Many DN readers may not know it, but Salt Lake City is famous for its Gay
homeless - sometimes estimated to be 40% of the homeless population. Most of
these are kids who could not fit in to their mormon homes, because they could
not conform, and either had to leave or were booted out. Of course, like young
homeless everywhere, they often turn to drugs and prostitution.I am
glad that recent church policy reminds everyone to love Gay folks. Many do not
understand that "always being different from the family and community"
and "never seeming to be the kid your parents wanted" can cause a lot of
mental/emotional problems that would never be there if unconditional love and
acceptance had been in their homes, schools, and churches.I think
Jesus would like all of us to buy a street kid a sandwich and see if he/she is
ready for help, but not ask them to get over their wounds until they are ready
to take help. I also think that He would not give them a speech about being
"afflicted with same sex attraction", because He knows they are just as
God made them.
Bob KThank you for the good points you make in your letter...but I have
never questioned the sexual orientation when helping a homeless or needy person.
Never seen the point of it, and with all due respect...I am just wondering
what purpose your letter serves?