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« on: January 29, 2006, 12:51:24 AM »

"I went to see this movie because of the good buzz surrounding the performances of the lead actors Heath and Jake. The performances are good and convincing, but the subject matter is the biggest turn off for anyone heterosexual. Certainly this film would Never have gained as much respect if it had featured a normal couple, and this is a tribute to how Hollywood and the left-wing press loves any film that has "diversity" in it. Take out the homosexuality and you have an empty film that has nothing really worthy of merit save the performances of the two leads.

It has been sensibly debuted only in limited theater release and as such is bound to be a commercial failure given it's budget and it's not so great opening weekend. No doubt the Homosexual community want to champion this film. There is also a very off putting love scene that lasts quite a while, that is very difficult to tolerate if you aren't liberal in your ideology. If you want a good film that dals with homosexuality then look at the much better philedelphia with Tom Hanks.

Above all if you want to comment on the film at least make sure you watch it, although this is such a predictably politically correct film that it really has no appeal outside of it's target audience. If you want real morality look at some of the other films on release, and forget this heavily biased propaganda vehicle."
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According to this review, no heterosexual is about to appreciate a film with homosexual characters. That is rather strange, especially how much I not only enjoyed Philadelphia but own it also. We are told that this is a leftist propaganda film but oddly enough, there are a good deal of gay conservatives, both closeted and uncloseted. The reviewer expects this to be a commercial failure but again, strangely enough, it was the #1 movie in America the last time I checked. While this reviewer negatively grades it for featuring characters who are not 'normal', he claims that The 40 Year Old Virgin is 'the best comedy of the year':
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AUITKX16DITVO/ref=cm_cr_auth/103-2266111-0252635?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Now, I haven't seen this film yet and neither do I plan on paying to see it. But I just don't understand why any film would be hated merely for featuring gay characters. It's perfectly okay for a film to feature men who crash weddings to take advantage of young women, this same reviewer seems to highly enjoy Wedding Crashers. But shepherds dealing with their closeted homosexuality and the pain that can cause? No, that's just immoral and sick.ÂÂ  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2006, 01:28:42 AM »

the left-wing press

This may surprise you all in the US, but God is neither a republican nor a democrat.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006, 01:30:50 AM »

This may surprise you all in the US, but God is neither a republican nor a democrat.

No way!  Wink Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2006, 01:47:15 AM »

No way!  Wink Grin
It's true I tell you!
And you know what else? The link between "homosexual" and "left wing" exists only in propaganda.
Homosexuality was punishable with seven years imprisonment and "re-education camps" in Soviet Russia....doesn't get much more left wing than that......
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006, 01:54:04 AM »

This may surprise you all in the US, but God is neither a republican nor a democrat.

Given that God stands outside of space and time, He is neither 'right' nor 'left'. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2006, 03:16:35 AM »

It's true I tell you!
And you know what else? The link between "homosexual" and "left wing" exists only in propaganda.
Homosexuality was punishable with seven years imprisonment and "re-education camps" in Soviet Russia....doesn't get much more left wing than that......

What does left vs. right "wing" mean, anyways?
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2006, 03:48:25 AM »

I definitely wouldn't mind seeing the film, actually.
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2006, 12:09:58 PM »

Hopefully this won't get the thread locked for political discussion... I don't mean to be playing favorites with any particular belief system... if this post went over the line, please edit it or delete it, or just let me know not to go so far again Smiley

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What does left vs. right "wing" mean, anyways?

I'm not sure if you were being facetious, but I imagine there probably are some people wondering that, so... Smiley These terms have different meanings in different countries. In America, left wing refers to the liberal side of political belief, which normally includes a focus on the environment, employment, social programs, and health care; usually this means more government and regulation, but (for the liberals) the added government produced more good than harm. The term right wing in America refers to the conservative side of political belief, and puts it's focus on less government, traditional values, lower taxes, and allowing capitalism to flourish; right wingers essentially believe that if you get the government out of people's lives and let capitalism and humanity do it's work, that people will be better and better off with each passing year. People who are liberal are generally a Democrat, or are in a small group like the Green party; while people who are conservative are generally Republican, or in a small group like the Constitution party. Normally (because of ideology) 35 or so percent of people will vote for Democrats and 35 or so percent will automatically vote for Republicans; thus it's the other 30 percent of people that candidates running for office go for, and thus the reason you see people (both left and right wing) pretending to be someone they're not, in an attempt to convince the moderate center that they are also centrists. Really, someone labeled a "left winger" or "right winger" is hard to elect to the national government; you have to convince people that you aren't too "extreme".
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2006, 05:58:43 PM »

I'm not sure if you were being facetious,

I wasn't actually. I know nothing about politics, I vote for the person who looks like they would do a good job  Tongue

Thanks for the explaination  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2006, 06:23:48 PM »

I definitely wouldn't mind seeing the film, actually.

Hom* Hom* on the range. Oh this is really bad. Forget it.
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2006, 06:34:11 PM »

I wonder if this film attempts to imply anything theological. These are two gay shepherds while Jesus is the 'good shepherd', etc. etc. etc.
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2006, 07:28:06 PM »

I wonder if this film attempts to imply anything theological. These are two gay shepherds while Jesus is the 'good shepherd', etc. etc. etc.

No.
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2006, 11:10:33 PM »

This is a film that invites us to feel sorry for two homosexual and adulterous cowboys, not for the families that are ruined in the wake of their perversion and selfishness. Ang Lee is a good director, so I'm sure the film is beautifully shot and wonderfully produced. I don't think anyone hates this movie because it features homosexual cowboys, but it should be avoided because it subtly attempts to equate what goes on between two homosexuals with what a man and a woman share when they fall in love and marry. There is no equivocation there and no parody, and any attempt to create such ought to be rejected by people who know better.
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2006, 11:20:08 PM »

This is a film that invites us to feel sorry for two homosexual and adulterous cowboys, not for the families that are ruined in the wake of their perversion and selfishness. Ang Lee is a good director, so I'm sure the film is beautifully shot and wonderfully produced. I don't think anyone hates this movie because it features homosexual cowboys, but it should be avoided because it subtly attempts to equate what goes on between two homosexuals with what a man and a woman share when they fall in love and marry. There is no equivocation there and no parody, and any attempt to create such ought to be rejected by people who know better.

It's a propaganda film and I wouldn't mind seeing it for that purpose. Sometimes large rallies and protests work best for spreading propaganda (usually when the majority...or ruling minority...already agrees with you), sometimes more subtle attacks that work away at the fundamental values and notions of men (i.e. homosexuality is wrong) by playing this value against other values your audience holds dear (i.e. freedom and justice), the trick is to show that the value that you want to undermine is the less important of the two...hence the art of propaganda.
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2006, 11:52:06 PM »

They should have just named it "Bendover Mountain" Grin

Are these "pretty boy" cowboys?

Does the gay cowboy foreplay in this movie include the words "Hey boy, you look just like a hog." Followed up by "Come on piggy, give me a ride?"

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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2006, 03:12:22 AM »

They should have just named it "Bendover Mountain" Grin


Actually, the first thought of most when seeing the title was "Bareback Mountain".
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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2006, 03:25:07 AM »


[bible]Ephesians 5:3[/bible]
If people are going to discuss this film on an Orthodox Christian board, could they do so without sinking into language and references more becoming of a brothel keeper or pornographer? I'm not sure where I will find more filth, in the film or this thread.
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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2006, 06:24:17 AM »

[bible]Ephesians 5:3[/bible]
If people are going to discuss this film on an Orthodox Christian board, could they do so without sinking into language and references more becoming of a brothel keeper or pornographer? I'm not sure where I will find more filth, in the film or this thread.

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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2006, 07:22:23 AM »

As an Orthodox Christian who is gay myself, I really enjoyed this movie. I wonder how many of the people on this thread that are condemning it actually have SEEN it? I didn't view it as propaganda at all, although I will respect the opinion of others who view it as such. It is not so much a pro-gay movie as it is simply a movie that HUMANIZES the gay characters and has some sympathy for them. If you follow the movie closely, you will notice that one of the shepherds, Ennis, implies that he is a virgin very early in the movie, before any sexual activity begins. He is obviously a young man that is struggling with his sexual orientation and quite grieved by it. He doesn't want to admit that he is gay and appears quite ashamed of it. He tells fellow shepherd, Jack (who is it implied is sexually experienced in gay things), that he plans to marry in the fall. Ennis is simply doing what ANY man gay man in rural 1960s America would have done at the time: marry a woman to "cure" him of the gayness. We know now that that doesn't work. But you have to remember in the 1960s, homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness. Back then if a young man had the courage to admit that he was gay to his priest or his doctor, generally the advice he was given was to get married and see if heterosexual sex could "cure" him. And this is exactly what Ennis does.  Furthermore, once Ennis gets married, he doesn't frequent gay bars or nightclubs (if even there were any there in rural Wyoming at the time, which I highly doubt). He is, at the beginning, a sincere husband and a loving father to his two children. It is only when he receives the postcard in the mail that Jack will be passing through town, that his gay passions outwardly manifest themselves. When Ennis's wife sees him and Jack kissing on the laundromat staircase, I cried. I felt so terribly sorry for the woman. The whole thing was just such a tragedy. Her heart is broken. She feels betrayed, bewildered, and fearful. And I certainly don't blame her for those feelings. I did NOT rejoice when his wife had her heart torn out like that. Nevertheless, that is a scene that straight Americans NEED to see, because it shows quite pointedly the devastating and destructive effect of that telling gay men to married straight women has: it doesn't work, and it produces heartache and tragedy for all involved. I know when I first confessed to my priest that I was gay, he suggested that I pair myself up with a woman. Perhaps she could "cure" me.  I am so glad I did not. Who would want to be that woman? The experiental guneia pig to cure the man? If I had followed my priest's advice, I could very well have ended up in a marriage like Ennis did, trapped, unhappy and having destroyed a good woman in the process. I get the impression that the Orthodox Church really has no idea how to minister to gay people and wishes we would all just go away. Now when I bring up being gay in confession, all my priest can tell me is "I don't know what to tell you."  So I guess that is the lot of the gay Orthodox Christian, live alone, be depressed the rest of your life, never know love or being loved, and die alone. And don't tell anyone else about it either, or you'll be called a pervert or like one person in my parish referred to me as a "faggot." I find it ironic that the Orthodox Church can condemn gay people, yet offer absolutely no ministries to assist us with our struggles.
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2006, 09:03:50 AM »

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I think you get that idea because we believe homosexuality to be a sin, and it is quite awkward to say so knowing that you will react negatively to that. Have you ever seen an Orthodox priest comfortably tell someone that they are too fat (from gluttony, not genetics), or that they drink too much alcohol? Since each person is different, who would really knows how to minister to such people, until you actually get down to the work of trying to help. Many times, it is probably easier just to sit back and use platitudes from the pulpit or the pew, rather than face the pain, rejection, and possibly rage of someone you respect but think is spiritually harming themselves. The Orthodox Church does offer a "ministry" for gay people: the same one it offers fornicators like me, and adulterers, and all other manner of sinners (which includes everyone). The difference is that the ministry is not some special group with literature like "Living With Homosexuality in the 21st Century Orthodox Church," support groups meeting each Thursday, etc. Orthodoxy offers the sacraments, virtues, etc. Whether that works for you or not is your call, I suppose, but I believe it is incorrect to say that she "offers absolutely no ministries to assist us with our struggles," when the Church's entire existence (at her best if you take advantage of it) is to help assist both you and I in our struggles. This is the internal mission of the Church. Please don't be mad because we are not giving your issue a special classification and recognizing you as being different; made in the image of God, you are of course unique and precious, yet being a human you are nonetheless a sinner just like the rest of us.
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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2006, 09:18:46 AM »

Please don't be mad because we are not giving your issue a special classification
Who do you mean by "we"? Isn't Tikhon our brother, a fellow Orthodox Christian with whom we are united in the Blood of Christ. If, as you say, he is a sinner like the rest of us, why do you seperate "we" from him?
I think you're being a bit simplistic, Asteriktos. After reflecting on what Thikon said, I think, gay people are in a unique position in the Church. They have no choice like the rest of us when it comes to celibacy. Even a former murderer is permitted to fall in love and marry.
So I guess that is the lot of the gay Orthodox Christian, live alone, be depressed the rest of your life, never know love or being loved, and die alone.
Thanks Tikhon, for {yet another) enlightening post. And I always thought the hardest part of being gay would be the prohibitive standards of personal hygiene. Cheesy
I'll try to see the film this weekend and let you know what I think.

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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2006, 09:48:29 AM »

It is interesting to see how the interplay between Orthodoxy and the culture here has created this ackward situation of clergy and laity not knowing how to pastorally support members of the Church who happen to be gay.  On the level of dealing with someone's relationship to the Church and to Christ, the point made above that there is no special classification is right on.  Sinners, all of us.  It is unfortunate when some members of the body decide that one particular sin - extramarital sex - is more grave than the others, and that one form of this sin - extramarital sex with the same gender - is more serious than the other form.  In the process, they a) create a hierarchy of sin that doesn't exist, and b) they group all persons who are gay into a group - often knowingly or unknowingly treating every gay person they come across as a "gay fornicator" - even if their virginity is still intact (and I mean virginity on all levels, not just the physical).
But what adds to this problem of pastors and laity not knowing how to explain Christ's all-encompassing love to a member in need is the fact that they also do not know how to spiritually and emotionally support said member through their unique social situation; and this deficiency magnifies the problems within the relationship between members of the Church!

The end of the epistle reading for Sts. Cosmas and Damian (which was read today) is quite appropos; and let's hope that the unmercenary healers (especially Cyrus and John, whom we commemorate today) can intercede for us that all may be brought to Christ in love:

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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2006, 10:26:49 AM »

They should have just named it "Bendover Mountain" Grin

Are these "pretty boy" cowboys?

Does the gay cowboy foreplay in this movie include the words "Hey boy, you look just like a hog." Followed up by "Come on piggy, give me a ride?"

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy



This is just another attempt among many, by the Hollywood elite in trying to shove homosexuality down the throats of middle America.  Box office reciepts are reflecting the turn off by most Americans.   "Capote" is another although it is a story of Truman in his writings of "In Cold Blood".   Hollywood feels that the more we are exposed to this sordid lifestyle the less sensitive we will become.  They may be right, but who knows.

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« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2006, 10:27:54 AM »

Actually, the first thought of most when seeing the title was "Bareback Mountain".

These guys are not Cowboys, they are Sheepboys.  Where are the steers?
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« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2006, 10:56:23 AM »

I personally think that the Orthodox Church is biased against homosexuals more than other sinners.  Coming from a priest's family background, I have witnessed many times how people ostracize others who they think MIGHT be gay. 

Other sins have fallen by the wayside.  When at one time children out of wedlock was deeply frowned upon, it is now, if not a common sight, then one that you see from time to time.  Luckily, times have changed, and much of the time, these unwed mothers & fathers are welcomed back and supported. 

I also know several people who have served their time in prison for drugs, robbery, etc.  These people are also welcomed back most of the time, with the assumption that they have repented.

Alcoholics, people don't even blink at usually.

Fat people (me included)?  no problem, as long as you don't eat us outta house & home, eat on.

People who are known to lie and cheat are in our midst, and nothing is done about that most of the time.

And yet I've seen people whisper "him, over there, they say he's gay..." and after that, this person is forever suspect.  Guys are more cautious around him, women rarely take them seriously.  Behind their back, things are said.  The person starts to feel estranged from a group of people he's/she's known their entire life.  This leads to depression, anger, and emotions we probably don't even know about because we've never felt that alone. 

It is also assumed that if the person is gay, he/she has acted upon it.  That is between him/her, their priest, and God, just like our sins are. 

And as for this movie... how many people have watched movies like The Godfather or Scarface, and enjoyed it?  Watching people being killed, usually without a second thought.  Movies like that Orthodox people watch every day, and don't give it a second thought.

 I haven't seen this movie, but I've read reviews, and also from what Tihon said, it sounds like a well thought out depiction of people struggling with themselves, just as we all do.  The fact that these 2 men FAILED to resist temptation should have earn them compassion & prayers, not condemnation.
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2006, 12:01:28 PM »

Tikhon, George & Cleveland,

     Thank you all for the wonderfully enlightening posts.  I think something that often perplexes me is the reaction of some within our Church and an apparent lack of compassion for our brothers and sisters.  I find myself asking "where is the love".  Your posts answer a lot.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2006, 12:31:51 PM »

Tikhon, all I have to say is BRAVO!  Grin Cheesy Your perspective is very very very necessary.


Personally, I have not seen this movie because I'm not a fan of Westerns.

However, I do have some expertise and knowlege of the "gay community" because my sister is gay. (Use the advanced search I have posted about this before) It seems to me that Orthodox Christians, clergy included A. do not know how to minister to the gay community B. Have taken thier cue for thier treatment of gays and lesbians from crackpots such as Jerry Falwell who make no bones about shunning, mistreating or otherwise assaulting someone for being gay. C. Have a very backwards view homosexuality. Believing in the "scare em straight" or suggest that they marry someone of the opposite sex

We (Orthodox Christians) need to start showing compassion and kindness towards gays and lesbians who view Christians as one giant hateful lump of humanity.
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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2006, 12:42:45 PM »

This is just another attempt among many, by the Hollywood elite in trying to shove homosexuality down the throats of middle America.  Box office reciepts are reflecting the turn off by most Americans.  ÃƒÆ’‚ "Capote" is another although it is a story of Truman in his writings of "In Cold Blood".  ÃƒÆ’‚ Hollywood feels that the more we are exposed to this sordid lifestyle the less sensitive we will become.  They may be right, but who knows.

As I said, it's a propaganda film, nothing inhrently wrong with that, we may object to what is being advocated but that is not reason to not enjoy the skill and art involved in making any good propaganda film. While I have not seen the movie, from what I understand of it the writers used American values and sensitivities to try and advocate a posistion that is unpopular in the country today, and from what I understand was quite successful at it...that's an artistic accomplishment is to be appreciated, even if you disagree with the politics. Likewise, no objective person could object to the asthetic value and artistic ability of Leni Riefenstahl in Triumph des Willens and Tag der Freiheit which were made for the Nuremberg Rallies, regardless of what is thought of the politics depicted. Art in general, and propaganda art in particular (which is a particular favourite of mine, go figure, but can be harder to be objective about), should be judged on it own merits, it should be judged on whether or not it was successful by its own criteria, not by the criteria of others.
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2006, 01:49:39 PM »

I get the impression that the Orthodox Church really has no idea how to minister to gay people and wishes we would all just go away.

Leaving aside the viewpoint of the Church. Personally, although not a politically correct statement, I wish they would. I am sick to death of the attempt to portray a "gay culture" as "normal". It is no more normal than bestiality is normal.
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2006, 02:43:46 PM »

Leaving aside the viewpoint of the Church. Personally, although not a politically correct statement, I wish they would. I am sick to death of the attempt to portray a "gay culture" as "normal". It is no more normal than bestiality is normal.


First of all, I don't see how you can compare the two. An animal cannot give consent to have sex with a human. A better comparison would be to compare two hetrosexual couples who engage in group sex.

Gay relationships are not "normal" as two men or two women cannot procreate. I won't argue that "gay culture" is not vapid, narcissistic, drug addled and victims of its own lust. However, there are gay people who do not give in to common gay culture. They may be struggling with thier sexuality.   We as christians need to show compassion and your above statement is ignorant and shows no compassion to those that are struggling with homosexuality.
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2006, 02:51:14 PM »

Leaving aside the viewpoint of the Church. Personally, although not a politically correct statement, I wish they would. I am sick to death of the attempt to portray a "gay culture" as "normal". It is no more normal than bestiality is normal.

I don't think anyone who takes the Orthodox faith seriously would attempt to call homosexual sexual activity "normal."  There are, however, people like Tikhon29605 who live, day-in and day-out, with the reality of experiencing a same-sex attraction which will more than likely not just "go away."  They understand the Church's standard of mandatory celibacy and yet they still convert, choosing (I would assume) to take up the cross of denying themselves the satisfaction of acting on their desires.

So the question becomes, istm, not, "Are we attempting to portray a 'gay culture' as 'normal' within the Orthodox Church?" but rather, "Since there are members of the Orthodox Church who struggle with this particular and relatively unknown-about cross, how are we, as brothers and sisters to these people, going to be able to reach out to them in compassion and understanding when we have precious little actual life experience in this area, if any?"
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2006, 03:06:01 PM »


First of all, I don't see how you can compare the two. An animal cannot give consent to have sex with a human. A better comparison would be to compare two hetrosexual couples who engage in group sex.

I didn't say that it was LIKE bestiality - i said that it was as ABNORMAL as it.
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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2006, 04:29:44 PM »

Leaving aside the viewpoint of the Church........I wish they would. I am sick to death of the attempt to portray a "gay culture" as "normal". It is no more normal than bestiality is normal.
Errr.... If you're gonna put aside the teaching of the Church, the same thing could be said about monastic culture, which is also a life against nature. Perhaps we need to not put aside the teaching of the Church. Perhaps what we need to do is listen to the whole teaching of the Church, and not only those parts which suit our agenda.
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2006, 02:49:08 AM »

Anyone who compares homosexuality to beastiality has a lack of sympathy for our gay brothers and sisters.
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« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2006, 03:44:51 AM »

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Sounds like someone has an agenda... Roll Eyes  Both are condenmed by God and the Saints/Church.
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« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2006, 04:26:22 AM »

In that sense, talking with a menstrating woman is condemned by God.
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« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2006, 05:10:01 AM »

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Really? Is that as recent as NT writings such as Romans ch. 1 which condemn you know what? We wouldn't want to offend your 21'st century sensibilities and all the left - wing buddies you hang out with in Seattle so maybe we should just leave it at that.
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« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2006, 06:13:44 PM »

Really? Is that as recent as NT writings such as Romans ch. 1 which condemn you know what?

Homosexuality would not be an exchange of natural desires for the unnatural if people are biologically homosexual.

We wouldn't want to offend your 21'st century sensibilities

Do you mean science?

all the left - wing buddies you hang out with in Seattle so maybe we should just leave it at that.

I live in Eastern Washington, which is one of the most predominantly Republican areas in the nation.
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« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2006, 08:31:30 PM »

Really? Is that as recent as NT writings such as Romans ch. 1 which condemn you know what? We wouldn't want to offend your 21'st century sensibilities and all the left - wing buddies you hang out with in Seattle so maybe we should just leave it at that.

Why do you keep making comments about the "left-wing"? You were warned about it earlier. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8146.msg106691#msg106691
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« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2006, 09:29:08 PM »

Well that will teach me for trying to come to the Church's defense! Sorry, won't happen again. Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2006, 04:45:06 PM »

I think that with most of these negative responses, it has more to do with personal prejudice then "defending" the Church's teachings. Many hide behind the Church''s teaching if they think it fits in with a particular "hate" of theirs. 
  Tikhon, you are an inspiration and thank you for speaking up!!! 
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2006, 10:28:33 PM »

Ditto my last post. With emphasis. Smiley
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« Reply #42 on: February 14, 2006, 05:02:56 PM »

Many hide behind the Church''s teaching if they think it fits in with a particular "hate" of theirs. 

Word.  Cool
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« Reply #43 on: February 14, 2006, 10:26:23 PM »

I guess it's easier for some people to make vague, ignorant comments about people they know almost nothing about, than to actually try and discuss an issue or refute someone's points.

Hey, I was right, that is easy! I should do that more often. Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2006, 11:05:57 AM »

I'll try to see the film this weekend and let you know what I think.
Well, it's been three months, but the movie finally came to our local theatre here in country NSW yeaterday (yes, life runs at a rather slower pace here in our little mountain village) , and I went and saw it tonight.  Excellently shot. Beautiful landscape. But possibly the most challenging and depressing film I've seen. I need a cognac....
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