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Daniel Ashley Pierce: LGBT Homelessness and the Word of God

If you have seen the viral YouTube video of twenty-year-old Daniel Ashely Pierce coming out to his family, you will know just how incredibly disturbing and disgusting it is… A dark reminder that even in our world today, coming out can be one of the most awful things a young gay person experiences. I think we can all agree that our teenage years and early adulthood is a very tender time for everybody. Discovering who you are and uncovering certain truths about life and the world is incredibly sobering and often disconcerting. Bullying is a real thing – it is not simply a gas in the air, and that bullying doesn’t only happen on the schoolyard. It also happens in homes. It can come directly from the people who are supposed to be the most supportive and loving figures in your life. Yet, all it takes is this almighty “word of god” and suddenly certain people feel they can justify everything – including abusing and abandoning their own son.

Not only was young Daniel berated and shamed for being gay, he was also physically assaulted and forced to move from his parent’s home. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately, it should. In 2012, research indicated that 40% of homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT. An astonishing 43% of drop-in shelter clients identify as LGBT. In addition, 86% of LGBT people report having been verbally harassed at school for their sexual orientation. So, along with the adversity these young people face for being gay, they also now face the social stigma of being homeless. It seems this “word of god” is really incredibly harmful.

It seems a common debate has risen surrounding whether or not homosexuality is a choice. I’ve blogged previously about where scientific research currently stands on this, but ultimately – I am not personally interested in justifying my homosexuality with “it wasn’t my choice.” It is unfortunate that people feel the need to step back from homosexuality instead of embracing it and being unapologetic. We can also make the strong case that identifying as Christian is a choice. Identifying as a homophobe is a choice. But it seems to me that we are completely missing the mark in this conversation. This family abused their son both physically and verbally, and we are still sitting here trying to debate whether or not homosexuality is a choice? It doesn’t matter. This family abused and abandoned their son. End of discussion.

It seems apparent to me in this situation, and in situations I’ve experienced personally, that these anti-LGBT family members actually feel as though they are doing the right thing. They feel they are “honoring the word of god,” and balking at any sense of reason in the process. I’ve heard people justify this hatred with quips like “He’s just trying to do the right thing.” Let me ask you… would we ever look at what Hitler did and think “He was just trying to do the right thing?” Would we allow for any kind of justification of this blatant anti-semitism which resulted in a genocide that killed six million Jewish people? It doesn’t matter how well-intentioned Hitler might have considered himself, what he was doing was terribly wrong. The parents depicted in this video showed blatant disregard for their son, attacking him and making him yet another young LGBT homeless person. There is no justification for this. Not even your precious bible.

After this video went viral, donations collected on the Internet to help young Daniel with living expenses amounted to over $50,000. While this is such a wonderful gesture, we have to understand that Daniel is not alone. In order for stories like Daniel’s to stop happening, many things need to change. I would encourage every gay person reading this to stop apologizing for themselves. I would like to commend Daniel for his bravery and tenacity against such horrible circumstances. And ultimately, I wish that the next time we want to dump an ice bucket on our heads, we could donate to a charity that supports homeless people, including LGBT homeless people.

To donate: http://nationalhomeless.org/issues/lgbt/

Also, you can watch the video below. It contains obscene language and violence.

Ex-Gay Christian Outed and The Bible’s Greatest Hits

gay bible picI’m sure you’ve seen it swirling around the blogosphere recently. An “ex-gay” Christian blogger, Matt Moore, outed for being on Grindr. After several months of silence, he stepped forward to admit that he had been on Grindr, but was simply looking to meet men in the area and wanted to go to gay bars. He states that he has since sold his computer and locked his phone in attempt to block out any temptation. He states that he is “trying” to not engage in homosexual activity, because it is sinful.

Many people would find this absolutely abhorrent, but I do not. I find it very sad. The irony of the whole situation is that Matt’s blog, which I was unable to access, is entitled “Standing On Truth.” I’m not sure if he is actually standing on truth, so much as Wallowing in Fear, Lies, and Self-Loathing, but in any event, it is very sad. It is a prime example of religious folklore torturing an otherwise promising young man. I’m sure many of us knows what this feels like. It’s not a situation to mock or criticize. It is one to empathize with.

In light of this poor young man’s plight, I wanted to take a moment to highlight what I consider to be some of the bible’s “Greatest Hits.” These are passages that come straight from the book this confused young man is investing his faith in. I’m unsure how a gay person, a woman, a minority, or any rational human being can read this text and feel “inspired” or “enlightened” by it. But I just want to remind Matt, as well as any other young, gay Christian who may be struggling with their faith in light of their sexual orientation… It is ok to ask questions. It is ok to beg to differ. It is ok to love yourself.

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 1: 1 Timothy 2:12
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.”

“Happy those who seize your children and smash them against a rock.”

(Editors Note: This passage is frequently omitted from readings in church. What’s really fun though? Check out the 1970’s disco anthem “Rivers of Babylon” by Boney M, based on this passage. Let it play while you read the rest.)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 3: Ephesians 5:22
“Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.”

“Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.”

(Editors Note: That one could actually be interpreted as kind of hot.)

“Then God said: ‘Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you’.”

(Editors Note: CPS, anyone?)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 6: 1 Samuel 15:3
“Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 7: Judges 19:25-28
This story describes a situation in which a man is trapped in his house, with an angry mob outside his front door, awaiting him. (This one is real classy)…

“So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.”

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 9: Leviticus 24:16
“Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death.”

(Editors Note: Is this kind of like how you’re not supposed to make eye contact with Vanilla Ice?)

“And the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 11: Leviticus 20:13
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 12: Leviticus 11:10
“But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 13: Leviticus 11:11
“They (shellfish) shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination.”

(Editor’s Note: So, just to clarify, according to Leviticus, both shellfish and gay sex are abominations.)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 14: Ezekiel 23:19-20
“Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 15: Malachi 2:3 (King James Version)
“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.”

(Editors Note: I beg your pardon?)

I’m unsure why so many seem hellbent on making this literature fit into their lives. Or even define their lives. Yes, the dung passage is awesome, but what about the rest of them? The ones that are promoting genocide, killing and raping women, advising “slaves” to be submissive and obedient to even the most perverse slaveowners? This type of literature is not inspiring. It is disgusting. So, Matt Moore, and any other gay Christian who is struggling… please ask questions and know that you always have a friend here.

By the way, please offer up any more awesome passages in the comments below. You can’t write this stuff, it’s so good!

Homosexuality, Sin, and the Bible as an Infallible Source for Moral Guidance

Many who have run across this graphic in the past few days see it a s a great demonstration as to why Christians are wrong to classify homosexuality as a sin. Rather, this graphic is more powerful in demonstrating how easily Christians can interpret the Bible in any way they see fit whilst proclaiming it to be the objective, infallible source for moral guidance. Take a look.