Desmond Tutu this week publicly denounced the idea that Yahweh is a homophobe, saying that he would be unable to worship a homophobic deity. Super duper.
That's all well and good, but what I find so frustrating about religion - and christianity in general - is that they so frequently change their tune on issues when it becomes socially unacceptable to hold them. For instance, a significant proportion of united churches promote and support gay marriage, while many even condone gay ministers. Kudos to them, for you know, joining the rest of us in 2013 in surrendering their embarrassingly archaic previous stances on the subject - BUT - what pisses me off is that their god damn book specifically details perfectly antithetical viewpoints, and they then try to pretend as though this isn't so. I appreciate the fact that some of them are (trying to be) forward thinking, mostly loving people, but painting the christian god as anything BUT a homophobe is blatantly dishonest and tremendously condescending. This, to me, is just an effort to try to score points from the secularists, and let the "hate the sin, not the sinner" type of christians pet themselves over how tolerant they are. What tripe. I'd far rather see the whole fucking thing done away with in general, but I suppose "baby steps" are in order...
Baby steps are really all they're capable of at this point. They've already had their proscriptions about pork and shellfish effectively negated. Divorce is now a regular if still sometimes tragic part of our culture, despite the church. They still have their position of patriarchy and continue to reject the concept of women in positions of authority, as their holy book ordains, but not much of that book has been left to stand in the face of 21st century secularism.
In the final analysis, they may have recognized that what they're looking at is the slow but certain dismantling of their belief system ... and part of the reason for those baby steps is that they are so infatuated with and addicted to that system that the most they can consider are only small moves. For them, going cold turkey is out of the question, and indeed, they will likely die before they are fully weaned from the holy water bottle they suck at.
It's a sad thing, really, to consider that they might be aware of how bogus their book is, but the sheer number of them who could be keeping their mouths shut simply because they know nothing can be done at this point, short of mutilating the whole thing. Sadly, I agree with you with regard to many of them losing their lives while still in religions grasp.
Absolutely. It would be a tremendously better position for LGBT in Africa, would that people actually listen to him. I suppose for me, it's just comically overdue. To think of the way that homosexuals/transgendered people are still treated in this country, let alone almost the entirety of the rest of the world, it's quite sickening to consider that this is happening in 2013. Our technology has made exponentially larger progressions as time goes on... our mindsets and ability to reason have not... scary stuff.