Originally posted by Nordstrodamus
Personally, I believe ethics transcend societal concerns and I am only obliged to obey rules of society that are beneficial to me and mine.
Ethics are important. Murder is outlawed for three basic reasons. First, it is harmful to society. Second, it infringes on a person's right to live. Third, the people of our society agree upon the first two points.
Before I make my next point, I will define two words.Word one: Fornication
When I say fornication I mean one of two things.
Religiously, fornication is voluntary sexual intercourse between unmarried persons. If a particular religion does not recognize a marriage, or legal union, than it is fornication according to that religion despite any legal union that the couple may have.
Politically, fornication is voluntary sexual intercourse between people who are not legally bound, either by marriage or by civil union.Word two: Adultery
When I say adultery, I mean one of two things.
Religiously, adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse by a person with another than the person's spouse. In order to commit adultery, a person must be within the bounds of a marriage which is recognized by the religion; otherwise it is fornication.
Politically, adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse by a person with another than the person's legal spouse.
Adultery and fornication are (1) harmful to society and (2) infringe upon an unborn child's right to be raised by a mother and father. However, (3) not enough people agree upon those two points to make it as forbidden as murder is. Thus adultery and fornication are difficult to prohibit. It is also difficult to prohibit because of the nature of the activities; being performed privately, between two consenting adults. I view these two activities as very harmful to society and any means to reduce them would be very beneficial.
Now as for homosexuality. I don't view homosexual desires to be sinful or harmful to society. I do view homosexual intercourse as both sinful and harmful to society. However, I do not view homosexual intercourse to be as harmful as either adultery or fornication. It would be great if there was no homosexual intercourse, but that is not a realistic goal because there is no reasonable way of achieving it. It would be more harmful to try to make everyone heterosexual than to simply work with homosexuals. We must strive for a moral, good society, but we must be careful as to what activities we restrict.
I am Christian with corresponding values. I am against adultery, fornication, and homosexual intercourse. I oppose the recognition of homosexual unions within Christianity, but I promote the recognition of homosexual unions within the government. I feel completely at peace with my positions both religiously and politically.
Alexander the Great