I finally got HB to take a nap. I also got Mammita to take a nap. I figured that they would be out of sinc since HB usually takes one at 12 noon and then again at 4, but not today. He was too wired. I ended up putting him and Mammita down just now. This is usually when Mammita sleeps.
I went to MOPS today. That's where I picked up Mammita. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a non-denomination mom's group. Today they had someone come in from a group that deals with elections and candidates. It was an interesting talk, but you know me. I'm already a politically charged battery. I'm so glad that I left to feed the baby because it took every ounce of my being to not say how ridiculous. I mean she was good in the sense that she talked about parent's should have right's about what should and should not be taught in a public school system to their children. But to some extent, parents can't regulate everything. If they want a child to learn a particular set of values, you won't find that in a public school. The other alternatives are homeschooling and parochial school. Sorry. That's just the facts. Although the King and King book that was required reading in Massachusetts is a bit extreme. I think some highly politically charged things should be allowed to opt out of.
Anyways...this brought us to our discussion groups. We talked about some of the other topics and then I mentioned that I'm Catholic (and a muscian so I know a lot of gay people). I said that I was taught that it was the act that was wrong (gay sex) and that being gay was okay. Someone asked if that wasn't being hypocritical. Then I had to get into the teachings on the church. You know where every sex act must have two components: love and procreation (openness to life). And that's why Catholics don't do BC. I said the attraction part is okay. Well someone misunderstood my definition of "attraction" and took that to mean lust. She said "well I follow the Bible and it says that this is wrong even for heterosexuals. It's adultery."
Attraction, my friends, is not adultery. I had to bit my tongue hard and just let it slide. But in my mind I kept thinking. So you're attracted to your husband, but you love him so it's not lust. Right? Attraction is feeling drawn to someone or something. I'm attracted to music. I'm attracted to blogging. I'm attracted to some of my best girl friends because their funny and whatnot. Does that mean I want to go sleep with one of them? No, it's not that type of attraction. Lust is a perverted form of attraction. It's where you feel nothing for a person except in a sexual way. I'm attracted to my husband and I love him. I feel more for him beyond the sex.
So yes, homosexuals can feel attraction for a person of the same sex, as strange as that may sound. It's the act and perverseness against God's law to be lustful of a person that things go wrong. God intends us to be attracted to someone (hey, we don't have arranged marriages here). He expects that attraction to turn into love, not lust. And lust isn't just gay marriage or gay sex. Lust is premarital sex and co-habitation.
But I think the thing that bothered me most about the whole conversation was the fact that she said "well, I follow the Bible." Is it a common misconception that Catholics don't follow the Bible? Because we do. I read it and have all my life. Biblical interpretation and theology is something else entirely. If she interprets passages differently than myself or the Catholic faith, fine. No problem. But if she is meaning that she follows the Bible and I don't. I get a little upset. No, I don't follow her denomination's interpretation. But then so don't the Anglicans, Lutherans, and Orthodox faiths. I believe, I could be wrong, that all of them have no problem with gays just with the perverseness of gay sex. And as far as I understand things, we all follow the Bible and it's teachings just what those are exactly are up for debate.
Sorry, had to get that off my chest. It upset me to think that someone really thought that a theological difference meant that I didn't "follow the Bible."