Rick Warren recently said on CNN that, if you’re gay and act on your orientation, you’re doing something akin to punching a person in the nose or cheating on your spouse!
Oh, and being gay is like arsenic.
Here’s his comment:
I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural. […] I do not believe attraction is a sin, but I do believe some actions are sin.
Notice the double bind. Heterosexual orientation is natural, like pine trees are natural. And within marriage, heterosexual desire can be lustily indulged, guilt free.
That’s the heterosexual social contract.
But if you’re born gay and pay taxes, no civil marriage for you. You are unequal before the civil law. Your natural orientation is arsenic. It must have no outlet. You are to stuff your feelings and control your behavior. If you don’t, you are morally akin to an impulsive bar brawler or adulterer.
It would be cruel to say this to a heterosexual. It’s cruel to say it to a homosexual. And, in a country where all citizens–religious and nonreligious, straight and gay–pay taxes, it is unjust.