The reason why LGBT people want to be welcomed and embraced by any church or any Christian faith, is because it's consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. +Tim Beilfuss
mentioned child molesters. Child molestors are predominantly heterosexual, and would be welcomed with open arms into any church, while that's not true of LGBT Christians.+Jack Dubs
thinks it's silly for anyone who is LGBT to believe in a religion that damns them to hell - and he's right. But you have to remember that it's a belief in God - not a belief in "religion" - that drives this issue.
The hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, LDS (Mormons), and the Southern Baptist Convention, is staggering. Religious leaders and politicians always justify their bigotry by hiding behind their religious beliefs, or by claiming that God and scripture supports their personal views, and it "says so in the Bible." The problem with these statements is the fact that scripture says no such thing.
Catholic theologians couldn't find one verse of scripture that supported the notion that homosexuality was a sin and forbidden. So they inserted language into the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the document that governs the religion, and declared homosexuality was a sin.
LDS is a religion that was "invented" by Joseph Smith and is governed by the Book of Mormon. Accordingly, the Garden of Eden is in Missouri, and it was the men in the church who decided that homosexuality would not be accepted by the church.
The Southern Baptist Convention was different from many religions, because they believed that the Bible was inerrant, and their religion was based entirely on the Holy Bible. [Remember that the Bible does not condemn LGBT people] So in the year 2000, they adopted a resolution to add to the Baptist Faith and Message that said “In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose … all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality and pornography.”
These 3 Christian faiths couldn't justify discrimination based on scripture, so the male leaders of each religion inserted language into church documents, in order to justify disenfranchising LGBT believers.
Do you have any idea how many millions of Americans base their discomfort and dislike of anyone or anything LGBT - because "that's what it says in the Bible?"+Matthew Bannock
I don't think self confidence has anything to do with this, and the Westboro situation isn't applicable.
No one should be forced choose between their faith or being true to themselves. For people raised in a faith community, they are often told that they have to choose between coming out, or being ex-communicated. People lose their family over this stuff. Utah has the highest suicide rate in the nation over this stuff. These 3 religions treat women terribly, and feel that their "religious liberty" is threatened by birth control.
LGBT people work so hard on changing the views and policies of religion and churches, because these views are wrong and they destroy families and people's lives.
I know I just wrote a novel - and I apologize for that. This is the condensed version - as this subject is much more complex than I could even go into here.