Thank you for the reply to my question about “Homosexuality” dated 23 Dec 2004. I have the following problems regarding your response: In the first paragraph you have written, “however, in none of the monotheistic religions is there an allusion as to whether this is acquired or an in-born condition”. The fact that the three monotheistic religions consider it to be an “acquired behavior” is evident from the treatment of these religions of homosexuals. Only those acts of human beings are judged right or wrong which are committed out of the free will. An inborn trait cannot be condemned as it is beyond the control of a human being. Since all three religions condemn homosexuals, this means that homosexuality is being considered an “acquired behavior” i.e. out of free will/choice. In the same paragraph you have written, “science has been up and down about this issue for quite sometime”. This is exactly my point was that science “had” a different stance on this issue fifty/sixty years back but “right now” latest developments are proving it to be an “innate phenomenon” apart from being “acquired one” also.
In the second paragraph where you have commented on my interpretation of Lot’s People’s incident, you have actually endorsed my view by stating, “if a people purposefully commit any crime then they are to deal with the consequences”. This is exactly what my point was that if Lot’s People were punished they were “purposefully” committing a crime i.e. out of “free will”, which shows that their homosexual behavior was an “acquired one”. In the same paragraph you have written, “science may well one day discover why some people are a certain way and may be able to help them if so needed. Religious texts, as mentioned before, are not for providing medical or psychological help. In the Qur’an’s case it has the role of being a Reminder and Guidance”. According to this, since the Quran has not given any “guidance” to people who are “born with homosexuality” (assuming from the above discussion that the ones that the Quran talks about are those with “acquired behavior”), they are neither to be blamed, nor to be punished for their behavior. Other wise if a “Divine Scripture” cannot help people in need of it, then it is not and cannot be from God.
In the third paragraph you have written, “the Qur’anic solution to anything is to lead towards a relationship with the Almighty”. Here there is not a problem in “a relationship with the Almighty” but relationships with fellow humans. “Leading towards a relationship with the Almighty” is not going to take care of one’s sexual orientation, as we know that “leading towards a relationship with Almighty” never makes a “heterosexual” person change his/her “sexual orientation” since it is “innate”. Lastly, in the same paragraph you have written, “there is much sickness and disease on earth and if homosexuality belongs to any such category surely seeking treatment would be the right thing to do. After all doctors do not simply tell their patients that they are perfectly normal and should accept their condition regardless of the harm it may cause”.
I am sure that “seeking treatment would be the right thing to do” “if there is a disease” and the doctors only tell their patients to treat “diseases” not “innate behavior”. In fact your reply to my question does not answer my question at all (plus it is very discouraging and has a tone of “not trying to understand what the other person is trying to say” and has an air of “righteousness” which is not what I asked for), which is that if there are “some homosexuals” who have this “sexual orientation” from the “beginning” i.e. “innate” (as the data shows) then how can they be “blamed” for it and how can they “not indulge in homosexual sex” as sexual gratification is a basic instinct and need in all of us. So how can “they live their lives”ƒ¢¢â€š¬¢â‚¬Âas “ascetics”? And from this I asked that how can the “sacred scriptures” condemn such behavior if it is “innate” and not suggest a remedy/cure/alternative.
Thank you for the points you have brought up. Please do consider this as an apology regarding any sort of negative air given off by us. We try hard to give the best possible responses to our questioners and it seems that we cannot always satisfy them with the answers. Again, we are sorry for any misunderstandings or hurt feelings.