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FRC to Gays Who are Bullied: Change Your Sexuality

| by FRC

In recent weeks there have been several suicides of teenagers who either said they were, or were believed to be, homosexuals. The intense media coverage of these events has led some people to lay the blame for these tragedies not on the actual bullies, but on Christian churches, conservative

politicians, and public policies such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Proposition 8. It's shameful that some pro-homosexual activists would exploit the personal tragedies of these families to promote a political agenda. FRC unequivocally condemns the behavior of anyone who would physically or verbally abuse another person--especially a child--because of his/her sexuality or any other reason. This is a complete violation of Jesus's commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

While individual bullies may target "gay" kids (and should be punished), there's no empirical evidence for the claim that society's disapproval of homosexuality causes the mental health problems (including depression and suicide) that are found among homosexuals. These problems are prevalent even in the most "gay-friendly" places on earth--like the Netherlands.

Our friends at Exodus International promote freedom from homosexuality through the power of Christ. Their statement on bullying says it perfectly: "Every individual deserves equal protection, and every offender should receive equal punishment." However, let's be clear. It's not "bullying" to tell the truth in love--which is that homosexual conduct is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large. The most compassionate thing we can do for people struggling with this lifestyle is to debunk the lie that they're born "gay" and can never change. Instead we should assure them that change is possible for those who seek it.

In recent weeks there have been several suicides of teenagers who either said they were, or were believed to be, homosexuals. The intense media coverage of these events has led some people to lay the blame for these tragedies not on the actual bullies, but on Christian churches, conservative politicians, and public policies such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Proposition 8. It's shameful that some pro-homosexual activists would exploit the personal tragedies of these families to promote a political agenda. FRC unequivocally condemns the behavior of anyone who would physically or verbally abuse another person--especially a child--because of his/her sexuality or any other reason. This is a complete violation of Jesus's commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

While individual bullies may target "gay" kids (and should be punished), there's no empirical evidence for the claim that society's disapproval of homosexuality causes the mental health problems (including depression and suicide) that are found among homosexuals. These problems are prevalent even in the most "gay-friendly" places on earth--like the Netherlands.

Our friends at Exodus International promote freedom from homosexuality through the power of Christ. Their statement on bullying says it perfectly: "Every individual deserves equal protection, and every offender should receive equal punishment." However, let's be clear. It's not "bullying" to tell the truth in love--which is that homosexual conduct is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large. The most compassionate thing we can do for people struggling with this lifestyle is to debunk the lie that they're born "gay" and can never change. Instead we should assure them that change is possible for those who seek it.