Reading this tonight I was LIVID. I was not alone. Twitter and Facebook were full of posts, most of which were shocked and saddened. Another blogger wrote in far more eloquent words than I can, but I have to speak out as well.
Let me back track a bit first, many of you who have read me for a while have noticed some changes, though I still believe in God, I am no longer a "Christian blogger". I am not for many reasons, some personal that I am still working out, but there are others that are more obvious.
The main reason? Is that some how, a religion that was founded in LOVE has turned into hate. The public face of Christianity is no longer, people feeding the poor and spreading love, it's red faced evangelists screaming that we are all damned to hell, fighting against help for the poor, and promoting hate.
I realize that this is not all Christians and to those of you who are offended by this, I am sorry. I know that there are people who are faithful and rational, but that said I can not get past those who are not. One of the many reasons I can not find my place in religion, is that I refuse to condemn another person. It's not my job. In what I believe Christianity should be, God is the only one fit to judge our sins. And while he is judging those sins, one does not outweigh the others. Gay, does not trump hate, abortion does not trump hate, voting for a democrat does not send you a one way ticket to hell.
That brings us to Constance. The parents who threw this private prom believe they are protecting their teens from this gay student. I feel sick. Protect, my ass. Teaching hate, is NOT protection.
Why does this get me so riled up? Because not very long ago, my relationship would have received the same reaction, hell it probably still would in Mississippi. There are still people who believe that interracial relationships are an abomination against God. Gah.
As Jill so gracefully pointed out, it is up to us to teach our children to love and accept. I am not a fan of the phrase "I never", but I can promise myself and you all, I WILL NEVER, EVER allow this hateful crap to seep into my home. I will do my best to raise, open minded, accepting, loving men.
I feel so blessed to live in a diverse area. No one has ever really said squat about my marriage, I still struggle finding acceptance for my son's disabilities, but that will take time.
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