As a gay man, I have had the love of Jesus hissed at me more often that I care to recall.
Now, in another thread, I'm told (once again) that my orientation is a sin.
That it is a birth defect.
That it is a choice.
This tripe is in my face every day. Why must it follow me here?
Isn't there some place I can go--where all gay members can go--and not have to watch our backs? Where we need not read, yet again, the prattle of the ignorant, the bigots, the religious? Where we need not feel poked and watch our natures discussed, as if our lives were debatable?
My question is to the moderators: Why is this topic even allowed to come to the table, let alone to continue? Why do you consider it viable? Do you have any idea how hurtful, divisive and dangerous this junk is?
And I do mean dangerous, because it is from these very points of ignorant "truth" that the bashers grant themselves permission to come after us. Jerry Falwell has died and the supporting "fact" for his opportunistic bigotry had been proven false years before that event. But it finds a free home here.
So, moderators, don't you feel some sense of responsibility for the well-being of your gay members? Do you possess the imagination to put yourselves into our place and just see what this means to us? Do you truly believe that that discussion is just the same as all others? Do you believe that we should just ignore threads in which our natures are being discussed?
To me, this place has just turned sour. It's like something very good has been taken away, and for very tired and foolish reasons. I know I'm not a long-time member, but even so, I am a member of the community and I--and all gay members--want to contribute and participate in a place of . . . sanctuary, I guess. A place where the crap, ignorance and bigotry of society isn't going to smeared in our faces once again.