JENSEN. HE’S THE HEALTH RISK
It’s too easy to write off Archbishop Peter Jensen as a dinosaur.
We can all laugh and call him irrelevant, or we can listen to his seemingly calm reasoning and his soothing voice and feel ourselves lulled into a sense of submission. He seems like a very nice man.
But he is the head of a church whose teachings make young people feel like they want to kill themselves.
He’s not an irrelevant dinosaur. He’s dangerous.
Same goes for the Catholic Church, were homosexuality is regarded a sin, and the Australian Christian Lobby, whose leader Jim Wallace says a homosexual “lifestyle” was hazardous to one’s health, like smoking.
Last night on the ABC’s Q&A, Archbishop Jensen did not resile from Wallace’s stance. In fact he welcomed the “opportunity to talk about something significant, namely the question of health risk.”
What do they think is going to happen if homosexuals accept their assertion that their “lifestyle” is indeed a health risk? Give it up?
The most serious health issue for homosexuals is suicide. Witness this question to Archbishop Jensen from the beautiful and courageous Alistair Cornell from Payneham in South Australia:
“I was born and bred Anglican, but at the age of 15 I tried to take my own life. What advice would he give to a 15 year old suffering almost to the point of death, from the rejection of his community about being gay?”
Statistics about youth suicide in the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) community are frightening. They are 3.5 to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general community.
At the heart of this issue is the spurious notion of “lifestyle choice”.
Deciding to work only three days a week is a lifestyle choice. Deciding to move to the country is a lifestyle choice. Deciding not to have children is a lifestyle choice.
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