That's the message the former Grand Haven man is trying to put across in his latest VanAllsblog, "Is/Ought Fallacy of Human Sexual Identity." Difficult title, and a long blog. So you've been warned.
But it's easy to dig into Van Allsburg's thoughts as he leads into the message with a reminder of one of the "Seinfeld" show's funnier moments:
"We remember the humorous story when George Costanza got his massage from a handsome, blond male, and how something happened that disturbed George. The close contact of the masseur's hands near the divergence of George's body caused a modest, yet significant enough sensual reaction in him, with the result of George's questioning his sexuality. Jerry confirmed with George that no, only a response to direct convergence affirms that one is a homosexual.
"George, you're off the hook! Just because something 'is' (an experience), doesn't mean it 'ought' (a practice) to be that way," Van Allsburg wrote.
Another warning: While he doesn't believe homosexuality itself is a sin, he does believe one's mental life and actions do come under the scrutinity of God. That's a hot topic among Tribune letters to the editor and online comments.
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