Many articles circulating in the gay press at the moment seam to be about the relationship between religious institution and the LGBT community. Between the Catholic Pope saying, “gay rights is an ephemeral social trend” and the Anglican Church about to split on gay clergy. I have started to question what religion means to me, as a young gay man.
As most people in Ireland I was raised a Catholic, baptised, made my communion, and my confirmation, but did I have a choice in this? No. My parents, family, and society forced it upon me in general. I was expected to believe everything in the bible as if I had chosen to sign on as a Roman Catholic and obey the Pope, but I did not.
Now that I’m older (some may disagree on wiser) I have come to see what the Church is really like. It is about preserving the vested interests of the Church. Protecting its role as moral guardian to the flock and setting social standards for all to follow. Unfortunately, the equalisation of rights for the LGBT community does not feature under any them.
As I was growing I learned to love my neighbour, this is a major lesson in the bible. But, it seams if I have a LGBT neighbour, he/she should be treated differently to me. They are not allowed marry the person they love or offered any protection for their relationship or any agreements they may have entered into as a couple.
Now does that not seam a bit hypocritical, or is the old case of the love the sinner, hate the sin?
Then you have religious maniacs like Fred Phelps over in the good ‘ole US of A. Now I’m the first to stand up to protect free speech but spouting out-right hatred is a bit much. According to Phelps all ‘gays’ will rot in hell. But I ask ‘is there a hell?’ Phelps also claims that Hurricane Katrina was Gods retribution on New Orleans.
Now people wonder why people seam to be disenchanted with religion with falling attendances across the developed world, but maybe people are beginning to get tired of the threats of fire and brimstone from the pulpit. Maybe their tired of following the Churches wishes and voting with their conscience not the religion with a dictator as it’s head.