Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Religion, Faith and the Queer Community

We all know this is no new discussion. When it comes to homosexuality and religion, there is a huge range of responses and experiences. There are religions such as hinduism that is in full support of homosexuality. Some of their gods are of a third sex and they are generally more accepting. Most religions that are opposed to homosexuality find the behavior  more than the person to be sinful. There are places that offer such options as conversion therapy to "help" these people. However, as we move forward in history, more and more religions are becoming more accepting and understanding of the queer lifestyle, some even blessing same-sex marriages. As we all have read, religion is a huge reason people use to fight for the tradition and sanctity of marriage being between a man and a woman. It is important to note that there are many different interpretations of what is implied by religion texts when it comes to the subject of homosexuality. With likes like "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman: it is an abomination" (Lev 18:22) in the bible it is important to think about the way in which we interpret them. Should it be taken literally or should we think about the historical context? 

Here is a link to people answering what they think the bible says about homosexuality and a discussion about the context in which it must be read.

Is religion a good enough reason to deny equal rights? Is was not when it came to slavery or women's rights. Why are gay rights any different?

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