Two issues continually divide our society politically and religiously — abortion and homosexuality. Today we appear farther apart than ever. But are we asking the right questions?
If life begins at conception, then termination of a fetus in utero at any point is taking a human life. And if sexual orientation is a choice, then homosexual acts, clearly contrary to what we are anatomically equipped for, are unnatural and, therefore, wrong.
Opponents of abortion believe that at the very moment of conception a little person is created with a mind and a soul. Pro-choice proponents say no human life is present at this point, only the potential. Does the answer lie somewhere between?
Many scientists believe there is a period after conception when the human zygote lacks the neurological development and cellular differentiation to be considered a being of any kind. There is some agreement that the human fetus only becomes viable at some later point, but no general consensus as to when.
Many evangelical fundamentalists, vehement opponents of gay rights, tell us that if one cannot remember the place and time one’s soul was saved, it probably wasn’t. By the same logic, if sexual orientation is a choice, shouldn’t fundamentalists be able to recall the time and place of that decision? A lifelong heterosexual myself, for the life of me I can’t recall when I was first attracted to girls. In fact, I can’t remember when I wasn’t — like I was born this way. Funny, many homosexuals say the same thing.
Until we convene our best scientific, legal and theological minds and address these issues honestly, objectively, dispassionately and yes, prayerfully, this polemic will never advance beyond the name-calling stage where it is today.
George B. Reed, Jr., Rossville