Sometimes, well most times actually, flicking through my Facebook pages, half asleep, I will come across some outrageous piece some has posted and get morally outraged – isn’t that the point of why we post stuff?
This time it was a piece, well a headline, “that being Gay is the same as Murder” a post made by a Teacher in America. Outrage set it, then I decided to actually read the article.
Reading the article I actually agreed with him, surprisingly, because he framed his argument within the context of the Bible and that in fact all people are sinners and if you have broken one law than you have broken all the laws, so within his paradigm he is right – we are all as bad as murderers, and so is he (and he would probably admit that), so I do not feel ‘assaulted’ by his comments.
However I do feel assaulted by the fact he made his views known, probably intending to be provocative, and potentially alienating himself from any of the children in his Class who are Gay and being bullied, therefore he has breached an inherent trust in the teaching profession, I am guessing it is the same in the US as in the UK, that concentrates on the needs of the person rather than personal needs to cling to a specific doctrine.
It is not acceptable to hoist your views on someone else, especially if you are a Teacher. If the same remarks had been made by a Teacher saying it was great to be gay then there would have been uproar.
I think we all need to stop getting outraged and be civilised, my reaction to piece taught me a lesson, lets read it before we condemn it. I wish interest groups would stop jumping the bandwagon and grabbing the headlines to get a gig, as I said when I wrote to my MP, I promise not marry a straight person!
I was reading in Guy Penns’ Blog about how Christians preach perfection and, in my experience, some of them are the most selfish people around, and I have experienced that this week, but I have chosen to not to use that as an excuse to be like them, but to be true to myself. I think the point I am trying to make is that Jack Conkling who wrote the article ought to practice a little love, a little compassion and worry about his own life a little more. I respect others opinions but always leave room to ‘agree to disagree’ – its called respect.