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This is one of the articles on Orthodox Wiki that doesn't read like an encyclopedia article. The opening section has a rather "preachy" tone to it. Also, it includes the claim that "In either case, any practicing Orthodox Christian cannot at the same time be a practicing homosexual." Clearly this isn't a true statement; there are practicing homosexuals who are also practicing Orthodox Christians. The statement could give the false impression that the Orthodox Church doesn't include sinnners in its membership, or that the author thinks that practitioners of this particular sin do not or should not belong to the Orthododox Church. The statement also runs counter to the linked article by Fr Joseph Huneycutt, which refers to a gay man saying "It took the man a couple years to become Orthodox, but another 10 years to become celibate." The Church is a hospital for sinners, and we are rarely healed overnight. --[[User:Fr Lev|Fr Lev]] 11:26, August 22, 2006 (CDT)
 
Perhaps the section on the Church's view on homosexuality is too preachy. But would you not agree, Father, that the act is unequivocally considered sinful? If my last sentence sounded condemnatory, that wasn't my intent; instead, it was meant as a clarification of the ambiguous nature/nuture debate discussed immediately before. I accept that it takes time to overcome one's passions (God knows I have enough myself) and that indeed one may be Orthodox while struggling to overcome such tendencies. The point, though, is that they ''are'' struggling and realize that the act is wrong. I've modified the article to say that Orthodox "should not" be gay instead of absolutely "cannot." If you can express this better, please do so (this is not a challenge, I speak sincerely).
 
Also, about the encyclopedia style: Orthowiki isn't meant to be completely "neutral" as is wikipedia. In my opinion, it wouldn't be Orthodox if we didn't give the un-PC view on contentious moral issues that affect the lives of the faithful. Just my two cents; sorry if I offend. [[User:Gabriela|Gabriela]] 23:08, August 22, 2006 (CDT)

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