Myth vs. Fact regarding Homosexuality

MYTH #1: Some people are born homosexual.

FACT: There is no conclusive scientific evidence for any genetic trait causing homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgendered desires. Recent news reports have focused on this lack of research (Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 14, 1999; New York Times, April 23, 1999). Yet this is the underlying assumption of many recent laws about sexual orientation. Homosexuals are not a bona fide minority group.

MYTH #2: Homosexual activity is harmless, so no one should criticize it.

FACT: The consequences of homosexual behavior are devastating, and risky homosexual acts continue even when community acceptance increases. A study commissioned by Oxford University indicates young men engaging in same-sex sodomy by age 20 have just over a 50/50 chance of reaching age 65. [Click here for a summary of the Oxford University study.] In San Francisco, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals remains very high, despite a tolerant climate. Substance abuse and suicide attempts are much higher among homosexuals. [For in-depth information citing numerous studies, read Straight or Narrow? Clarity and Compassion in the Homosexual Debate by Thomas Schmidt (1995) and Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth by Jeffrey Satinover, M.D. (1996).]

MYTH #3: No one chooses to be homosexual, so it must be inborn.

FACT: While homosexual desire may feel very natural to some people, this does not mean it is inborn, positive or unchangeable. There is overwhelming evidence that homosexual desire arises from traumatic childhood experiences, such as sexual abuse or a troubled family environment. These desires can be overcome through counseling. And people always choose sexual behavior, even if the feelings aren’t chosen, unhealthy desires don’t have to be acted upon.

MYTH #4: A homosexual can never change to become a heterosexual.

FACT: Thousands of people have overcome homosexual desire. A network of ex-homosexual organizations called Exodus (206-784-7799) has several hundred affiliates around the world. Exodus helps strugglers through Christian support groups, prayer, and biblical teaching. Some psychologists can help homosexuals overcome homosexual desire through individual counseling as well. Many ex-homosexuals go on to marry and have children.

MYTH #5: The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality. Therefore, a person can be a proud homosexual and a Christian, too.

FACT: Scripture is very clear about homosexuality. There are dire warnings in the Bible about homosexual practices, both for individuals and for communities. Read Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:10, 2 Peter 2: 6-10, and Jude 6-7. Some say that because Jesus did not explicitly mention homosexuality, it must be permitted. But He never mentioned rape or incest either. Are we to believe these are acceptable? And Jesus was God, who had already made His will known in the Old Testament. Jesus affirmed in Matthew 19 and Mark 10 that marriage is ordained for one man and one woman. How can those who call themselves Christians deliberately twist the word of God?

CA Teachers Take Elementary Students to “Gay Pride” Parade

(AgapePress) – Teachers at an elementary charter school in San Diego, California, are being condemned for bringing young children to participate in the city’s “gay pride” parade last month.

James Hartline, a former homosexual turned Christian activist, reports that teachers with the San Diego Cooperative Charter School brought children to the July 29 San Diego Pride Parade. A picture in the school newsletter shows several teachers and other individuals affiliated with the school marching in the parade.

Hartline says the annual homosexual pride celebration in San Diego is “really just an advertisement for the triple-x gay pornography industry.” Seeing children only six to twelve years old, walking with adults from the charter school in that parade was “just so heartbreaking,” he says, because anyone who has never seen what these events are like “can just imagine the depravity that’s in this parade.”

The Christian pro-family advocate finds it shocking and demoralizing that teachers or any other adults would bring innocent children around the goings on at the San Diego Pride event. This venue is no place for kids, he insists, especially considering “the near nudity that goes on in the parade, the transvestites that dress up as nuns to mock the Catholic Church — these are men that do this.”

Hartline says last year the not-for-profit San Diego Pride organization was under investigation for employing numerous pedophiles as volunteers and staff during its yearly parade and festival. He believes these pro-homosexual events are generally pornographic and that they are frequented by militant sodomites.
This is evidenced, the Christian activist says, “by the numerous triple-X porn companies that have vendors [at the San Diego Pride events], the distribution of condoms and sexual lubricants, and also just the really perverted sex classes that go on to teach people about S&M sex.”

For example, Hartline recalls, the San Diego Pride organizers had a tent exhibit this year called ‘the Leather Room.’ In this tent, he says, “they actually were demonstrating piercings and other really grotesque types of sado-masochism.”
Hartline says he feels the teachers with the San Diego Cooperative Charter School exhibited “gross disregard for the safety of children” when they brought students to the city’s 2006 “gay pride” parade. The charter school is a K-8 institution in the San Diego Unified School District, and he believes the teachers had no business bringing young children into such a depraved and pornographic environment.

Ford Motor Company Criticized for Supporting Homosexual Rodeo

Christian Activist Outs Auto Manufacturer’s Connection with ‘Gay Rodeo’ Events

(AgapePress) – A Christian activist in California says despite what top officials with the Ford Motor Company may state about not giving money to support pro-homosexual social activities, a Ford dealership in Los Angeles is a major supporter of a homosexual rodeo organization in that city.

The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) claims member associations in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. James Hartline, a Christian activist in Southern California, notes that Ford has sponsored many IGRA events around the United States — and that a prominent Ford dealership in L.A., Galpin Ford, is a corporate sponsor of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association (GSGRA), an IGRA member.

“It’s the number-one volume Ford dealership in the world,” Hartline says of Galpin Ford. “In other words, they sell more Fords out of this one dealership than any individual Ford dealership anywhere in the world — and they’re a corporate sponsor of this gay rodeo.” Other sponsors of the Los Angeles chapter of the GSGRA include the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center, Bud Light, and the homosexual television network “Logo.”

According to Hartline, IGRA events do not typically let on in their advertising that they are homosexual events — meaning many uninformed families will attend and be subjected to open displays of sexuality.

“These gay rodeos are not necessarily marketed in a way where people will know because they don’t read the gay newspapers [or] the gay press,” the activist says. “So a lot of these families will think, ‘Oh, it’s a rodeo.’ So they bring their kids to this event, thinking they’re just going to another fun rodeo.”

So instead of just watching bucking broncos and barrel racing, families may encounter men dressed up as women as well as “mocking” of family values, says Hartline — and unknowing parents will be very shocked by other things they and their children will see, he adds. He calls that the “unthinking mindset” of the Ford Motor Company, that it would give corporate backing to such events in the name of diversity without even caring about the impact it will make on children and families.

The Christian activist claims the homosexual agenda is being forced into very family-friendly arenas — like rodeos — by corporations such as Ford through sponsorship. Hartline believes strongly that consumers need to let their dealerships know such anti-family sponsorship will not be tolerated.

Read What Californians Are Saying to Hallmark About Their “same-sex couple” Cards

Many citizens throughout California (see their comments below) have joined a nationwide boycott against Hallmark Incorporated, in response to that company’s introduction of so-called “same-sex couple” greeting cards. The boycott, which was announced in August by Family Policy Network, has begun to attract supporters in cities and towns throughout the nation.

The text of the Boycott Hallmark petition reads as follows:

To: Hallmark Cards CEO Donald J. Hall

In Isaiah 5:20, God warns against exchanging good for evil by saying, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (NKJV) In Mark 10:6-8, God’s design for marriage is expressed clearly by Jesus Christ, when He declares, “But from the beginning of the creation, God “˜made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (NKJV)

I urge you to withdraw any and all products sold by your company that celebrate, condone or otherwise encourage homosexual conduct and/or relationships. Unless and until you do, you have my pledge that I will refrain from doing business with your company.

Many Californians who signed the petition to boycott Hallmark over its pro-homosexual cards added their own comments to the statement above. Here is a sampling of those comments:

  • Madonna in Shasta Lake, CA writes, “We’re supposed to love the sinner and hate the sin…loving them isn’t condoning their sinful choice.”
  • Lucretia in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA writes, “I will no longer, ever, buy another Hallmark product, under any name, unless you pull these cards.”
  • Brenda in Olivehurst, CA writes, “Not only I, but my entire family no longer buy cards and gift from your company, and we will not as long as you promote homosexuality.”
  • E. in Vista, CA writes, “I will not buy cards from your company anymore as long as you cater to this tragedy.”
  • Guy in Kelseyville, CA writes, “Please stop supporting this cause.”
  • Marshall in San Francisco, CA writes, “What you will do for a money!”
  • Linda in Ramona, CA writes, “I will cease using my hallmark card and from receiving any emails from your company as well.”
  • Pam in Lakeport, CA writes, “One Man – One Woman!”
  • Joey in Clovis, CA writes, “I promise you that myself or anyone in my family will shop at any Hallmark store unless you repeal this anti-family decision.”
  • Walterin Orange, CA writes, “I will stop making any purchases at any Hallmark store until these products are withdrawn.”
  • Kathy in Cobb, CA writes, “As a weekly gold crown customer in Montgomery Village Santa Rosa Ca I will no longer support you due to the current stand you have taken.”
  • Yanira in San Francisco, CA writes, “NO MORE HALLMARK CARDS…”
  • John in La Mesa, CA writes, “I will NOT buy from your store until this practice stops. 1% vs. 99%. Looks like a smart business move to me. I don’t think so!”
  • Dave in Roseville, CA writes, “My family and friends will no longer buy any Halllmark products unless and until you stop celebrating homosexual conduct.”
  • Dixie in Watsonville, CA writes, “God created Adam and Eve to marry not Joseph and Steve or Mary and Eve!”
  • Georgeanna in Trabuco Canyon, CA writes, “I send a lot of cards. Please reconsider your position.”
  • Kathy in Mission Viejo, CA writes, “You are putting the dollar over principle. How many cards will you sell to homosexuals vs. non homosexuals? Do the math!”
  • Sherrie in Carmichael, CA writes, “I have been collecting Precious Moments figurines for many years now. I won’t be buying them from your stores anymore.”
  • Elva in Van Nuys, CA writes, “It is a disgrace what this country is doing about its morality.”
  • Margy in San Diego, CA writes, “I encourage you to stand up for morality and not bow to the god of greed.”
  • Maricar in San Francisco, CA writes, “I am completely opposed to Hallmark’s Gay Wedding cards.”
  • James in Cobb Mountain, CA writes, “Please remove all cards & greetings that support the homosexual lifestye; as it is SIN; and against The Word Of God; Our Families; and Nation.”
  • Marina in La Mesa, CA writes, “I am a member of the Hallmark stores and have been a loyal shopper, but this goes against my values, and I cannot support it.”
  • Brent in San Diego, CA writes, “Please disregard your stance to pursue encouraging homosexual behavior.”
  • Matilda in Brawley, CA writes, “The same goes for my parents & siblings.”
  • Kathy in Escalon, CA writes, “I have always been a Hallmark buyer, would really hate to find another brand after all these years.”
  • Cathleen in Costa Mesa, CA writes, “I will not scandalize family members with cards mocking tradtional marriage . [It] is unnatural and not healthy for those individuals. That is not love.”
  • Elaine in Riverside, CA writes, “You have offended me and lots of others who used to respect the Hallmark name.”
  • Victoria in Pasadena, CA writes, “By producing such cards, the company is alienating families and those who uphold traditional marriage. Please take this into consideration.”
  • Nancy in Mission Viejo, CA writes, “In the past, I have been a consumer of many Hallmark products, but unless this new policy is revoked, I will not give my business to Hallmark.”
  • Deborah in San Jose, CA writes, “It is not right and I will never accept it. I will spend my hard earned money on greeting cards produced by anyone other than Hallmark. Big mistake.”
  • Ronald in Chino, CA writes, “I am offended by your Gay Cards and will not be buying anymore from your company. I will print my own rather than to support [this] perversion.”
  • Dave in El Sobrante, CA writes, “Although an atheist, even I believe the Bible is right about both these passages.”
  • Elly in Fallbrook, CA writes, “We thought highly of Hallmark until now. What a let down! We will encourage others in this boycott.”
  • Richard in Sacramento, CA writes, “Some men will choose to maintain the peace at any price, even make a truce with the enemy. Peace is not the absence of war, peace is victory over the enemy.”
  • Gary in San Diego, CA writes, “Marriage is a sacred union instituted by God, and re-defining it to include homosexuals makes it profane! Cloaking it in “love” does not make it legitimate!”
  • Jeanette in San Diego, CA writes, “Traditional marriage is a God given gift. It saddens me to see the abnormal celebrated just to make a buck.”
  • Joan in N Hollwood, CA writes, “I think this is one of the worst types of pandering.”
  • Glen in Torrance, CA writes, “God designed sex between a husband and wife. “¦Sex outside of marriage is wrong. Stop edorsing sexual immorality by recognizing homosexual immorality.”
  • Jerry in EL SEGUNDO, CA writes, “I am sending this out to all business, citizens and churches. The Boycott is beginning.”
  • Paul in Elk Grove, CA writes, “My family and I will not by Hallmark cards until they reverse their decision.”
  • Louise in Thousand Oaks, CA writes, “I have a Hallmark card and shop there frequently, but maybe I’ll take my business elsewhere.”
  • Sven in Herald, CA writes, “I’ll be sure to take my business elsewhere… I doubt you’ll be able to withstand the boycott of millions of Christians. Ask Ford how it’s doing.”
  • JR in Los Angeles, CA writes, “I will not patronize Hallmark under any circumstance.”
  • John in Sacramento, CA writes, “Why can’t you merely remain neutral in the culture wars. This is not the way to increase your profits. You are poorly serving your shareholders.”
  • M.E. in LOS ANGELES, CA writes, “We have been purchasing Hallmark cards for over 60 years. We are outraged that you would sell cards that celebrate such immoral & unnatural activity.”

Yvette Schneider’s Story

Yvette: a Journey from Darkness into Light
By Annetta Small

‘I saw myself on my hands and knees eating stale crumbs off a dirty floor because I could not stand up and see the feast that God had for me. ‘God, please help me to stand up and leave these crumbs alone and enter into what you have for me,’ I prayed one day after a six-year involvement in the lesbian lifestyle.’–Yvette Cantu Schneider ~ Christian wife, mother, former lesbian

“Are you and your girlfriend having a homosexual relationship?” Yvette’s mother asked her one day, suspicious of the relationship she saw between Yvette and her closest friend. Angered and devastated, Yvette, then 17, locked herself in the bathroom and cried. Although the thought of such a relationship repulsed her, deep in her heart she wished that it were true. ‘Everything I need is in this relationship’ she thought miserably.

In college, professors who ridiculed the Christian faith influenced Yvette, and she became hostile towards Christians, without really listening to them. However, in spite of being popular and getting top grades, her life seemed empty and meaningless. Struggling with physical and emotional symptoms, she visited therapists, healers, and clairvoyants, but nothing could alleviate the gnawing emptiness in her life.

While working at a hotel in Laguna Beach, California, Yvette came into contact with the homosexual community for the first time. Among many close male homosexual friends, a special bond developed with Ed from Argentina. ‘You’ve got an implicit homosexual relationship,’ Ed would always say about Yvette’s new best girlfriend. And she would say, ‘Look, just because you’re gay doesn’t mean that everyone’s gay and that you can’t have a good friendship.’ But she realized that she did not connect with the guys she dated like she did with this friend.

Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Yvette soon decided she needed a change. Accepted at the University of Delhi in India, she went into the Himalayas to learn Hindi. And in the process, she became close friends with her teacher who was four years older. Several months later, at the teacher’s initiation, the relationship became physical.

Consumed with inner turmoil and stunned at what she had done, Yvette walked the paths of the Himalayas trying to reconcile the conflict between her feelings and her actions. ‘This can’t possibly be who I am,’ she thought, but she finally decided that the reason for her guilt was that society had taught her that lesbian behavior was wrong.

Upon her return to the States, Yvette told Ed she was a lesbian. His response shocked her. ‘There’s no hope for me,’ he said. ‘I’m lost already, but, believe me, you do not want to get involved in that lifestyle.’ Ignoring what she felt was hypocritical advice, Yvette began visiting lesbian bars. Angry at society and its morality, she became involved in homosexual activism and joined the ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’ [a pro-homosexual media organization]. She finally felt good because she had an outlet for her pent-up rage.

One night at a lesbian bar in southern California, Yvette encountered Christians passing out fliers. ‘Don’t you have anything better to do on a Saturday night than to come here and harass us?’ she protested. One man replied that God loved her and asked her not to be offended. That small act of kindness did not keep her from going into the bar, but it did begin to change her perception of Christians and her stereotypes of them.

After another relationship with a woman ended, Yvette moved out to care for Ed and a friend who now had AIDS. When they felt well, they attended an endless stream of parties. But afterward, she thought, ‘My life is so empty and meaningless. There has to be more than this.’

At the law firm where she worked, Yvette met Jeff, an outspoken Christian who impressed her with his knowledge of Scripture. Jeff could back up everything he believed about how to live daily life with the Bible. Yvette realized that after studying Eastern and Native American mysticism, she still could not give one practical answer to life’s great questions, nor had she found fulfillment. Finally, she told God, ‘I’ve tried to find You for years. For my whole life I’ve been reading this book and that book, and I feel like I’m further away from You than ever.’

Reluctantly, she began asking Jeff questions about the Bible, even while figuring there was no way she could ever be a Christian. ‘I’m a lesbian,’ she thought. Finally, Yvette got up the courage to attend a church. She had never been in a Christian church before. Commenting on her first visit, she states, ‘I could feel the presence of the Lord there, but I didn’t really know why Jesus died for mankind.

I wanted to go up to the front and ask the pastor to pray for me, but I didn’t know what an altar call was.’

Afterward, when a woman explained the Gospel and repentance to her, Yvette said, ‘Look, I believe homosexuality is okay; I believe abortion is okay. I’m so different from what Christians believe. There’s no possible way that I could do that.’ But the woman replied, ‘It doesn’t matter if you believe those things are okay. If you read God’s Word with an open heart, the Holy Spirit will change you. You don’t have to change yourself.’

So Yvette told God, ‘My life has been terrible. I’ve done terrible things with it, and now You can have it. You’re in control.’ And a tremendous relief swept through her, like she had come home from a long journey. She felt like God had opened His arms and said, ‘Come to Me and be My daughter.’ And she replied, ‘Thank you so much for letting me in.’

Her friend Ed also gave his life to the Lord and a year later died of complications from AIDS. About six months before he died, he shared with her these poignant words, ‘I appreciate God’s mercy so much, and I appreciate His grace, and soon I’m going to get to see Jesus face to face.’

Epilogue: Yvette Cantu Schneider has been out of the lesbian lifestyle since 1992. She married Paul Schneider in December 1999. They have two daughters, Jessica and Erica. They minister in the St. Louis, Missouri, area to those desiring to overcome homosexuality.

You, too, can turn from the darkness to the Light of Jesus Christ. If you desire to have your sins forgiven and a home in heaven, you must realize the following:

You have a need.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23

There is a penalty for sin.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. –Romans 6:23

God has the answer.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. –Romans 5:8

You must turn from your sin.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. –Acts 3:19

You must trust Christ alone to save you.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. –Acts 16:31

Why not do it today?

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. –Romans 10:9