Chances are if you are like me, involved in social media, following information about the LGBTQ community, same sex marriage and adoption and HIV issues then you’ve been up to your eyeballs in stupid quotes, claims and religious beliefs in outright myths. Just recently there was Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church, North Carolina, a guy who can’t seem to pronounce the word “against”, wants to see “lesbians and homosexuals” put in a field surrounded by an electric fence and left to die out.
In the video below he says, “God have mercy, it makes me pukin’ sick. Can you imagine kissin’ some man?” Is his church only for straight men? I’m sure there are women in the congregation who will say yes, they would kiss a man. How long will it be before we read about Pastor Worley being caught in a seedy motel room with another man?
Hearing him say those words, similar words I’ve heard spoken by others who are against gays and same sex marriage, increases my belief that they only see being gay as a sex act, not a person. These people think about gay sex more than most of us gay people. Mind you, gay people, in my opinion, are very sex positive, we don’t get headaches as often as straight people.
Other believe that gays and same sex marriage are to blame for tornados, tsunamis, and every other disaster God or Mother Nature has cast upon the world. That if same sex is legalized then it will open the doors for people who love their dog to marry their dog. If they love ice cream they can marry their ice cream? Come on, same sex love is nothing more than one human wanting to love and perhaps marry another human being, just like heterosexual people do.
"Homosexuality exists in (approximately) 450 species, homophobia exists in one" This is just one thing I see a lot online. The other day I was sitting down by the river trying to photograph some of the nature living along it. As I sat there, I noticed two male Mallard ducks swimming together. I noticed their heads were bobbing up and down, something they do before mating. I know, too much information, but it’s just something I observed. All of a sudden the one jumps on the other and from what I have witnessed a few times between a male and female, these two guys were having sex. There were other ducks around, some females with their mates and some geese, many types of birds - and life just went on, nothing bad happened. I tried to catch it on film but really, I'm glad I didn't. I saw what I saw, it happened I didn't really have to show the world and would you really want to see it?
One other thing I see a lot online is “If you don’t like gay marriage, blame the straight people, they are the ones who keep having gay babies!” There are ways gay people can produce their own offspring, much the same way straight people do when they aren’t able to. I’m a gay dad, sure I hid in the closet for far too long but I can proudly say I helped raise three straight children.
Pastor Worley’s rant was powered by President Obama’s support for same sex equality and being allowed to marry. Like many people I am glad there is a leader who is trying to take us in to the future. The world isn’t like it was thousands of years ago. President Obama also stated he was inspired by his daughters who are the voters of the future, part of America’s future.
God doesn’t make mistakes, not this many, that’s for sure. We are all here to work to get along, not hate someone we feel is too different from ourselves. We were born to be different, we are not a clone society, we are not robots programmed to think and act alike. We all have many identities but the one we have in common is we are human. It’s time to act it.
I live in Canada, we have legal same-sex marriage and it’s working. It is adding to our culture.
In any event, below is an excerpt from Pastor Worley’s sermon. (Editor’s note: we’ve also added a video of a congregation member being interviewed by Anderson Cooper.)