I've been deeply hurt by the judgment and anti-gay discourse of Christian communities. I still can't believe what I hear coming out of the church -- no pun intended. But a few months ago I started a challenge to go back to church.
I have a pastor friend who is now stuck leading a huge church from which he would be fired the moment he so much as intimated that he was thinking about changing his position on the gay issue.
Looking back, I can't help but laugh at the irony of the situation. We failed to see eye-to-eye on the simplest of doctrines, but had zero problem meeting crotch to crotch in the middle of the night.
It is time for those who see little or no theological validity in the blessing of same-gender partnerships to stop pitting the presence of God's grace in committed LGBT relationships against the "weak" consciences of Christians "over there" who supposedly cannot handle it.
When a white, atheist psychotherapist has lunch with the founder of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), they each get food for thought.
I find the belligerent blame-thrower much too regularly in the church. Something goes wrong and this person's default posture is "it's not me; it's you."
The evidence for the existence of anything like modern day monogamous gay unions in that time is sketchy at best. I love my Bible as much as any evangelical and I think there's a great case to be made that the Bible is simply silent regarding same-sex covenantal unions.
Within the Christian community, there are those who believe we are being discriminated against. However, no one is pushing legislation that excludes Christians from basic legal rights in the U.S.
The final minute of a Lars von Trier movie threatens to make or break every other frame of the preceding spectacle, to justify or condemn all that led up to the punch line.
What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.
When exactly did folks begin using the bible as an excuse to hate everyone who isn't white, Christian, male and straight? I mean, if I should be killed simply because I'm gay and the bible said so then surely they should meet that same fate for their actions right?!
It's our duty as Christians to communicate that love to the queer community. If the queer community is telling you we're not getting that message -- something needs to be changed.
Again and again, we are reminded that horror stories are happening every day to those unfortunate individuals trapped in rural, conservative parts of America.
Rev. Manning's homophobia is dangerous and is an affront not only to historic Harlem, but also to the Christian tradition. I am not saying Rev. Manning should be run out of Harlem, but I am saying that it is worthy of some thought.
I'm a victim of the messages we get hundreds of times a day telling us subliminally and literally that sexual activity is the gold standard and if you're not having any, you're missing out. You're marginalized. Your life is stagnant. How liberating would it be to just let that go?
Many religious leaders have boldly objected to the spurious use of religion to justify bigotry and discrimination. At the core of religion is a celebration of human dignity, uniqueness and diversity. Each person in his and her own way is created in the image of the Divine.