Faith must embrace alternative lifestyles
Brett Scuiletti / Columnist
Christian love should reach out to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. "Love all" is the greatest commandment, any less is unchristian.
There is a problem with the modern religious and political
landscape, and land has nothing to do with it. This is about
people; people whose lives and means of living depend on
decisions made daily by people other than themselves.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
continues to be attacked for committing to lifestyles
dissimilar to those of the general populace. Many Christian
groups strongly oppose these lifestyles and those who support
The judgment must end here.
Intolerance against the LGBT community is unacceptable. God
did not hand Christians, or any human being, a mandate to
dispose of, or halt, the actions of people with alternative
In fact, as a Roman Catholic myself, I was taught the only
judge this world will see is God. Yet, I continue to witness
discrimination against sexual minorities, coming especially
from Christian movements.
The hypocrisy is unnerving. For a religion that prides
itself on love and acceptance of all people, leaving to God
the final judgment, it is quite apparent that many
self-proclaimed “followers of God” still feel
obliged to judge others and condemn them on their own.
These movements to ban homosexual couples from marriage must
not continue. People must keep their personal beliefs
personal and remember that this nation was built around free
choice and opportunity. Those who choose to marry another of
the same sex have just as much a right to do so as
A law or proclamation against gay marriage does not sanctify
Christian morality, it merely enables biased individuals or
groups to attack and degrade people who are different than
Mere tolerance of the LGBT community isn’t enough. The
many Christian and non-Christian groups that have opened
their doors to the LGBT community are proof enough that love
and acceptance can work together with spiritual
The tired excuse that, “I don’t want to get
involved,” or “it’s not an issue I want to
discuss,” should not be tolerated. This issue exists
because many people won’t confront it. The time to make
a stand is now upon us.
This piece isn’t an attack on Christianity; it’s a pledge to challenge Christians and non-Christians alike who can’t accept people because of their sexual orientation to change. Christian groups simply tend to be the most apparent example of this type of prejudice.