A thought for the day: Gandhi once said, “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear.”
I believe, actually I know, this statement is true. Hate is born out of unbridled fear.
I’ve often wondered why so many straight people, mostly religious people, seemed to hate gay people so fervently. It finally occurred to me that it’s because, by going against their set of religious guidelines, gay people actually challenge those rules, which challenges their entire belief system. Even gay Christians and Muslims challenge those beliefs they profess to follow.
It seems a bit strange to me that Christians and Muslims are so insecure that any challenge to even a single rule sends them into a hateful dither, but as Gandhi points out, it comes down to fear. They must be deathly afraid of anyone poking holes in the blanket of faith they have wrapped themselves in. I can only think that it must be a very thin blanket indeed if there is so much fear of losing it.
I confess that for many years I hated most Christians. But then I realized that my reason was fear that the Church would take away my freedom to be an out, gay man, and through applying pressure to government officials, they would create laws that would drive me and other gay people back in the closet. I still hold that fear, but I've overcome my hatred by understanding it's source.
I for one have no wish to strip anything away from religious people, even through I think in many cases organized religions do more harm that good in the world. I believe everyone has their own path to follow, and every path eventually lead to the same place.
My wish is that we all walk our separate paths hand in hand in a spirit of love and acceptance