I am a M/M romance writer. I am bisexual. I am Christian. Hear me roar!
Up to fairly recently, each of these aspects of my life have jogged along side-by-side, sometimes overlapping. My sexuality and my religion has affected my books. I write about the effect of a married man unable or unwilling to cope with a gay relationship in Nothing Ever Happens and the destructive effect of religious homophobia in Morning Report and Compete Faith.
I am used to dealing with some atheists dismissing the 'sky fairy' and calling Christians irrational and insane. I am used to some gay people's hatred of all Christians. A perusal of any of the religious posts in Pink News will give you an indication of the attitudes towards Christians. It hasn't mattered. My faith was secure - until recently. Now I feel bruised and battered by my own church because I have one simple belief.
Marriage is for all
Not gay marriage. Not straight marriage. Marriage.
How I laughed (I am being sarcastic you understand) at the behaviour of the Christian Right in America. At their oft-repeated "God said... marriage is between a man and a woman." God also said a whole lot of other things. You ignore those. Do I really have to waste my time spelling them out again?
But I honestly thought my church in the UK was more evolved than that. After all, the Anglican church managed the ordination of women as priests and that isn't in the Bible. Hah! The second our Government starts looking at civil marriage equality proposals our church leaders start displaying homophobic behaviour worthy of the fundies.
EDIT because I saw this today:
Dr John Sentamu: Meeting ‘emotional needs’ of gay couples through civil marriage is a ‘misuse of the state’
"Last week Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the
"grotesque" plans would "shame the United Kingdom in the eyes of the world" if implemented"
"the Church has been bitterly divided over the role of its homosexual clergy, he said it held a clear position that marriage is between a man and a woman and would not consider changing this stance."
So we have the Catholic church encouraging school children to join their campaign against equal marriage, church leaders declaring the sanctity of marriage is undermined, and that Christians are being bullied into accepting equal marriage legislation.
Eh? Bullied? Please tell me where the Government is enforcing its rule on the Church?
I am an Anglican, and we managed to change the rules so that women could become priests. However, any parish or bishop that does not want a woman priest is not forced to accept them. Equal marriage legislation is for civil ceremonies, not church ceremonies so please explain to me how it affects the church, how it is grotesque?
Is this homophobia? After all, the Church would say they are not being irrational - their prejudices are led by the Bible. These days isn't the over-used and misunderstood phrase hate the sin, love the sinner? Yeah, that's bollocks too.
Well yes. It is homophobia. And worse, perpetrated by church leaders who have a chance to show what inclusiveness actually means. What happens to love thy neighbour? Love thy neighbour, unless they are gay?
In my eyes, the greatest commandment has got lost in the need to stagnate. You can pander to a dying belief, or you can be brave and stand up for ALL your flock. Not just the sheep at the back.
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EDIT! Blogger is being a pain and letting me reply to one comment an hour. I will respond though.