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…