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Which is more immoral, homosexuality or society's attitude towards it?

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Which is more immoral, homosexuality or society's attitude towards it? Historically, homosexuals have been discriminated against, scapegoated and often even feared. The orientation has been labeled as immoral and unnatural, and the sexual practice considered contrary to God's intent and perverted. There are a number of views on the issue; some believe it to be a mental or genetic disorder that is not the homosexual's fault yet this still cannot be accepted; others accept the orientation yet frown upon genital contact. Others believe same sex relationships, although they still fall short of ideal morality, to be more acceptable in committed relationships than in transient ones. And lastly, there are liberals, both religious and not, who support and tolerate homosexuality as long as it is consensual. Many surveys have been conducted in order to discern how much of the population has had such experiences, inclinations or relationships, and the figures vary greatly. However, if homosexuality is wrong, then it makes no difference as to the numbers of people who admitted to it; if it is morally neutral then society's discriminatory attitude is immoral in itself. ...read more.

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The rejecting-compassionate stance, although of course more tolerant than the view discussed above, can still be seen as immoral in its partial rejection of a person's nature. This is the stance officially taken by the Catholic Church and follows Natural Law in condemning any sexual act that is not open to procreation because it thus would be unnatural and wrong. This approach towards Christian homosexuals welcomes self-denial and inner conflict. Even if one does not practice homosexual behaviour, the orientation and desire are still present. It seems discriminatory that 'straight' members of the Church are allowed to affirm their loving relationships through sexual means and enjoy this as a gift from God, whereas gays are forced to abstain. The other option is to enter a heterosexual marriage with or without seeking 'treatment'. The origins of homosexuality are still being debated by scientists and psychiatrists. Freud believed it to be the failure to acquire the appropriate male or female dominant orientation, and develop into a proper adult. ...read more.

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However, the question of morality may become irrelevant if one were to say morality in itself was invented by humans, and is therefore debatable. For instance, the theory of ethical relativism presumes there are no universally meaningful moral principles. A moral truth would be relative to the person or situation it concerns. This theory goes against dogmatic approaches that rigidly categorize acts and people as morally good or bad. The Sophists believed there to be only opinion and no truth; Protagoras rejected the possibility of the existence of any moral absolutes. Therefore in terms of moral relativism, homosexuality is not immoral because it cannot be; of course this also means homophobia has no moral value either. Homosexuality and homophobia exist side by side, and theoretically both can be rejected or supported with valid reason. Today however in the civilized world the tendency is to veer towards the tolerance of homosexuals, as this allows different people in society to peacefully co-exist and hopefully eventually gain mutual understanding. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Grinevich (c) ...read more.

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