The Christian argument for gays and lesbians in the military

essays by mainline church leaders
  • 44 Pages
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  • English
Mellen University Press , Lewiston
Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity., United States -- Armed Forces --


United S

Statementedited, with a preface by John J. Carey.
ContributionsCarey, John Jesse.
LC ClassificationsUB418.G38 C49 1993
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 44 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1412633M
ISBN 100773493158
LC Control Number93021573

"The Christian Argument for Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Essays by Mainline Church Leaders" is edited, and with a preface, by John J. Carey. Published inthe book also features a brief foreword by D.S.

Evans of Mellen University. This is a 3/5(1). ISBN: OCLC Number: Description: xi, 44 pages ; 23 cm: Contents: Some perspectives on the Bible and homosexuality / Victor Paul Furnish --A plea for revision to satisfy an enlightened reason / Kenneth Cauthen --Gays and lesbians in the U.S.

military: is it time to change policies and practices?/ John J. Carey --Three ethical issues in. Despite the amply documented presence of significant numbers of undeclared homosexual soldiers, sailors, and Air Force personnel, the official position of the American military since the Second World War has been to ban gay men and lesbian women from serving in the United States s: 1.

By the end of the s, reversing the military's policy was emerging as a priority for advocates of gay and lesbian civil rights.

Several lesbian and gay members of the military came out publicly and vigorously challenged their discharges through the legal system. By the beginning ofit appeared that the military's ban on gay personnel Author: Rod Powers.

Being a gay Christian can be hurtful and gruelling. I’m a strong, independent lesbian who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. But any gay person who has experienced that The Christian argument for gays and lesbians in the military book of anxiety Author: Lucy Knight. Homosexuality in the Military Leondre L.

Torrance Instructor: Lisa Smoot Sociology 17 February Introduction Modern controversy over the rights of gay people to serve in the military aside, the reality is that homosexuality as existing within the military. The Bible clearly affirms the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of skin color.

But the Bible condemns homosexuality because it is a rebellion against the created order of male-female marriage (Romans ). The Civil Rights movement was a welcome corrective to a pernicious evil — one that many professing Christians today are Author: Alex Crain.

The answer is that no Christian is called upon to make that choice. The text of the Bible on one hand, and full equality for gay and lesbian people on the other, is a false dichotomy.

God would not ask or expect Christians to ever choose between their heart and their faith. Rules in the Bible were always tied to some sort of reasoning. In the case of this gay sex prohibition, a consistent thread in early Judeo-Christian understanding was that semen alone was considered unclean, because sex was ONLY meant to be procreative.

Check out what God does to Onan when he ejaculates outside of a woman in Genesis   The result is that, for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, all that they've heard about the kingdom of God is that they won't be in it.

The problem is, people have horrifically misunderstood two simple words in this ancient letter that St. Paul wrote to an early Christian community in the trade city of : Adam Nicholas Phillips. CHRISTIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE PO BoxCharlotte, NC Feature Article: JAH SPEAKING OF HOMOSEXUALITY: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE ARGUMENTS OF THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Joe Dallas This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, vol number 6 ().

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Recent statistics show that % of adults identify as straight, % identify as gay or lesbian and % identify as bisexual, while % “don’t know”.

[19] This implies that some 3% of the population do not identify as straight, but only half that number identify as gay or lesbian, with perhaps 1% as gay.

There is always hope for change. Here is the simple fact that has little to do with politics: The military doesn't want people living together in a combat situation who may be thinking of having sexual relations with one another.

The military has a long standing rule that there i. Creech was a United Methodist pastor for nearly 30 years and has been at the center of the controversy around the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church.

Creech also wrote the foreword to "Mixed Blessings," a Human Rights Campaign Foundation report about organized religion and gay and lesbian Americans. A lesbian couple kiss in front of the Colosseum during the annual gay pride parade in downtown Rome on J Photo by Max Rossi/Reuters.

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(RNS) — In an interview this week, Christian. Book against same-sex parenting by The Christian Institute: The Christian Institute of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, 3 has published many books on medical ethics, gambling, abortion access, equal rights for gays and lesbians, etc., from a Fundamentalist Christian viewpoint.

For nearly 50 years, it has been the U.S. military's official policy to exclude homosexuals from service. In NovemberPresident - elect Clinton told Americans that he planned to lift the military's long - standing ban on gays and lesbians.

Homosexual men and women, he said, should not be. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation discovered a video in used to promote Christian groups that was filmed inside the Pentagon and featured uniformed : Amanda Kerri.

Vines's new book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, expounds further on the arguments made in his video. His aim is not to present new information. The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military a.

prohibited all gays and lesbians from serving in the military. allowed recruiting officers to ask about sexual orientation but prohibits service members from telling their orientation. has been revoked. “There is no place for hatred, hurtful comments, or other forms of rejection toward those who experience same-sex attraction or identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.” To this we would add the crucial observation that, here as elsewhere in the Christian life, the example and commandment of Christ places us under obligation to.

Chapter Gays in the Military, by Joe Dallas, co-editor and main author of the book. It should first be observed that while Scripture condemns homosexual behavior, it says nothing of the general characteristics of homosexual people.

Lesbians could very well outnumber gay men in the military, according to Williams Institute senior research fellow Gary Gates. “The percentage of lesbians that serve in the military is really. The Best Christian Argument for Marriage Equality Is That the Bible Got It Wrong. And I say this as a devout gay Christian who confesses both the divinity of Jesus and the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.

This is a point the Evangelical bible scholar Peter Enns makes in a footnote in his book The Evolution of Adam. "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America" is a timely treatment of DADT.

Frank meticulously examines DADT's history, including the cloak-and-dagger, behind-the-screens intrigue that lead to its passage. He examines the 24 countries that successfully include gay, lesbian, and bisexual by: The rationale for excluding gays and lesbians from serving in the military is often rooted in cultural norms and values and has changed over time.

Originally, it was believed that gays were not physically able to serve effectively. The pervading argument during the 20th century focused more on military effectiveness.

The United States military formerly excluded gay men, bisexuals, and lesbians from service. Inthe United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation.

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of was a monumental piece of legislation for our military and for gay and lesbian service. A Biblical Argument for the Acceptance of Homosexuality by the Christian Church.

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Matthew also wrote a book, “God and the Gay Christian,” which Random House published in While the movement for gay and lesbian rights has achieved important advances in recent years, it still faces enormous challenges. New Protection Against Discrimination of Gays, Lesbians in Military Defense Secretary Ash Carter participates in the LGBT Pride Month ceremony and gives the keynote address in the Pentagon.In earlyAdmiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do” (Saldin,p.

63). Beyond the moral considerations, the military has a practical concern for keeping its gay and lesbian soldiers employed.Gays in the Military gay-rights movement While there was some organized activity on behalf of the rights of homosexuals from the midth through the first half of the 20th cent., the modern gay-rights movement in the United States is usually said to have begun with the Stonewall riot (June, ) in New York City, which resulted from a police.