While conceptually I understand why so many religions take issue with Gay People, emotionally it just pisses me off. Let’s go back to where some of this bullshit started. And, by the way if you are religious and feel that your religion justifiably can discriminate against gay people (or anyone else for that matter), I do not apologize for what I am about to say – I do invite you to comment but I warn you, you should probably educate yourself on the foundations of your religion before you start quoting scripture with me. I will give you a clue…HISTORY. Don’t start quoting your book.
Let’s take it back….way back. Homosexuality has been around since man/woman. You can find homosexuality documented from any continent you research and find times throughout history where it was accepted: In Africa there is a depiction of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, a gay couple, kissing from the 5th Dynasty; In China you can find stories as early as 600BCE where they wrote stories of gay sex (which was accepted by the way); Ancient Greece a man taking on a male relationship, in addition to his wife, was something many wealthy and powerful men did; Ancient Rome both men and women took on same sex lovers; Some Native American tribes held gay men in high honor. They were often the shaman’s. Others, encouraged their gay men to take on the role of a wife with another man. This was documented both in their stories and their art…need I go on? The point is this, all of these societies had some sort of religion and religion condoned and practiced homosexuality.
So, when did religion start to get its panty’s in a twirl over homosexuality? Mostly, I think, it had to do with procreation. You will find that when a religion is just starting out or when a famine/war has hit its population, suddenly and quite calculatedly the heads of the religion need people to stop practicing in pleasure and start getting it on with havin’ babies. Time to start pumpin out those new parishioners! If you do not have followers, religion cannot survive. You got it, I am saying that it was a survival tactic. No more drinking, no more playing, no more wasting precious semen on whores or on men, no more special women relationships…time to stop the fun and start birthin’ da new crop. Think I am full of shit? Research it. I did and I was shocked as shit. But, it makes sense…does it not? When times are good…anything goes. When times get rough…well, fuck it we all suffer together.
Now you say….but wait, what about what my religious doctrine says on Saturday’s and Sunday’s?? What about the book that we read from? Lets be practical here folks – men wrote these books and they picked which stories stayed in and which stories were cut out. Many of the religions are founded on some rebel’s teaching (Jesus was a rebel, don’t get it twisted…so was Buddha) and these books were not written until 30, 50, 600 years later. Are you seriously trying to tell me that with an oral history being passed around from the time these radical ideas were being espoused, that someone trying to gain rank and power did not alter the words of these prophets? It happened and there is documentation of this in any religion. People try to gain power and they twist belief into assisting them gain this power (does Jim Jones ring a bell with you? How about Jim Baker?). Most people could not even read at the time these books were being written and there is absolutely no doubt that these books were NOT written by the people they are following. Jesus did not pick up the pen and write down his thoughts. DID NOT HAPPEN.
So why on earth would religion continue to say being Gay is baaaad??? My opinion is that in order to say that you are good, you must show what is bad. You must pick out a group of people and say: Now this, this is who is not like us and because they are not like us they are BAD. Not Michael Jackson “Bad” but more like unholy. Mormon’s did it quite successfully with African American’s. They picked out a group of people and said: Ya see, God has marked them with a different skin tone to show they are bad! Jehovah Witnesses point the finger at anyone who does not subscribe to their beliefs. No socializing with them. Catholic’s feel that being gay is bad but continue to support their priests foolin around with kids. Again, this is just my theory.
What infuriated me recently was the Proposition 8 movement in California. What the fuck people? I mean seriously, what the fuck. We voted to discriminate against an entire group of people and do you know who funded this hate vote? Religious folks (and I hope someone sues their ass to have their tax exemption taken away). I have maintained that I will continue to “discuss” with my religious friends the basis for their discrimination, but it hurts more than you can imagine. To think that people would have preferred that even though their parents could not stick it out together, they would rather have my parents have no rights at all. None. Domestic Partnership you say? I’ll talk about that another time. This is an attempt for legalized discrimination. Sure, let’s make Gay People contribute to the social services we are take for granted, but we will treat them like Second Class Citizens. No marriage or property rights can be held in that relationship….no spouses can collect Social Security Benefits should something happen to their 20 year partner. Nope. But, these people can enjoy the fruits of gay people’s contribution into that system. Again I say…what the fuck.