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One of the frequent questions supporters of traditional marriage are asked is “but do you know any gay people?”
It’s predictable, it’s ridiculous and it’s irrelevant.
Why they ask: We have to understand the intention of the question. When the Left asks conservatives this, they are trying to illicit an emotional response. Sure, it’s a fact whether someone knows someone who is a homosexual, but it is irrelevant to whether homosexuality is right or wrong.
For instance, I don’t know anyone personally who is a pedophile, but I’m confident it is wrong. I don’t know anyone who steals, but it’s wrong.I don’t know anyone in particular who is a member of ISIS, but I still think it’s wrong to belong to the radical group. Nor do I know anyone who has ever committed a murder — at least not personally.
Facts matter. And for Christian conservatives, facts are found in the Bible. And homosexuality is condemned throughout the Bible. It’s never mentioned as something good. Ever. It’s sin, therefore it cannot be good.
Like Lady Justice, when we deal with issues of right and wrong, it’s best to wear a blindfold and rely solely on the facts of a case.
Two men can’t produce offspring. Two women can’t either. It’s impossible. Common sense would suggest there’s a reason for this fact.
It has long been accepted that a marriage consists of one man and one woman, regardless of how that might make us feel.
Does knowing someone personally who is a homosexual complicate things? Sure. But does it change the fact homosexuality is wrong? No, why would it?
Perhaps the next time someone asks “but do you know any gay people personally,” we can respond with:
*Do you know anyone personally who was a victim of police brutality?
*Do you know anyone personally who has had their identity stolen?
*Do you know anyone personally who has murdered someone?
Knowing someone who does wrong should not encourage us to tolerate wrong or completely abandon our worldview. It should strengthen us to support what’s right.