Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WHY. . . Hate Gays, Ye "Christians" ?

Reposted from The College Professor  with permission.   justin

Why Do "Christians" Hate Gays?

In last Sunday's post, Jay responded by writing, "Why is it that the very people who could benefit the most from these are the very ones who use hate and bigotry under the guise of pointing out others' sins so resistance to hearing this very true message of love for one another and giving the glory to God? Perhaps an analysis of what turns people who most likely started out as Christians in the true sense of the word into hate-mongers and thoroughly despicable people might help those of us who are almost ashamed to call ourselves Christians because of them understand where the disconnect lies."  So I began to do a little research about why so many so-called "Christians" hate gay people.  I came across this essay by a gay man named Larry from Michigan.  It makes a lot of sense, though I don't know if I agree with all of it, Larry certainly makes some valid points.  I have long believed that one of the reasons for homophobia lies in the need to propagate the species.  In smaller groups in which larger populations were harder to maintain, (such as Native Americans) homosexuality was seen not as an evil, but as a natural part of civilization. Without further comment, I hope you find this essay as interesting as I did.

At some point, you have no doubt wondered why so-called "Christian" churches and their members behave in the most un-Christ-like ways toward God's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children. The Savior they falsely claim to "follow" and "worship," Jesus Christ, commanded all of humankind to treat each other with perfect love, and to do unto others as we would like them to do unto us. Considering Jesus' commands to them, their behavior therefore presents a contradiction in terms. How can this be explained? It's quite simple — this essay will expose the truth so-called "Christians" don't want you to know.

Mind you, modern-day so-called "Christians" didn't invent the hatred, rejection, and disapproval of gays and lesbians. Until the advent of semi-modern medicine within the last few hundred years, mortality was high and life-spans were short; in order to have a sufficient number of offspring to keep the species propagated, people often had to have as many as 15 children during their fertile years. Since purely gay and lesbian people by definition do not reproduce, the gays and lesbians of those times were not contributing to the further propagation of the human species. It is primarily for this reason that the societies of those times heaped scorn upon gay and lesbian people; this has carried forward to the present day, despite the modern world's over-population.

Also, at some point along the time line of human civilization, people began to figure out that a huge percentage of mankind is, for want of better terminology, intractably stupid. Specifically, the smarter people — the elites — figured out that the ignorant hordes could be easily controlled by exploiting their fear of things they didn't know. This fear of the unknown is a natural, instinctual human reaction, evolved over many thousands of years by our cave-dwelling ancestors, but it is a significant weakness in civilized societies. Without regard to what is absolutely moral or immoral, the elites of these ancient societies invoked fear in the masses by citing some kind of a higher power as an authority; whatever the elites chose became the "moral" codes of those societies. For reasons discussed in the previous paragraph, homosexuality was often one of the things these ancient elites condemned. Later on, this hatred of homosexuality was attributed to God as a means of keeping control in the hands of the elites.

This ancient hatred of gay people has filtered down through the millenia into modern society, despite modern medicine's obviation of any purported social "need" to "prevent" homosexuality. Nowadays, more gay people might actually be a good thing, in order to control a world population that is already too large for its own good. However, so-called "Christians" obviously still haven't moved out of the Dark Ages, considering the unprecedented levels of hatred they hold toward gay people — despite the lack of any logical motive for such hate. Their motives, in fact, are far more dark and sinister than they would ever let on.

Jesus Himself said that "you cannot worship both God and mammon (money)." Some two thousand years after He walked the earth, His words are oh-so-prophetic today. What is ultimately at the root of everything these so-called "Christian" churches do is not Christ's example, but rather the pursuit of earthly power — money. The elite leaders of these churches know that their followers' fear of the unknown — in particular, their fear of death and what happens after death — can be easily played in such a way that makes the elites fabulously wealthy. I will prove this over the next several paragraphs.

In the early part of the second millenium, the Roman Catholic Church became known for its granting of "indulgences." The idea was that a person could make a "sin offering" to God, in the form of a monetary payment to the Vatican, that would render his/her sins "forgiven" and leave him/her "pure" in God's eyes. Needless to say, this idea was so horribly abused by the wealthy to justify almost anything over the centuries, until one priest decided he had seen enough of it. Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a church door in the year 1520, and in so doing forever changed the course of Christendom — no longer did all of the world's ecclesiastical authority derive from Rome. The Church in Rome fought the 95 Theses, branding Luther a "heretic," but eventually realized that Luther was right and ended the practice of indulgences. One would think that Christianity had been returned to its proper place as the worship of God, not an earthly money pit.

Sadly, this is not the case today. Our so-called "Christian" leaders of the 21st century haven't learned a thing from the 16th century. Actually, they have learned one thing: they've learned how to be more slick about it than the Roman Catholic Church of the 16th century was. "Christian" televangelists (who are more accurately known to God as minions of Satan) appear on programs designed to play to the fear of the unknown among their blind-sheep followers, saying things like, "If you support our work in opposition to the 'homosexual agenda,' won't you please send us a small donation of $25? Would you please support us as we protect the unborn children of God? Even $50 will do! God will remember on the Day of Judgment who did and did not help us carry out 'His' work!" This implicit threat of eternal damnation causes the largely stupid flock to immediately and reflexively reach for their checkbooks, thereby fattening the bank accounts of the televangelists.

An examination of the history of "Christian" churches tells you a lot more. For example, the Roman Catholic Church had a well-known role in the European exploration and conquest of the New World — rumors in Europe in the Middle Ages had it that the New World was full of valuable earthly treasures like gold, silver, turquoise, and other minerals and metals not known or in limited supply in Europe. European countries' fortunes changed rapidly when these rare, valuable items were found in their New World colonies; Spain, for example, became the most powerful nation on earth for over 100 years after discovering and plundering the gold-rich civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. Often times, the monarchs of these European countries sought the permission of the Vatican for these explorations, frequently kicking some of the proceeds back the Pope's way.

Even today, the Roman Catholic Church still maintains a "Vatican Bank" with billions upon billions of dollars in holdings. Granted, it is not nearly as powerful and rich as it was before scandal rocked it in the 1970s and 1980s, but it was bailed out by the secretive, ultra-conservative Catholic cult Opus Dei. Why does the Vatican still maintain its own bank, when Jesus explicitly said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God?

So-called "fundamentalist" churches of modern times, like the Southern Baptists, are just as morally culpable as the Vatican. It is well-known that "fundamentalist 'Christian'" preacher Pat Robertson took the donations of his "flock" and used them to enrich himself by buying a diamond mine in the west African nation of Liberia. The purchase of the diamond mine has made Robertson a billionaire, and he has put some of that money back into his "Christian" broadcasting empire, which he then in turn uses to further his own wealth. Many "fundamentalist" or "charismatic" preachers are at least multi-millionaires, and their churches frequently are amazingly extravagant, opulent testaments to their wealth. In many cases, they use the boatloads of money to construct graven images, such as giant crosses and statues, in direct defiance of God's Ten Commandments.

The Mormon church is also well-known for its love of money. Much like the "fundamentalist" mega-churches all throughout the South, Mormon temples are huge, opulent structures that cost tons of money. They won't even let non-Mormons visit the main temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Islam, which forbids non-Muslims to visit Mecca, is the world's only other religion that does this. Could they both be hiding huge amounts of material wealth? Additionally, the LDS Church is alone among "Christian" churches in expecting its missionaries — you know, those cute, well-dressed boys who come knocking at your door, while you plot how to get them into the missionary position  — to cover their own expenses while doing missionary work; they are the only church too cheap to support their missionaries! Perhaps the money is going to line church leaders' pockets?

It is this love of money that causes so-called "Christians" to hate gay people. More accurately, it is the leaders' never-ending hunger for money that causes them to demonize gays, in the process fostering identical attitudes in their flock. In fact, this very same love for money is also at the root of so-called "Christian" opposition to any kind of birth control, from condoms to birth-control pills, to the "morning after" pill and especially abortion. Obviously, they are dead-set against any kind of non-procreative sexual activity, or anything that prevents procreation from occurring. Why is this?

In order to keep the money flowing, these churches ultimately rely on their flocks to participate in a sort of reproductive pyramid scheme. That is to say, these churches are counting on all of their followers of child-bearing age to have as many children as possible, who when they become adults will in turn all proceed to have a bunch of kids, and so on and so on. If one couple coming into the church today has eight children, and each of those eight children has eight of his/her own upon reaching adulthood, that's 74 members of that church who will at some point in the next 50 years feed the church's money machine! This is exactly what the elite church leaders want; it keeps them fabulously wealthy for a good long time to come. The reason they so hatefully condemn gay people is because our lack of reproduction doesn't fit into the scheme whose continued existence they need to stay rich and powerful.

Unfortunately for them, that's not what God wants — nor is all the hatred of His gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children, nor is the extreme opposition to any form of population control that leads "Christians" to murder people at abortion clinics. God sees right through what they are doing, and He knows they are truly worshipping money — temporal earthly power — instead of Him and His universal, timeless Power. He will punish their worship of earthly power in the most horrific ways when the Day of Judgment arrives, while at the same time allowing His gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children who follow Him to enter into His heavenly kingdom.

My fellow gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children of God, pay very close attention to what I am about to say. Whenever you hear so-called "Christians" condemning, harassing, and slandering you, throwing out their insane, Satanic, thoroughly false accusations of pedophilia, feces ingestion, universal HIV/AIDS infection, and certain death by the age of 42, you must always bear in mind that they are absolutely not speaking for God. Instead, they are merely demonstrating their unrighteous, Satan-motivated anger at our Godly non-participation in their pyramid scheme. What they are doing angers God greatly, and He will have his righteous vengeance upon them when the Day of Judgment arrives.

Do not under any circumstances listen to these money-worshipping "Christians" when they open their Satan-occupied mouths to speak out about homosexuality or abortion — God will reward you for staying true to Him and avoiding the traps these so-called "Christians" lay in front of you. Carry on as a GLBT child of God, doing whatever you can to better His creation and His other children here on earth, and do not fall for their meaningless, empty threats of eternal "hellfire" and "damnation." (Their claims have zero bearing on anybody's eventual salvation or damnation — God makes that choice, based upon how closely one has emulated Jesus' perfect example of universal love, and He will punish those "Christians" who are trying to fool you into thinking they share that power.) By doing this, you will earn the rich bounty of eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, and avoid the fate of spending eternity in Hell that most assuredly awaits the vast majority of so-called "Christians."
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Coop said...

(This is a version of my comment on the Closet Prof...)

This is one of the more well-reasoned essays I've read on this subject, but the author loses me at the "reproductive pyramid scheme." Yes, these people are greedy but are they selfless enough to think of the next generation of their ilk? It is far-fetched. I think much of this hatred comes from a need to feel superior to others. These 'christians' preach that certain people are worse, lesser humans, than they are. And we can't ignore the fact that prejudice against homosexual people is so ingrained that we can't make it go away.
The love of money... nah I'll call it GREED is just another example of how Christians do not always practice what they preach. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" I'm a church-going Catholic but I've tuned out a lot of the static coming down from the Vatican. The elite guys in the funny hats are out of touch and they are losing their credibility.

GreginAdelaide said...

Unlike Coop, I've not read any essays on this subject before.

Yes, I was a little dismayed and perhaps a little amused, then bemused, at the pyramid scheme theory....disbelief that this could be a keystone of their organisation, purpose and beliefs. .... at first. Surely not this simple? What a laugh!

But, after thinking about it as I went about my morning's work, I started to see how such a goal could be part of their teachings, beliefs and could be part of their old core policies for that very reason, money, greed and power.

At first consideration, these homophobic "preachings" from these "christians" being made for such long term pyramid financial goals seem hard to swallow...... but, have a think about it....these organisations believe very strongly in their traditions and traditional teachings and I am sure there are "guardians" of the agenda within their organisations that keep a control on what is preached to their members. I would assume that history and tradition are held in strong reverence, as a proven policy and written-in-stone agenda.

The fathers and seniors within these old powerful organisations have a commitment to old and well-ingrained "laws" and the reasons of their ancestors behind them, it is possible that some or all of them are aware of and have a commitment to this pyramid policy.
I suggest that it is part of their tradition, part of their reason for being, their fathers upheld it for their benefit and their fathers before them, and so on.... so why would they not keep hold of the tradition?....unless, of course, they could see a way to make even more money by allowing gays within the organisation, something that would displace the pyramid benefits.

No doubt there are some preachers-in-training and potential future policy supporters within these organisations, some who would question the anti-gay policies, some who start to make waves... but I can readily imagine that the "elders" of the "faith" would "guide" them to the long-held policy line.

Yes, I do not dis-count this theory at all, but I'd like to believe that it is not a part of their concious plan but more like a hangover of ignorant traditional teachings...... I hope, because if it is a concious part of their deep-rooted agenda, shifting and changing it will be impossible. .... only the dilution by clear-thinking individuals will ever lessen it's power and influence.....dilution by the clear thinking Christian individuals like those here on this list.


Thanks Justin for posting this essay.

Gary Kelly said...

I suppose there are all kinds of reasons why homophobia exists. One, in my opinion, is that hetero guys feel threatened. I remember the expression "backs against the walls" when I was a teen. Hetero guys, particularly younger guys, feel threatened by the presence of a gay guy. They believe they have something he wants... hence "backs against the walls". The thought of a sexual act that involves them playing the role of the female terrifies them, and is affront to their masculinity, especially in a peer group situation.

Conversely, women are less likely to be homophobic towards male gays. They don't see them as a threat. In fact, many women have gay guys as close friends.

In any case, human beings are innately suspicious of anything "different". Once people become accustomed to those differences, the phobia disappears. Whoever said familiarity breeds contempt got it wrong. Familiarity is what we need.

Gary Kelly said...

As to Greg's comment about rigid traditions, where ever you go in this world and order a Big Mac, that's what you get... a Big Mac. So even McDonalds realizes the benefit of strict adherence to "dogma".

jimm said...

at least i now know WHY all my money says 'In God We Trust'

GreginAdelaide said...

Jimm!!.....Lol....great comment...and observation, you've pondered this before?

Coop said...

Greg, I agree with you that this is turning into a generational thing. The "church elders" etc. etc. want to keep up the traditions. Maybe what's going on today makes them uncomfortable because they truly believe it's wrong. Or, maybe, it threatens their power?
So called "christian" ministers that get caught making themselves rich aren't defended. Everybody is outraged, they lose their credibility, etc. etc. etc.

If a homophobic minister gets called out, everybody on his side starts hollering stuff about political correctness, freedom of speech, etc. etc. I take the heretical view that "we" can't go on the attack every time someone makes a homophobic statement. This is the free world, after all. But what do I know?

Gary, I think you're right. Teenage boys, esp. the young ones, have no clue what being gay actually means. Some never learn that being gay has very little to do with putting cylindrical things into small holes.

GreginAdelaide said...

I don't think it is "turning into a generational thing" ....I would say that it has been that way since religious beliefs began...?
Certainly a loooong time anyhows.

I think there would be a mixture of elders who see it as just plain "wrong" against the centruies of teachings.... and there would be some who see it as wrong according to these teachings, but peer pressure would silence them, or at least doubt very seriously their thoughts and their beliefs... how confused those poor souls must feel.

I also personally know a few who were very religious ....and who eventually "opened their eyes" they put it... or more likely it was a much slower process....full of self doubt, guilt, etc, etc
Not that any of them have ever really discussed it in detail with me as all except one are still believers but not active, don't want anything to do with religion...or more to the point, religious organisations and other people on the basis of faith.
They've turned their backs on "religion" as it exists amongst people. They tell me they are still believers but they have no need to openly show their religion, nor ahve any need of the physical trappings of "the faith".

They say their "religion" is between themselves and God.

Fair enough, I have the utmost respect for these people. They've had the courage to realise it for themselves after what must have been a hell on earth of self-doubt.

As I've said before, I'm abivalent...amongst other things.... ha. No I do not "believe", but have an open mind. Mine is a world that required proof of existance, proof of everything, in black and white before I can say I "believe".
I do not have the "faith" gene.

But no matter, I'm open minded.

As for the ""young ones" Coop, hmmm... I've not thought about it much....other than to be envious that this generation, this new generation awakening to themselves, their sexual attractions, they have it soo good.
Much better than I had it...and any of us older generations.

Not so long ago... before the internet I guess.... it was not easy to find and search out opinions of others, attitudes, information with which to self-realise much earlier and get on with life.

I just wish I had the opportunity to start again in this world...yep, there are a lot of thigns I don't like about this world, things that were much simpler when I grew up.... but they are moanings of old men... I would LOVE to start again and move forward much quicker.
Why? Many things I missed out on because I did not realise or learn till I was a bit older.

I would love to have had the opportunity we have now to connect, to talk with, to learn about this )(homo)sexual world...and learn that it is "okay" and get on with living...find a partner and move on.
I really envy you, Justin and any even younger guys who have that opportunity.... and don't tell me you are too old and missed the cusp of this Coop!...You are still young, no matter what you think.
Go get 'em!

GreginAdelaide said...

Ah, and I'm sure Coop, that you are correct when it comes to individual ministers making themselves rich that they are ostracised, or at least "corrected".
But, I am sure the church elders who do realise and do know that the organisation has at it's roots a core policy to keep the organisation in perpetuation of the species....something gays can't help much with...then they have no qualms sticking with the dogma.
They would look to it and justify it as "for the common good" I am sure.

GreginAdelaide said...

As you can see from my comments, I do believe that the reproductive pyramid scheme, the continuance ot the generations, the numbers of those who practice and support the Christain faith is a concious reality and policy.....those at the top must believe are polcies and attitudes/dogma that are essential for continuance.

I can believe it is a concious policy. Probably.

Possibly ....."much of this hatred comes from a need to feel superior to others" does apply to the religious hierarchy in general ..... but I think that those at the top of their pyramid, those clear thinkers, they would not hate....they would just have their faith and the faith to protect and feed?

Not sure, but it seems plausible