Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This makes me sick

In the Deseret News today there is an article called "Gay 'agenda' targeted-Speakers in American Fork warn of dangers." Here are the two parts that irritated me the most:

-Referring to the "homosexual agenda", a speaker said " They are smart, they are clever and they are patient. If they can get our children indoctrinated in the schools, into accepting inappropriate sexuality as normal and OK, even celebrated, all they have to do is wait for you and me to die. And in one generation they win. There will be nobody to stand against them."

-The article then says "Graham also focused attention on dangers he associates with homosexuality like suicide, drug use and sexually transmitted diseases."

Wow. I hardly even know what to say to that. Oh wait, yes I do. You have got to freakin' be kidding me!!! Do people really think there is some powerful group of gays sitting around scheming to infiltrate the school system? And are gay people the only ones who commit/consider suicide, use drugs, and have STD's? Huh, that's funny, because I'm an addict in recovery and I'm pretty darn straight, and I know a whole lot of other addicts who aren't gay either. Also, it seems to me like I just read an article a few weeks ago about how 1 in 4 teenage girls have an STD. I'm pretty sure that they aren't all gay either. As for the suicide thing, I don't know the statistics. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the suicide rate is higher amongst gay people. I wonder why that is, though. Could it be because ignorant, intolerant people like those mentioned in this article not only are cruel and insensitive themselves, but also teach their children to behave this way? Do you remember Lawrence King, the 8th grader who was killed because he was gay? What did his killer learn at home? Did his parents teach him that gays like Lawrence were trying to infiltrate his school and indoctrinate him, and that he had better watch out? I don't care if you believe that being gay is a sin or not, everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion. Most gay bashing is done in the name of religion, and in this state, mostly in the name of my own religion. This makes me so sad because the Gospel that believe in and love has taught me to be tolerant, loving and kind. Love the sinner, hate the sin. We all know I haven't lived a perfect life, and while I have definitely felt some judgment and condemnation from some members of my faith, I am extremely grateful that people don't hate me and want to eradicate me because of the choices I've made. I believe we're all brothers and sisters and we're in this together, so why can't we lift each other up and support each other instead of tearing each other down and teaching our children to hate one another?

1 comment:

Traci said...

Well said, my friend, well said.