Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership. One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.” All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved by further studies. If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”
by Carl J. Welz, C.S.B.
Houston, TX – October 11, 1986
I worked on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign in 2015 to raise money for the Equality Act presently before Congress. This would prohibit discrimination of LGBT people in housing, education and employment in 36 states where there is no protection.
One woman shared how her friend/relative had a gay son who was ostracized from the family for being gay and went on to die of AIDS at age 26. I stated perhaps he died of famished affections due to a lack of acceptance from his family and church. But she shared that she has a gay son but loves him unconditionally and makes sure he knows God loves him unconditionally too. This has made all the difference as her son is happy, healthy and well adjusted.
Perhaps somebody will go to the Christian Science Headquarters in Boston and confront that institution, protesting condemnations of homosexuality in the periodicals which are harmful to those struggling with their sexuality. Or perhaps somebody could write a positive article on marriage equality to keep the periodicals abreast of the times.
Jose Luis Ortiz ·
Instructor University of Virginia
Christian Science practitioners with whom I have discussed homosexuality have called it everything from a disease to a tragedy to a moral lapse. Other practitioners, none being ‘official’ voices of the church –especially younger members–have a more modern view. In this, Christian Scientists mirror the range of attitudes in American Society, which recently has evolved from disapproval to acceptance of members of the gay community and concern for their civil rights. . . .
The Christian Science Monitor: An Evolving Experiment in Journalism.
We tell our story to anyone who will listen for one reason only: We are trying, in our own small way, to do something right. By exposing our own grave errors, we pray that others will learn from us and treat their own children differently. We pray that it won’t take them six long years and losing their child to drugs and the streets in order to wake them up to the truth that every parent must love their children without any condition. Our children learn to love themselves through the love that we have for them. And a child who is told “I love you, but I do not love your sin” does not hear love. He does not learn to love himself or that God loves him. Ryan did not. None of the thousands of gay children who have written to me has heard love through those words. None.
Kodak’s Short Film About ‘Understanding’ Will Take Your Breath Away
Somehow they perfectly captured the terror of coming out and the power of love in under three minutes.
This week Kodak quietly released a short film (seemingly to promote its Kodak Vision3 500T 5219 film) that is nothing short of stunning.
In the film, which is titled “Understanding” and runs just under three minutes, a teen is caught by his little sister kissing his high school baseball teammate. What happens next involves the terror of coming out, the strength of family and the beauty of love.
Just try and watch “Understanding,” directed by Terry Rayment with cinematography by Kate Arizmendi, without breaking down into a puddle of tears and emotions. We dare you.