a conscience and a will which can override our carnal urges to act upon(anger, laziness, gluttony, dishonesty, etc. etc. etc.). Conscience and will can never change the color of our skin or the shape of our eyes. It is certainly a cross for those with same sex attraction and we must love them as we must love all human beings made in the image and likeness of God our Creator. But, we don’t show them love if we help them buy into the lie that the activity acted upon because of this attraction will be overlooked by God when they have to answer for their lives, as we all will at His appointed place and time.

    • Jack Florenz

      Yes, and I’m glad you mentioned gluttons. When’s the last time you heard a sermon on gluttony? Gluttony is a grave sin, in fact, one of the seven “deadly sins.” It is certainly a cross to bear for those who are obese, but we don’t show them love if we help them buy into the lie that their over-eating will be overlooked by God when they have to answer for their lives. I also wonder if the obese should be allowed to receive communion since they are very obviously persisting in their sinful life-style.

      • J McCall

        I am confused. My post simply denies that there is a correlation between a choice to actively engage in homosexual activity :(Michael Sam) and ethnicity (Jackie Robinson). To participate in sin is an act of the will. Being black is not an act of the will.

      • Phil Fox Rose

        J McCall, I believe the other commenters understood your point. They are asking, however, on what basis you are identifying homosexual behavior as a sin worthy of such attention. You listed some of the seven deadly sins, saying we can resist carnal urges. But when you say homosexuals should abstain based on this, you are equating even the desire to be in a temperate monogamous same-sex partnership with things such as gluttony and lust. This makes no sense. Perhaps you’re thinking of Paul’s laundry list of sins in Galatians or the law in Leviticus. The point others have made is that to do that without duplicity, you’d have to be as judgmental about things like revealing (that’s drunken dancing if you didn’t know) and uncleanness (including the examples mentioned above of shunning people with physical handicaps). If you’re going to try to denounce homosexual acts based on their being fornication (sex outside of marriage) then gay marriage is the answer, not the problem. In the end you have to admit that you are singling out homosexual activity for some reason that cannot be defended by picking and choosing scripture. Saying it’s not the same issue as race is a red herring; it’s not as different as you suggest, and it is arguably the same issue as shunning the handicapped, which we also don’t do as a society anymore.

      • JuliePurple

        And what of those people whose obesity is due not to overeating but to a medical condition? Would they have to wear a badge stating their medical history before you would grant them pardon?

    • JuliePurple

      The comparison is because of the bigotry. Nobody can help how he/she is born, whether it be race or sexual orientation. And what some religions consider to be “sin” is nothing more than a remnant of ancient tribal fear of what is different. If you are so concerned about that interpretation of one of the laws of Leviticus, why do you neglect to show outrage when people eat pork or shellfish, trim their beards, wear cotton/polyester fabric, and so on.
      Oh, and if you have a flat nose or if you limp or are blind, you can’t go to church.
      And really, about homosexuality, what business is it of yours who does what with another consenting adult? Don’t give me that line about it being a sin. Even if it were, it’s none of your business. It’s got nothing to do with you.
      Remember that line, “judge not, lest ye be judged”? Yeah.

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