Both Alex and Heina have excellent articles on the association of religion with LGBTQ people. It’s an absurdity that Christianity accommodates both Fred Phelps and Marcella Althaus-Reid, telling us definitively what Jesus’ opinions on homosexuality were, and both of them giving completely contradictory answers. The problem is that Jesus and Mohammed and Moses are completely malleable imaginary authority figures who can be invoked to justify anything — Jesus simultaneously blesses the peacemakers and comes with a sword in that muddled book of myths, the Bible, so pacifists and warmongers are both happy to adopt his ‘philosophy’. It’s not at all surprising, then, that both queer folk and gay-haters happily quote their holy books to justify whatever the hell they believe.
But it’s dishonest. And it invalidates the holy books — they’re obviously just Rorschach blots for any gullible brain looking for an authoritarian fallacy to back up their bullshit.
As an act of appropriation, or more charitably, extension, I’ve been saying the same thing for many years, but on a different topic: science. Scientists who try to marry their empirical scientific ideas to their religious beliefs are committing a similar kind of betrayal. No, your holy book is not a scientific text. It is wrong about the nature of the universe — definitively, demonstrably proven wrong. It isn’t just wrong in detail, but wrong in method. A scientific brain ought to be squalling in anguish at the very idea that they ought to accept the garbage of the Bible with greater certainty than the provisional observations published in a peer-reviewed scientific paper (and we properly ought to question the latter, making the former an even more pathetic joke.)
But no. Religion’s primary purpose seems to be to condition human minds to reject sense, reason, and evidence, and to replace a thinking human morality with a strain of absolutist dogma. Those happy gay men trying to continue in a church that hates them are in the same sad state as a scientist who tries to use the Big Bang as evidence of divine benevolence. They are both fucked up.