When the Intolerant Kill Christmas: My Gay Friend’s Holiday Story

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A very close friend of mine “just came out” to his brother as a gay man. He did the same with his mother about ten months ago — and it didn’t go well. . .with either of them.
He’s a former soldier who worked on some of the most classified missions the military had going — and despite my criticism of the Bush administration on its invasion of Iraq, I know that my friend had a hand in successfully delivering some of the world’s real bad guys to the next world — both in Afghanistan and Iraq. He reads my blog — and he has kept an open mind about some of my criticisms of this administration and the national security course it has been on.
But his mother and brother have tried to tell him that if he’s gay — he must not believe in God, he must be a reprobate and must be such a deviant that his brother told him that he will never give him a moment’s rest and peace about this issue.
matthew shepard fence.jpgMy friend is earnest, a patriot, sober, sane — and he’s being betrayed in America by a lack of the kind of tolerance and modernity that our society is supposed to be about. Iran and any place under the control of the Taliban hang, stone, or castrate gay youth. Egypt imprisons them. In middle America, the intolerant who somehow have decided to channel a vindictive, judgmental, and sin-obsessed Christ harass, disown — and in the case of young Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming or active duty sailor Allen Schindler — kill them.
I hate to hold Dick Cheney and his wife out as models, but I’m absolutely going to in this case. Cheney is convinced of how right he is in matters of war and state — but when it came to family, Cheney and his wife evolved. I know that he does not harass his daughter Mary. He accepts her, her partner, and his grandchild.
This is my personal message to my friend’s mother and brother. Your son has options. He has friends and a family he can surround himself with until the end of his days as he is a prince of a person whether you see it through your judgmental eyes or not.
cheneys with grandchild.jpgI’m sure when Lynn Cheney was not yet ready to broadcast discussion about her daughter being a lesbian — she was privately tormented. The fact that her daughter. . .that’s right. . .the Vice President of the United States’ daughter is homosexual — took time to accept. But they did it. They remained a family, and I credit them for privately demonstrating tolerance in a way that should influence the most theocratic corners of the nation. I have friends that argue that Mary Cheney hasn’t done enough — but she and her family are one — and that’s enough in my view. And it should be in the case of my friend’s family.
Your views about your brother and son can’t even be called Medieval — because as we have recently learned, Medieval knights, lords, and nobility committed themselves to each other in property and love in much the way that civil unions are emerging today.
You think your brother and son “chose” a lifestyle that he has tried not to accept for years — to the point of considering ending his life.
He made no choice. But you are.
You are choosing to reject him and who he decides to be. If Cheney accepts his daughter and her partner, you should think about why you refuse to do the same. Why aren’t you able to join our modern world? Theocracy — when it harms rather then helps — is no better here than it is over there.
Merry Christmas, and if you get a chance during your lives to visit the site where Matthew Shepherd was brutally killed, I want you to think real hard about who is saved and who is not.
By the way, I forgive you — but your son is going to live a good life whether or not you accept him for the great man he is.
I hope that something in this note may be useful to many of the others emotionally abandoned or victimized by a righteousness that has lost its bearings.
— Steve Clemons

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53 comments on “When the Intolerant Kill Christmas: My Gay Friend’s Holiday Story

  1. Carroll says:

    Carroll, my mom IS convinced that she’s the reason I’m gay, and she IS horrified.
    It’s funny in the abstract, you’re right, but in lived reality, not so much.
    Posted by texas dem at December 27, 2007 02:52 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I really wasn’t trying to be flip about the parents problem….just trying to point out that the science of life delivers us all in various flavors and abilities and should be accepted as such.

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  2. william says:

    Uh, Buck, you should reread my first post because, as i said, ALL people should be loved by us the way Christ loves us all. Again Christ loved all people and that is why he told them to turn away from sin. No one should ever turn away from or abandone their friends and family, even if the are in sin…cause we all are sinners.
    I must say I am surprised at how some my fellow so-called liberals (and yes, i am a liberal) are showing themselves to be some of the most intolerant of folks.
    p.s. I live in a very nice brownstone in NYC, not a dungeon

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  3. buck says:

    Hey, William, now that you’re back from your Christmas celebration and back in your dungeon, consider that “Christ” was bisexual–he loved men and women with equal power. You, apparently, cannot hold a candle to that.
    But on to the more general point. I prefer a role model for the acceptance behavior that comes in the image of something other than Dick and Lynn Cheney. Consider John McCain (and, no, I do not support him for president). When an Arizona congressman (Kolbe?) came out of the closet a few years ago, he got an amazingly chilly reception–or worse–from other Arizona Republicans. Many turned away from him. Not John McCain. McCain publicly chided others for being so intolerant. To him, he said, it was the same guy as before, someone that he had called friend. And his coming out of the closet did not change that, because the person did not change.
    When someone–a friend or a family member–talks about someone coming out of the closet as betraying him or her, he or she should consider instead the betrayal that is being perpetrated by rejection the very same person who was there before. Who is really guilty of betrayal and deception here?

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  4. texas dem says:

    Carroll, my mom IS convinced that she’s the reason I’m gay, and she IS horrified.
    It’s funny in the abstract, you’re right, but in lived reality, not so much.

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  5. Alex says:

    That’s just it. Some people think all they have to do is label homosexuality a sin and they are then free to condemn it, while pretending to themselves and others that they are not bigoted and they are following Jesus’ teachings to love others. All it is is an excuse. Love the sinner, hate the sin claptrap.
    Just imagine how much fun the world would be if religious fundamentalists declared a biblical connection between farting and sinning. Or burping, or belching, or acid reflux disease, or sneezing, or whistling, or limping, or being paralyzed, or having paranoid schizophrenia, or having a C/Section, or being blue-eyed, or breaking a bone, or being epileptic, or having an orgasm, or ejaculating. Oh, wait….

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  6. James says:

    Well said Steve.
    One’s sexuality should not be a condition of loving someone. His mother and brother need to seriously look at themselves and ask “do I love him for he is my family” or “Do I reject him because he is not like me”.
    Personally, as others have commented, I don’t know the guy, but he has lots of people out there who will accept him for who he is, not what he is. And I for one, say “keep your chin up, be who you are. Eventually they will come around”.
    Merry Xmas and have a safe Happy New Year.

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  7. Linda says:

    Some interesting values have emerged, i.e., better to be straight and Einstein/4.0 GPA than homosexual and not college material. Try putting that in a 2 x 2 table. Every human being has value. There have been plenty of straight highly intelligent people who were dictators, serial killers, mass murderers, robber barons, etc.

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  8. APresbyterian says:

    I am a church-going, choir-singing, active-in-my-church Presbyterian. I am sure that I don’t fully understand gay behavior and gay relationships; I also think I don’t have to understand them, approve or disapprove of them, or otherwise judge them. My job is to accept the people as God made them—-not the way that I understand or prefer.
    This was a great note for Christmas for your friend.
    I am forced, however, to remember a very wonderful young lady. She was the daughter of a friend of mine. She was a hard-working high school senior who was getting ready for college. In May, she was driving to school and lost control of her car—speed was not an issue—-it just happened. She was killed.
    In August, my son got into a little trouble. I was very angry; yet, I thought of how much my friend would wish that his daughter were alive to get into difficulty. I hope that kind of thinking enters the minds of this man’s family.
    The world is better having such people. The nation stronger. If this man were driven to suicide by intolerance, it would be better remembered on Good Friday—-where another innocent was murdered by those who refused tolerance.

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  9. karenk says:

    Oh and Janinsanfran, thanks for info re: the film “For the Bible Tells Me So.” Must get that for my sister and her husband. they were horrified when their son told them last year he’s gay and have refused to tell anyone(I only know cause he told me since he knows I’m not the condemning type) but the inlaws on the other side of the family definitely are and they would disown him. Hard to believe if you’re a total Liberal like me and proud of it, but for some people this is a big deal. Thanks for the post Steve.
    and Carroll I had to laugh at what you just said-my nephew has a 4.0 GPA in his Junior year at Cornell!

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  10. karenk says:

    Question: Why can’t people just live and let live?
    Answer: It makes people feel better about themselves if they put someone else down.
    If you believe in God and you think someone is sinning, pray for them. If you believe,then you know that one day we all face our maker and the final judgement. To paraphrase JC Himself (THE ultimate Liberal as best as I can tell), “Take the log from your own eye before you point out the speck in someone else’s.” and “Whoever among you who is without sin, be the first to cast a stone.” oh and “Love one another as I have loved you.” All of these apply here.

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  11. Sandy says:

    What Spencer said! Thank you, Steve. Good man. 🙂
    A wonderful Christmas message.

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  12. Spencer says:

    What a beautiful and moving post. Your friend should know he has the respect and support of people he’s never met.

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  13. Carroll says:

    Posted by janinsanfran at December 26, 2007 11:38 AM
    >>>>>>>>>>
    Well, yes I hadn’t thought of that aspect of it.
    What if parents like these produced a gay child who was genius on the order of Einstein?
    Boy! Would they be conflicted then! LOL

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  14. janinsanfran says:

    Friend Carroll — sadly, one of the burdens that surpirsed parents of gays have to carry is the fear that it is somehow “their fault.” It takes them time to learn that perhaps their child’s orientation is their gift. Merry Christmas.
    To folks trapped in this these horrors, I recommend the film “For the Bible Tells Me So.”

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  15. Dennis says:

    William writes @8:28, “the only mention of homosexuality in the bible is by men.”
    He’s right as far as he goes. Fact is, there wasn’t a bible until Constantine, and the earliest that the bible was placed into the hands of the public was 1611 with the King James version.
    The bible was composed by men, not “God”.
    Steve’s friend is welcome at our house.
    As to homosexuality, I am the father of five children, two of whom are homosexuals. The only thing Dick Cheney has ever done right was to accept his daughter for who she is.
    You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

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  16. Carroll says:

    I always find this sad but amusing in a way….if a gay person has parents who react like this he or she should just point out to them that his or her sexual identity was determined from the combination of their genes to begin with…so maybe they should be “horrified” with themselves instead. LOL

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  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “You just seem only interested in placing people into you own self created sterotypes. That shows nothing but a feeble mind.”
    I’ll keep that in mind the next time I run into one of you pious jackasses.

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  18. Samuel says:

    What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
    (Mark 10:9)

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  19. holycow says:

    Steve, you wrote a remarkable piece. Thank you. We as human beings are sexual beings. And sexuality is all around us in every shape and form. It is in all parts of life. Any person, any religion or any book has no right to criticize one format over another. It is easier to just accept it in all its natural forms rather than create divisions through fear, hate and guilt. Let’s go people, it’s time to move on.

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  20. william says:

    Publius, somehow i think its you who has not read Christ’s words nor learned from his example.
    And POA,
    As I said before, we are all sinners, so I must to point the finger at myself only. I’ll state it again since you seemed to have missed it before, christ called us to not judge others but to love one another, but that does not mean we should accept sin in ourselves or others. Remember, Christ also said to “Go, and sin no more”.
    You just seem only interested in placing people into you own self created sterotypes. That shows nothing but a feeble mind.

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    oh, by the way, my Church calls for “[Those] with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided”
    I have and always will continue to do that.
    Posted by william
    You mean when you aren’t pointing a finger at them and mumbling “sinner” under your breath?

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  22. Publius says:

    I think this is a terrific post, esp. on Christmas Day, and I applaud Steve for his stance and for the assistance he provides to his friend. That’s true Christian behavior. So far as his friend’s mother and brother are concerned, well, I’d say it’s time to find a better family. This whole blood and family thing is overrated: if your family consists of bigots, what’s gained by associating with them?
    William, have you ever read the teachings of Christ? Do you have an inkling of what the man was all about? Somehow, I doubt it. Somehow, I get the feeling that you’re just another one of those who loves telling other people what to do, using some presumed higher authority to justify your actions. My advice to you would be to put a sock in it before you embarrass yourself further, but since I don’t tell others what to do, I’ll say, “keep on diggin.”
    Anybody remember an old expression, “the Christian thing to do?” Steve Clemons does. Too many who read his posts do not.

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  23. william says:

    oh, by the way, my Church calls for “[Those] with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided”
    I have and always will continue to do that.

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  24. william says:

    POA, its fine that you think me a bigot as it is nothing compared to the suffering of the Early Christians and they converted the mightiest of empires. I find it funny that the people most quick to call someone a bigot are usually the most intolerant.
    MarkL, I ask you, what is Christ forgiving us for if not our sins?
    The Truth is the Truth and a Lie is a Lie. I know where the Lie comes as well as the Truth.
    Merry Christmas to all!

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  25. MarkL says:

    Steve,
    thanks for this post, and Merry Christmas to you and all yours…four-legged or two.

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  26. whskyjack says:

    William
    It is becoming more and more obvious that ones sexual orientation is Gods choice not our own. Do you remember when you made your choice about your sexual orientation? Of course not and neither do I.
    A good deal of the time, the test for us Christians is to accept Gods creation as God intended it to be. Jesus , who was God on earth, makes no mention of homosexuality. The only mention of homosexuality in the bible is by men, who can only guess at Gods plan. So as a Christian I have to ask what is Gods plan. Jesus’s message of love and forgiveness is the backbone for all of his teachings. For Jesus to make pronouncements on marrage and on how we treat one another but to never mention homosexuality, a common practice at the time, speaks volumes. So as a Christian I follow Jesus Christ and accept his plan for us and the world.
    As I said this is a test for all of us, it is not for us to question Gods creation or to pass judgement on it, instead we should marvel and enjoy Gods wonders
    Jack

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  27. DAVE ID says:

    Defending gay rights and the dark Sith Lord Cheney is the good guy? Where did the world go wrong? America really needs to take a good look at itself before chest thumping to other nations that it’s the greatest nation in the world, land of the free and home of the brave.
    People hate and discriminate because they were told to.

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  28. Frank Wilhoit says:

    Your friend’s family members do not care about homosexuality at all.
    What they care about is degrading and humiliating some class of anonymous people. That is only to say that they are human, but have failed to understand and act upon their moral obligation to rise above their instincts.
    They have been instructed to adopt gays as their target (or one of their targets). Their acceptance of those instructions is absolutely culpable.
    Remember: the sadism always comes first, then second the choice of a target, then third the fabrication of a pseudophilosophy to justify the degradation of the target.

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  29. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Well, I do that eveyrday and mostly in the real world and places besides the interne and blogs”
    I see. So you save your homophobia and religous bigotry for the internet and blogs, but address the issue of torture out in the “real world”? Thats kinda weird, man.
    “BTW, I must say POA your use of the phrase “you people” doesn’t sound so tolerant to me.”
    Well, I would think my “meaning” was clear, but apparently not. I was referring to religious zealots, that are dangerous no matter what ideology they become obssessed with. And you’re right, I am not very tolerant of them.
    BTW, that was a mighty short “family christmas celebration” you rushed off to.

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  30. william says:

    Chris said:
    “where did you come by the notion that you have standing to tell the rest of us what constitutes sin.”
    I don’t Christ does and did.
    “What is that that book says about judging others? ”
    Its says we shouldn’t judge others. Only God can judge us and he calls us to love all, even our enemies. Again, not judgeing someone does not mean that we must accept sin but attempt to move them away from their sin through love.
    POA said:
    “Of course not, because “God” wouldn’t purposely make you immoral or deceitful, would he? You might wanna ponder that when you ponder the issue of homosexuality, and the overwhelmingly credible argument that most gay people were born that way”
    God didn’t make us immoral or deceitful but our fallen nature is why we are predisposed to sin and reject God. His Son came to show us the way (Himself) and died so that our sins (whether pride, adultery, or homosexual relations) can be forgiven.
    “And your argument might resonate a bit more credibly if you people “dropped in” on issues other than this one. Interesting that you speak out on this issue, but don’t feel the need to speak out here against torture, the act of lying a nation into war, or the politicization of our system of justice.”
    Well, I do that eveyrday and mostly in the real world and places besides the interne and blogs. in fact, it is because I have come to understand Christ’s message and mission in its fullness, not in the way many do today of the feel-good, new -agey hippie, that i do speak out against things like toirture and for things like full healthcare for children.
    BTW, I must say POA your use of the phrase “you people” doesn’t sound so tolerant to me. What do you mean by using that term?
    I really find it regretful that the term “tolerance” towards others is seen as such a high goal. We are called to more than merely “tolerate” people, Christ called us to love one another.

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  31. r oconnor says:

    same as don’t get new puppy for Xmas .. don’t come out now, wait till after jan. 10 just to be sure and don’t take heed of what the other people think can “cure” you, once you are out your out for good,,, merry Christmas

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  32. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I can not excuse that infidelity by saying “We’ll, God made me that way and I can’t help it. So accept me!” ”
    Of course not, because “God” wouldn’t purposely make you immoral or deceitful, would he? You might wanna ponder that when you ponder the issue of homosexuality, and the overwhelmingly credible argument that most gay people were born that way.
    And your argument might resonate a bit more credibly if you people “dropped in” on issues other than this one. Interesting that you speak out on this issue, but don’t feel the need to speak out here against torture, the act of lying a nation into war, or the politicization of our system of justice. Maybe if some of you so called “Christian” moralists stayed out of our bedrooms, and concentrated more on demanding “moral” policies and leadership out of Washington, we wouldn’t be tallying kill stats in the millions, and torturing people in Cheney’s gulags.
    Or hey, maybe thats allright with you. After all, they’re only pagans, right?

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  33. Chris Brown says:

    With all due respect William, where did you come by the notion that you have standing to tell the rest of us what constitutes sin.
    Just because some folks think that some more than medieval book, of dubious authorship and translations, indicates homosexuality to be a sin does not in any way make it so.
    What is that that book says about judging others?

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  34. william says:

    With all due respect, i am tired of people calling those who don’t agree that homosexuality is a right and moral lifestly biogts and “intolerant”. or that one who disagrees with homosexuality would condone the killing of someone like matthew Shepard. Christ called us to love all and he showed his love through example. But he also spoke against sin in his actions and his words. We are all sinners, including this man’s family, and I hope that they are attempting to correct his behavior with love and with prayer. Certainly ostracizing him is not the answer but neither is acceptance of sin…any sin. As a married man, I am devoted to my wife but that does not mean i am not tempted to infidelity. I can not excuse that infidelity by saying “We’ll, God made me that way and I can’t help it. So accept me!” That is not acceptable to God and neither is homosexualty.
    Also, some dubious research on “same-sex” unions in the Medieval age does not mean that homosexuality was accptable then or now.
    p.s. I am typing in a rush to get to family christmas celebrations, so please excuse any typos.

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  35. Linda says:

    Almost all religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) in their most fundamentalist forms reject homosexuality. They also all teach that human beings should not kill each other, and over the centuries tolerate killing others in the name and defense of their religions.
    As a Catholic friend included, to me, her Jewish friend, in her holiday greetings, a quote from the Dalai Lama: “The only option is to live and work together harmoniously, and keep in mind the interest of the whole of humanity.”
    Far too often that does not happen within and between families, within and between political parties, races, religions, and nations.

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  36. Alex says:

    Merry Christmas, Steve and to Annie and Oakley(too bad that war on Christmas isn’t working out for ya, Billo).
    It is my observation that those who use biblical passages to justify their hatred of homosexuals are using the Bible as a license for bigotry. Currently, it is socially acceptable to have a bigot license; things will change when it is no longer socially acceptable. Therein lies the challenge.

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  37. Steve Clemons says:

    Chris – thanks for the catch,
    steve clemons

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  38. Chris Brown says:

    Thanks Steve. A very moving sentiment. Again I appreciate what you do.
    One editorial suggestions you may wish to change “was” to “is” in “….that’s right. . .the Vice President of the United States’ daughter was homosexual…”

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  39. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Should we now also move to accept incest among consentging adults?”
    Absolutely not. We already have too many people like yourself, begat by such unhealthy unions.

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  40. Mike says:

    Families can change – here’s hoping that your friend’s does. It just takes time. I’m writing this from my parents house – and while it’s taken years, I’ve gone from my parents completely shutting down about my being gay to them now buying gifts for my partner. There’s still room for improvement – but it can happen. Happy Holidays everyone…

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  41. FYI says:

    Your spirited defense of sexual deviance is note worthy in its sincerety in advocating Evil.
    For many of us poor benighted souls who do not subscribe to your extremist ideology, Lynn Cheny’s behavior is an abomination.
    Should we now also move to accept incest among consentging adults?
    And then what is morally wrong with polyandry or polygamy?
    Yes, me and my sheep are a family.

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  42. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I have a gay friend that was obviously “different” all the way through his youth.
    Personally, I happen to believe that most gays, not all, simply were allotted a body belonging to the wrong gender. A bit of a screw up in the ‘ol assembly line, if you will. It really doesn’t matter if you place Divine emphasis on the assembly line, or consider it purely scientific in nature.
    Regardless, its a shame that someone’s sexuality tends to be the gauge through which society wants to take their full measure.
    And its also a shame that we can have the abominations of humanity we currently have in the upper echelons of our government, yet make a social issue out of homosexuality.
    Trust me, I betcha the million or so dead Iraqis would have preferred that the American people were confronting the lawlessness, corruption, and bloodlust of our “elected” officials, instead of debating the “wrong” or “right” of homosexuality.

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  43. Saint Nick says:

    Ahhh, the holidays can be so grand, eh?
    To me, it’s a core spiritual issue–gay people aren’t accidents or errors. You are part of God’s Creation and a normal expression of it.
    As a microcosm of society, sounds like your mother and brother are in fundamental(ist) error–and coming to terms with that may likely require a painful moral humbling and rebirth. They may also have to face the guilt within themselves for wasting their short time on earth living in their own closet of lies, participating in oppression, repressive groupthink and cheap grace–to the point even of rejecting their own blood.
    Let go and let God (as it were), find the right distance for your sanity, forgive them for their trespasses, foment the love where it is possible, and stay on your own vital path. The passage of time can work miracles where despair previously reigned. Society changes one family at a time, if it changes at all.
    You being honest and unashamed about how God made you, wherever that journey takes you, will set you free. Ultimately, your example of self-acceptance may help your family to free themselves from their own prisons of consciousness.
    The relative freedom and safety of gay people in America is one of our greatest achievements as a society. I wasn’t born gay, but I have gay family members, including a WW2 soldier who helped liberate the concentration camps. I’m proud of his heroism, and proud of my country for opening the Closet to the extent it has and will continue to do so.
    If anything, my views on this subject have only gotten stronger with my own recent marriage and now our first child, a daughter, is on the way. However her sexuality genes eventually manifest years from now, she’s a gift from God and a miracle. How could I reject her for who she is? Doesn’t even make sense.
    Anyways, good luck.

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  44. brat says:

    The Guy:
    Oh lord, another leather/staw man. Look you can hold queers responsible for the leather community when the non-queer communities take responsibility for:
    1. All the sexual abusers, the vast majortiy of whom are straight men.
    2. The patriarchial religions that abuse and demean all women and gay men.
    3. Las Vegas. (nuff said).
    Until then, get over yourself and your homophobia.

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  45. sutonius says:

    Steve, have you lost your mind completely?—–Do you remember when Nero shed tears on his mother’s funeral? A humane emotion from a mass murderer…..worth to remember?!

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  46. Suetonius says:

    Steve, have you lost your mind completely?—–Do you remember when Nero shed tears on his mother’s funeral? A humane emotion from a mass murderer…..worth to remember?!

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  47. That Guy says:

    You didn’t have to throw in that bit about so called “middle America.” Thats just silly. . .want to find intollerance. . .try going to any gay bar in Dupont Circle.
    One of the things that hurts mothers and brothers about having a gay son are the negative ‘examples’ of the gays that are in our popular culture. One gay man in leather chaps in the Gay Pride parade makes it that much harder for a role model like your friend to come out.

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  48. ... says:

    great post steve – i am delighted you have the strength of conviction and compassion to post it.. i hope it helps others as well.. all the best in the new year, james

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  49. Ben Cronin says:

    Steve — great note!
    Your friend has friends who’ve never even met him.
    Peace on earth, goodwill toward humankind.

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  50. Lux says:

    Well said, Steve.
    Enjoy the holiday.

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  51. JN1034 says:

    Thank you for giving voice to millions of the silent on this Christmas Day when tears are streaming behind closed doors. It’s hopeful for us all when people like you raise these issues; human lives are at stake.

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  52. Thankful says:

    Steve. Words cannot express my appreciation of your love and support at a pillar in my life. Thank you so very very much!
    A

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