It's a point of view shared by their congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has called homosexuality a form of "sexual dysfunction" that amounts to "personal enslavement."
I...what? The fuck does that even mean?
Edit, after having read further: I used to be a pretty violent kid. Not, like, dangerous
violent. I wasn't a vandal or a criminal (often) or anything. I was just, y'know, I'd get in trouble for starting fights in school, I set up an informal fight club, that kind of thing. I just liked "expressing myself kinetically," let's say. I grew out of that in the late teens.
This article is giving me a powerful urge to fucking curbstomp some kids half my age. Given the trigger, I can't decide if that's a healthy response or not. It's unsettling either way. Yeah, I know the adults are the ones fostering an environment for blah blah blah, but it's still these fucking kids who have no reason whatsoever to be this shitty to other kids that are the pointy end of the long sword that is discriminatory religious politics in action. So sue me for wanting to kill the messenger, so to speak.
On a more level-headed, less hostile note, there are times when I have to have "the talk" about religion with people, since I work at a church. This usually resolves with my explaining that, while I believe in God in some form, I'm not a Christian. I don't follow religion. I don't say I'm "spiritual" or some other alternative explanation that usually comes up in that context, I just put it that way: I believe in God, not religion. Usually this confuses whoever's asking and I have to try to explain why I am incapable of having faith in people, especially people who purport to speak for/on behalf of/in the spirit of/whatever, God.
Now I can just point to this article if they don't understand why I might have a problem with religion and what it can produce. It comes down to people: they take perfectly good ideas and fuck them up beyond recognition, and they claim they're doing the right thing all the while. It boggles my mind.
Before defensiveness arises: I am well aware religion can also lead to good things. I can look at various mission projects taking place at the churches in my area to see that. However, given both these good things and the above completely screwed up things are derived from, at least by their claims, the same religion
, I have a hard time resolving the two.
Oh, also, before I forget:
Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard blogged that Justin's suicide could only be blamed upon one thing: his gayness.
Fuck you, Tom Prichard. Politics and religion aside, how can you be the president of any kind of "Family Council" and tell a parent to her face* that her son's suicide was his own fault within weeks of his death?
Her son just died
. It doesn't matter what you think of him or how he died, show some fucking
tact. Jesus.*Yes I know it says it was a blog post. Not the point. Shoosh.