Religion is your faith, belief, creed, and denomination. It’s used to help people live their daily lives. It’s used to do so much good in the world. It’s used to encourage people to donate to charities, feed the hungry, and treat one another as you would like to be treated.
But it’s also evil. Religion is used as an excuse to hurt people. Christians, among others often use religion to justify discrimination, hate, and violence towards gay people claiming that Jesus thinks that being gay is a sin while at the same time preaching that Jesus created everybody in his image without mistakes. Let me be clear; being gay is not a choice, it’s the way an individual is born; much like skin and eye color.
God made some people straight, some people gay, and some people somewhere in between. He created everybody in his image. He made no mistakes, which is why being gay is absolutely not a sin. One of the largest anti-gay churches; the Mormon Church recently changed their position on homosexuality saying “we no longer believe it is a choice because God creates everybody the way he wants them to be created.”
For the first time in history, a majority of citizens in the United States say they support equality for LGBT people. Most of those who say they support it say they have a close friend, co-worker, or family member who is gay which brings me to another point. It’s easy to be anti-gay if you don’t know any gay people (or are unaware of anybody who you know being gay). But once someone like that becomes aware that someone they love; a friend, a family member, or someone who they work with is gay, that individual often rethinks their position. They realize that gay people are just like everybody else. Whether you know it or not, you have a gay friend, a gay family member, or a gay co-worker and each time you echo anti-gay rhetoric , you are harming them beyond repair.
10 U.S. States now grant equal state rights to gay people, a majority of the country supports equal rights for gay people, and 14 countries have granted full equality to gay people. Yet gay people in the United States are denied over 1,500 rights, can be fired from their jobs in most states if they’re found out to be gay, can be kicked out of a restaurant or store if they’re gay, and many are still bullied until they kill themselves.
Please stand for equality. It’s what Jesus would do, and I hope you do too.