The following comes from a September 18 Campus Reform article by Peter Hasson:
The University of California Santa Barbara has published a “Homosexuality and Religion” guide, detailing how to reconcile one’s faith with homosexual behavior.
The guide, which is part of the Sociology Department’s “Sex Info Online” website, is full of life advice such as “[i]t is 100% possible to be devout and sexually active.”
The guide claims there are three primary stances on homosexuality in regards to religion: rejectionism; love the sinner, hate the sin; and full acceptance.
Rejectionism, the guide claims, is held by Judeo-Christian denominations that embrace a “Biblical interpretation of sexuality” and “entirely objects to the idea that homosexuals deserve equal rights.”
It is religion’s “emphasis on pious virtue,” the guide continues, that has created a “hierarchy of purity” where polyamorous, homosexual, and extramarital sex are “labeled” as “abnormal and repulsive.”
However, the guide says, these religious views are simply the result of outdated ignorance. The guide claims that all forms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and relationships are natural, “though some religions may not see it this way.”
Religion doesn’t have to get in the way of your sex life, the guide states, reassuring students that although their religious doctrines may not condone their sexual behavior, it’s “entirely possible” for students to structure their lives around “respect and love” instead.
The guide, which claims that most religions “have subgroups of queer-identified members,” goes on to explain various religious beliefs regarding homosexuality.
Christianity is, according to the guide, responsible for many of society’s “limitations and stigmas” regarding sexuality.
The guide goes on to claim that Judaism banned homosexuality not for moral reasons but because the Jewish people were enemies of the Canaanites. “Sexual variation,” the guide explains, “was seen as a threat to group harmony.”
The guide also claims that Muslims “do not follow celibacy, or refraining from sexual activity until marriage.”
The guide concludes by stating that “[p]rogress is slowly creeping as the relationship between sexuality and religion continues to evolve.”