The New Pope – Pope Francis I

This is something that I thought would not happen, ever.  A former pope resigns his post for essentially being ineffectual in the lives of Catholics.  Other than that, I will not try to comment and assail him for being the pope in a turbulent time with lots of finger-pointing, blame-casting and other such irrepressible ineffectualism.

It seems that the Catholic church is becoming more ineffectual with every step.  A new pope seems to be a decent choice.  Someone from the Western Hemisphere who has some idea of the course Humanity is facing, the equality of all of us LGBTQ and to see where he stands on it.  Like most people who claim to be Christian, and/or Good Christians, many tend to take their beliefs and skew the Bible to fit their rhetoric.  What Jesus taught us was to be honest and open about those with whom we interact with in our daily lives; love without compromise or condition, and to be understanding in the face of adversity.

It’s a better proposition, this open letter (Open Letter to the New Pope), a gay father lists five rules he uses when he’s teaching his two ten-year olds about life and not twisting the words of a revered text.  Jesus was sent by God to die for us, upon the cross, and to wash away our sins.  With the blood shed, we all have been forgiven in the eyes of God– we just have to acknowledge Jesus died for us and believe Jesus died for us.  In this single selfless act, Jesus made us all equal, in the eyes of God.

I also understand that there are many hateful Christians who believe that no one can ever be equal who does not believe they way they do.  To them, I say show me in the Bible or the Torah where it states God hates gays, lesbians, trans?  Where?  I want  scriptures and verses.  You can’t can you?  Well, can you?

Simply:  no.  In these holy books, God explains that love is all, peace comes from love.  Sodom and Gamorrah were cast asunder because of their sinful rulers and their idol-worshipping. not for what you might be thinking.  Yes, they had orgies, but that’s none 0f our business, was it?  God chose to take revenge upon them for blaspheming and Jesus had adequately warned them.

It is the honor and duty of God, and He himself, to judge others under the tenets of the Scripture and His Laws:  The Ten Commandments.  These too are open to interpretation, given this is not the Time When Jesus Walked the Earth.  We have a sacred duty to everyone who is Christian, and non-Christian alike, to love thy neighbor, do not speak ill of others, listen to and take the advice of your elders, don’t steal, don’t be envious of your neighbor’s/sibling’s belongings, don’t take upon yourself the wiles of your friends’ spouse (even if she/he decides to take it upon themselves to do unto you), remember the day of rest and keep it holy, forgive when people make you angry or sad or hurt when they themselves are being hurtful…  I could go on.

We all follow these to the best of our abilities, and those of you without sin (and there are none) cast the first stone.  By peddling in Religious Hate you are condemning yourselves to that which you condemn those of us that are gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, bisexual and queer to a fate worse than death– eternal damnation in Hell!  A right fitting end to all that hate, huh?

I want my readers to chime in about instances they’ve either witnessed or personally encountered when celebrating their LGBTQ status and to let me know how it was dealt with.  Please.  I don’t necessarily want the names of these religious fanatics, I just want situations where you felt disheartened and angry because someone was using religion to defame all of our proud (and closet) members of LGBTQ!  I will use these instances in a future blog and try to work out an effectual method to stifle their hateful rhetoric…

Whence Gays Can Marry, The Apocalypse Cometh

I have a pretty active Facebook page, full of various likes, friends and a few games that I play to pass my time, but clicking on a link that George Takei had posted threw me for a loop, but once I realized it was just a comedic bit, it helped to soften the blow that I thought was going to be more Gay Bashing and Homosexual Hatred.  I was surprised.  Here’s the link so you too can watch:  The Ultimate Anti-Gay Marriage Ad.

I know I’m not here to tell people off, but this is what many so-called Christians think is going to happen…  The heavens are going to rain down fire and brimstone and destroy civilization as we know it.  It not going to happen.  Gay marriage is legal in Britain.  Gay marriage is legal in Sweden.  Gay marriage is legal in much of the United States…  Has there been an apocalypse?  Are we doomed in the eyes of the Lord?

Personally, I think not.  No one has the right to force his or her beliefs upon another person.  No one has the right to enact laws to force people to believe in an idea that is morally obtuse or socially irresponsible.  The refusal of Civil Unions or Gay Marriage is one of those ideas that help us stand for what is truly an equal footing.  There are homosexuals in the military who fight for the freedoms straight people have, but when it comes to those of us who love our life-partners and want to spend the rest of our lives with her, then we can’t!  This is the exact point I’m trying to make:  LezBeProud Episode 1.

I am Transgender!  I am Female!  Because I am this way, I am scrutinized in society for being different.  I may look and act different than someone who is not me, doing the same things I do:  drive the car, shop for clothes and groceries, walk to the mailbox.  We do the same things.  We make difficult decisions and casual choices everyday, just like everyone else!  If I am cut, do I not bleed?  If I am hurt, do I not feel pain?

Why do all of these people, who claim to be devout Christians (of whatever Christian sect), want to force their beliefs and their convictions upon the rest of us?  It’s far too easy to blame others for their religious persecution, because they believe it to be God’s Calling, or their religious right– turning the masses of heathens into Christians– and opening up space in Heaven for them to call Home.  I was Christian before I was Transgender!  I know about all of these things, but the Holy Scriptures have helped me to understand specific concepts that are very out-of-date.  The Holy Bible seems more a book of Moral-Based Stories around the lives of those Jesus and the Lord had devoutly touched.  “Take the good path.”  “Do unto others …”  “Listen and take the advice of your elders.”  “Don’t judge lest ye be judged.”  “Love thy neighbor.”  Where did the devout Christians go wrong?

Mass media and spin-off religious sects tend to pull the focus away from Love and Kindness to Blasphemy and Hatred.  It really makes me angry to see a religious jihad against anything LGBT.  Yes, I did say “religious jihad”.  That’s what it seems to be, more and more in the media, in the laws those Christians vote into power, forcing us who are allied and friends of our LGBT family to vote against such hatred.

We fight your wars.
We live with you in the cities, towns and farms.
We deliver your packages and mail.
We are helpful to you at Walmart and Sears and JCP and Kohl’s.
We wash your cars and clothes.
We care for your children.
We teach your children in schools.
We drive the streets as you do.
We eat at the same restaurants.
We dance and have fun at the same clubs.
We exercise and work out, just like you do.
We haven’t invaded, we were here all along!
It’s just now that you’re starting to see us for the first time!

Why is it that you’re afraid of us?  We’re not going to impose the same restrictions that you’ve unthinkingly imposed upon us.  That’s not the right thing to do.  Being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans (transsexual, transgender) does not rub off or is ever contagious; it is the state of our being that gives us the right to oppose the Social Normalcy of Male and Female gender roles.  We are not a religious sect or fad.  We have our Atheists and Christians.  We have Buddhists and Hare Krishnas.  We have other religions as well, but we don’t persecute someone for being weird:  we embrace their compassion for being unique, individual!  It is our lot in life to accept the uniqueness and individuality that everyone possesses, not just those of the LGBT community!

To us:  Everyone is Equal.  That’s the way God intended!  That’s what the Constitution of the United States intended!  As members of One World Society, we are ALL equal.  All of us!