First and foremost, this isn’t about Freedom Of Speech or Freedom of Religion. If A&E was anti-Christian, they would have NEVER aired Duck Dynasty due to its religious overtones.Some conservatives are even somehow pinning Phil Robertson’s suspension as “Pro-Muslim”. Contrary to popular belief, their holy scripture isn’t much different than the Bible. Try reading it. As a bonus for your time, I’m going to write this entire post without calling Phil Robertson a homophobic bigot. Unlike Phil, I can assert an argument without misusing and parroting scripture that lacks honest context to support my claim as to WHY his comments were not ok.
What this IS about is the misuse of scripture to support his insult towards a group of people. These things should be common sense, but when you have conservative crowds that believe the Bible should be able to override the Constitution in order to deny human beings equal rights in the eyes of the law, some things need to be reiterated more than once.
Before I even continue- America is not a Christian nation. People still believe that lie, because America is a Democracy, not a Theocracy. That’s a concept they should’ve learned in 5th grade. Our founding fathers were Deists, and I still remember my conservative, overbearing, detention hungry history teacher grimacing every time he was reminded of that fact. Go figure. Just because they say “God” doesn’t mean it’s YOURS. Don’t be so self centered.
Why is quoting scripture in relation to homosexuals an insult? First, according to the twisted, conservative view of the bible, “homosexuality is a sin”. Corinthians and Leviticus is often quoted, often with anger, often calling our lives “sin”, “dangerous”, relating us to murderers, liars and thieves, and they’re pretty convinced that “we’re from the devil”.
By now I hope you’d see why this is an insult. If you don’t, read further.
These scriptures are quoted, often coupled with blatant accusations of “harmful to kids”, “child molesters”, “homosexuals lead to beastiality”, as is quoted by scripture.
Lets send the “don’t shoot the messenger” idea straight to hell where it came from, because that’s a cop out. The messenger obviously supports the message he is delivering, so Phil Robertson agrees on the idea that “homosexuality is sin and leads to beastiality, disease and other vile inhumane acts” as quoted from scripture.
I don’t see why we should enjoy the subjective “truth” of being lumped with child rapists and being attracted to animals, just because YOU don’t “understand” how two people of the same sex could be attracted to each other.
Frequent question I’ve run into: “Well what about the homosexuals calling us bigots, that’s an insult too!”
It is an insult. But when you’re faced when the opinion of one of the worlds most dominant religions that say “your life is an ugly, false lie” and quote scripture as “proof”, growing angry is a defense mechanism because realistically, “how could anyone believe this tripe about me when I have done nothing but good? I just love another person of the same gender! its my life, not theirs!”
The truth is about Phil Robertson’s comments is that many LGBT people, as children, teens, or adults have to walk around pins and needles of the conservative half of Christianity that says “you deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth”. Every day some of us wake up and have to work an environment where we can’t talk about our significant other as openly like others can. Some of us have to hide for the sake of their children. Some of us have to hide who we are in order to stay in the good graces of our family who may be ultra-conservative. Some of us have to reject our identity in order to keep a roof over our head.
Every single day many of us close our eyes and hope for the best when we approach random people- regardless of who they are- and to simply start conversation, we wonder about religion, we wonder if they’re most likely Christian. In addition to that since they’ll most likely be Christian, we wonder if we’ll be verbally or physically attacked with the same scripture used against our equal rights in the eyes of the law. We wonder if they think that straight people are completely immune to the public and private abuse we receive almost daily, for the same “sins” they are also committing. We wonder, with every single Christian we find, that one of them won’t try to invade our lives with their personal beliefs, and live as equals even though we may not agree. We hope to someday find that one Christian who won’t parrot scripture we’ve heard a million times to condemn who we are.
We wonder (well, at least I wonder) if these same people that quote scripture to defend their insults against my life realize that the same scripture was used to begin “gay conversion therapy” that has been nothing but a death trap for gay people wondering if God can help them. I wonder if they realize that the “word of God” which they hold so close and powerful, has led people- adults, teens and children, to commit suicide. No, its not “the gay lifestyle” that killed them, as many conservatives claim. Its your faith in God that you hold so strongly over the lives of others that they feel they “deserve nothing short of death” for who they are.
Take it from me, Phil Robertson- though he’ll probably never read this- but we’re tired of dying for your cause, and we’ve had enough of your lies about who we are. Same goes to the ultra-conservatives out there who may read this. I’m not dying or changing to please you. You would have never even knew I existed if you hadn’t read this blog. Phil Robertson’s suspension is just a mere slap on the hand compared to the many gay people who are fired from their jobs every single day because of who they are, because the Christian Bible says so. Many gay people have lost their livelihoods- and their lives because of the misuse of Christian scripture in a “free”, “diverse” country.
Before I go, if you haven’t realised the repercussions of what your words may bring yet, read this suicide note from a gay teen. No one deserves to be treated like this, and we’ve had enough.
Blessed be. ❤