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Homosexuality: Moral or Immoral? - The Objective Standard
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Kyle: "What is the moral status of homosexuality? Is it moral, immoral or neutral? And why are some people gay? Is sexual orientation inborn or a choice or what? In answering, Biddle explains that sexual orientation per se is neither moral nor immoral and that the relevant issue is whether, given a person's orientation, he approaches sex in a rational, self-interested, rights-respecting manner.
Christian leaders have written about homosexual male—male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity ; female—female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored. However, in the 20th century some prominent theologians and Christian religious groups have espoused a wide variety of beliefs and practices towards homosexuals, including the establishment of some "open and accepting" congregations that actively support LGBT members, which they consider biblical in light of other rebukes in the New Testament that Christians might gloss over, such as wealth,  women refraining from speaking in church  or covering their heads while praying,  and Protestant churches' lack of support for adults who do not want to marry, such as building monasteries,  even though New Testament verses speak of the virtues of remaining single,  such as the example of , males who are not to be "defiled"  with females before being redeemed in the Apocalypse. The first instance of the English word "homosexuals" used in a Biblical translation was in the RSV New Testament published from until ,  which simultaneously removed most "fornication" admonitions found in the prior ASV and KJV Bibles. Several post-World War II translations now have one to four verses literally rebuking homosexuals while replacing all mention of fornicators with "the immoral" or "sexual immoral" and leaving ambiguous homosexual or heterosexual immorality.