In the light of the punishment of the Episcopal Church in January, there's a larger question that religious people must work through in their own lives: Which is more important, a stand for human rights or the unity of some church body?
This continues to be a life or death question for LGBT people who get counseled by well-meaning allies to put up with it, realize that the time isn’t right, or have patience and understanding of condemning believers. But, how long should they hold on and support these institutions through their membership and financial donations?
As an outsider to the denominations, from the Mormons to the Methodists and beyond, it’s not my question to answer, though it is always my question to ask people to think about consciously. Answering for religious people isn’t as easy for them as it looks to outsiders. It calls church members to search their own souls, their relationships, and their familiar life-styles.
I’ve not heard any response to the larger question that doesn’t assume the answer before the question is asked. If one believes that the unity of an institution is a transcendent value, then women, all people of color, and LGBT members, will just have to be the ones to accept it, suck up the resulting tragedies in their own lives, and make guilt-ridden choices about leaving their religious communities...
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including his, in this issue, saying that we must go beyond just calling bigots hypocrites - the religion itself has to be held accountable. He names names and is right: 'What we’re seeing is the heart of what right-wing religion itself really is, not merely hypocrisy.'"
-- Letter to the Editor in the Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 17 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
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Desmond M. Clarke: "Religious Belief, Fundamentalism, and Intolerance" (January 16, 2016)
"In many western democracies today, the defensive strategies of churches—to protect their members from ‘contamination’ by non-members—are limited to demands for separate schools, in which they can indoctrinate those who had been made members involuntarily soon after their birth. Peaceful non-engagement with other citizens has replaced civil war. Those who still endorse the logic of Aquinas and Calvin, however, are not restrained by the uncertainty of their convictions. For them, the Kalashnikov is the modern equivalent of burning at the stake. Technology changes; poor philosophy survives in the closed minds of religious fundamentalists."
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Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
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We’re all drawn to people whose sense of humor tickles our own. And people who seem to have no sense of humor at all are off-putting.
Humor is – I’ll say it - a funny thing. Unless one knows the audience, it can even involve taking a risk.
It can rub someone the wrong way if it touches a nerve, delves into a sensitive or controversial social issue, or restimulates someone’s personal pain. Professional comedians disagree over whether anything goes and therefore there should be no limits to what can be mocked.
In relationships, a sense of humor is crucial. And the type of humor that’s expressed can tell us a lot about the friend or partner we’re with.
For example, humor at someone else’s expense or at the expense of a group of people, betrays an inability to empathize. It tells us a lot about the unexamined prejudices of the joke-teller who can always deny any bad intent and blame the objector by saying: “Can’t you take a joke?”
Someone who doesn’t take themself too seriously, however, can be appealing. They can laugh at their own foibles, which tells us that they’re not hung up on being perfect in order to like themselves....
more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "In Relationships, Humor Is a Funny Thing"
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