The civil rights struggle has been a long one for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. To move forward and find common ground, it’s important to not be judgmental of the other side.
For the longest time, religious organizations were the biggest impediment to equal rights when it came to marriage, adopting children, etc. Some faiths have turned around and embraced their same-sex brethren, but a few have not.
It has taken a long time to get where we are today, so that’s why it royally ticks me off when my camp, so to speak, decides to go all judgmental and ignorant and say or show something that makes it look like we consider Christianity to be the enemy in any form.
The LGBT News Facebook had this little nugget on its page for me to see when I first woke up this morning:
“Bible (object): An ancient novel full of murder, corruption, homophobia, bestiality, incest and cruelty. It is often read to children on Sunday.”
This about blew the top of my head off when I read it, especially when the poster said “Agreed” above it. This page is supposedly representative of the LGBT community, but to post this and make it seem like something that everyone in our community can get behind is ludicrous.
I was not the only one. Here are some of the comments from others on Facebook:
“This is a great way to alienate Christians who support LGBT rights and freedoms. The Bible is a Christian’s highest authority, and some of us read it and interpret the words with love, tolerance, and acceptance. If you don’t understand that, then you really shouldn’t be commenting on what the Bible is or isn’t.”
“This just proves how judgmental the LGBTQ community can be. I am a gay Christian and I am deeply offended by this post. I am sure the Ignorant person who posted this has never even opened the Bible to read it!”
“THIS POST UPSETS ME AS A GAY CHRISTIAN. I didn’t expect this from this great page!!! Just because a few people of my faith are against gay lifestyle doesn’t give u guys the right to say this about the Word of my GOD and SAVIOUR.”
“Goodbye LGBT News! Bashing the Bible is offensive to LGBT Christians such as myself. You would never say the same about the Koran or the Vedas!”
Like that last commenter, I pretty much said goodbye to LGBT News, as well. The LGBT community is not a unified army waging war against radical Christian terrorism. Many of us are Christian, others believe in other faiths. To unleash bile on the same level as fanatical religious icons does not advance our goals of love, equality and tolerance. It reveals that someone who is at the forefront of the LGBT community is just as damaged as someone who thinks Pat Robertson is the true voice of Christianity.
If you’re going to be an entity with the word “news” in your name, perhaps you should focus on actual news, instead of memes that divide not only American culture but divides our own community as well. If you can’t do that, then it might be better to rename the page “Bitter, Judgmental Queen.” It’s bad enough when clergy and other Christian faithful misconstrue the Bible to fit their narrow points of view, but we’re supposed to be better than that.
If you don’t like the Bible and what it represents, that’s certainly your prerogative. However, chucking intolerant garbage and trying to pass it off as representative of the LGBT community does a disservice to friends and loved ones. Most of us are too busy fighting for equality to hold such hate in our hearts, and if this “LGBT News” truly shares our hope for a brighter future, it’ll delete the offensive post about the Bible and act like an adult.