Showing posts with label LBGTQ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LBGTQ. Show all posts

Friday, October 25, 2019

Cultural Christianity weaponized against LBGTQ parents and children

From "SufferThe Little Children" by Kathryn Post in Sojourners, Sept/Oct, 2019, p15
Religious freedom cases involving adoption are highly contentious. However, the weaponization of Christianity against LGBTQ people not only violates the Christian directive to love but misses the moral complexity in people’s lives.
“The rhetoric is so one-sided. It creates this dichotomy where it’s impossible for folks to conceive that someone who is LGBTQ could also be Christian,” said Kat Bowling, a leader and activist in Atlanta’s queer Christian community. “LGBTQ Christians are just as capable of raising children in healthy, nurturing faith environments as are heterosexual families,” said Bowling. She believes her right to adopt should not be limited by something that has no impact on her ability to parent.
But it’s complicated. In the U.S., all adoption agencies must be licensed with the state—and most faith-based agencies rely on state referrals and tax dollars to keep their adoption and foster programs going. Bowling believes that if LGBTQ Americans pay taxes, then this money should not be “used against them for their own discrimination.”
Editor's note:
What happens when religion gets "weaponized" as Kathryn Post puts it in the effort to discriminate against LBGTQ people? In my Unitairan Universalist church LBGTQ people are not discriminated against and even, further, welcomed and supported. We hope they not only will join us, but bring their children. Even though UU is not considered "christian," we do follow most of the teachings of Jesus who said, "Let the little children come unto me," and in our current times, Jesus, would have added, "and their parents."

Friday, October 11, 2019

Unitarian Universalists celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person on October 11, National Coming Out Day

On October 11, 1987 more than half a million people flooded Washington, D.C., demanding civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans, now celebrated each year as National Coming Out Day. Many of the marchers objected to the government's response to the AIDS crisis, as well as the Supreme Court's 1986 decision to uphold sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick.

The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed there, bringing national attention to the impact of AIDS on gay communities, a tapestry of nearly two thousand fabric panels each a tribute to the life of one who had been lost in the pandemic.

This information came from the This Week In Peace History web site which you can access by clicking here.
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