“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death for they are guilty of a capital offense”. This verse is found in the bible under the new living translation of Leviticus 20:13 and it is verses like these found in the bible that people often use to justify their intolerance of homosexuality. I cannot stand when people try to justify their disapproval of homosexuality with references to the Bible instead of using their own set of morals to decide what is right and what is wrong.
When I was 15 I sat in a pew with my family at church one Sunday morning and had to listen to our preacher give a sermon on gay people and how they are evil and doomed to hell if they do not find Jesus and change their ways. To this day that sermon really bothers me. I can’t believe a preacher of all people was up in front of that room essentially giving a hate speech on a certain group of people. I thought Christians were supposed to be non-judgmental and loving and caring of ALL people. But sadly sometimes that is not the case. You hear in the news all the time about how gays often become victims of violence. Simply because the bible says that they are evil sinners. You also hear about groups such as the Westboro Babtist church holding anti-gay protests and holding up signs such as “God Hates Fags”. Gay marriage is only legal in a very small number of states and even in those states, same sex couples often have small underground ceremonies for fear of angry bible believing protesters. Homosexuals should NOT feel as though God does not love them.
My best friend is a Lesbian and I have seen firsthand the pain she underwent when she came out to her friends and family. I saw her family drag her to church to try to change her ways. They told her she was sick and could be cured if she went to therapy and found Jesus. It was so hard for I still remember her tear stained face.
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