Fighting Undeserved Judgement, Part II
June 29, 2012
"In part two of my response to Mr. Pavely's letter about gay people being accepted into society as a negative and harmful thing, I would like to start with his reference to Matthew 18:6, which according to the American Standard Version of the Bible says, "But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe in me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea."
Based on what he wrote in his last letter, we know that Mr. Pavely was raised in a generation where all people who were gay were also considered to be child molesters. Understanding this, we can see how Mr. Pavely could make a correlation between what he was taught as a child and what he has read in the Bible. Everyone knows that the Bible is interpreted by the eyes beholding it, so for me it's obvious the verse is talking about someone who has abused children in some way. Which would make sense if we were actually talking about pedophiles. However, we are not. We are discussing the LGBT community. I can't stress it enough, being gay is not synonymous with pedophilia.
Mr. Pavely continued on to point out that I am a man of science, which is true I am an atheist and proudly so, and he goes on to say that as such I should realize God created humans as male and female. As an atheist, however, I deny the existence of any gods or goddesses, whether it be the one(s) in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. because there is no evidence to suggest they exist and so I will remain an atheist until proven wrong. I made the choice to abandon Catholicism, I did not make the choice to be gay. That is fundamentally important to understand.
Indeed, humans are generally either male or female (not always). I am a man who used to date women, until I realized that my heart should belong to another man. Being gay is not all about sex, just as being straight is not all about sex. Not all heterosexuals are fertile, thus they cannot procreate; that doesn't make those people bad or unacceptable. They can't change those things about themselves. We all deserve a chance at love, to be understood and treated with dignity."
In response to:
The letter published by the News Tribune June 11 from Kephen Merancis, Linn, concerning LGBT people is once again an attempt to promote LGBT people as a normal part of society. Nothing could be further from the truth.