Mr Craig told 3 News that people choose to be gay rather than being born that way, many as a result of being abused as children.
Many years ago, I had a gay friend who confessed to me one night that he was planning to have one last night with his friends before killing himself. That was the beginning of a one very long night where I found out more about his life that I would have ever guessed, where he also told me he had been sexually abused by both male and female relatives during his life. I don't really know much more as my focus was more on helping him with his will to live at the time, rather than anything else.
Also, my co-blogger Fletch, posted a New Zealand study found that those that identified as gay or lesbian were three times more likely to have been abused as children. (link to press release)
Updated to add: Of course, this does not mean that every person who has experienced same-sex attraction was abused as a child!
However, I have some sympathy with where David Farrar is coming from with regards to this issue. A person cannot choose who they are attracted to, which is what David is getting all heated up about. But, I want to add, a person can choose what they do with that attraction. Sometimes an attraction is just a temptation to be overcome and is best treated as such. If it's acted upon, then it opens the door to attractions of a similar nature. Which is really where Colin Craig is coming from.
So, why have Colin Craig's comments raised such a reaction? Monsignor Charles Pope says it best:
Welcome to tolerance as defined by secular radicals. In their lexicon “tolerance” is “your right to agree with me.” Live and let live” means, “you have the right to live only where I say.” “Bigotry” applies only to the classes they say are oppressed. “Phobia” (as in Homophobia) applies only to those who oppose their agenda. “Hate” only exists against the classes they I say who are “protected” and have defined as oppressed. It is never possible for religious or social conservatives to be the object of hate since hate only comes from social conservatives.My advice to Colin Craig, if he reads this blog, is don't back-pedal. If you're going to say controversial things, say them and make no apologies. The liberals are going to tear you apart anyway, so it may as well be for what you really believe rather than just a softened version. You'll get far more respect that way.
Related links: Colin Craig – being gay is a choice due to child abuse ~ KiwiBlog
Colin Craig: 'Gay parents not good role models' ~ 3News
What do Social Radicals really mean by Tolerance? ~ Monsignor Charles Pope