Let’s Make Homosexuality Illegal

There’s a video doing the rounds in which a group of anti-abortion protestors are asked a fairly obvious question: if abortion is as morally wrong as killing a month-old baby (for example), what should happen to women who have illegal abortions? I haven’t watched the video, but they apparently struggle to answer. If so, that’s not surprising; moral issues sometimes take on a strange extra dimension for religious people, particularly in situations where they compare something legal (abortion or pornography, say) to something illegal (murder or drug dealing). If abortion is equal to murder, does it not follow that women who have abortions should be treated like murderers? You would think so, but apparently it’s not quite that clear-cut.

This same effect is obvious when it comes to homosexuality. The following is something I just made up on the spot, but it could easily have come from any number of right-wing ‘value’ groups:

Homosexuality has an extremely negative effect on society. It would be a moral disaster if our children were taught that homosexual relationships are equal to heterosexual ones, or if same-sex couples were given the right to ‘marry’. Civilization itself would be at risk, and it’s no exaggeration to say that homosexual ‘marriage’ would be the equivalent of allowing a fourty-year old to marry a ten-year old. Morally, there is no difference.

Having said that, homosexuals should have the right to form relationships and should not under any circumstances be persecuted.

You may have spotted the problem. Many Christians, and other theists, are quick to compare homosexuality to murder or paedophilia, but are generally equally quick to assure me that they’d be horrified at the suggestion that it should be illegal.

And the reasoning behind this is…?

Let me take a stab at a possible explanation: they know that homosexuality isn’t as bad as murder. They know that it couldn’t possibly be, and that to seriously suggest that it should be illegal would be utterly insane. I’m sure they also realise that same-sex marriage is not equivalent to forced marriage or marriage between adults and children, but they can’t admit that without having their entire moral code fall apart.

So, my question to any theists reading this: if homosexuality and gay marriage are social ills on the order of murder or child molestation, why should we let it exist? This obviously only applies if you’ve made that particular comparison.

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6 Responses to “Let’s Make Homosexuality Illegal”


  1. 1 hunnymarie January 23, 2009 at 1:17 am

    I’ve seen the video, and I disagree with it. You make a really good point, but let me point something out. In Christianity, we see all sin as equal, because that’s how it is viewed in God’s Eyes. Society does not think that way. Clearly a white lie is no where on the same page as murder. As much as Christians want this whole country to be run by the Bible, it’s not. This is the Land of the Free. Land of the Free you say, then why not make abortion legal? Well because murder is illegal and abortion is murder. Homosexuals CH00SE to be homosexuals, but it is not involving the taking of another’s life, like abortion. If you illegalize homosexuality, it’s like illegalizing love. I don’t however feel that homosexual marriages should be legalized though. Look at all the children affected because they didn’t have a father figure in their life, or there mother wasn’t there. It’s the same cycle.Same sex marriages would cause problems in a child’s life, especially when they’re atttending school and such with their classmates who have different sex marriages. Granted I don’t feel like there is a homosexual gene that is passed on, you still can’t help who you fall for. I’m a die-hard Michael Jackson fan, I can’t help it, I just am. Homosexuals aren’t going around killing people, let God deal with them. Abortionists are killing babies who cannot even defend themselves and they are silencing them forever.
    P.S. Funny how you mention abortion, today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the court case that legalized abortion on demand in 1973. :<

  2. 2 jamieroyce January 23, 2009 at 5:46 am

    I’m with you on this one. Organized religion is filled with loop-holes, lies, corruption, deceit, fairy tales and contextual inaccuracies. Blind followers of faith have a tendency to come up short when asked to think critically about what they believe.

    Anyway, I added you to my blog roll at http://stuffqueerpeopleneedtoknow.wordpress.com/

  3. 3 augustine January 23, 2009 at 10:30 am

    hunnymarie,

    I’m a little confused – you said that homosexuals choose to be homosexuals, but then in the same paragraph said that people can’t help who they fall for. Isn’t that contradictory?

    And if all sins are equal, why shouldn’t the sin of homosexuality or theft or slander be treated equally as the sin of killing another human being? If someone was to put it to a vote, would you be for all of the above being treated equally?

    jamieroyce,

    Thanks for adding me, I’ll check out your blog too :)

  4. 4 James Hipps January 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Homosexuals do not CHOOSE to be that way you moron!

  5. 5 shamelesslyatheist January 24, 2009 at 12:15 am

    “Homosexuals CH00SE to be homosexuals…” At what point, Hunnymarie, did you CHOOSE to be heterosexual? Science tells us otherwise, and I always side with science. “Look at all the children affected because they didn’t have a father figure in their life, or there mother wasn’t there.” And look at the science. There is no evidence to suggest that these children are affected any more than those in single-parent situations (and the truth is, the latter is worse).

    I’d like to hear what you have to say about abortion in other situations. What if the pregnancy is a result of rape? Incest? How about ectopic pregnancies?

    I think the idea that all sins are equal is ridiculous. Stealing a loaf of bread is the same as mass murder? I’m with augustine – you contradict yourself about homosexuality and then about equality of sin.

  6. 6 helen February 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Maybe I was brought up with a different Christianity to you lot, but I was taught that you should treat people in the same way that you would expect to be treated, you should not judge other people, for only God has the right to pass judgement, and above all, we are created in the image of God.
    Homosexual people do not choose to be gay, in the same way that you have not chosen to be heterosexual. The comparison between gay marriage and child abuse or forced marriage is blindly ignorant of the fact that gay people give their consent to share their love and trust and respect. A relationship is built on mutual understanding and consent, so I honestly think that if you are able to make these comparisons you clearly are deluded as to what constitutes a relationship.
    If you would like the world to be run in accordance to the bible, then we had better start digging some rather large pits in which to house all the female population during the course of their menstrual cycle, no one should eat shell fish on a Friday and heaven forbid should we wear clothes that are made from mixed fibres. I really hope that hunnymarie is prepared for this, as there will be countless other changes to society in order to live by the bible. We will also be able to kill our neighbours if they commit adultery or any other number of sins! But then I suppose that doesn’t constitute murder as God has decreed in the bible that this is ok!! Interesting and slightly hypocritical.
    Just let people live their own lives as long as it is hurting no-one and do not judge others! That is not living by the bible.


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