Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans are much less religious than their heterosexual peers, a new Gallup poll finds. Here’s why.
But Gallup whitewashes the “possible explanations.”
In reality, it’s no wonder that LGBT people are less religious, when daily the LGBT community is lambasted as perverted, sick, sinners, of the devil, and “worthy of death.” It’s no wonder that LGBT people are less religious, when those who claim to represent God and religion call for the mass murder of the world’s homosexuals.
Gays are regularly treated them as inhuman by most of the religious right’s loudest voices. Those same voices, along with the majority of GOP politicians — who are often one in the same — attack LGBT people as “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” They often engage in verbal assaults, like claiming homosexuality is an “unhealthy, sexual addiction,” an “abomination in the sight of God,” that same-sex marriage leads to “Adam and a bull,” and almost daily compare LGBT people to alcoholics, child-molesters, and thieves, and claim same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy, incest, increase in disease, and general immorality. And they call coming out as LGBT a “tragedy,” and a “family crisis.”
I was gonna say pretty well exactly the same thing. While I’m religious myself, I held a lot of hatred for Christianity in general for many, many years because of the hatred and loathing I experienced growing up in a Southern Baptist megachurch. The sad thing is, most of the people doing it didn’t realize the damage they were inflicting. Many of them honestly thought, or still think, they did what was right. It’s taken many years, but I’ve forgiven the vast majority of those people (I unfortunately can’t say all, but the few remaining all have other blood on their hands and I haven’t been able to let that go).
What people that spew these things seem to fail to realize is the complexity of human sexuality and gender. Being LGBTQ+ (intentionally leaving out the A here because I’ve never heard a religious argument for or against, among other reasons - none of which are negative) is an inherent part of one’s being. Whether people believe me or not (my mother sure doesn’t), it’s no different than being blond or right-handed; those are parts of myself that I can’t change. Sure, I can dye my hair, but doesn’t cease making me a natural blond. I could learn to write with my left hand, but that doesn’t mean my natural reflexes aren’t always gonna be with my right.
I’ve even been told that “we all have our battles” like I’m an alcoholic or something. And I can’t believe that a person would be made LGBTQ+ simply to live lives of denial and celibacy. One day, I think people will understand that. I just hope I’m still around to see it.
As a sidenote, it irks me that religion automatically = Christianity in articles like these.