Religion has always been seen as a sensitive topic to discuss and so has homosexuality. But what happens when you’re discussing the two together? It gets heated!!!!
I recall about a year or two back when the Dare the Engage committee started hosting events on religion and homosexuality, I went to quite a few of these events, and I think that’s why Jordan thought I would be a good choice for a D2E member!
Religion comes in all different forms; Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and so on. Beyond these different religions, many have different sects. So it all comes down to what is religion because obviously what’s religion to one person is not religion to another. What one Christian may see as right, another may see as wrong. Therefore, who even comes up with the rules of right and wrong in religion? See why I say it’s a sensitive topic and a complex one because frankly there is no right answer!
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, religion is “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.” Note the word personal!!! Meaning an individual! Even if we want to focus on the institutionalized part of the definition, is it talking about all institutions? No, it’s a certain institution’s beliefs. Therefore, why should anyone be imposing their religious beliefs on another?
But this isn’t just a discussion on religion, it’s a discussion on homosexuality and religion! And I’ll be honest, I’m not expert on any religion, not even my own, but one thing I do know is everyone has different beliefs no matter what religion they’re in. When I sat at the panel discussion the D2E committee had a few years ago, there were members from a variety of religions, some who were homosexual and some who weren’t. Some who saw homosexuality as wrong and against God’s wishes, and others who didn’t. Therefore, the question comes up again, what’s right and what’s wrong!!!
Following the panel discussion, a few movies were shown on different days addressing the conflict between homosexuality and certain religions. And once again we saw, people in the same religion had different views on what’s right and wrong. What God or their divine figure approves of and what he doesn’t. So once again, what’s right and what’s wrong!!!
Well as I mentioned before, there is no correct answer because we all have our opinions and beliefs, but I’ll share what I, and I repeat this is simply what I think, not what is the ultimate law, even though it would be cool if I could make these laws! Anyways! I think we all need to realize that we are different and we need to accept that. We need to not try to impose our beliefs and get anyone to “change” or be “fixed.” God made us all a certain way, and he chose to make some people homosexual, or bisexual, etc. He didn’t make us all the same because one that would be boooooooooring! It was his choice to make us the way he did therefore, trying to force someone to change their sexual orientation because you don’t think it’s “right” and it doesn’t follow the norm is telling God “hey you messed up but don’t worry I’ll fix it for you.”
So that’s my view, let’s all love and accept each other for our individual selves and not for what we want others to be. But that’s just my opinion, what’s yours?
Also, here’s a picture someone had put on FB that I must say I really liked and felt like sharing!
Enjoy and comment!