Homosexuality in Ha Jin's the Bridegroom Essay

918 WordsMar 22, 20054 Pages
History of Homosexuality in Society Throughout the course of history, the topic of homosexuality and its acceptable behavior has been one of varying opinions and much heated debate. Although how tolerated homosexual behavior was all through history can differ depending on who your source is, most everyone can agree that a few large cultures were either strongly for, or against, homosexuality. One key player in the fight against homosexuality was the all-powerful England. The first English civil law against sodomy was passed by Parliament in 1533. "In Act - 25 Henry 8, Chapter 6 which begins "Forasmuch as there is not yet sufficient and condign punishment appointed and limited by the due course of the Laws of this Realm, for the…show more content…
These types of moralistic judgments constantly flooded the so-called "scientific" study of homosexuality. Religion also plays a key role in the persecution of homosexuals. The belief that homosexuality is a sin seems to dominate the church community. Those of Islamic religion are strongly against the very idea of homosexuality and offer a strong punishment to those who oppose their views. "In Saudi Arabia on April 16, 2001, five homosexuals were sentenced to 2,600 lashes and 6 years in prison, and four others to 2,400 lashes and 5 years' imprisonment for "deviant sexual behavior.""(Associated Press 2001) As of today, same-sex intercourse is still prohibited in Islam. Bible-believing Christians have also responded to the apparent growth in acceptance of homosexuality in various ways. Many fundamentalists view homosexual behavior as a choice, and believe that it is possible and desirable to make a transition to heterosexuality. Many evangelical Garcia 3 Christians also see the acceptance of homosexuality as a threat to their beliefs and doctrines. While many of today's eastern cultures still adhere strongly to their old oppositions on homosexuality, western societies have shown much more progress. Beginning in the 20th century, gay rights movements, as part of the broader civil rights movement, in conjunction with the development of the often-activist academic
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