We are so afraid of those who are different from ourselves that we feel the need to outlaw their behavior.
A useful stance if we’re protecting children from molestation, or keeping intoxicants out of the hands of people who might hurt others under their influence. But criminalizing a behavior between consenting adults that hurts no one except those who choose to be offended by it? Not so much.
Homosexuality isn’t the problem. Whether or not it’s a choice isn’t the problem. The willingness to take someone’s property, their freedom, or their very life because we don’t approve of their choice of partner is the problem.
We spend entirely too much time worrying about what other people are doing wrong, and entirely too little worrying about doing right ourselves.Why? Because pointing the finger at others is easy, and improving ourselves is hard.
We have a word to describe choosing the easier wrong over the harder right. It’s cowardice.
Let’s take the plank out of our own eye before we worry about the speck in our neighbor’s.