I was raised as a good Catholic girl, and I have the Trinity tattoo by my ass to prove it.
I attended Sunday School for eight years, and then taught it for the ensuing four. As if that wasn’t enough religion in my life, I’m also a proud graduate of a premium co-ed Catholic high school in Cincinnati, Ohio.
During high school, I was forced to take religion courses each semester. I read the Bible and memorized the commandments – I even sparked a few heated debates with my most zealous teacher. Basically, I learned a ton of bullshit that old white men have declared to be doctrine throughout the centuries. And while I could continue my rant, there is one specific issue that I can’t ignore: homosexuality.
First of all, it’s 2014. If you still believe that you’re a superior being because you’re attracted to the opposite sex, GTFO because you’re despicable. My brother is gay, my best friend is gay, fucking Ellen DeGeneres, the #1 most lovable woman on the entire planet, is gay. When are people going to wake up and realize that attraction isn’t a choice?
The thing is, too many people hide behind their blind beliefs to excuse their bigotry. Yes, the Bible does assert that homosexuality is an obscene offence. I acknowledge that. In fact, here is an exact verse:
Leviticus 18:22: “No man is to have sexual relations with another man; God hates that.”
Hmm. Interesting. Let’s read more:
Leviticus 15:19: “When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean for seven days… Anyone who touches her bed or anything on which she has sat must wash his clothes and have a bath, and he remains unclean until evening.”
Woah, what the fuck? Essentially, our societal ethics are being dictated by a book that also claims my bed can’t be *touched* when I’m on my period? It’s amazing that the United States of America, supposedly so mighty and developed, has not evolved from a book with such convictions.
Admittedly, I follow a few self-proclaimed “Jesus Freaks” on social media, and I’m constantly disheartened by the messages they openly display. One recently caught my attention:
I mean, come on! I didn’t know that level of irony was even possible. You still love them? You’re still friends? Hmm, I might believe you if it weren’t for your blatant disregard for human dignity and equal right to love.
NEWSFLASH: The reason Christianity even exists is because of Jesus Christ. Jesus ran around with prostitutes and tended to lepers. Jesus befriended the poor and abhorred the rich – He was the ancient-day communist and equal-rights supporter. You cannot, unless you’re an utter idiot, claim to be “Christian” while also protesting gay rights. By Jesus standards, the two ideals inherently contradict.
While we are all entitled to our own opinions, it’s time to cut the crap and quit defiling the beauty of Christianity with ugly manmade sentiments. The American nation has collectively remained infamous throughout history for its poor treatment of minorities, and the rage against our country’s gay population is merely a continuation of this unfortunate trend. One day, I pray, we will all come to appreciate the vast complexities of love, and there will be discrimination no longer.
After all, as Jesus proclaimed, “there is nothing more important than love” –so why attempt to suppress any form of it?
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