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Critical of ELCA action

Dear Editor,

Homosexuality is deathly dangerous. Objective, scientific research is showing that multiple partnering -- even within so-called "committed relationships" -- is normative for the lifestyle.

A leader in the gay activist movement recently conceded AIDS is a disease "of the gay community." Beyond AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, and medical issues like anal cancers and urinary infections all occur at significantly higher rates in the homosexual community (University of Illinois Medical Center). Partner-violence is significantly higher among lesbian couples than heterosexual couples (Journal of Forensic Nursing).

According to the University of Illinois study, "casual partnering" is not diminishing, but on the rise. In terms of mental health, a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry reports: "Homosexual people are at substantially higher risk for some forms of emotional problems, including suicidality, major depression, and anxiety disorder, and conduct disorder."

These references are but the tip of an ever-growing iceberg of research. Interestingly, international studies comparing gay behavior in the less-tolerant U. S. with the widely tolerant countries like Denmark, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, show that the rates of these medical, relational, and emotional problems stay the same.

The high-risk and harmful behaviors, it appears, are not due to a society's stigmatization (or lack thereof), but rather are inherent in the lifestyle itself. Legally married homosexual men in Denmark die at an average age of 51, compared to 74 for heterosexuals. Homosexuality is a killer.

No, Christians don't believe the world is flat anymore. But that doesn't mean the Bible is antiquated, or irrelevant. Lutherans have long used Paul's statement as a guiding light for ethical decisions: "Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10).

The ELCA, in their recent actions, has sanctioned and legitimized a life-style that is deathly-dangerous, and leads to a life fraught with frustration, sickness, and early death.

They have ignored Paul's words, yielding to the "political correctness" of pro-gay advocacy. They have ignored the clear direction of the Bible on this matter, which is grounded not in some kind of random imposition of morality, but in actual care for our neighbors.

I have deep sympathy for rank-and-file members and pastors who must feel as if they've been snookered and who must now live with the thought that even one young man's life may be harmed by their denomination's "enlightened" stance. Touting itself as a "public Church," the ELCA deserves to hear the outcry of the public: You have harmed our community, and harmed it deeply.