It is safe to say that neither the Bible as we know it nor the Qur'an endorse homosexuality. While the Bible specifically condemns it, the Qur'an makes no mention but nevertheless in Islam it is regarded as a form of adultery .While I do not support this view, in general the scriptures do not condemn an attraction but they do condemn the decision to act upon it. The closest the Bible comes to condeming thought rather than action is when JC
condemns divorce other than on grounds of the wife committing adultery and it is not clear whether his objection is based on morality or the fact that the woman might be left destitute. However the mere thought of lusting after someone else other than one's wife was regarded as sin. George Orwell might have had a word or two to say on that, not so much the wife bit but the thinking.
While you may question why any one who is not gay can understand how these passages can affect those who are, I can only counterpose, how can many people who profess to be Christian nevertheless be welcoming of people who are gay? Perhaps they concentrate on other parts of scripture, that they see as being essential.
Perhaps we (all of us) should judge by what people do, rather than by what JC
is reported to have said. As mentioned before, it does not matter what people call themselves as long as they treat others with respect and without ill will.
Religion is not just about rules.It may posit a God as being the source of good behaviour but it does provide a basis for ethics and morality. Note that I do not subscribe to the view that without religion there can be no ethics or morality. Religion typically goes further and embraces fields that became seperated into philosophy, etc, etc,
To criticise religion as being ascientific is one thing: to condemn it for providing rules is absurd because every other political philosophy does the same. To criticise indvidual rules, or the source of rules, is one thing but criticise setting of rules is ridiculous if only for the reason that without rules society is impossible.The major issue is whether rules are blindly enforced from above or whether they are accepted after considerstion by the electorate.
[Edited 2013-10-27 13:06:07]