Sunday, January 20, 2013

Homosexuality and Religion

    Religion is, without a doubt, the largest opponent of homosexuality. Most religions claim its ungodly, sinful, and preach against it openly. Some religions try to convince people to change their sexuality and most religions contribute greatly to society's negative perspective of homosexuals. Religions oppress homosexuals in the aforementioned manners despite their own teachings. Today I will illustrate how various major religions' preachings dictate that they should not oppose homosexuality (not necessarily support it, but not to preach against it).

Catholics, Mormons, and Christians:
     Though not a specific denomination, many Christian religions share many beliefs and value, therefore I will discuss them all as one. Also, note that some Christian denominations support homosexuals, so this is only talking about the denominations against homosexuality. Catholics, Mormons, and Christians preach that we are all are children of God. Like a good parent, Catholics and Christians also claim that God loves all his children. Part of love is tolerance and acceptance, and loving someone for who they are. These three religions also claim that it is men should judge not. So now I ask, if they preach to not judge, then why do they judge homosexuals? If God loves them unconditionally and tolerates and accepts them, then why don't Catholics, Mormons, and Christians? If you're supposed to become more like God, then shouldn't you also love, accept, and tolerate like God? If God says treat all people equally (consider the parable of the woman Jesus saves from the Pharisees who wanted to stone her and his healing of everyone, even sinners), than why don't these religions treat homosexuals equally? These religions preach that their members should be like their God who loves unconditionally and accepts everyone. As such, so should their members.

Hindus and Buddhists:
     The Hindu and Buddhist religions believe and preach the concept of Karma. Which, according to religionfact is: "The Sanskirt word karma means "actions" and refers to the fundamental Hindu principle that one's moral actions have unavoidable and automatic effects on one's fortunes in this life and condition of rebirth in the next." Basically, do good and good happens to you and do bad and bad happens to you. When Hindus were themselves oppressed in their own country, karma dictated that the British be punished for their crimes. A successful revolution threw out the occupying British. Then, according to karma, the actions of people against homosexuals will come around and punish them. If you accept and tolerate homosexuals and love them unconditionally, your good deeds will reward you later. If one believes in the concept of karma, then they should accept homosexuals as it is right and a good action with a beneficial consequence for all.

     The following quote comes from ezsoftech: "In surah Al-Room Allah (SWT) says, "And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely there are signs in this for the learned." Noble Qur'an (30:22)

With this verse, Islam declares equality among people as one human race, one humanity, that is because Islam respect a human for being a human not for any other reason; Islam does not distinguish between two races, or two groups of people, or between two colors, and the Prophet Muhammad (saw) addressed the people signifying that concept during the last Hajj pilgrimage, saying: "O People! Your God is one; your father is one; no preference of an Arab neither over non-Arab nor of a non-Arab over an Arab or red over black or black over red except for the most righteous. Verily the most honored of you is the most righteous."" Muslims actually have the best claim for not being hypocrites when oppressing homosexuals; this is because the Prophet Muhammad said that the more righteous are above the less righteous. Therefore, if Muslims claim that homosexuality is unrighteous (I will argue in my next article), then they can claim that heterosexuals are above homosexuals. However, Islam still preaches equality and thus, even if Muslims consider homosexuals as inferiors, they must still be treated and loved equally by Muslims everywhere.

     Every major religion preaches equality; tolerance, acceptance, and unconditional love for all people. Yet relatively few religious people apply this belief to homosexuals. All religous people, if they truly believe in their religion, must accept, tolerate, and love homosexuals as equal. They need not like homosexuality, but they need to love and accept them as they claim to. Religion is the biggest opponent of homosexuality, yet their values support the acceptance of homosexuals. Simply out, religion needs to stop their hypocrisy by ending their oreachings against homosexuals.

Note: There are two thesises (thesi?) that were left unargued in this article, namely how religion greatly contributes to societies negative perspective of homosexuals and why homosexuality isn't a sin. These two points will be argued in upcoming articles. Also, if you haven't noticed, I've been arguing how current values of societies should support acceptance of homosexuals, but don't. These articles also argue why those values should still be applied to homosexuals. This general trend will continue for several articles, so take note. Finally, I'm an avaid atheist. I know what I know about these religions from my childhood and avid research for the writing of this article. Thank you my few readers for believing in me and minorities.

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