I'm not sure if it's just the times we live in, the conditioning of this particular culture, both, whatever...but I've come to the conclusion that "we" have a love-hate relationship with what I cann "excorcisable sins"; that is to say, those types of "sins" which are so outside of Joe Average's sphere of inclinations and failings, that we can take endless glee in condemning them and those who indulge in them.
This is why America (I'm speaking of her moral-religious conservatives here) both loves and hates it's homosexuals. It hates them for their obvious failing - but loves them because it is one totally beyond the stone thrower's nest of failings. Generally "being into guys" (or for women, being into other women... though this latter one seems to offend us all a whole lot less for whatever reason) is something people perceive as being an all or nothing proposition - hence, we feel safe attacking the queers, without implicating ourselves.
Thus, righteous, right-leaning America has a convienient pinnata...all the while ignoring systematic injustices towards the poor, the system of usury which underlies modern economics, the use and abuse of the third world to sustain our standard of living, endemic dishonesty in both public and private life, rampant divorce and infidelity (both consumated and that of the heart which is now almost universal), etc.
I've had not a few things to say about organized homosexualist activists, theorizing about the roots of homosexualism, etc. I am fully aware that this is a sin, and a contra natural. The way it is underlined however, the amount of print it gets, bothers me. It, and other "uglier" sins (though I find lying pretty ugly myself) are convienient - nice scape goats for all of our problems, the alleged reason why our civilization is falling apart. The truth is of course, these more sensationalistic offences are symptoms of far more basic, ongoing problems which are not so excorcisable - sins we are all guilty of.
Of course, the above thoughts take for granted that the categories involved ("straight", "gay", etc.) are real ones. By in large, I think they're artificial, given the complexity of human behaviour...but I indulge them for the sake of discussion, since this is how people are nowdays (I believe, falsely) choosing to both identify themselves and those around them (and how they're framing the argument.) The truth is that fallen man is a sewer, loaded with all sorts of dark fantasies and ugly thoughts, both acted upon or simply entertained - unfortunately, there's a lot of pretense regarding this...the really bad people somehow always end up being "out there."
Given the "right" circumstances, the eyes of our fellow being averted for a time, or enough social pressure...most of us would have a penchant to indulge in some diabolical crime....becoming the thief, the apostate, the philanderer, the adulterer among other sickly things.