Judeo-Christian and Muslim Positions
Regarding Homosexuality

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Precursor to the following. I happen to be a
heterosexual who likes females, but who is
a liberal who supports the rights of all humans
to be free to live within the optimum natural
"live and let live" paradigm, apart from all
the burdens and threats and hostilities handed
down by ancient and recent anti-humanism.

I understand that the instincts of  evolved apes
does include anti-humanism, and the only way
to overcome that anti-humanism is with educa-
tion and pro-humanism, is with the higher think-
ing rational part of the brain, is with realistic
and implementable inducements to behave in
a pro-human manner, although I hope science
will one day lead to a cure for anti-humanistic
behavior, a cure humankind can embrace.

To the extent that pro-humanism succeeds, all
humankind may be blessed. To the extent that
anti-humanism prevails, all of humankind risks
oblivion, not by act of nature (which is also a
real danger, as evidenced by natural history
and scientific fact) or deity (aka, fantasy), -but-
by oblivion by act of evolved ape(s) who fail
to outgrow the darkest side of human nature
and who fail to escape the darkest teachings
of ancients handed down as gospel Truth.

Here's one ex-Cowboys' version of God:

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Pastor to take on Microsoft over gay rights

By Toby Harnden in Redmond, Washington
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/11/2007
  http://tinyurl.com/excowboyagainstgayrights
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Excerpts:

A black conservative Christian pastor of an
evangelical megachurch has vowed to take
over Microsoft by packing it with new share-
holders who will vote against the company's
policy of championing gay rights.

The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas
Cowboys linebacker, heads the Antioch Bible
Church in Redmond, home of Microsoft.

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 "There are 256 Fortune 500 companies alone
pouring millions upon millions of dollars into
pushing the homosexual agenda," he told The
Daily Telegraph.

"I consider myself a warrior for Christ. Micro-
soft don't scare me. I got God with me. I told
them that you need to work with me or we will
put a firestorm on you like you have never seen
in your life because I am your worst nightmare.
I am a black man with a righteous cause with
a whole host of powerful white people behind
me."

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Wonder how the above God fits into a religious
liberal's point-of-view?

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Judeo-Christianity and homosexuality
  http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bibl.htm
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Excerpt:

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Religious liberals promote homosexual ordinations,
same-sex marriage, civil union ceremonies in the
church, equal protection under hate-crime legislation,
protection against discrimination in employment, etc.
as fundamental human rights issues.

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How about the Islamic God, its followers, and homo-
sexuality?

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Islam and Homosexuality
  http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_isla.htm
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Excerpt:

Speaking generally, religious beliefs within the world's
major faith groups are based on four main foundations:
revelation in the form of a holy text; religious tradition;
logic and reason; and personal experience.

 o More liberal movements within these religions often
    tend to stress logic, reason, and personal experience.
    This includes scientific findings. It is only since about
    1950 that homosexuality has been seriously studied
    by human sexuality researchers. Liberal individuals
    and groups within Christianity, Islam and other reli-
    gions have been quick to incorporate scientific find-
    ings within their ethical and religious beliefs. They
    generally regard homosexuality as a sexual orienta-
    tion which is ethically neutral, fixed, unchosen, and
    is normal and natural for a minority of adults.

 o More conservative movements tend to stress revela-
    tion and tradition. Their beliefs are anchored to the
    past. Their beliefs are much less liable to change
    rapidly. They generally regard homosexuality as a
    deviate and disordered behavior, which is immoral,
    changeable, chosen, abnormal and unnatural.

A person's beliefs about homosexuality tend to be deter-
mined less by their religion, than where their beliefs lie
on the liberal-conservative divide. For this reason, con-
servative Christians and Muslims tend to have similar
beliefs about the nature and origin(s) of homosexuality,
as well as God's attitude towards homosexuals.

According to the International Lesbian and Gay Associ-
ation  (ILGA) there are at least seven countries today
which still retain capital punishment for homosexuality:
Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
Sudan, and Yemen. The situation with regard to the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is unclear.

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