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January 1992

God, Gays, and Health Care Provision

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900 S Adams Nevada, MO 64772

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(1):12. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160130014006

Sir.—I am writing with regard to a letter by Dr Fikar and Ms Koslap-Petraco published in the March 1991 issue of AJDC.1 They do well to point out that gay youth have significant problems, including a high rate of suicide. They are indeed "valid and wholesome human beings." We do need to be concerned about these teenagers.

The authors are mistaken, however, in their assertion that "it is perfectly acceptable to be gay." Those of us who are Christians need to point out that God hates homosexuality. This is made clear in Leviticus 18:22, which calls homosexuality an "abomination." Even more condemnatory is the passage in I Corinthians 6:9 that declares that homosexuals will not be found in the kingdom of God. No wonder gays are depressed!

We do young people no favor by helping them to "feel good about themselves" when they are involved in homosexual behavior.

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