Embracing a gay son or daughter as the gift they were created to be
Jane Clementi, a mother who in 2010 faced the immense devastation of losing a child to suicide, offers her powerful story and how we as parents should always embrace as children with complete love and understanding – especially if there is stigma and misunderstanding in place because of what children and parents have been taught by their church. Read more: 'Embracing the gift of a child.'
Imagine telling a 13-year-old child who is just coming to understand
that his or her sexual orientation is different from her peers or her siblings that there is something terrible and awful about the very person they were created to be. That it is so ugly and bad that they will never be treated with human dignity and respect of others. Read more: 'Do we want to hurt those we love the most?'
For the parents of faith, there perhaps isn't anything more important
than the nourishment of that faith, particularly in the lives of their children.
That is equally true for the young person, who has been reared in a home where the importance of their spiritual life has been instilled and continues to be a vital part of their lives as well as the parents and family. Continue reading. Read more: 'The spiritual harm of rejection'.
John sits across from me in the big easy chair in my office.
His arms are crossed tightly and his knees are pressed firmly together giving the impression he is trying to slip through a crack in the cushions. Next to us on the couch are John’s parents. If possible, they look even more uncomfortable than their son. Read more: 'Our youth are counting on a new perspective'.
"Homosexuality is neither mental illness nor moral depravity. It is simply the way a minority of our population expresses human love and sexuality. Study after study documents the mental health of gay men and lesbians. Studies of judgment, stability, reliability, and social and vocational adaptiveness all show that gay men and lesbians function every bit as well as heterosexuals. Nor is homosexuality a matter of individual choice. Research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth." American Psychological Association
The medical science is overwhelming and indisputable that sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Even leaders in conservative religious communities agree. Read more
Religious teaching has been misused to justify stigma and hostility
against Native Americans, African Americans, women, interracial couples and other religious minorities.
Misusing religious teaching to justify treating others as inferior is simply wrong. We know that to be true because of the unique harm to individuals when their very being is subjected to a moral and religious stamp of disapproval. Read more: 'An important history lesson on the misuse of religious teacing'.