Thursday, March 18, 2010
God Probably Doesn't Approve Of You Either
Recently a Mississippi school canceled prom because two of their female students wanted to go together, and one planned to wear a tux. This has given me a case of the sads. I can't even imagine living in the bible belt and coming out of the closet as a teenager. Stories like this inspire me, as I'm sure I would not have been so brave at that age. These are the teens that ease my mind, because I trust our future may still indeed be bright. We need young people who are willing to do what is right, not what is popular.
I have never understood homophobia, and no I don't wish for someone to explain it to me. I never want to learn how this would lead someone to hate. I don't want to learn that love can be wrong. I don't want to learn what is so fascinating about someone's sexuality it would incite disgusting acts of bigotry and violence. I don't want to understand cancelling a prom because two girls wish to dance together. None of that is for me.
As for religion and homosexuality, if we are to take the position God doesn't approve, let me assure you, God likely isn't a fan of your choices either. Some of the folks I have heard homophobic statements from, have said so in the same breath they discussed their drunken conquests. The irony appears to elude them. We all sin, and just because you're waving a sign pointing at that guy over there doesn't mean no one's looking at you. I do want to be very clear however that I in no way believe homosexuality to be a sin, or wrong. I am Christian, and very proud to be part of a fantastic United Church. Our church embraces everyone, and I always feel humbled by the amount of acceptance and love that fills the room Sunday mornings.
I don't particularly believe for a second God is up in arms about gays and lesbians, but even if they are, I'm pretty sure it's low on their priority list. After all we're heading for an environmental catastrophe, so I think the Earth ending takes precedence over unapproved sex. I'm not sure how your halo is holding up, but I'm comfortable admitting my sexual history doesn't exactly mirror that of the virgin Mary. Nor do I particularly like the idea of others weighing in on it. If my sex life is keeping you up at night, it's probably a sign your sex life isn't.
I'd love to tackle gay marriage but this baffles me so much I have little to say. We have a 50% divorce rate, so I think straight folks have long had the opportunity to butcher the sanctity of this great institution. Plus I would marry Angelina Jolie in a heart beat. Why would you wish to keep me from such happiness? Killjoys.
Here are some of the best quotes I could find on homophobia. Paul Newman was an avid supporter of gay rights, and if Cool Hand Luke tells you to leave the gay community alone, I would listen. He's pretty badass. Enjoy, and remember, Jesus probably loves me best, but if you're nice to me I'll put in a good word.
I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant. ~Paul Newman
My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. ~W. Somerset Maugham
The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision. ~Lynn Lavner
My lesbianism is an act of Christian charity. All those women out there praying for a man, and I'm giving them my share. ~Rita Mae Brown
Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? ~Ernest Gaines
Isn't it a violation of the Georgia sodomy law for the Supreme Court to have its head up its ass? ~Letter to Playboy magazine, February 1987
If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work: "Hello. Can't work today, still queer." ~Robin Tyler
No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody. ~Rita Mae Brown, speech, 28 August 1982
You could move. ~Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby," in response to a reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighbourhood
It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain. ~Francis Maude
I get sick of listening to straight people complain about, "Well, hey, we don't have a heterosexual-pride day, why do you need a gay-pride day?" I remember when I was a kid I'd always ask my mom: "Why don't we have a Kid's Day? We have a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but why don't we have a Kid's Day?" My mom would always say, "Every day is Kid's Day." To all those heterosexuals that bitch about gay pride, I say the same thing: Every day is heterosexual-pride day! Can't you people enjoy your banquet and not piss on those of us enjoying our crumbs over here in the corner? ~Rob Nash