Monday, December 05, 2005

The Church and Homosexuality

Opening the newspaper has always been a depressing task for me each morning. This morning's (11/1/05) The News-Journal (a local Florida paper) has a small article on page 3, reading "Panel pulls lesbian minister's credentials."

Rev. Irene "Beth" Stroud was defrocked on Monday by the highest court within the United Methodist Church. The court found that she violated the denomination's ban on "self-avowed, practicing homosexual" clergy. Accordingly, this "lifestyle" is incompatible with Christian teachings.

I find it ironic that a religion based on a man who was excepting of a prostitute and was trying to teach people to love one another without prejudice, now condemns those who do not conform to their standards.

Hypocrisy runs rampant here and in most religions. People go to church on Sundays to pray for their sins, which are supposedly forgiven, and come Monday morning, they are beating their kids, cheating on their spouses and 'coveting thy neighbors' possessions (i.e., "Keeping up with the Jones'"). People shroud themselves in the protection a religion claims to offer but forget the basic fundamentals of being a good, moral person each day of their life.

Discriminating against anyone for their "lifestyle" choices cuts at the very heart of the basic teachings of Jesus and I would imagine he would be ashamed of the state of the world today. Here is a woman who has faith in a religion that does not have faith in her. Religion is supposed to bring people together, not shun them.

Note: Religion has many positive aspects but no one person is better than another. People should know that our differences are what define us.

1 comment:

RAINMAK1976 said...

Neurotically Yours: Episode # 064: No Christmas For You

Foamy:

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL,.
I REALLY HATE DOING HOLIDAY SPECIALS OF ANY KIND BUT FRANKLY, I'M PISSED OFF AT ALL THESE NEO-YUPPIE SCUMBAGS HELL-BENT ON REMOVING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FROM THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

EVERY YEAR AROUND THE HOLIDAY, SOME JACK-OFF HAS TO GO COMPLAINING TO SOME COURT ABOUT HOW HE HATES CHRISTMAS AND HOW THERE'S SOME MANGER SCENE WITH BABY JESUS OFFENDING HIM AT SOME LOCAL SCHOOL.....WELL WHO CARES..... IF SOMEONE DECIDED TO TOSS A BABY JESUS ON THE FRONT LAWN .....WHAT'S THE FUCKING PROBLEM???

AND THAT'S ANOTHER THING...YOU KNOW HOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS USE TO HAVE CHRISTMAS PLAYS AND SHIT LIKE THAT.....THEY DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE....AND IF THEY DO, THEY REMOVE ALL THE SONGS THAT HAVE ANY REFRENCE TO RELIGION IN THEM......NO, “SILENT NIGHT”, NO, “JOY TO THE WORLD”, AND NO FUCKING “LITTLE DRUMMER BASTARD”

THESE ARE THE SAME TYPE OF INSTITTIONS THAT TELL YOU TO BE TOLERANT OF EVERYONE ELSES BELIEFS BUT TRY TO BEAT EVER HINT OF GOOD OL' ST. NICK OUT OF CHRISTMAS......HOW CAN ANYONE BE OFFENDED BY A FAT GUY WHO GIVES OUT FREE STUFF......WHAT....ARE WE ALL PISSED AT SANTA BECAUSE HE'S FAT AND HAPPY AND PERFECTLY CONTENT WITH HIS IMAGE....IT'S LIKE ALL THESE NEO-YUPPIES WANT TO GIVE HIM AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX AND PUT HIM ON A FATKINS DIET.....

AND THAT'S WHY I LIKE SANTA, BECAUSE HE'S A FAT BASTARD....WORKS ONE DAY A YEAR..... IS ACTUALLY HAPPY...AND EATS ALL THE COOKIES HE WANTS.....HE REWARDS THE GOOD....AND PUNISHES THE GUILTY....KIND OF LIKE A VIGILANTE WITH GIFTS.

AND ONE LAST THING....I'M TIRED OF EVERY ASSHOLE SLOGAN MARKETING TEAM CHANGING “MERRY CHRISTMAS” TO “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” OR “SEASONS GREETINGS”....SO THEY'RE MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE......FUCK YOU.......I DON'T CARE WHO SAYS WHAT, IT'S FUCKING CHRISTMAS. DEAL WITH IT.....'TIS THE SEASON.....TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP BEING A WHINNING BITCH. LEAVE THE CHRITMAS FOLK ALONE...

AND JUST SO YOU KNOW WHERE I'M COMING FROM, I'M NOT ONE OF THESE PREACHY religious FANTATICS, I DON'T GO TO CHURCH, AND I COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT HUMANITIES ISSUES WITH THE VARIOUS GODS THEY WORSHIP.....
I JUST WANT CHRISTMAS TO BE CHRISTMAS.....WITHOUT SOME FUCKING JACK-ASS TELLING ME NOT TO SING CHRISTMAS SONGS BECAUSE IT HAS A RELIGIOUS OVER-TONE.....

STOP RUINING THE HOLIDAYS NEO-YUPPIE SCUM!
OR I'LL BEAT YOU WITH BABY JESUS...

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF SANTA....OR GET NOTHING