This letter is in response to Carolyn Ann Cook's letter ("A plea to embrace love in all its forms," Record-Courier, Feb. 5), which commented on a previous letter ("Definition of marriage at heart of debate," R-C, Jan. 31).
Cook seemed to be well intentioned but apparently is unaware that studies with identical twins demonstrated no genetic determinism for homosexuality (See "The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality" at www.frc.org.) Her suggestion that God approves of homosexual activity because persons who have same-sex attraction "love" each other is childishly naive. At issue is the distinction between love and lust, which was not adequately broached.
Indeed, true love knows no bounds of sexuality. Love in any combination between males, females, as well as those with confused sexual identities is always to be encouraged, understanding that love is the desire that the best and truest good be realized for the beloved. It is when the desire of sexual pleasure becomes the surrogate of love that grave problems arise. It should be obvious that our love for our selves, children, animals and our friend's spouses would be grossly distorted if it were not chaste.
All lust within and between genders is blind to the physical and spiritual reality of sexual differences and their purpose to beget and nurture offspring. Why marriage should only involve a man and a woman is brilliantly argued in "What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense" (2012) by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, which is available in paperback. The degradation of true marriage and consequent devastation of our children is a bitter harvest that will be reaped for years to come.
Frederick G. Walz, Ravenna
Mark Regnerus. Sorry
childofgod has egg on face
How someone can have the screenname childofgod and post such hypocritical and judgemental thoughts of others is beyond me.
We are all equal in the eyes of god. The god I choose to worship anyways.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Bar Association, American Medical Association, Child Welfare League of America, National Adoption Center, National Association of Social Workers, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Voice for Adoption. Just a few more of those " liberal" organizations. The study by Mark Regenerus "Scientifically" actually shows is that when families endure a shattering separation, it is likely to shatter the lives of those in them. It seems you might be questioning my education level in regard to analyzing a research study. The study performed by a biased Mark Regenerus of the University of Texas and funded by an antigay Witherspoon Institute, bases its sample on children who identify themselves as having a parent who has had a romantic relationship with a member of the same sex, not married same sex couples. There is absolutely zero consideration given to the length of time the romantic relationship lasted, whether or not the child was raised by a same-sex couples or by a single parent, and, perhaps most notably, no consideration of other factors in the child's life, such as family drug abuse, stability of structure, step-parents, or divorce. I have read the study, but thanks for the link. Position statements are generally based on peer reviewed research the organization has studied. One study that supports position of the American Academy of Pediatrics , one is Gonzales and Blewett’s research which shows the disparity that exists in health insurance for children of same sex partners, and conclude “Disparities in private health insurance for children with same-sex parents diminish when they live in states that secure their legal relationship to both parents. This study provides supporting evidence in favor of recent policy statements by the American Academy of Pediatricians endorsing same-sex marriage and second-parent adoptions.” Just one example of how denying same sex marriage hurts the children by those that deny them civil marriage and fight against those children.
I imagined You word of course respond.. The regeneres study you reference has been debunked by the journal that published it and the social science community. You need to get your facts straight. Garbage in garbage out.
The Regnerus Study can be found at www(dot)scribd(dot)com/doc/96719068/Regnerus-Study. For some reason the link didn't come thru on the Comment that I made below.
The letter from Mr. Walz is not only well intended, it's accurate. "anothervoice" quotes a hate group (the SPLC) that labels the Family Research Council (FRC) as a "hate group" because of it's conservative and religious stands on issues. The FRC is not a hate group, rather it takes a stand for traditional Marriage. That's not hateful.
Also, in terms of references, instead of looking at "policy statements" from groups who have waded into liberal politics, it's better to check with peer reviewed Social Science Research, not so-called scientific surveys that have no basis in science. There have been several such surveys where the authors surveyed 25 gay couples, and 39 gay couples at 'gatherings' and asked them about the happiness of their kids. The 'parents' reported good things. However, there is a well known (at least in scientific circles and those well read) Peer Reviewed Social Science Research Study known as the Regnerus Study () that shows kids brought up by gay parents are far more likely to not grow up healthy. It also shows that those kids are far more likely to self-identify as gay than kids in the general population.
"True" Science will always confirm that God knows what He is talking about, especially when He is trying to protect His children from disease, heartache, and the other consequenses of sin.
Mr. Walz seems well intended but should be concerned that the reference he sites FRC.org is a group designated by the SPLC as a "Hate group", In their words:" The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy". Also on their list is the KKK and Westboro Baptist Church.
Perhaps rather than Hate Groups, he should reference: The Position Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Promoting the Well-being of Children Whose Parents are Gay or Lesbian, state they support access to “1) civil marriage rights of the parents and 2) willing and capable foster and adoptive parents, regardless of sexual orientation” or
Position Statement on the Support of Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Civil Marriage, by the American Psychiatric Association, which states “As physicians who frequently evaluate the impact of social and family relationships on child development, and the ability of adults and children to cope with stress and mental illness, psychiatrists note the invariably positive influence of a stable, adult partnership on the health of all family members. Sustained and committed marital and family relationships are cornerstones of our social support network as we face life’s challenges, including illness and loss. There is ample evidence that long-term spousal and family support enhances physical and mental health at all stages of development.” Concluding, ” In the interest of maintaining and promoting mental health, the American Psychiatric Association supports the legal recognition of same-sex civil marriage with all rights, benefits, and responsibilities conferred by civil marriage, and opposes restrictions to those same rights, benefits, and responsibilities.”