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Homophobes like to focus on the idea that sexual orientation is chosen, at least homosexual orientation! Funny how if you ask a heterosexual person when they chose their sexual orientation it seems like a stupid question to them. Strangely some heterosexuals think that homosexuals choose their sexual orientation. Well, this double standard or hypocrisy is made even more surreal by focusing on what actually is a choice, that is whether to discriminate on persons based on their sexual orientation. Discrimination is a choice. Tolerance and acceptance is a choice. Fear is a choice. Sexual orientation is not a choice. Sexual orientation is something we are born with; it is God-given, a gift.
Of course, condemning people for something for which they have no choice is cruel at best. Nonetheless, it seems that homophobes have to believe that being gay is a choice. It makes no sense to speak of something as moral or immoral if there is not a choice involved! Now, sexual behavior is a choice, but holding that persons of homosexual orientation cannot act in any way on that orientation is absurd. First, sexual orientation and identity is way more than simply sexual acts, it is a fundamental way in which we relate to romantic partners. To deny this aspect for another human being is denying that human being a basic human right. Most anti-gay bigotry comes from religious traditions. In the United States, the anti-gay bigotry comes largely from Christianity. All you have to do is start reading the Bible in Genesis to see that it all starts out so good, good, good, good, good! The first thing in the Bible that is declared to not be good, is that Adam is alone. To insist that the only way that somebody can be moral is to be alone and unable to choose a life partner violates the very first principle that God laid out in the Bible concerning how we were created for one another and how God meant for us to live in partnership. I think the Bible got it right in Genesis.