For some reason, it doesn’t bother me so much knowing many of today’s leading religious leaders teach that homosexuality is a sin.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s problematic for sure.
Teaching homosexuality is a sin, is no less problematic than teaching Africans are naturally suited to slavery, European imperialism is a god-given divine right, or God’s will is for the complete submission and subjugation of a woman to her male counterparts.
But, what really grinds my gears — what really puts the “umph” in the punch, if you will, is subsequently teaching that homosexuals are perverts, deviants, “nasty,” or somehow less of a human being. Teaching children to embody a hatred toward homosexuals. Perpetuating the ideal that a homosexual man or woman is less of a person, less-deserving of kindness, friendship, or basic rights to equality.
This, is what really hits home to me …
A few weeks ago, a young boy came out to his friends on Facebook. His mother discovered his status, and left a note in his bedroom. The note was one of unconditional love and support. A perfect example of what a parent’s love for their child is supposed to be. A photo of the note was posted on a popular West Michigan radio station’s blog. I watched the comments roll in, and surprisingly, the vast majority of them were positive!
But … there’s always one:
A parent’s job is to instill values into their child. Nurture their child. Set their child up for success spiritually, morally, emotionally … in every possible way.
If a child learns to react with vitriol, judgement, and resentment for those whose values may differ from their own; I’d say this is the epitome of setting a child up for failure.
Instead of learning how to navigate a multi-cultural society comprised of people from all walks of life whose morals may range from religious conservative to religious universalism; these kids have learned to simply reject and denounce the differences in the world around them.
There’s a fine line between instilling a value or moral belief; and crippling a child’s ability to function, understand, and succeed in a multi-cultural and ever-evolving society.
May her boys never venture beyond the comforts of Small Town, USA … if they do; they’ll have quite the learning curve to climb.