The Bible calls actions sinful because they are harmful to people
It is truly impossible to legislate morality. If we could, there would be no murders, no rapes, no theft, and no domestic violence and no drunk driving! All of these things are against the law. I would also argue they should be. What would society be if such things were not illegal? Why are they “illegal”? There is ostensible evidence to show that such behaviors are deleterious to the welfare of the individuals and society.
There is a horrible trend in our society that Pope Emeritus Benedict termed the “Dictatorship of Relativism.” Many people seem to be driven by the statement, “Don’t confuse me with the facts!” Same-sex attraction is not a sin, but same-sex activities are tremendously harmful to those engaged in them. The seminal fluids are not designed to be encountered in the digestive tract. The medical evidence is clear. It profoundly weakens the immune system. Something is sinful not simply because the Bible says so, but the Bible says so because it is tremendously harmful to the human person.
We live in a free society; we must not establish laws that actually encourage behaviors that are ostensibly damaging to individuals. Laws are intended to benefit society and be a stabilizing force in society. Stable, healthy, loving families that afford the best and balanced psychological environment for children should be the norm, not an option among others. True morality is designed to foster happiness and stability and tranquility for all. Sound and objective analysis is called for, not politically-driven studies. People are not defined by what they are sexually attracted to; all people must be respected because they are people.
Father Glenn Kohrman
Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul