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To: Mrs. Don-o
As you may know, Gore Vidal -- whose opinion I usually did not value -- was firm in his belief that no one could be homosexual. He said there is no such thing as a homosexual. And there is no such thing as a heterosexual. There are simply acts -- some acts are homosexual acts and some are not. Vidal felt that everyone was everything, and some people perform acts that other people do not.

This thinking is completely opposite the "God made me this way" pablum that today's homosexual activists push. I think everyone recognizes that Man has a sinful nature and we are tempted to do many things that we should not do (stealing, violence, perversion, etc.). The point of being a moral person is that we abstain from the acts which are improper.

The people who claim "I was born this way" have simply given up on behaving in a moral manner. They don't even try.

27 posted on 08/23/2012 5:20:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I understand your point. I think the traditional Catholic assumption was/is that sodomy is simply a vice, and, like gluttony, blasphemy, drunkenness, avarice, irascibility or any other vice, is something any man might succumb to, given the opportunity, imprudently putting himself in the way of temptation, and making no great effort to resist.

I think Vidal is right on this point. However, people do differ from each other in their particular vulnerabilities or individual temperaments, and the word "homosexual" (or better, "a man who experiences SSA") can be used in that sense to describe a person with that particular vulnerability.

There are some men who would never feel inclined to engage in sexual relations with another man under any conditions. There are some who would feel so inclined under conditions of stress, an all-male environment, and isolation from women (armies, navies, monasteries, prisons). There are some who "feel" this inclination during early adolescence but not upon full maturity. And there are still others who feel this inclination more-or-less persistently from puberty onward.

It's important to recognize the existence of these varying tendencies, because, for one thing, one would want to shield a male with this kind of temperament, from being placed in morally challenging situation, a place of accentuated temptation and opportunity. Even if this man intends chastity, you don't put him in a submarine with a bunch of good-looking sailors, or make him a voice tutor for the Vienna Boys' Choir.

28 posted on 08/23/2012 6:23:50 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Despite the redness of my neck, I prefer "Appalachian-American.")
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