From Russia with Hate. I recently read this on a blog and it made me want to write my views which normally i don’t discuss.
I was brought up a Catholic and converted to Islam at the age of 25. This was my own choice. Each religion condemns homosexuality so i lived my life despising gay people. As i got older, maybe in my late 40′s i started to question a lot of things one being homosexuality. Like many other people i always believed being Gay was a deviant choice one made. Its hard to accept when something like this has been ingrained in you from birth, that some people are born this way, that genes can affect the way you respond to the other sex.
There has been a debate about this for many years and sometimes what i read makes sense New Genetic Regions Associated With Male Sexual Orientation Found for one.
A cross-national study in the United States, the Philippines, and Sweden found that those who believed that “homosexuals are born that way” held significantly more positive attitudes toward homosexuality than those who believed that “homosexuals choose to be that way” or “learn to be that way”. I am one of those people because i ask myself why would anyone choose to be gay when there is so much hatred and a lifetime of being on the fringe of society? When i saw the video about “From Russia with hate” it made me angry and sad. Why would anyone want to put themselves in that position through choice.
Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon says she is gay by “choice. Now if i was gay this would make me very angry because of all the work gone into educating the world that one is not gay by choice..People like Cynthia are the ones that make us think in a very negative way about homosexuality.
I could go on and on but not see an end to this debate in my lifetime. I am still a Muslim albeit far from perfect and i dont consider myself any less a believer because of my current views on homosexuality.
I would just like to say that everyone has a right to love and be loved, to live happily in a relationship with someone they care deeply for. What happens in their private sexual life is their business but just like heterosexuals i don’t expect them to flaunt their sexuality in public. I will treat people justly regardless of their sexuality based on their social and behavioural interaction with me and society in general.