The Two R's: Religion and Republicans

The gay rights movement has faced opposition from two major groups: religion and conservative Republicans. Their views are similar, and both groups have many of the same members. Their argument against gay rights is that gay people are unnatural and immoral. They go against the law of God and the law of nature. They deserve all of the ridicule and mistreatment that they get because they choose to live a gay “lifestyle” rather than force themselves to live the “normal heterosexual lifestyle.”
Some religious people think that gay people are fine but still don’t deserve to be married to each other. These people call themselves tolerant and they feel like they are being good Christians. They are less radical but still are fine and dandy with denying tax-paying citizens the same rights that they enjoy.

Something that all of these people have in common is hypocrisy. They pick and choose what they want to follow out of the Bible. Divorce, adultery, lying, etc. is okay and legal, but I mean why wouldn’t that be legal? If it were, it would be infringing on people’s rights! Plus, it is a lot harder to say something should be illegal if you have done or are likely to do it. If the statistics for divorce and pre-marital sex are sky-high, then why are there so many so-called Christians who condemn homosexuality because they interpret the Bible to see that it is wrong? They’ll tell you it is God’s word. Homosexuals are abominations.

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Do you think any of these people personally know gay people? Well, gay people that are out anyway. Someone recently told me a story about a college kid who came out to his religious parents. They kicked him out of the house with no money. They were a really close family before this, so he took it pretty hard. Eventually, he knew that he couldn’t make it on his own. He also missed his family, so he decided to try to be straight. He told his parents that it was just a phase, and he is now in the process of trying to rid himself of his homosexuality through “the word of Christ.”

I don’t know about any of you, but this just seems absurd to me. Abandoning your own child because of something men wrote thousands of years ago. It is okay to believe something, but when it harms your own flesh and blood, that is enough. That is crossing the line, and I would even go as far as saying that it is just as bad as abuse. This kid is going to face some tough psychological barriers now, and shame on his parents for being so ignorant and intolerant.
Recent poll numbers show that support and belief in the Republican Party is at all-time lows. Only about a quarter of Americans like the direction the Republican Party is taking. Why is that? It is safe to bet that George Bush had a lot to do with that, but I also would bet that gay civil rights has a big part to do with that as well. Even John McCain’s own daughter spoke out for gay rights and said the Republican Party needs to embrace and accept gay people. It is the right thing to do, she said.

Only time will tell what will happen, but history is definitely on our side.

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