Love and Let Love or Bully and Let Bully

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Echoing the sentiment of some of my recent posts, I want to share a really poignant excerpt from John Shore’s blog. He captures, in a way I don’t think I’ve seen, the danger of most religious messages against homosexuality.

Virtually all sins share a crucial, defining, common quality. Because that quality, which is present in every other imaginable sin, is utterly missing from being or acting gay, insisting on putting homosexuality into the same category as every other sin is like gluing wings on a pig, and insisting it belongs in the category of “bird.” It doesn’t. It can’t. It won’t. Ever.

Here is that Big Difference between homosexuality and other sins: There is no sin I can commit that, by virtue of committing it, renders me incapable of loving or being loved. I can commit murder. I can steal. I can rob. I can rape. I can drink myself to death. I can do any terrible thing at all—and no one would ever claim that intrinsic to the condition that gave rise to my doing that terrible thing is that I am, by nature, simply incapable of giving or receiving love.

No one tells the chronic drinker, or glutton, or adulterer, or any other kind of sinner, to stop experiencing love. Yet that’s exactly what so many Christians are insisting gay people do.

When you tell a gay person to “resist” being gay, what you are really telling them—what you really mean—is for them to be celibate.

W hat you are truly and actually saying is that you want them to condemn themselves to a life devoid of love.

Be alone, you’re demanding. Live alone. Don’t hold anyone’s hand. Don’t snuggle on your couch with anyone. Don’t cuddle up with anyone at  night before you fall asleep. Don’t have anyone to chat with over coffee in the morning.

Do not bind your life to that of another. Live your whole life without knowing that joy, that sharing, that peace.

Just say “no” to love.

Be alone. Live alone. Die alone.

The “sinful temptation” that Christians are forever urging LGBT people to resist is love.

Being, of course, the one thing Jesus was most clear about wanting his followers to extend to others.

Can we stop with this cruel idiocy already?

And Kathy Griffin, of all folks, echoes that sentiment quite well: “It’s trickle-down homophobia.”

Meanwhile, folks like Sen. DeMint are echoing what should be archaic demonizations of gay people suggesting they shouldn’t be teachers. Unsurprisingly, the AFA’s Bryan Fischer agreed. Sorry, boys, the Briggs Initiative failed a good 30 years ago.

We need to take responsibility and move forward or ignore the problem and let the bullies keep us in a permanent cycle of regression.

Love and let love or bully and let bully… you can’t have it both ways.

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