Saturday, January 20, 2007

Follow up

Follow up to my post last night about the movie For The Bible Tells Me So and Daniel Karslake:

As I sat and read some of the background on this movie and the people who came together to get it done, several passages in the background story jumped out at me:

"Last week I bought the gun. Yesterday I wrote the note. But last night I happened to turn on your show and just knowing that someday I might be able to go back into my church, I threw the gun in the river. My mom never has to know."

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“That email from the young man in Iowa was the first of hundreds of emails I got from gay and lesbian people from across the country who felt so rejected and condemned by their own churches that they had considered or were still considering taking their own lives,” Karslake recalled recently.

I just have to ask myself how so many prominent religious leaders can live with themselves. And believe you me, those that are guilty are well aware of the anguish and destruction their vehement anti-gay, hateful, homophobic rhetoric is causing and they don’t give a sh*t. It is too great a rallying cry, too profitable, and the prefect “cause célèbre” for keeping the sheeple united and compliant to give it up.

My question is this: Why do we still consider these hate-mongers Christian? Their behavior is anything but Christ-like.

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2 comments:

Tom said...

Being gay and having been raised Catholic I have asked that question also. I had tears in my eyes when I read your post The Day We Found Out. The part that hit me was when you said that your son really thought that you wouldn’t love him. That’s exactly the way I felt. Even though I came out late in life, I was so unsure of how my family would feel and would react. My parents acted the way they raised me. They said they loved me and that it didn’t matter. I know it wasn’t an easy thing for them to deal with. To me they did what Christians are suppose to do, they Love one another. Thank you for sharing your story

Pisco Sours said...

And on a similar note, I found this letter to the editor in the Boston Globe and immediately thought of you.