Copyright November 22, 2008 4:16 PM CST
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
Updated December 20, 2008 4:51 PM CST
Copyright December 20, 2008 4:51 PM CST
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
Today, we begin unilateral, but soon, hopefully, bilateral, support of NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. At this time, our support for NARTH is in its preliminary phase. This means that our commitment to NARTH is provisional until we have more fully investigated the organization. However, we are so impressed with their approach and science that we believed that this preliminary support was warranted at this time. We especially recommend the following article at NARTH titled Homosexuality and Mental Health Problems. Note that WE DO NOT AGREE WITH NARTH’s LACK OF BELIEF THAT:
HOMOSEXUALITY IS, INHERENTLY (IN ITSELF), A MENTAL ILLNESS
but we believe that there is HOPE THAT NARTH WILL SOON BELIEVE AS WE DO.
It is the view of the L. F. Nexus and the National Psychiatric Association that the homosexual state of a homosexual is a mental illness and not that the homosexual activity of a homosexual is a mental illness. The homosexual activity is the foremost symptom of the mental illness of homosexuality. We define homosexuality as:
The state of one who engages in homosexual activity.
The moral character of homosexual activity is, ostensibly, a separate matter from the mental health character of the homosexual state. Homosexual activity is sin and, possibly, wrongdoing (we use the words “sin” and “wrongdoing” in very specific ways [see Is Masturbation a Sin?]).
One CANNOT actually separate moral issues from mental health issues. In making judgments about health one is “making a judgment about good and evil.” Good and evil are moral attributes. When a medical doctor says, “You have a bad condition,” he is making a moral as well as a medical judgment.
Now, one might argue, “Since there is no absolute standard of good and evil, your moral judgment and, therefore, mental health judgment of homosexuality is ‘JUST YOUR OPINION!’” However, that argument is shot down by the fact that countless, double-blind, cross-cultural studies, let alone common life experience, the host of historical tomes, and a multitude of other sources (bibliography in the works), prove that:
“There is something inherent in human nature that dictates that certain acts are evil and certain acts are good.”
Of course, for those who believe the Scriptures, this is common knowledge since the Bible teaches that all human beings are born with “the same moral intuition” (Romans 2:15, the “Book of Romans,” the Apostle Paul, the Holy Bible).
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