This week I began my last first week at Texas Tech and I found it kinda funny/depressing that this is the first time in six years that I can expect to see not one of my friends, well maybe one, that I started this journey with around campus. Then in my Cell Bio professor opened the class with this video….Definetly brightened my spirits.
In the recent weeks there has been an unfortunate string of suicides involving young homosexuals around the country. Seeing this in the news, both local and national, has made me question how someone so young can decide on their own sexuality. The one case that stands out to me involved a local 13 year old boy. The nature of the case is of no importance in this discussion, so with respect to the young boy I will not divulge the details, but my question is how can someone so young decide they are gay? Does it come down to a conscious decision or is it an innate genetic trait?
As a man of faith and science it is hard for me to fathom both the possibility of homosexuality being genetic or in a higher powers hands. By no means am I one to judge or condemn those who lead this particular life. I would not want anyone to judge my choices in life or arrive at preconceived ideals about me from my innate characteristics; like skin color, but I am curious as to the argument of those on the other side of this on going and probably never ending debate.
As a man of faith, I believe that God made woman from man, for man. Adam was in search of a partner/helper and none of the animals would suffice so God made Eve from Adam’s rib. In later books of the Bible it is written most plainly that homosexuality is forbidden by God. As a Christian I question; how can those who choose to lie with the same sex claim that they are born without any other option? Are those who choose to enter same sex relationships not Christians or are they non believers of the Lord? If they are believers in God, what is their supporting argument behind what they claim to be unavoidable?
As a man of science, from an ecological standpoint, a species life-value is directly reflected from the amount of progeny or offspring produced. The purpose of an organism is to pass on the most successful traits that ensure survival to the next generation. Leading a homosexual lifestyle is non-advantageous to the human species as a whole. Why would the genome of a particular species evolve in such a way that is potentially detrimental to its existence. I am not saying that homosexuality is going to force humans into extinction, but from a scientific standpoint how can it be an innate characteristic?
With these arguments as my support I believe those who lead a homosexual lifestyle have chosen to do so. If you believe otherwise I would like to hear your thoughts. I began this discussion with the hopes that everyone’s thoughts could be heard and considered. I hope that with this discussion comes an understanding of why both heterosexuals and homosexuals have the beliefs that they do. But one thing I do know, is like it or not, more and more young homosexuals are gaining the courage to expose their lifestyle but may be too young to understand the burden that comes in tow. It is important that we as a society do not chastise those who lead this life. Under no circumstance is it okay to murder a young child, and although you may not physically end their life, bullying and emotional torture of LGBT teens means you might as well have been in the room with them at that fateful moment because your words will be.
The Biggest news of the Big XII South this weekend was the fall of the Longhorns to the UCLA Bruins. In a showdown between the #7 Longhorns and the un-ranked Bruins, the Bruins were able to pull off the upset…in Austin, Texas nonetheless. In the debate over which state produces the top football players with Florida, Texas, Ohio, California, and Oklahoma being in the mix, the score was settled in regards to California v Texas with over 80% of both teams being compiled of state natives respectively.
The story of the game was turnovers for UT and the strong rushing game displayed by the Bruins led by Johna Franklin. On the other hand, the rushing game for the Longhorns failed to ever gain liftoff with only 85 net rushing yards to the 264 and 3 touchdowns put up by UCLA. With UCLA having one of the weakest rush defenses in the NCAA it was a shock to see the Bruins defend the speed of Whitaker along with the rest of the Texas backfield. Although the quarterback for UT, Garrett Gilbert, did manage to gain 264 yards through the air, Gilbert and his receiving core only found the end zone once in 45 attempts, while the “Fresh Prince of Los Angeles” Kevin Prince only needed 9.
In my attempt to give an unbiased opinion (as Red Raider alumni) I believed at the start of the season the Big XII South Title was up for grabs between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University. With the coveted Red River Shoot Out next week at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Mac Brown and the Longhorns are going to have to go back to the drawing board and find a way to get the offensive front four to use their size to dominate smaller defensive lines, in order to allow Whitaker to reach the second level, and let him make the plays and take the pressure off the first year starter Garrett Gilbert. The now #21 Longhorns have their work cut out for them going up against an unbeaten Sooner team whose defense has managed to force and recover six fumbles along with six interceptions. Can the Longhorns turnaround and upset the Sooners or will Boomer Sooner take hold of the reins of the Big XII South?