My take: The constant negative derogatory rhetoric about “gays” from those who call themselves religious keeps killing (literally and figuratively) the members of the LGBTQIA+ community. These “religious” people come dressed as Christians, Mormons, Muslims, and Orthodox Jews as well as some of the lesser-known religions such as Zoroastrianism and Baha’i. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism seem to be silent, which, for me, leans anti-LGBTQIA+. I have a sign in my front window that says “Silence Is Violence.”
The most boisterous anti-gay double-talk comes from Roman Catholics, especially some of its hierarchy, who must know that many of their clergy are closeted gay people. How hurtful must the church’s words be for them!
The fundamentalists, who like to use the word evangelical to disguise their fundamentalism, hide their venom behind the robes of Jesus and have zero tolerance for gay people. They cloak their sanctimoniousness with “We love the sinner, not the sin,” which falls into the same category as those who send only “thoughts and prayers” after mass murders. Neither statement means anything useful.
The constant negative verbiage from these groups fuels the fire of homophobia and thus the continual murdering of those whose sexual orientation is not straight heterosexual.
The man who did the Colorado Springs executions was a lapsed Mormon, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he had been brainwashed about the “evil gays” from birth.
Let me share some thoughts:
My Jesus, also my Christ, was all about agape, or unconditional love. This kind of love includes everyone, no matter where they are in their life’s journey or what their sexual orientation is.
Any form of Christianity or pseudo-Christianity that judges anyone can’t really be Followers of the Anointed but instead are self-righteous, judgmental cults who seem to have a long list of those who are not welcome into their club. (I’m one.)
My Jesus never spoke about what goes on in people’s bedrooms. He was too busy building the inclusive Kin-dom of love, the agape kind, and not an exclusive Kingdom of Self-Righteous Bigots who love to tell folks who they can and can’t love. Jesus said it loud and clear: “First take the log out of your own eye” (Matt. 7:5).
Early in my life, I learned that when I point my finger at you, three are pointing back at me, the moral being, don’t point fingers. I can’t stand it when the Roman Catholic Church points its finger at the LGBTQIA+ community as being “unacceptable,” but then its other three fingers are pointing at its own sick history of sexual abuse, pedophilia, and denial.
The shootings and the murders of those in the LGBTQIA+ family will continue as long as the religious and political bigots are allowed to exist. The best we can do is to continually call them out for being who they are: haters of anyone who isn’t a conservative straight white guy.
What are your thoughts?
Peace Love Joy Hope
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