Mike Foutz claims (Letters, Herald, July 8) "homosexuality is wrong - plain and simple." It's neither plain nor simple. It's not clear if Foutz is saying that the knowledge of right and wrong comes naturally from within oneself or whether recognizing right from wrong comes from a written code of religious law - the Judeo-Christian Bible.
Assuming that Foutz claims right and wrong are determined by the tenets in the current version of the Bible (it has changed often in 2000 years), which is likely since he quotes from it, we have a dilemma.
He assumes the Judeo-Christian Bible is the undisputed truth by which all of life should be directed. It isn't. He assumes that all humans believe that the Judeo-Christian Bible is the holy word of God that everyone should subject themselves to. They don't. He assumes that the moral authority of the universe is the Judeo-Christian God who judges and condemns those who fall short in his eyes. It isn't.
I think it's swell that Foutz and his fellow Christians have found a system of morality they are comfortable with and which they use to direct their lives. But for him to assume and assert that this same law has authority in the lives of those who don't subscribe to it is plainly and simply wrong.
There are millions of people in America who, by choice, do not embrace the Bible as their moral compass. There are billions of people on this planet who don't adhere to the Judeo-Christian code of right and wrong. And there have been countless more throughout the ages who have not followed the Judeo-Christian code as their ethical guide.
Are all these people doomed to hell? According to the Judeo-Christian Bible they are. Does that make it true? No. Non-Christians the world over, especially gay ones, have endured the moralizing of Christians ad nauseam. I suggest Foutz and others with similar beliefs enjoy them quietly among themselves and leave those of us who choose other paths of morality alone.
Chris Brussat, Durango