By Tom Quiner
Your child has disordered attractions.
You want to do something about it. You seek treatment. But the government says no, that it is illegal to seek a particular kind of treatment.
Welcome to California.
Parents who have children with disordered same-sex attractions will be prevented by law from seeking treatment for their kids. Democrats in the California legislature passed a law banning such treatment. If Governor Brown signs the bill, parents will be left with a choice to let the California culture nurture a homosexual lifestyle in their child.
Or they can move to another state.
Okay, let’s get serious here: is there anything wrong with same-sex attractions? Let’s face it, we all have attractions that could get us into hot water if we acted on them. Most married men have been tempted by a pretty woman other than his wife at one time or another.
But that’s the whole point: it is the acting on unhealthy attractions that can lead us down a path of physical, moral, and spiritual destruction.
So is there anything wrong with acting on same-sex attractions? For Catholics, the answer is yes. The catechism is clear:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
So, is acting on same-sex attractions really disordered? Isn’t the Church just a bunch of gray-haired men? Who are they to tell us how to behave, especially in light of their own sex-abuse scandal. Right?
The Church is more than a bunch of gray-haired men. It is the Body of Christ. It contains the entire sweep of saints and sinners for over 2000 years guided by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s guidance had warned us of acting on impulses that may be destructive. Just look at the Church. Look at the carnage left in the wake of the abuse scandal. Although it is seldom reported, eighty percent of the abuse was homosexual in nature targeting adolescent (young teenage) boys.
Parents of a wide range of religious persuasions embrace faith traditions that state acting on same-sex attractions separate them from God. The state of California is on the threshold of removing a parent’s right to do what is best for their child’s soul.
Research suggests that the homosexual lifestyle is more than spiritually risky, that it is physically risky. The Family Research Institute studied the issue, specifically analyzing data in Denmark between 1990 and 2002, a period when gay marriage had been legalized in that country.
The difference in life span was stark. Those in engaged in same-sex marriages were more likely to die at younger ages than even smokers.
Married heterosexual women lived to be an average of 78 years.
Married lesbian women lived to be an average of 56 years.
Married heterosexual men lived to be an average of 74 years.
Married gay men lived to be an average of 51 years.
In the Norway, the results were similar, although the sample size was smaller.
So what’s at work in California? Gay politics. They wish to impose their moral standard on the rest of us. That includes legislation that prevents parents from providing therapy for their children grappling with same-sex attractions.
Let me put it to you this way. Is there anything wrong with smoking? According to the data, the answer is yes. Smokers die younger. Government exercises its powers to discourage the habit.
Is there anything wrong with pursuing a same-sex lifestyle? Parents of deep-seated faith are concerned about letting their children pursue any type of lifestyle than can be spiritually and/or physically destructive.
The Democrat’s aggressive push in California to outlaw therapy for sexually-confused kids not only will leave damaged lives in its wake, it will be another notch in the degradation of our religious liberty.
If Governor Brown signs this bill, watch out. It may be coming to a state near you.
Ironic, isn’t it, that Government wants to exercise its powers to discourage a destructive lifestyle.