Monday, March 7, 2011

I am tired of riding at the back of the Christian bus. As long as I breath air, I will stand up when I see gay injustice.

Gay Bashing is personal when you are the one getting bashed
It isn't that I base my entire self worth or image on gay attributes. It is more that I am tired of the laws and the judgments of friends, society, the courts, the schools, the churches, the Congress, the restaurants, the Christians, the media, the police, the judges, the legislatures, the save-marriage people, groups such as AFA and Focus on the Family, Pat Robertson, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, and maybe even secretly people that love me. Injustice of any kind burns a fire in my heart to say the least. I have a personal reaction to it and I have developed my activist reaction to it which is to take on the naysayers and cry foul.

Can you love someone who is gay and also tell them it is against the Bible?
Personally, I have had my limit of people telling me that I am a second class citizen and a person who may go to Hell because I embrace all of my existence. I know that there are those who love me for me. Period. Yet, if asked, and I have asked, Do you think homosexuality is against the Bible? Some of those who love me, will answer yes...it is against the Bible. I have a hard and difficult task in reconciling my very existence with those loved ones who hold that belief. How can a loved one truly love unconditionally when they hold that belief? How can I honestly receive that love when underneath is a current of judgment? If people hated blue eyes, then I could be accepted...as long as I kept my eyes closed. But if I open my eyes, and say I am gay, then here comes the hidden agenda. How can I really trust them? I am not willing to accept that as a term of my relationship with anyone.

Thus is the reason for my stance: It hurts my feelings
It completely kills me inside to know that people I love deeply harbor this viewpoint. I have lost four very dear friends in my life because of the Bible. What should I do? Wake up tomorrow and be heterosexual? Are those the terms of love? I love God and I know He loves me.  You know Jesus got angry at one point and flipped the money tables because he had his fill of religious people. I have reached my tipping point about God's love and I will tirelessly crusade to claim that God loves ALL of us.

I will get up and stand up against gay bashing Christians
I have a deep love for God's children and I show it in my actions and my compassion. But when I see religion come against any of God's children, I get worked up to do something about it. As long as the laws continue to discriminate against gays, I will be on the front line. As long as teens are killing themselves because they are unable to be who they are, I will crusade on their behalf. I will hold Christians to a higher standard.

It is time for the churches and the religious organizations to stop maligning God with their hurtful actions. I will speak out when I see injustices against the gay community. I can't even begin to describe the pain and sadness that the average gay person endures. I love unconditionally- and I have paid a price tag to understand what that love means. Maybe my actions will help lead the way for some child somewhere who won't have to grow up with so much internal suffering and pain because they are gay.

Gays are blamed for hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and the end of the world
I want my family and friends to see and feel what I feel when I read that the world will end because I am a part of the gay world. How many of you have been told the world will end because you are heterosexual? Does my family know how deep a pain it is for me to know that the next crisis in the world is because of the gays? Hurricane Katrina was blamed on the gays. Uganda is passing a death penalty for gays because of the American Christians. The earthquake in Haiti was because of the gays. The tsunami in Thailand was because of the gays. The Westboro Baptist demonstrations are because of the gays. Traditional marriage is threatened because of the gays.

You see where I am going with this? These people specifically target gays...and I am one of those targets. How can I NOT take it personally? So, I blog about it and I take a stand against these people for the sake of those coming up after me. It isn't anger at people that I have; it is anger at the zealots that use God's name to justify their bigotry. I can only hope that it is righteous anger and that I don't fall off the deep end and fail to remember that love should motivate me.

Christian: do you really know your Bible? Can you justify hurting God's children?
So I ask the question of Christians, is homosexuality against the Bible? If that is their opinion, then they are against me. They are against the young teens and kids that will discover their sexuality one day. They are against an entire class of God's children and it is wrong.  I happen to read and study the same Bible that is used to bash people and I also pray to God to use the works of my hands and my brain. I think the question of whether or not we should judge homosexuality is moot. Proper study of the Bible leads to one conclusion: love others as yourself and Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. So I do just that in my personal life and I rise up to defend the lesser of these in my public life.

I will stand up and I will defend the lesser of these
It is no mystery that I am compassionate for the underdog and the lesser of these. I admit my compassion for religious zealots is a bit weak;  because it hurts me to see others get hurt.  As long as I breath air, I will rise up when I see God's children trying to hurt God's children.

2 comments:

  1. Comment from a loved viewer: "that pastor dont know what he talking about, gays are equal as well as straights, mentally disabled, and disabled."

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  2. You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot...then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage...and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner's Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue. As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatant use of the word "Faggot" in his new book "REALLY!?!" Now Freden using the "F" word should get a tacit pass...much like black people using the "N" word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word...(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube "Marc Freden Must Apologize to the Gay Community". Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project - a gay hotline for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?

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