I posted this a few months ago in my own journal. It was mostly in support of gay rights, but I think it has plenty to say about religion as well.
Original title: "Wow, an argument I've made that doesn't use profanity."
What is wrong with the christian conservative viewpoint is that it seeks to shelter children from the "evil" of the world. That "evil" is subjective to the Judeo-Christian viewpoint, as well as the Islamic one. Education should be free of bias, and teaching somebody in a public school that a lifestyle is wrong and immoral is biased. If creationism and Christian values should be taught in our schools, than the myths of Brahma, Vishnu, Sidhartha, and the Great Spirit should also be taught. There are hundreds of religions in the world, and each one is convinced that they are right.
It is interesting, also, that while the New Testament does list homosexuality as immoral (Romans 1:24-27), Jesus Christ never once speaks out against it. Christ is the focal point of CHRISTianity, and all relevant works should be analyzed through His teachings. I was raised a Christian, but have subsequently turned from it because my eyes were opened to the hypocrasy and hate espoused by the faithful. Christ's message is one of love, tolerance, and peace. It is not a message of fear, hate, anger, and violence.
Gandhi sums it up quite well:
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I will not have the memory of tens of thousands of my brothers, victims of the Final Solution, be trampled upon by the feet of zealots. It is for them that I write this, as well as for Matthew Shepard and all other victims of violence and butchery simply for the sake of love.
The only Heaven we can be sure about, the only one we can truly aspire to, is the one we stand to create here, on Earth. We are all human beings. All flawed. All beautiful. All capable of loving.
Oh, and for the record, humans aren't the only animals to exhibit homosexual behavior. Black swans, gulls, mallards, penguins, dolphins, bison, the great apes, elephants, giraffes, lions, polecats, sheep, hyenas, dragonflies, fruit flies, and several species of reptiles also exhibit it. And that is only scratching the surface...
Maybe its not as unnatural as people think.
So... any thoughts?