This short dialog between “Connie” and “Libby” was inspired by a comment left by one of the visitors to this blog site.
Connie: The high suicide rate among gay and lesbian youth is further proof that homosexuality is a deviant, immoral, and self-destructive lifestyle.
Libby: How is that?
Connie: Well, these homosexuals hate themselves for doing what they know is wrong, and so they commit suicide.
Libby: So, if I understand you, homosexuality produces low self-esteem because homosexuals know they are morally derelict, and then they commit suicide out of self-loathing?
Libby: What would you say to a young gay or lesbian person who seems well-adjusted and is not thinking of committing suicide?
Connie: I would tell them how loathsome and disgusting their behavior is and how much God hates it.
Libby: What if they believed you and committed suicide?
Connie: I would just say they confirmed my original point, which is that these suicides among gay and lesbian youth prove that homosexuality is a deviant and destructive lifestyle.
Libby: Then, how would you counsel a young gay man who is thinking of ending his life?
Connie: I’d say, “Don’t do it. Just change your lifestyle, because God finds it abhorrent.”
Libby: Do you think that would be very effective?
Connie: It’s the best I can do. They need to get a grip and clean up their lives.
Libby: What if you told them that they were beautiful and that God loves them just as they are?
Connie: That wouldn’t be true. Why should I tell them that?
Libby: You might say that to help them feel better about themselves so that they would want to continue living.
Connie: Continue living as a homosexual? But I just told you, homosexuality produces low self-esteem and may lead to suicide.