[quote="SgtSchultz, post:5, topic:302622"]
That's just sickening. It's people like that who make Christians look bad. I pray that the man who said it isn't Catholic.
Likewise, if this is what someone with a director's level position at the American Family Association says, I'd have a hard time taking anything else they say seriously.
It also sickens me that this redneck stereotype of masculinity is supposed to be what differentiates people without SSA from those with SSA.
I mean, I'm as Catholic as they come, and have even got the stick on more than one occasion for my "old-fashioned" views on the morality of homosexual acts.
But a homosexual orientation is a cross that some men and women have to carry, just as others among us carry a tendency towards alcoholism, violence, or even just a short temper. (Guilty of the last one.)
While the Lord's prayer says "Lead us not into temptation", it does not add, "and let us crow uncharitably over those who give in to it."
And as for the author's view of masculinity, I find it repulsive. I suppose this guy would also consider monks, scholars and martyrs "unmanly" and "sissies", just because they aren't "Action Men". Give me a break.
Finally, on the Hitler issue - pure stupidity. So what if Hitler performed homosexual acts? Stalin and Mao were as heterosexual as they come (the latter being especially notorious), and Karl Marx was reportedly an affectionate husband - so is a normal, healthy heterosexual orientation responsible for Communism, then? :D
Let's stick to authentic Catholic teaching. Hate the sin, by all means, but don't be too quick to dismiss the sinner as beyond hope, just because that makes you feel good. Doing so reveals more about your own insecurities and moral failings than about the genuine evils of homosexual practice, which must be fought using a better way. :)