"She's disgusting and I feel very sorry for her children. God doesn't honor gay unions and she's bringing poor innocent children into having to deal with her sinful lifestyle. Shame on her. For all you liberals and gay supporters, I will pray for all of you, your all so misguided . Read your bible and see what god says. He doesn't support you!!!"Wanda Sykes is my utmost favorite comedienne. While browsing People.com to catch up on the latest in the entertainment world, I came across the story that she and her wife just had twins. I was briefly surprised that she had a wife, having not heard anything previously about her dating life and marital status. But I was happy for her. Until I started reading the article's comments.
Hate is nothing new. I know this. Religious fervor against gay marriage and parentage is nothing new. But I am still surprised at how deeply it cuts every time I encounter it. But it was the last sentence of that particular comment that caught my attention amidst a sea of equally rabid condemnations and fiery rebuttals: "He doesn't support you!!!" Pretty bold of the poster, to speak on behalf of his or her deity like a publicity manager who's lost his temper with a nosy reporter or pushy fan.
I'm not religious. In fact, thats a fairly hefty understatement to those that know me best. But- I was raised in a deeply religious household. I was raised to believe (it didn't work, but stay with me) in a god that supports us and loves us all, regardless of the right or wrong decisions we make. I was taught Matthew 25: 34-46. A snippet of verse 40: "Whatsoever you do to the least of My people, you do unto Me." Or, Romans 14:10, "You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat." And lastly, Matthew 11:28-30. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Now, my point is not to throw verses and counter verses to win a religious argument. My point is that I was raised amongst people who believe in a loving, forgiving deity who ultimately wants us to care for each other, and to be beholden to something larger than just ourselves. And my sincerest atheistic hope is not that the bitter person who wrote that comment stop believing in a higher power, but that he or she finds their way to the god that my family and their friends have found- one more full of acceptance, love, and forgiveness than condemnation and ugly disgust.