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  •  Something I will never ever forget. (22+ / 0-)

    I didn't understand the risk of physical abuse towards gay people until I saw a friend's memorial post on LJ for Matthew Shepard and started reading.

    The thing that immediately told me that all the so-called morally-upright Christian homophobes were absolutely lying when they said they actually cared about gay people and just wanted them to 'stop sinning': The Westboro website 'Days In Hell' count-up clock... and the sheer fact NO ONE in the evangelical Christian community was speaking against having that up. Had even mentioned the murder in my hearing.

    Everything had always been framed in terms of the risk of AIDS and so forth (my earliest memories are from the late '80s). There had never been any mention that 'oh yeah, and the kids in our youth group might beat them up for being gay, so they should stop being gay to prevent that'.

    And now I found out that at least some of the adults in my denomination, certainly a few in my church, were spouting off all sorts of things about there always being hope someone could convert while they were alive, had NOT spoken ONE word against someone who was CELEBRATING what he thought was the day someone went to an eternal Hell. Had lobbied among church members AGAINST laws aimed at preventing anti-gay murders and bullying-driven suicides, KNOWING that according to their own beliefs each of those events meant another human being was entering never-ending torment.

    (And meanwhile, they'd call me Not A Good Christian for the fact I can't believe their not-as-traditional-as-they-think-it-is framework of damnation BECAUSE of what it means. It's the distinction between the people who cheer when reading LaHaye's Glorious Appearing and the people who feel too ill to finish the book.)

    Heck, not five years after that fall day when I got my education, I sat listening in that church to a video claiming a law against crimes targeted because of the religion or race of the victim was really just to prevent 'good Christians' from 'telling gay people the truth'... this at a time when practically no hate crimes laws covered orientation, when bullying policies weren't addressing any speech other than threats, and the words were coming from the mouth of an African-American Christian who fit EXACTLY in the demographic the laws he was speaking against were INTENDED to protect.

    And thanks to Mr. Phelps and his damnable ticker, I knew that actual concerns for 'people with homosexual desires' had nothing to do with the rhetoric. Because if they did, they'd be lobbying against that ticker.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:12:33 PM PDT

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    •  I had to gloss over (11+ / 0-)

      a lot of history in my diary, but you are bringing it on.

      You are on fire tonight.

      •  It's what happens when every spiritual gifts (8+ / 0-)

        inventory you ever take comes up Mercy, Teaching, Discernment. And Prophecy if it's included, which is less 'telling the future' in the sense those questionnaires take it and more Elijah Onna Mountaintop.

        Which means my personality tends to like 'gather 'round so I can tell you about how much God doesn't like the crummy way you are treating other people, you immoral dingbats' moments.

        I don't get many of those offline... or online either, come to think about it.

        What I do get is stuff like the above or the yearly 'even when I try not to, it happens anyway' late-night WAY-past-my-bedtime commenting sessions on Coming Out Eve, Coming Out Day Night, and Trans Remembrance Night. I tried skipping the Trans Remembrance diaries this past year - first year I had people I personally knew closely to worry about and avoidance for my own mental health seemed like a good idea - but where did I find myself after the sun set and the house got quiet? Here. In the Trans Remembrance diary. Again.

        And the homophobes in the pulpits preaching orientation conversion because even celibacy isn't enough for them claim it's just because they care. If they cared, they'd give a care to what they cause. And they don't.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:47:20 PM PDT

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