Published May 2, 2013
This column is part two of three on homosexuality.
QUESTION: Can one address homosexuality’s immorality without the Bible?
ANSWER: Although the Bible teaches that homosexuality is immoral, liberals often discard those passages. Can Bible-believing Christians show homosexuality’s immorality without the Bible? Yes – there are many ways to do so. One approach utilizes science’s confirmation of the Bible’s position. Consider the following syllogism:
(1) If homosexuality is harmful to oneself or to others, then homosexuality is immoral.
(2) Homosexuality is harmful to oneself and to others.
(3) Therefore, homosexuality is immoral.
Since this is a logically valid argument, if the premises are true the conclusion is necessarily true. Consequently, anyone rejecting the conclusion must demonstrate a flawed premise. Since premise (1) is founded upon the generally accepted belief that harming humans is immoral, this proposition is largely accepted. Therefore, the strength of our conclusion depends upon the truthfulness of premise (2). Since scientific research confirms the truth of premise (2), our conclusion seems undeniable.
According to the journal “Psychological Report”, a lifestyle involving homosexual behavior decreases one’s lifespan by 20 to 30 years. Additional research published in the same journal discovered that the median age of death for homosexual men is 45.
Since many homosexual activists doubted this research, they conducted their own study. The results, published by the “American Journal of Public Health,” observed, “Our study shows that same-sex marrying Danish men and women have overall mortality rates that are currently 33 percent to 34 percent higher than those of the general population.” Ironically, this research ended up confirming the very thing that its researchers doubted – homosexuality is dangerous.
According to “Psychological Report”, homosexuals are more likely to abuse foster or adoptive children than heterosexual parents. In addition, according to the “Journal of Urban Health: New York Academy of Medicine”, homosexuals are more likely to abuse their partners than heterosexuals.
Increased drug abuse
Those who participate in homosexual behavior are more likely to have drug and alcohol problems. According to Thomas Schmidt, homosexuals are “three times more likely than the general population to be problem drinkers” and 51percent reported significant drug abuse. Furthermore, the “Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine” reports, “A substantial body of research has documented an association between the use of recreational drugs and high-risk sex among gay and bisexual men.” In short, homosexuality seems to engender dangerous drug abuse.
According to Thomas Schmidt, 75 percent of homosexual men “carry one or more sexually transmitted diseases wholly apart from AIDS.” Although the Center for Disease Control praises gay organizations and activists for developing guidelines for prevention of AIDS, the CDC claims, “This educational effort has not slowed the disease’s progress.”
For instance, the CDC reported the number of new HIV infections among young MSM increased 34 percent between 2006 and 2009. Moreover, in a recent study of five U.S. cities, 46 percent of the homosexuals studied were HIV-positive. The CDC laments, “For complex reasons, HIV/AIDS continues to take a high toll on the MSM population.”
Increased mental disorders
Since science establishes homosexual behavior as harmful to oneself and others, our conclusion appears true – homosexuality is immoral. At the very least, public educators should not portray homosexuality as an alternate healthy lifestyle. On the contrary, we must warn children of the physical dangers associated with the lifestyle employing no less vehemence than we exercise concerning the risks associated with smoking or drug use.
Aaron J. Werner is assistant professor of Philosophy and Religion at Shorter University. This column, complete with footnotes and citations, can be viewed at www.aaronjwerner.com.
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