Well, folks, this post is bound to get me in trouble. I seldom write about controversial topics, or if I do, I elide from one stone to another, in order to not offend. This very well may be the first time I’ve stated, unequivocally, in a non-joking matter, that I am for or against a controversial topic. Well here it is:
I believe that lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals should be accorded the same rights and dignity as everyone else in American society. I think they should be allowed to marry, to file joint tax returns, to visit one another in their hospital deathbeds, enjoy health benefits of a family member, to be beneficiaries of estates (upon death of a same-sex spouse), and every other right accorded the supposedly-normal population of the the USA.
I know. I can’t believe I’m saying it either. Stop reading if you will. I won’t be offended.
We in the church are so thoroughly offended by the sin of homosexuality that we’ve invested millenia ostracizing, punishing, and and executing members of the LGBT. We’d be better served as a Church loving these people, rather than marginalizing them as half-citizens.
Not that it’s relevant in the slightest, but I’m not gay. I have always had LGBT friends. My two closest male friends are gay. I’ve hired gay employees, knowing full well it was against “the rules” at my job to do so. I’ve one good friend who’s undergone a sex-change. He’s doing very well, thank you. In 1988, I approached my alma mater, and asked if I could form a group to minister to to victims of AIDS and HIV (back in those days, I still used ridiculous terms, like “minister” as a verb). I was given a cold stare, plunked down in an uncomfortable chair inside a dimly-lit room full of pamphlets about “those” kinds of people, and was left alone to really learn what we were talking about. Funny, I thought they were just people; people who were dying by the thousands, in fact. Since I received such a noncommittal response to my attempt, I eventually left the room and never inquired again.
The attitude hasn’t changed. Just this morning, I read this comment at my (evangelical Christian) Alumni forum: “Now, should you accept gay couples in churches, I dont think so, but I would never ban them from hearing the word of God.” So what do they do in order to be accepted into the Fold? Revoke their beloved partner? Turn from the gay lifestyle? Stop thinking gay thoughts? When, if ever, do we let them in the doors?
I’m sick to death of slippery slope arguments, like Sen. Rick Santorum’s “homosexuality –> other forms of sin –> polygamy –> bestiality.” Santorum has managed to get his due. Just Google his last name and see what the search brings up. This also seems to be a prevailing thought in other elected officials. We hear from Rep. Michelle Bachmann, how they’re living in “bondage and slavery”. It trickles down into the hearts of our churches. Just today I read (also on my alumni forum) “So… where does this stop? Will the next betrayed and chastised group be pedophiles? Will California then pass laws saying pedophiles are okay and can marry?” I want to ask, when will you stop comparing LGBT individuals with pedophiles and goat-fuckers? Are you that fascinated by sex that you’ve reasoned this out? You really need to get laid. *sigh*
It makes me sick. Just look at the pictures I posted. These are real, living, breathing humans, who were given the “what for” by individuals who are unwilling to accept the fact that approximately 1 in every 12 people in the Western world is gay. Narrowminded folk still insist it’s a simple as shutting off a switch in their “perverted” minds, and they’d be “normal”.
Let it be known, people, I’d rather be “perverted” than associated with a group of people who did ^^^^ that to Damian Furtch, just three months ago.
I know this post has done little good to change minds. I just needed to put my own thoughts to rest, or I won’t get anything done at work today. If I’ve offended you? Well, frankly, good. Ask yourself why. Don’t stop there. Ask yourself if you’re 100% sure you’re right. Are you really, truly completely right? Do you have any supporting evidence that you’re right, other than a gut feeling, and a musty two-millenium-old set of writings?
Please. Think people. I’ll tell you what marginalization leads to: it leads to the six photos I posted today, and worse. Can you really love your neighbor? Or is your brand of religion only good for inciting your congregants to beat the shit out of them.
Please. Use your heads–not your reproductive organs or your bibles–to reason this one out. It’s the right thing to do.
[Note: For most of the post, for brevity’s sake, I’ll used the word “gay” interchangeably with LGBT, which I still have to look up online, to make sure I’ve got the letters in the correct order.]
[Another Note: All the images in this post were chosen from a Google image search using the phrase “Gay bashing”. They were chosen without going to a second screen of photos.]