Religion Should Have No Place for Bigtory

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Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Hindu, or Wiccan… there is no place for bigotry and hatred.  If yours claims to be a “true” religion or a religion of love, forgiveness, benevolence, and kindness… then the challenge for followers and adherents is to show love, provide love, give love… and to offer forgiveness freely without conditions or strings attached.  Be kind, be benevolent without being condescending or judgmental or self-serving.

There is more than enough hatred and intolerance and discrimination to go around the world many times over– should your religion add to that nonsense?  If your church or temple or mosque or synagogue uses its holy scriptures as a justification or as its moral compass to rationalize violence and hatred and discrimination against anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or an ally of the LGBT community– it has lost sight of its own humanity and what it means to be human.

Love others as you would want to be loved.  Love your enemies.  Forgive others their trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Judge not lest you be judged as well, condemn not lest you be condemned as well.  Love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love others as you would want to be loved.  Upon these two commandments all laws and prophets hang.

Are people so sensitive or insulted or grieved or insulted or hurt by the presence of someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?  What is it that sets people against someone of the LGBT community?  Is it the notion that somehow to be LGBT is to be unnatural?  Yet… here we are.  We exist.  We didn’t create ourselves spontaneously.  Is it the fear that we are somehow going against God’s plan?  Well… do any of us know explicitly and clearly what God’s plan ultimately is and how it must unfold?  Do we have the audacity and arrogance to claim to know God’s plan in its entirety or that we can speak with any authority on God’s behalf?  There are many instances within the world around us where homosexuality and gender variance not only occurs naturally, but seems rather commonplace and in balance with everything else that occurs around us in nature.

Why do people assume the world can only be black or white… male or female… conservative or liberal… Christian or atheist… this or that… a world of only two sided arguments….  The world is bigger than that and humanity is broader than that.  We are better than just two sided coins.  We were created in God’s image.  God… infinite, unfathomable… beyond definition or mere mortal understanding… in God, all things are possible.

It is a shame that not all things seem possible for those who hold to rigid, fixed positions on their beliefs and ideologies.

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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