On loving the same sex

People vary in eye colour. Most people are right-handed, but a substantial minority are naturally left-handed. In the same way, some people are simply made in such a way that, from puberty, they are attracted to the same sex.

Both male and female homosexuality have occurred throughout the ages, in every culture and ethnicity. Some cultures are terribly harsh toward homosexual people, and yet it can no more be stamped out than left-handedness. That has also been persecuted at times. “Sinister” means left-handed, “Dexter,” as in “dexterous,” right-handed.

There is now indicative scientific evidence for the genetic basis of male homosexuality. But we don’t need biological evidence. There are literally millions of publicly available personal accounts.

You may ask, how can homosexuality be inherited?

Genetically, we are identical to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. There are strong survival benefits to having non-breeding adults in a small band. You can see this in the animal world.

Kookaburras mate for life. Both parents raise the chicks, and are assisted by several other adults who bring food, and protect territory.

A wolf pack has a similar social organisation.

The main difference from humans is that we are in our mating season almost all the time. So, nonbreeding adults must still have ways of satisfying their need for physical pleasure. Also, they need love, same as anyone else.

In addition, men who deeply care for each other are far more effective group members in highly dangerous situations. This is why most modern armed forces have a buddy system.

Before modern medicine, childbearing was a major source of death for women, and even today, childless women have a longer life expectancy. Likely to live longer, childless women were the repository of wisdom.

So, you can see that group survival was improved when some people were homosexual.

OK, but why all the hate and discrimination?

The Torah (Old Testament) contains the horrific story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It has been accepted within both Christian and Muslim traditions, causing untold suffering, hatred and division. Have you ever studied this story? Please do so.

Here are the features that could NOT have come from God, however you conceive of a deity:

  • Lot offers his two virgin daughters for gang rape in order to protect the visiting “angels.”
  • When escaping the city, a terrified woman looks back, and is killed as punishment.
  • God destroys an entire city with what to me seems like a nuclear bomb.
  • The two virgin daughters get their father drunk, then commit incest with him.

If this is God’s word, then I’ll eat the Bible.

This hateful story just has to be an insertion. It is one of many. I am willing to bet that stoning adulterers to death, and visiting the sins of the fathers on the sons for several generations are other examples of what has to be an evil person’s corrupting work.

I also see the work of a saboteur in the New Testament. For example, St. Paul wrote a beautiful letter about love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). This same person is also credited with many passages that have been used through the ages to subjugate women. If the Bible is to be trusted, he was a misogynist. I don’t believe it.

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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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2 Responses to On loving the same sex

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you for commenting, Florence.
    There is nothing in the 10 commandments about homosexuality. My attitude to the sacred writings of every religion is that I look for the deep messages. Anything that contradicts these deep messages is a human intrusion. The Torah reports some terrible events, some of which are probably have a historical base. It is when the writing claims God’s approval for barbarity by anyone, including the Hebrews, that I discard it.
    Orthodox Jewish practices developed in Europe, laid over the original. They were a reaction to the centuries of discrimination, and have now become fossilized. As far as I am concerned, people can do whatever they like as long as they cause no harm, and can ascribe whatever reason they want to justify their practices, but I don’t have to go along.
    In my family’s traditions, the woman certainly had power. Men and women were equal, but with different roles.

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  2. Florence Weinberg says:

    St. Paul was a product of his culture and his time–and he transcended much of it. Modern orthodox Jews continue the subjugation of women: they are not allowed to worship with the men but a relegated to a balcony, usually, with a grating to enforce their separation. A married woman must wear a hideous wig to hide her real, luxurious hair, so no man besides her husband can look upon her with lust. The Muslim attitude toward women is also an outgrowth of such ancient traditions. As for homosexuals and the Old Testament, check out what the Laws of Moses have in store for them!

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