[quote=hearye]I’m concerned about everyone’s reaction to homosexuality…
I’ll preface this by saying that I am NOT homosexual. However, I think there’s a common misconception out there that the Church is anti-homosexual.
Actually, the Church is opposed to the union of homosexual people-- sexual activity, marriage, etc. BUT, the Church does not deny that people are homosexual, and is not against these PEOPLE. It’s a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ type thing.
I guess it would be naive to think that people in homosexual relationships are abstaining from sex…however…it’s my understanding that the Church feels the same way about extra-marital sex for HOMOsexuals as it does about the same action for HETEROsexuals. So, if boycotting Starbucks for quoting a homosexual person who doesn’t say anything directly about having sex, then you’ll have to boycott a whole lot of mainstream things that support heterosexual couples who are having premarital sex…which is just about everything if you look below the surface as in this case with Starbucks.
…or…stop assuming and judging people. Homosexual people are out there, and need our (Catholic, Christian) love, and charity not chastizement.
Teach children about chastity.
There are Catholic homosexual groups devoted to a chaste homosexual life. I think the group is called “Dignity” or “Brave” or something like that. You never know who’s in that group!
And so, I’ll get off my soapbox.
Thanks all for listening.
I don’t expect that Starbucks would quote a homosexual who says in plain language that he had homosexual sex, but that is what the lanugage that did get quoted means. “…when I could have been lout there loving someone” is simply veiled language.
And yes, the Church teaches that to have sexual relations outside of marriage is a sin, but it also teaches that homosexual acts are depraved. It does not teach that about heterosexual acts.
Seattle, where Starbucks is located, has a very vocal homosexual minority, Starbucks knows who it is supporting, and it is not homosxuals who lead chaste lives.