Many people of the Christian persuasion have taken exception to the view Coren took of the gay question on his show the other day. The controversial clip is here. And, his Sun News article discussing the show is here.
I agree with Coren's take in the clip, nearly 100%. The "Christian guy" they interviewed was horrible and embarrassing.
In the culture war of Christians versus homosexualists, I doubt that there is any room left for reasonable debate, but I would like to think that, when we come to fight, we Christians will fight about truth, not an angry derivative of it. That is what that pastor was giving; Coren was much closer to the truth.
But there were two things I did not like about Coren's position, especially as expressed in the article, rather than the clip.
1. The use of the word 'tolerated.' I realize now that very often it's editors, not writers, who supply titles. But I think this one is a very unfortunate choice. Sun News more than any other organization should know what the phrase, "should not be tolerated," can mean. Toleration is an ambiguous word. I want to think that the British-born Coren understands it somewhat differently than I do. I would like to think he means by "is not to be tolerated," "is not morally acceptable." In that case I would agree that it is not morally right to insult gay people. Insults are not Christian - read the Sermon of the Mount. I do not think it should be considered illegal. In this day and age, in our current social climate, we need to move very far away from the use of the law to enforce moral views points and sensitivities. I hope he is not suggesting that it should be illegal, that people should be punished for using terms like "sodomite," or for understanding homosexuality the way that pastor does. If Coren means "not morally okay" then someone should tell him to avoid the use of the phrase, "should not be tolerated," because that suggests courts, fines, and prisons.
2. Secondly, Coren might not be incorrect to say that people don't simply choose to be gay, but he is incorrect to suggest that no choice is involved and that this is simply a matter of "being born that way." That's far too simplistic. Homosexuality, one's sexual profile, so to speak, involves a lot of choice. It involves a lot of things that 'happen to people,' and how one processes the things that happen to them. But alcoholism, drug addiction, pedophilia, and even religiousity, to be fair here, do too. That fact neither means they are in and of themselves good or bad. I would be willing to grant that for some people no conscious choice to be gay is made, but, frankly, for some people such a choice is conscious. Being gay is very popular today, very cool. That is a powerful motivator to people for whom such social advantage is quite attractive. If I am wrong, we will not see people who "thought they were gay, realizing that they were not" be a trend in about 15 years.
Let's be honest here, most homosexuals are not victims. Coren played it a bit to close to that script. In that he was certainly facilitated by that awfully misguided pastor he had on the show.
But no one's perfect. And Coren, he is pretty close to perfect.
After all, he has generously agreed to be interviewed by me for the Summer edition of the Catholic Review of Books. Yes, it all comes back to the Review for me, doesn't it?
And that's the byline. Oh sorry, I thought I was Brian Lilly for a second there.
And, I'm not talking about homosexuality any more for a long time. Facebook friends, post your stupid gay positive stuff as much as you like. I'm not agreeing with you by my silence. I am just going to put my mind to other things for a while.