I try not to talk about religion a whole lot on this show, after all it’s a news show, not particularly a secular show, or an atheist show focused specifically on issues of religion, but I am an atheist, and a humanist, I believe that we should have a strong separation between church and state, and that a degree in divinity is about as useful as a degree in jerking off. The unfortunate reality of this world is that religious leaders have an undue amount of influence on the activities of government, across the globe, and it is rare that their efforts are to push the sort of liberal values that I believe the world needs. While there are certainly pastors, Rabbis or Imams that support marriage equality, and are accepting of people in the LGBT community, the vast majority usually end up on the wrong end of the spectrum.
Case in point: Just today, over 150 evangelical leaders gathered in Nashville to sign a manifesto against homosexuality, marriage equality, transgender people, and all around human decency. They called this collective jerk-off session the “The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” and undoubtedly their time would have been better spent playing a game of ookie cookie. Their 3 page rant about the immorality of homosexuality and transgenderism is a symptom of the disease we have yet to cure in this country and around the world. The statement says, of gays and transgender people, “WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.” And “WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior.”
What is so disturbing about these statements is that so many children are raised in households and taught these messages from the pulpit and in the home from birth, that among them are uncountable numbers of gay or transgender youths who grow up hating themselves because they are taught that the way they feel is evil and immoral. It is child abuse, plain and simple. To teach a child that they shouldn’t be themselves because a 2,000 year old book of questionable authenticity says so, is a blight on all of the goodness that humanity has accomplished, to send these children to be fucking brainwashed and abused at so-called gay conversion therapy clinics is a god damn crime against humanity, it’s part of the reason the Suicide rate among LGBT youth is 4.5 times higher than straight youth.
Until we stop these people from having so much influence on our society we cannot fix the problem. If we continue to allow the public demonization of an entire part of our society just for who they love, or who they truly are, we will continue to have an entire class of people who cannot join fully in the benefits and beauty that exist in the world. We will not be able to claim that we live in moral or equal societies, and we will continue to be misguided by charlatans who claim to have a monopoly on truth, but in fact are blind fools, peddling their wares like a patent medicine salesman, doing more harm than good.