But Dana wondered what those who disagreed with Simon would say about his opinions. Trying to force his religion onto others, that’s what many would probably claim, she thought. Except that accusation seemed strange now, unfair, unbalanced. Because it’s not the presence of same-sex attraction that’s in question, Dana realized. It’s whether we should accept it or resist it. And how do we answer that question? How do we decide ‘should’?
Then she remembered what Simon had said about values. Should we resist? People answer that question based on their values, she thought, and those values are not all the same. But isn’t the source of our values always religion in one way or another? Not necessarily a formal religion—complete with churches, rites, and scripture—but often an informal one instead, an informal religion whose core can never be proven through science or reason, an informal religion whose beliefs are no less subjective than anything taught from a pulpit.
Which means there are two competing religious beliefs, she thought: the one preaching acceptance of our attractions being imposed now over the one recommending resistance. And why? Is it because the idea that we should accept our same-sex attraction is any more objective than the idea that we should resist it? No, that isn’t why, she said to herself, remembering more of Simon’s words from the day before. No, it’s just more fashionable, that’s all. It’s conquering the other point of view because it’s more popular, because it’s being pushed by prettier people, more powerful people. And the impact is everywhere. Who would agree with Simon today? Who would dare? Dana didn’t know.