Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

Sexual Morality

  Humanae Vitae  
 
June 2021

YouTube: "A Message From the Gay Community" Performed by SFGMC,

The "We'll convert your children" song by the San Francisco Gay Mens Choir

Aug 2019
Study: There Is No Single ‘Gay Gene’
Breitbart News.  DR. SUSAN BERRY, 30 Aug 2019

A new study has concluded that while no single “gay gene” exists, same-sex sexual behavior is likely influenced by the interaction of many genetic and environmental factors. Results of the investigation showed that, as is the case for much of human behavior, same-sex sexual behavior is influenced by both “nature and nurture.”

Science Magazine ✔@sciencemagazine There is no single “gay gene,” according to a new study in Science. Thousands of genetic variants are linked to the trait, each with small effects. Homosexual behavior is influenced both by genetic and environmental factors, like most other human traits.

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July 2014
Citizens for Community Values Action
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Some Denomination Positions on Marriage
 
Catholic Church  "...only within marriage does sexual intercourse fully symbolize the Creator's dual design, as an act of covenant love, with the potential of co-creating new human life... rooted in the biblical account of man and woman created in the image of God and made for union with one another...the Church teaches that homogenital behavior is objectively immoral..."  (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/homosexuality/always-our-children.cfm)
 
Seventh‑day Adventists "believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman." (http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main-stat46.html)
 
Southern Baptist Convention: "affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy - one man, and one woman, for life." (http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/pssexuality.asp)
 
Christian Reformed Church in North America: "Homosexuality is a condition of disordered sexuality that reflects the brokenness of our sinful world." (http://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/position-statements/homosexuality)
 
Assemblies of God: "The Assemblies of God believes strongly that God has declared great displeasure and opposition toward homosexual conduct." (http://ag.org/top/beliefs/relations_11_homosexual.cfm)
 
Calvary Chapel Life believes "that marriage is exclusively the legal union of one genetic male and one genetic female sanctioned by the state and evidenced by a marriage ceremony." (http://www.calvarychapellife.org/beliefs.html)
 
Churches of Christ: "God remains consistent in His condemnation of homosexuality as He does for all other sins.  Homosexuality is indeed an unacceptable lifestyle before our Lord God Almighty.  By the written Word of the Most High God we cannot condone or embrace homosexuality within the church." (http://church-of-christ.org/homosexuality.htm)
 
The Church of the Nazarene "believes that every man or woman should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love, whatever their sexual orientation. However, we continue to firmly hold the position that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and is contrary to the scriptures." (http://nazarene.org/files/docs/Perspectives_Homosexuality.pdf)
 
Orthodox Church: "The Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, 2000 years of church tradition, and canon law, holds that marriage consists in the conjugal union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage is blessed by God as a sacrament of the Church." (http://www.scoba.us/articles/2003-08-13-moral-crisis.html)
 
Jehovah's Witnesses "God intended marriage to be a permanent, intimate bond between a man and a woman." (Awake! magazine for 2001-APR-08) (http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/same-sex-marriage-bible-view/)
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "doctrinal position is clear: Sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married." (http://www.lds.org/topics/same-gender-attraction?lang=eng)
 
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod "affirms that such behavior is "intrinsically sinful" and that, "on the basis of Scripture, marriage [is] the lifelong union of one man and one woman." (http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=726&DocID=550)
 
The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) "affirms its position based upon the teachings of Holy Scripture that marriage is, and only can be, the union of one man and one woman in the bonds of holy matrimony as stated by Jesus Christ."  (http://www.churchofgod.org/index.php/site/affirmation-of-marriage)
 
The conviction of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is that "1) homosexuality is a sin; and 2)God forgives repentant sinners." (http://www.epc.org/about-the-epc/position-papers/homosexuality/)
 
 "In 2004, the National Association of Evangelicals reaffirmed its 1985 resolution that homosexuality is not sanctioned by the Bible. Thus the group does not support gay marriage or civil unions."  (http://www.nae.net/government-relations/policy-resolutions/181-homosexuality-2004-)
 
 
NOTE: This list does not include thousands of independent churches that also believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman.

While the fact that our society is suffering greatly from sexual confusion and sexual misconduct is not a novel insight, what is needed is a better understanding and apologetic of the Christian truths about sexuality.

To observe that we live in a society that is suffering greatly from sexual confusion or, if you will, sexual misconduct, is not a novel insight. There is little need to provide a full set of statistics to demonstrate the consequences of the sexual revolution, for who is not familiar with the epidemic in teenage pregnancies, venereal diseases, divorces, and AIDS? Our society has undergone a rapid transformation in terms of sexual behavior, and few would argue that it is for the better. Today, one out of two marriages end in divorce. Six out of ten teenagers are sexually active. The millions of abortions over the last decade and the phenomenal spread of AIDS indicate that our society has serious problems with sexuality. In the last generation, the incidence of sexual activity outside of marriage – with all of its attendant problems – has double and tripled – or worse. We have no particular reason to believe that we have seen the peak of the growth in sexually related problems.

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May 2014
The Purpose of Sex in Marriage
by Pete Jermann

Marriage requires sex. This seems to be the sine qua non of marriage even in a world where the definition of marriage has been broadened in ways never imagined even a generation ago. And indeed marriage does require sex because sex is unitive in a unique way and marriage is about union. A shake of the hand, a pat on the shoulder, or a kiss on the cheek are not simply different degrees of contact on the same scale as a truly sexual act. They are different in kind and quality. The unitive nature of sex is a quality over and above its procreative nature. In the love that renders our sexual acts truly human, a man and woman unite beyond their biological natures. But is that love rooted in the physical warmth and intimacy of the sexual act or is it rooted in its biologically creative purpose? Understanding the unitive nature of our sexuality dovetails with an understanding of ourselves as the lovers we are meant to be. To live our sexuality fully is to see that its unitive nature completes us as persons, as couples and as a people. Likewise, to live it incompletely renders us incomplete and divided.

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Courage’s Fr. Paul Check on why chastity is an essential virtue for those with same-sex attraction—and for all Christians.

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CWR: Within Courage, you make a clear distinction between same-sex attraction and the gay lifestyle. Can you clarify the difference?

Father Check: The most important question ever asked in human history was asked by Our Lord when he said to the apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” It is the question of identity, because it is from an understanding of identity that we then know how to live in a way consistent with that identity. I won’t say that it is always easy, because we have concupiscence, but in order for us to understand the proper way of asking, we first have to clearly answer the question of being.

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April 2013
Reaping the Whirlwind: A reflection on the deepening darkness that celebrates homosexual unions and activity.

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1.  The fundamental flaw in modern thinking about human sexuality, the “Ur” (root) problem, is the (sinful) declaration that there is “no necessary connection” between human sexual activity and procreation. Here is the real taproot of modern confusion about human sexuality and all the disorders that flow from it. Such notions began as early as 1930 in the Lambeth Conference where the Church of England was the first Christian Denomination to serious brook this sinful notion. The thinking gained steam through the 1950s, via Margaret Sanger et al. and came to full (and ugly) flower in 1960s with the pill and the sexual revolution.

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July 2006

“Disordered Lifestyles” are a Threat to Humanity and World Peace says Vatican

 

VATICAN, July 13, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican made public today the theme for the January 1, 2007 celebration of the 40th World Day of Peace. The theme: “The Human Person: Heart of Peace” was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI.  According to a Vatican communiqué, the theme “expresses the conviction that respect for the dignity of the human person is an essential condition for peace within the human family.”  

 

In some of the strongest language concerning homosexual lifestyles heard from the Vatican in years, the communiqué reads: “Propaganda and the growing acceptance of disordered lifestyles contrary to human dignity are weakening the hearts and minds of people to the point of extinguishing the desire for ordered and peaceful coexistence. All this represents a threat to humanity, because peace is in danger when human dignity is not respected and when social coexistence does nor seek the common good.”

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December 1995
THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY
 THE TRUTH AND MEANING  OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
 Guidelines for Education within the Family

INTRODUCTION: The Situation and the Problem

1. Among the many difficulties parents encounter today, despite different social contexts, one certainly stands out: giving children an adequate preparation for adult life, particularly with regard to education in the true meaning of sexuality. There are many reasons for this difficulty and not all of them are new.

In the past, even when the family did not provide specific sexual education, the general culture was permeated by respect for fundamental values and hence served to protect and maintain them. In the greater part of society, both in developed and developing countries, the decline of traditional models has left children deprived of consistent and positive guidance, while parents find themselves unprepared to provide adequate answers. This new context is made worse by what we observe: an eclipse of the truth about man which, among other things, exerts pressure to reduce sex to something commonplace. In this area, society and the mass media most of the time provide depersonalized, recreational and often pessimistic information. Moreover, this information does not take into account the different stages of formation and development of children and young people, and it is influenced by a distorted individualistic concept of freedom, in an ambience lacking the basic values of life, human love and the family.

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