Quite appropriately for Easter, I came across this thought-provoking essay written by a single dad. The article is titled “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay” and in it, the dad struggles to put into words the wrongness of righteousness. That is, how people of various religious beliefs use their faiths in order to be hateful, especially the case of Christians hating on gay people. The thing is, the central tenet of most of these religions say “Love others.” Why is then that we feel the need to shun people, to ridicule people, to persecute people, or even to kill people simply because they do not share our beliefs?
Predictably, this single dad’s essay provoked a lot of responses. Some are hateful, written by people who just refuse to get it, and quite a lot more stories that are positive and quite moving. There’s this daughter who got reunited with her family for Thanksgiving. There’s another woman-in-rehab whose family visited her after refusing contact for three years. And then there’s this mother who reined in her homophobia and started accepting—loving—her gay son.
The world would be a much better place if we only learned to be more loving rather than hating of other people.