Religion Is Not Tolerant

In England, the Anglican Church is struggling with women ordained as bishops and bishops who are openly gay. It is a total mystery to me why someone who is gay would want to be a bishop in an antihomosexual organisation. And the Anglican church is exactly that, just like any other religious organisation.

If I were gay I’d attack this bishop Gene Robinson for treason – treason to the just cause of acceptance of gays. In his robes, Robinson is living denial of the otherwise undeniable truth that churches are anti-gay organisations. And when in his service (watch the video) he talks of “two men or two women who choose to make a Christian family together” he is telling a great big whopping lie. You cannot do that. You cannot be partners of the same sex and start a Christian family – that’s like being a bankrobber and claiming to live an honest life. Here’s Leviticus 20:13 for you (in the Catholic New American Bible translation):

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.

I think it’s time for clarity. I think it’s time for the world to speak out on this: religious organisations are by their very nature not tolerant, not accepting and not forgiving. Robinson should leave his robes at the altar and tell the truth: religion is inherently anti-gay and unless we start to rip pages from Bible, Torah and Qur’an, and probably all the other “holy” books as well, it will always be. And believers everywhere can be held accountable for not making that crucial choice to leave these archaic institutions of power behind. You’re all still propping the whole charade up. And if you ask me, they are just waiting for the end of this era of ‘heretical modernism’ so they can turn back the clock. Firmly.

The next time the Pope lands somewhere, or some important rabbi is being fêted by world leaders, or some imam is being interviewed respectfully for television, pop the big questions. What about the gays? What about the atheists? What about the other religions? And keep popping these.

And maybe, just maybe some people will start to see the truth behind the sweet talk.

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