Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just Stop

It is time for the religious people to just shut up about things that are none of their business. Mostly I am yelling at fundamentalists, Catholics and Mormons who do not like the idea that two people of the same gender can love each other. Just. Shut. Up.

You jabber about how abominable it is to be gay. You go on and on about the evilness of "the gay agenda". If there is a gay agenda I think it is just to have the same rights as anyone else. This is the 21st century and it is high time to put away the Bronze Age myths.

Mormons have their very own scandal involving Boy Scouts and sexual abuse. The Church did little to protect children -- the same children that claim are harmed by having two parents of the same gender. That is sick. Perhaps to a bigot it s better to be raped than to be in a family with two dads or two moms.

There are any number of fundamentalists who have harmed kids. Mojoey has a huge catalog of their sins on his Deep Thoughts blog. We see that in many cases these ministers are serial abusers. And the churches cover up for them. Disgusting. And yet to these "godly" folks a loving family with same-gender parents is too horrible to think about.

Do I even need to say anything about the Catholic Church? If you have missed that scandal you have been a little out of touch. Many people have come out of the abuse closet to relate to the rest of us the appalling things done to them by priests. And the horrible pope knew what was happening; he could have prevented many rapes and yet he did not. How evil. And sickening. But this bastion of all that is holy is opposed to same gender marriage.

This fall there have been way too many (one would be too many) suicides of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) teens. If these lovely god-smitten religious people had kept their mouths shut about homosexuality would there have been fewer deaths? I think so. The bullying of these young people is utterly inexcusable and yet churches say similar things.

Proposition 8 in California banned same gender marriage. Appalling. Since when do we in the USA vote to take rights away? A lot of the money used to finance this atrocity came from religious people and churches. There is an on line catalog of bigots so you can find out if you are doing business with haters.

It is time for the god-botherers to think about what they are doing. A school board member in Arkansas wanted to have gays die. He resigned over the flap but he should have thought before expressing that hateful idea.

So just be quiet about other peoples loves. It is none of your business to poke your religious nose into the lives of people who do not share your belief in a magic sky fairy. If your imaginary friend thinks you should not engage in gay sex that is between you and your imaginary friend. If gay sex offends you take Nancy Reagan's advice to "just say no" and don't do it. But please keep your nasty-minded bigotry to yourself.

The federal "Defense of Marriage Act" must be repealed. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is ridiculous and must be repealed. What is so tough about giving our LGBT citizens the same rights the rest of us have? If your objections are because of the writings of Bronze Age mystics who didn't know what lightning was then you really need to keep them to yourself.


Troythulu said...

Wow. You don't pull any punches with this, and that's a good thing.

All too often I've heard people use the same old arguments against LGBTs, and invariably they ultimately stem from some kind of religious text written by the aforementioned Bronze Age mystics.

It's not any surprise to me that the vast majority of homophobes are religious conservatives.

Anne said...

Thank you Troythulu.

No, I pull no punches. My daughter is straight but her best friend is lesbian. It infuriates me that this lovely woman and her wife and sons are considered to be less a family than a heterosexual couple.

Religion gets too much of a pass in society.