Update: Thanks to everyone visiting. I worked really hard on this post too, and it’s also kinda important and about kids too, so please stop by that one too.
Dan Savage has exactly the right approach to dealing with the sanctimony of the theopolitical right. In response to an interview Savage gave about the “It Gets Better” campaign to combat anti-gay hatred directed at teenagers, a Christian who describes himself as “someone who loves the Lord and does not support gay marriage” writes to Savage:
If your message is that we should not judge people based on their sexual preference, how do you justify judging entire groups of people for any other reason (including their faith)? There is no part of me that took any pleasure in what happened to that young man, and I know for a fact that is true of many other people who disagree with your viewpoint.
To that end, to imply that I would somehow encourage my children to mock, hurt, or intimidate another person for any reason is completely unfounded and offensive. Being a follower of Christ is, above all things, a recognition that we are all imperfect, fallible, and in desperate need of a savior. We cannot believe that we are better or more worthy than other people.
Please consider your viewpoint, and please be more careful with your words in the future.
I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.
No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective: Fuck your feelings….
The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from the lips of “faithful Christians,” and the lies about us that vomit out from the pulpits of churches that “faithful Christians” drag their kids to on Sundays, give your children license to verbally abuse, humiliate, and condemn the gay children they encounter at school. And many of your children–having listened to Mom and Dad talk about how gay marriage is a threat to family and how gay sex makes their magic sky friend Jesus cry–feel justified in physically abusing the LGBT children they encounter in their schools.
The theopolitical right has received a tremendous pass on their bigotry and ignorance because they gussy it up as sincere belief. I’m sure that the writer does truly believe that gay marriage is wrong. It’s probably a strongly held belief, perhaps even fervently so.
And I don’t fucking care.
Because the consequences of this belief are that children are killing themselves. Fervency is as much as a hallmark of the decent as it is the insane.
But for some reason it has become fashionable to disassociate the consequences of beliefs (religious or otherwise) from their consequences, and, thus, they become unassailable. I believe them, therefore, they are legitimate. While this marks me as one of the remaining few humanists (albeit a religious one), ultimately beliefs have to be judged by their results.
Any belief, religious or not, that leads to a climate where children are more likely to kill themselves is one not worth having.