Saturday, June 27, 2015

To all young gay, oppressed teens

Because of what I write I get a lot of letters from young women and men about things that happened in their past. Jack and Andrew’s story in the A Southern Thing series touches their hearts because they’ve been there. Every week I get a new note from a kid or adult who has lived through the pain and the punishment inflicted on them because they are gay.

Marriage equality is wonderful, but if you’re a young man or woman living in an oppressive family that is against being gay you may only hear negativity and condemnation about the “gay lifestyle.” Know that your life doesn’t have to be defined by a narrow definition of what some people call marriage or “right living.”

God doesn’t hate gay people. So called Christians will tell you differently, but know that much of the bible is interpreted and written to show a bias against gays. Investigate on your own. A good place to star is here Also Matthew Vines is another good place to find information.

You can be a Christian and gay. There isn’t a discordance, and you aren’t going to hell for being gay. Your life will get better, really it will, if you open your heart and move forward you’ll see that there are possibilities out there for you that exceed what you can dream up with your imagination. Stay safe and don’t lose hope. People care about you and about your future.


Sara York

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Glenn Beck and the 10,000 or so pastors willing to die if marriage equality becomes a reality

Dear Glenn Beck and the 10,000 or so pastors willing to die if marriage equality becomes a reality,

I was going to write a passionate letter about the good of marriage equality, but why bother. You don’t care.

10,000 pastors weren’t willing to die when it was found that children were being assaulted in your churches. And it’s not just the Catholics that abuse children, it’s the Jehovah Witnesses, the Methodist, and the Baptist, too. No one was willing to stand up and stop the abuse because you don’t care.

There weren’t 10,000 pastors who were willing to die when it came out that multiple pastors were having affairs, which happens to be much more damaging to marriage then two guys having sex. Why? Because you don’t care.

10,000 pastors aren’t willing to die for those who can’t afford to feed themselves. Instead, you want to let them die, or at least many candidates in the Republican party want that. Again it’s simply because you don’t care.

Pastors have shown over and over again that they don’t care if people in their congregations can’t make rent, only that you get a new tie, or boat, or that your suit is crisply pressed, or your car has new tires on it, or you get a plane, or you have the latest and greatest in sound design because God forbid, someone sitting at the back of your multimillion dollar, high-tech facility can’t hear you begging for money.

You simply don’t care about people because your version of Christianity isn’t about God or Jesus, but it’s about what makes you look good and you all know that money makes you look good. I’m not saying this from the outside, so don’t dismiss me as someone who hasn’t spent time on the inside of the sanctuary. I’ve taught bible study for years, sat in chair that cost a lot of money, listened to the high tech presentations, and heard you beg for money. It’s disgusting.

If you cared about what God or Jesus wanted, you would have stood up against child abuse. If you actually cared about what God or Jesus wanted you would have stood up against divorce. You would have stood up against men and women who rape instead of saying “Oh, think of how those boys lives will be ruined.” But you don’t give a damn as long as you have money. That’s what this comes down to. You don’t care if gay people exist, you just want people to give you money.

Church attendance is down and people aren’t giving. I used to tithe, but never again, not after seeing pastors refuse to help families who were in need, and especially not after seeing pastors take trips on the church dime to Australia and France. I won’t give to support your lavish lifestyles. You preach the bible, condemning those in your congregation, but you don’t live it.

You don’t really care about gay marriage, what you care about is the money you fear losing when people see your hypocrisy. So threaten the sky falling, the world ending, but nothing bad will happen. Kill yourself, go ahead, and guess what, that means there will be fewer bigots crowding our planet. We’ll have fewer people trying to make people’s lives hell, taking their money, making them feel small.

Sure, not all pastors are money grubbing jerks, but enough of you are that I’ll never give my money to any organized religion again, and certainly not to an organization that doesn’t support LGBT causes. Throw a fit, scream and threaten, but we all know you really just want money, nothing else, but money.

Sara York

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Huckabee's Morally Bankrupt Soul

Dear Mike Huckabee,

Thank you for making it known what type of a person you are in your speech to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville earlier this years. Let’s be clear here, trans people do not pretend to be trans. They don’t make up stuff to get a peek at someone of the opposite sex. They don’t search for ways to take advantage of the situation. And that’s really what you’re saying. You would take advantage of young girls, spying on them when they are at their most vulnerable, because that’s how low your character is.

Trans people are not out to molest people of the opposite sex. They only want to live as their authentic self. Maybe you don’t understand that or can’t comprehend that not everyone wants to molest other people or take advantage of others. Maybe you are aligned so closely with the Duggars because you wish you could have molested young girls because that type of activity excites you. Mike Huckabee, you need to really take a good look at your soul. You are lacking in morals and honor if you really would take advantage of young women by going into public bathrooms just to get a look.

I’m not shocked by your attitude though. You’ve proven over the last few years you’ve been in public office that you lack morals and compassion. You are morally bankrupt and need help. God does not condone your behavior and neither does Jesus. You are lying to yourself, harming your eternal soul, and making life harder for others because of your prejudices against the LGBT community.

As a Christian, I’m ashamed that you call yourself a Christian. Your attitude proves that you are not a Christian. I can only hope that people realize how off the mark you are and stop listening to you, because you will lead them nowhere good. Good people don’t try to sneak into the bathroom of people of the opposite sex, only bad people.

Sara York