Ruminations

The chewy thoughts of a queer Christian

Archive for the month “August, 2012”

You’ve got to be yourself

I called this blog Ruminations. When cows chew and chew and chew on grass, it’s called ruminating. This is a question I’ve been chewing on for a long time:  What does it mean to be yourself? Can we ever really be free?

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom, when it loses its fetters, becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

– Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet, On Freedom

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Straight Acting Gay

Quotes from the world of internet dating:

“I’m pretty straight acting, but that’s a term I don’t like, because I’m not acting.”

What does this mean?

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Grassroot

“So do you think X is hot?”

“Ummm… I’m gay.”

That is exactly how it went.

I had not planned it. I had not carefully thought over the words. I had not considered his views or my image.

I was shocked at myself. Every time you come out, it’s different. Coming out is a continuous process and a continuous choice, not a one-time event. This time I was direct, spontaneous and for the first time, abruptly presented with my (still relatively new) identity.

“Do you know, you’re my first gay friend? …If you’d told me like two years ago I would have been, like, ‘I hate you’.”

Changing minds, one at a time. This is what a social revolution looks like on the ground.

Pride

Inspiring as they may be, I don’t think Pride Marches really further the social acceptance of the LGBT community.

Christianity: enemy of gay rights?

The Church of England’s Moral Welfare Council… in 1954 became the first religious or political organisation to call for legalization [of homosexual acts], and the Council’s secretary, the Revd D. Sherwin Bailey restated this view in evidence to the Committee. When in 1960 the House of Commons defeated a motion for legalization, one of the major arguments used by the advocates of reform was the fact that the Anglican, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches all supported a change in the law. During the parliamentary debates of 1965-7, defenders of the status quo fiercely attacked the churches for failing to stand up for these allegedly Christian laws.

– Hugh McLeod, The Religious Crisis of the 1960s, p. 43

People just assume that religion has always been against homosexuality. People assume that Christianity always lags behind social change. People assume that Christians never take the lead on important social issues.

Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 are generally considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. In America, that is.

Need I remind you that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister, and that many leaders of the civil rights movement were also ministers? That William Wilberforce, leader of the emancipation movement in Britain was Evangelical extrordinaire of his day?

And now I learn that the biggest churches in Britain supported the legalisation of homosexuality against the popular opinion of British parliament in the 1950s – a decade before it even began to be spoken about! Why does this come as a surprise? How is it that people got the idea that religion is somehow inherently backwards?

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