"To suggest that Sodom and Gomorrah is about homosexual sex is an analysis of about as much worth as suggesting that the story of Jonah and the whale is a treatise on fishing."

— Peter J. Gomes

God Hates Shrimp

Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord… Why stop at protesting gay marriage?

Here’s the deal. We’re hypocrites. We’re hypocrites if we act on the side of grace and unconditional love on behalf of straight people and yet make a point not to do that for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. The vast majority of our population is straight (or at least straight-leaning bisexuals) – with only 5-8% of the population being gay or lesbian.  You know what it’s called when the majority of the population allows the members of the majority to do something but then don’t allow a minority group to do it? It’s called scape-goating.

Opponents of same-sex marriage worry that extending the institution’s rights to gay people will harm heterosexual marriages. But a new study suggests that no one really believes their own relationships are at risk — only other people’s.

The study is a demonstration of the “third-person perception,” a common psychological bias in which people are convinced that others are much more influenced by outside sources such as media and advertising than they themselves are. In the realm of same-sex marriage, people who strongly value authority and tradition were the most likely to demonstrate this third-person effect.

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At the time that I was writing Angel… in that period there was so much change in society, and in the church— the church meaning Protestant churches for the most part because it’s a Protestant minister that I am writing about. Between the time that I completed and sold it the Presbyterian church had voted to ordain gay and lesbian ministers and a number of churches were discussing and changing their policies. So at the time that I was selling it, there were a lot of these kinds of stories happening and I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, the world is going to become sane before the book comes out and it’s not going to be relevant any more.’

Of course that hasn’t happened. I needn’t have feared.

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— interview with Laura Lee author of the novel Angel on It Matters

"If you took all gay men and put them in a room and asked ‘How do you feel about this?’ I wouldn’t expect them to agree. So I wouldn’t expect my characters to represent gay men or bisexual men as a group. And I think that’s a problem with groups that are under represented, that when there’s a character that’s gay or when we didn’t have too many African-Americans on television, every time we saw them they were supposed to represent all people in that group, and they’re not. They’re just Ian and Paul."

— interview with author Laura Lee on the novel Angel on It Matters

"Attending my new church was like having a weight lifted off my chest. I was free to commune with God as a whole human being. I could bring all of who I was to the altar and really worship Him. The whole experience deepened my relationship with Christ…Spirituality shouldn’t hurt. When we go to church to worship God as gay Christians, we shouldn’t walk away feeling bruised and battered."

— Darian Aaron

(Source: thegavoice.com)

Michaelson is the author of the bestseller “God vs. Gay: The Religious Case for Equality” and the founder of Nehirim, a national organization of LGBT Jews and allies. Michaelson’s work focuses on religion, spirituality, sexuality, and law, according to his website. Michaelson argued that present understandings of the Bible’s views on homosexuality are based on an overly narrow reading.

“Only six verses out of 31,000 even talk about same-sex intimacy,” said Michaelson. “But even those are obscure and subject to interpretation.”

There is no definitive answer to how narrowly or broadly biblical passages should be interpreted, said Michaelson. He pointed to the sixth commandment–thou shalt not kill–as an example.

“Two chapters later there is a discussion about the death penalty,” he said. “The Bible is not an answer key, it’s a question key.”

The fact of the matter is I don’t actually know what it feels like to be a “straight woman.”  I don’t know if I am typical of that category or not.  I don’t know if my heterosexuality is like other people’s heterosexuality or if my femininity is like other people’s femininity.  I can’t claim to know how it feels to be anyone but myself. 

 It would be terribly boring, though, if I only wrote about myself.  Believe me, no one would be interested in reading that.  So I do what any writer has to do.  I trust that I can combine my observations of what other people do and say with my subjective experience of thinking and feeling and use that material to tell the story of a fictional person.  I know how I feel and I take the chance that feeling things is fairly universal.  Being attracted feels like being attracted— not gay or straight attracted.  Falling in love feels like falling in love— not gay or straight falling in love.  Worrying about social status feels like worrying about social status.  Fearing rejection feels like fearing rejection.  Jealousy feels like jealousy, and so on.

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I have never heard a homily that attempted to explain how a gay man should live, or how his sexuality should be expressed. I have heard nothing but a vast and endless and embarrassed silence, an awkward, unexpressed desire for the simple nonexistence of such people, for their absence from the moral and physical universe, for a word or a phrase, like “objective disorder,” that could simply abolish the problem they represented and the diverse humanity they symbolize. The teaching I inherited was a teaching that, in the best of all possible worlds, I simply would not exist. And it was hard to disobey this; since it was not an order, it was merely a wish.

If articulated, I suppose, the order was abstinence. Abstinence forever; abstinence always; abstinence not for the sake of something else, but for its own sake; abstinence not just from sex, but from love and love’s hope and the touch of a lover’s embrace. Abstinence even from recognition, acknowledgment, family.

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Love Undetectable by Andrew Sullivan (via thegayguyyouneverknewyouknew)

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