There is, therefore, nothing to discuss. Only bigots to humiliate.
This, I think, is not the most helpful possible attitude with which to approach the problem. I have no desire to humiliate bigots; but most importantly, I do not think that people who think that homosexual behaviour is a sin are necessarily bigots.
One can think that homosexual behaviour is not in keeping with the central message of Christianity, and best avoided, without
being a bigot or an ignorant or full of hate for gay people. I personally think that they are mistaken; but really, plenty of people who are far
more knowledgeable on the subject than I am (the current Pope, for example — I cannot say that I always agree with him, but the "popular" books that he wrote are excellent. I cannot judge his academic theological work, but from what I heard it is top-quality) evidently think otherwise.
Screaming at these people that they are hateful, ignorant bigots is not only false and rude, but it is also not likely to encourage them to consider the possible arguments towards the compatibility of homosexuality and Christianity.
But on the other hand, people who believe that homosexual behaviour is a sin should acknowledge (and, I think, many of them do) that saying that people who think otherwise are depraved, evil people who twist religion in order to support their unsavory practices is just as false and rude. Wrong we may or may not be, but we are sincere. And many of us are not even homosexual, so we really have nothing to gain or lose by taking a position instead of another on this issue. Nothing but the truth, I mean.
I've skimmed through the pdf you linked, by the way. I'll read it more carefully later, but I can say already that it does not seem to be as well-sourced as it should be. And that interpretation of Romans 1:26—27 is very artificial, I think: I did not think that homosexuality was a sin already, but if I thought otherwise that pdf would not have convinced me.
edited 9th Apr '12 3:47:44 AM by Carciofus