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Please dont make me sound too smart i need a quick response to a discussion board
Arguing against this persons idea.
Discussion Thread: Ethical Application
Ethical Egoism is the ethical theory I will be defending in the stance on LGBTQ issues. Egoism promotes one’s own good as moral, if it does not promote the good of oneself then it is immoral.
Paul is a college-age student whose family is devoutly Christian and attends church regularly. Ever since Paul can remember he has felt different, but he has known he has been attracted to the same sex since puberty. He has never expressed any of these feelings to anyone, he fears the judgment of his peers and the rejection of his family. He has recently met another boy his age in his ethics class who is openly gay, and Paul likes him, he envies his confidence and wants to be able to be himself around everyone as this guy does. Since Paul has been taking this class on ethics, he has realized that he holds a very egoistical view of his lifestyle. He has decided to go to his best friend with the news first and see if she can give him some advice. She tells Paul she understands his feelings and still cares about him as a friend, but she encourages him to build a case for himself and to tell his parents. He starts to build his first argument, he begins by saying, well I know I was born this way, so how can that be wrong? He also knows that based on what the Bible has said about homosexuality that it might seem immoral to most people, but if it makes Paul happy, and he can freely be himself how can anyone hate him for that. After all, everyone wants to be happy and be able to live their lives how they see fit. He knows his father will tell him that the church sees homosexuality as a sin, but his counterargument to that will be  “God loves all people, regardless of profession, political views, race, or sexual orientation”. He knows his father might also say that he is rebelling against God, and it’s only because of the sin that entered the world that there are homosexuals. Paul of course will defend that as well by saying,  “is it immoral to feel a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex if you don’t do so willingly?”. The other concern on Paul’s mind is the natural law opinion of his mother, he knows she will tell him that it is against God’s natural order, because we are intended to marry someone of the opposite sex and procreate. The egoist in Paul will return an argument that many heterosexual couples marry and do not reproduce (have children), you can be in any kind of relationship and still fulfill several other of God’s purposes. The conversation goes around and around in Paul’s head as he has heard many times in his home that homosexuality should be illegal because his parents believed it to be immoral, but Paul has always thought to himself why should everything that someone thinks is immoral also be illegal? Paul also recounts a conversation he heard his pastor talk about,  “freedom of conscience”, which is allowing each person to make their own choices on what is right and wrong. After all, Paul is not hurting anyone by being attracted to men.
The talk with his parents goes well and they choose to accept their son the way he is because they know God has called them to love everyone equally.
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