Last updated on: 10/9/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“We recommend following the lead of most physical and mental health professionals, and consider homosexual orientation to be normal, natural, unchosen and fixed.”

ReligiousTolerance.org (accessed July 28, 2006)

Description:

“Unlike almost all other religious WWW sites, we do not advocate any one religion. We are a group whose members follow five different theological beliefs (Agnosticism, Atheism, Christianity, Wicca, and Zen Buddhism). It would be difficult for us to promote any one belief system, even if we wanted to.

Criticism and Opposition: We do not criticize any person or any organized religion for their theological beliefs. However we do censure individuals and groups for any actions which harm people, limit their personal freedoms, or restrict their spiritual, mental, emotional, or physical growth. Thus, we are opposed to racist, sexist, and homophobic activities by individuals and groups.

In short, we are tolerant of the great diversity of religious ideas. However, we are generally intolerant of such practices as discrimination and hatred based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.”

ReligiousTolerance.org (accessed July 28, 2006)

Mission:

The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, attempts to serve the people of the United States and Canada in three areas:

  • “Disseminating accurate religious information,
  • Exposing religious fraud, hatred and misinformation, and
  • Disseminating information on dozens of ‘hot’ religious topics.”

ReligiousTolerance.org (accessed July 28, 2006)

Other:
Nonprofit organization
Quoted in:
  1. Does Buddhism Accept Same-Sex Behavior?
  2. Do Studies Conducted on Homosexuality in Twins Show a Genetic Basis of Sexual Orientation?
  3. What is the Difference between Sexual Orientation and Sexual Preference?
  4. What Is Reparative or Conversion Therapy?