The other side subscribes to the libertine, "anything goes" atheistic philosophy which shows increasing intolerance for what still remains Judeo/Christian and the natural order among these are the institutions of marriage and the family.
The atheistic philosophy is not one of "anything goes". It is one that uses real life evidence to explain why certain choices are better than others that have in many cases severe consequences.
Did you not see that there is a word I used to describe the '"anything goes" atheistic philosophy'?
My point stands.
Telling someone not to do something because they will burn in hell and then promising them the option of a confessional to avoid such hell after a choice is already made sounds like a rather ineffective way to solve societal problems.
Interesting Smoothseas. I hadn't thought of it until you framed it this way. However, oh yes, penance for one's sin (Confession) is indeed Christ's way of solving societal problems. He knew He wasn't going to be physically here on earth with us and so in His Infinite Mercy and Love, Our LOrd Jesus Christ came, redeemed us, set up His Church and gave her priests His own authority to forgive sins.
On the night of His Resurrection, Our Lord appeared to His Apostles in the Upper Room. "He breathed on them and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Spirit. Whose sins ye shall forgive, they are forgiven them; whose sins ye shall retain, they are retained." St.John 20:22-23. There's plenty more too.
We are talking about the sexual act of homosexuality. Any sexual act outside the lawful marriage covenant is a sin, an offense against God's law. Sins cause societal problems.
For the most part, when people commit sins against the virtue of chastity, they know from their conscience and in their heart, they done wrong. For those who acknowledge this and want to obtain forgiveness, forgiveness is offered and given. The healing begins and problems go away. One person at a time.
Societal problems are solved one person at a time.