Inspiration from an Unexpected Source
Have any of you seen this ad?
This internet movement, of people speaking up and publicly saying “there’s nothing wrong with you or your lifestyle, and things will get better,” is an amazing thing, and it may very well change the life of somebody out there. And who would have thought that it would be sponsored by Google?
It’s virtually an established fact that gay teen suicides decline when there is a supportive community. My honest question is, what does this community look like, and how do we build such a community? The religious will tell us that all of this secular stuff is not enough, that what is really needed is some sort of spiritual awakening and some practicing of tough love.
Sarah McEwan wrote a letter that I think is a good response:
You can argue all you want that the solution is Christian compassion despite a belief that being gay is sinful, but as long as you believe and preach and teach that gay kids are inherently abominable to God, you’re always going to be part of the problem.
And no, the philosophical contortions in which many Christians like to engage, claiming God only hates homosexuality but doesn’t hate homosexual people, does not absolve you of your responsibility. Treating people as though their humanity is somehow separate from their intrinsic characteristics is not merely absurd bullshit; when you seek to wrench apart the components of people’s whole selves and throw away pieces of their identities, it’s just eliminationist rhetoric dressed up in its Sunday best.
I find it also very funny that Christians don’t make a fuss about people working on the Sabbath or eating bacon. But when it comes to things like who you may have sex with and what kind of contraception you may use (or none at all), the debate is so controversial.
The moral of the story: inspirational freethought messages from Google > anything the Church or the Bible says.
Posted on May 3, 2011, in Humanism and tagged gay lifestyle, gay teen suicide, google, google chrome, homosexuality, Sabbath, supportive community, things will get better, youtube. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.