Miss California’s church thinks homosexuals are child molesters
Some of you may wonder why I talk about gay rights on a site about atheism. You might also wonder why many atheist bloggers also defend the right for gays to marry. Perhaps some of you think they are unrelated issues. However, there is no denying the fact the reason gays are not treated as true members of society is because of religious intolerance which seeks to marginalize this group.
I personally have a close friend whose life would have been lost had he not embraced his own sexuality. I know from his experiences the ire of powerful religious institutions affects even those who are not believers. So powerful is the hatred of homosexuality that it entices violence, bigotry and inhuman treatment of others. When Miss California stated she disagreed with gay marriage, many people felt her statements were not bigoted, but were rather a reflection of her personal attitudes. This was of course before anyone knew the kind of things her church, Rock Church of San Diego, says about homosexuality:
There are also moral repercussions stemming from homosexual behavior as evidenced by the fact that one third of all sexual crimes against children are committed by homosexuals even though they are representative of only one percent of the population…Emotionally people suffer from homosexuality. Gays are five times more likely to commit suicide than a straight person. They are suffering depression because of God’s judgment and their alienation from Him. So God not only tells us what is right and wrong but that by continually doing what is wrong there will be consequences and this is all evident to us so we have no excuse in suppressing the truth.
I won’t even justify the statement about child molesters with an answer. It’s from a discredited researcher who formulated data to support his insane conclusion. As for the suicides, could it be they commit because of the fact gays are persecuted, laughed at, ridiculed, and emotionally tortured? Could it also be because some feel as though they have failed whenever they try to change their sexual preferences to match what the church teaches?
Anyone still think Carrie Prejean isn’t a bigot?