I just came across an article from Believe Out Loud.org that I want to pass along to all of you. It is an article that reports of two Catholic governors and a pair of bishops speaking out against recent developments with anti-LGBT laws billed as “religious freedom bills”. We see them popping up in North Carolina and in Mississippi and elsewhere.
Here is the article.
I think it is vitally important for the LGBT community to stand up and demand equal rights and protections! But it is also vitally important that the LGBT community have allies among the straight and cisgender community as well who share in the beliefs that all God’s creations are created equally and are endowed with natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and well-being without fear of intimidation, persecution, or oppression. I think the religious community has a GOLDEN opportunity to stand up and proclaim God’s love for all humanity. They have an obligation as well to fight against oppression, persecution, and discrimination when they see it.
We should all be welcome to enjoy the fullness of all life has to offer us. We should all have the means to work, have homes, get a good education, live fulfilling and honest lives, have relationships that matter to us, and to be active in our communities. Our rights should not be in the hands of others to decide or hand out or take away from us. Our rights are our own just as their rights are their own– but we should all be equally endowed with the same rights.
It is also important for religious communities to fight against the negative stereotypes they have been slapped with. They have an opportunity to stand up for equality and not be labeled as bigots or hate mongers. If they truly believe in love and compassion, they need to speak out and get into action! They should not be lumped in with those that turn away from their own Scriptures or use Scriptures as shields and weapons against their neighbors and fellow men and women.