Essay about Religion and Gay Rights

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Since the beginning of time there has been homosexuality and that has always led to a debate of opinions. But in the last 20 years this topic has jumped to the top of the religious/political controversy list. This topic is important to all Americans because so many different groups have a stakeholder position in this issue. Adoption agencies, health services, insurance companies and the wedding industry just to name a few. Many believe legalizing marriage for same-sex couples would not only change the meaning of marriage, but change society all together. On the matter of religion, homosexuality is a very sensitive topic and has been throughout history. Every religion has their own opinions and beliefs for homosexuality and…show more content…
He says that fundamentalist and literalist fear that a different interpretation of the Bible than their interpretation will separate them from their values. That would bring to light that their views are not based on scripture like they try to convey, but are opinion-based. As Gomes says, “It is through the lens of their own prejudices and personal value that they “read” scripture.” He then goes into detail why religious fundamentalist is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and that will ultimately lead to intolerance. It is also dangerous, Gomes points out, because it encourages ordinary good people to act upon fears rather than virtues. People may no fully understand homosexuality and instead of educating themselves that assume it is bad or “unnatural.” He sums up this article by giving his main point that people cannot use their religious right to take away the freedom of others (Gomes). The extreme opposite of Gomes’s liberal views would have to be the views of the Catholic Church, which is very conservative. The Catholic Church holds a significant stakeholder position because it is so large and holds a very high view of marriage and human sexuality. The Catholic Church believe that marriage and sex were made by God and given to mankind as a gift which why it should be so greatly respected. In this special report done is 2004, Catholic views on this topic are looked at
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