Here’s a single statement which sums up my views on human rights.
I won’t ever be satisfied unless and until a wealthy white Christian heterosexual cis-gender man from the USA is treated no differently under the law than an impoverished black lesbian trans-gender atheist woman from Kenya.
Read this story:
LDS rock star wants to be voice of change from inside Mormon church
It is commendable that Reynolds wants to defend the dignity of teenagers in the LGBTQ community, but the most effective way to do that is to abandon Mormonism altogether and attempt to destroy totally the political influence of that religious movement. Then work to dismantle bit by bit the cult itself. It simply shouldn’t exist. Its false and irrational dogmas must be totally debunked from top to bottom, replaced by objective truth.
The homophobia of Mormonism is bad enough. What about the blatant racism in the Book of Mormon itself? Will Reynolds address that too? Discrimination is discrimination and bigotry is bigotry. We should stand up against ALL of it and tolerate NONE of it, even if it comes from religion.
There is an obvious alternative for LGBTQ members who were raised Mormon. They can leave it and join Unitarian Universalism. They can add their stories to the many others here: Ex-Mormons. They can go here and learn about others who have done the same:
I really do not understand people who insist on staying within a religion like that. Even mainstream Christianity is preferable to Mormonism, no?
I have a vision of what could be an even worse punishment for a religious bigot than the death penalty.
In this vision, I would take Ken Ammi (a Christian apologist and a critic of the Baha’i Faith) and Scott Hakala (an ex-Christian turned Baha’i apologist) and lock them up together in a single prison cell for the rest of their so-called lives! And I, an ex-Christian and ex-Baha’i turned non-theist Unitarian Universalist (UU), would be their jailer. Just listening to those two delusional idiots argue endlessly with each other would amuse me to no end!
By contrast, people that are Christians among UUs as well as those that are Baha’is among UUs would have my respect and support, always. Their freedom would be something I would lay down my own life to defend.
With all the uproar over sexual assault in the entertainment industry over the past several months, it’s only natural to take a hard look at racist behavior by people who call themselves entertainers as well, including YouTube “vloggers”. ALL forms of bigotry need to be addressed, because all of them are based on one thing: a desire to disrespect others you see as inferior to yourself.
Read this story:
TRIGGER WARNING: This blog entry is intended mainly for men and teenage boys. If you are a woman or teenage girl, especially if you are a survivor of any kind of sexual abuse, you are strongly advised to NOT read this!
I just discovered some photos that were posted on Facebook. I will reproduce them here for the sake of discussion.