yeho_0shua saidIt's always the non-Xtian religions that accept women and gays first... sigh* When will Xtianify learn?
In a male-dominated culture (almost can use the term patriarchal), especially coming out of the Age of Aries, it was the men (with Mars notions of masculinity) who needed to get their attention off of gory war (back in the Age of Aries, you didn't have the clean kill of the bullet). We did not need women and gay men as priests and we didn't need women and gay men standing on the same status pedestal as testosteroned, competitive men who would otherwise be war-mongers for 1) land, 2) riches, 3) population, 4) politics, 5) population control, 6) ego, 5) irrational testosteroned inclinations/dominance/bullying/revenge, etc.
Maybe after 2,000 years, civilization has reduced the Aries/Mars out of men on some scale. The expensive US-USSR arms race isn't that long ago. Iran, where there are no homosexuals (as per the claim of Ahmedinajad, at Columbia Univ. in what 2008 or 2007) needs to get on board. The New Orleans Saints have violence issues. Religion tempers violence to a certain extent. No matter how religious Texas is, they have a hunger and a passion for tackle football.
Getting men out of jobs requiring hard violent skills as opposed to soft people skills is a good thing. Giving those jobs to women and gays leaves men at the opportunity for corporate, social, domestic, and geopolitical wilding/abuse.