Why is it that our message of repentance from a sinful life is twisted to fit the definition of "hate" and "bigotry"?
Because it is posited that this lifestyle is “sinful” and that those who engage in such behavior should “repent” diminishes those people as somehow less than respectable. It belittles them as human beings. Saying such things about people in public is shameful and hurtful. Those scriptures argue that people in that lifestyle deserve death, and are excluded from the kingdom of heaven. Because of teachings such as this, there are death penalties all over the world for people being ACCUSED of homosexuality. There is, therefore, a causation between the scriptural view that something is “an abomination” and persecution of individuals who engage in that behavior, especially through the legislative efforts of the religious right in the United States.
If people want to repackage that as something which isn’t bigotry, then they have an uphill battle to climb.
And there is no evidence whatsoever that “sin” exists, and because such edicts of “morality” come from a library of ancient works written by people with no concept of biology, then there are absolutely no grounds upon which to demonize said lifestyle.
Sexual dimorphism is simply a fact of biology (intersex is extremely rare, and unrelated to the recent phenomenon of transgenderism); you cannot change your chromosomes with surgery or artificial hormones.
Sexual dimorphism is not the rule. There are species which are asexual. Studies have shown that gender can be forced. The existence of intersex individuals, (no matter how rare), the existence of gender related vestigial structures in the human body, the existence of both male and female hormones in the human body, and the existence of innumerable medical conditions which arise from hormonal and chemical imbalances, are evidence of a biological component to homosexuality and gender dysphoria. Furthermore, there are gender determining genes which are NOT associated with the Y chromosome. So arguing solely on the basis of X and Y Chromosomes is oversimplification.
Saying that religious people are motivated by bigotry is not different than saying all gay men are pedophiles…..
In the context of anti-LGBT rhetoric and legislation designed specifically to discriminate against them I think I have illustrated why this statement is false.
I will not stay silent on a forum I frequent while people argue fallaciously about the civil rights of other human beings.