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.
I cannot fully understand what it means to be an LGBT Costa Rican (or an LGBT Latino, for that matter) because I don't live here and I'm not Latino. Still, I do believe that there are certain things that we LGBT people around the world who have grown up in a faith community have in common.
It took me a long time to grasp this complexity, and I am still discovering what it means for me. I am grateful for those who help me know I dwell in a place of both/and, not either/or, where I can appreciate the wholeness of God and every human being.
As a father to older adopted children, I can attest to the horrors of trauma and the difficulty in reversing such trauma. This is why care and love of our children is imperative.
As I read HB2153, it seems to care more about protecting exclusion than about creating a society where all citizens have equal rights under the law
There is a deplorable and tragic common thread that ties together recent, global acts of oppression against LGBT people: Christian complicity.
In my view, contemporary Christianity has become a form of idolatry. More specifically, many African Americans seem to have an idolatrous relationship to the Bible: they worship the Bible versus worshiping God.
There is absolutely no excuse for this sort of statement. It's wrong. It's damaging. And it promotes the incredibly harmful attitudes that result in physical and spiritual violence.
Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?
Whether you believe one is to spell 'grey/gray' with an 'e' or 'a' or if it is okay or not okay for a Christian to be in a relationship that is gay... may we all rest assured that this is all a part of learning what it minds to love the Lord with all of our minds, heart and strength.
Deconstruct these debates and the motivation behind the opposition to both evolution and LGBT people in the Church is clear: fear. It is a fear of falling down the "slippery slope" which changes long-held positions "supported" by scripture.