Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) topics
Resolving people's conflicting beliefs about
homosexuality and bisexuality through dialogue
Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, completely isolated from the media,
you will realize that North Americans hold conflicting beliefs about gays, lesbians,
No consensus seems possible at this time. The level of support for SSM has been rising between 10 and 20 percentage points per decade. Between 2010 and 2011, several national surveys revealed that most American adults favored SSM for the first time. However, the margin remains small as of 2011-SEP.
This conflict is distressing
individuals. It is destabilizing friendships, marriages, religious
denominations, and even American -- and to a much lesser degree Canadian and the UK -- societies as a whole.
The essays in this section discuss the nature of the conflicts, and offer
information that we hope will be helpful in understanding the variety of belief
systems about homosexuality.
In our experience, debate is rarely useful. It tends to raise emotions and to
harden opinions. Dialogue is often much more useful. During a dialogue, the
participants agree to try to avoid convincing the other person(s) that they are
right. The goal is to understand the other person(s) beliefs and on what bases
they are held.
Dialogue rarely leads to a consensus. However, it often results
in all participants appreciating of the other person(s) integrity, character,
intelligence, and thoughtfulness. Ultimately, it can help people with opposing beliefs live in peace even while retaining their diverse opinions.
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Copyright © 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2003-SEP-4
Latest update: 2003-SEP-4
Author: B.A. Robinson