In response to the “No Comparison” blog entry at the Indy Star, “Joi” said
“my religious beliefs are against the act of homosexuality, but I LOVE YOU ANYWAY, just as Jesus loves you.”
S/he went on to say that
“HOWEVER, injustice is injustice. This country lacks a whole lot of LOVE and RESPECT! Why should I care who you choose to sleep with, just like why should you care about the color of my skin? It SHOULDN’T MATTER!!! NO ONE deserves to be discriminated against based on race or sexual orientation. PERIOD!”
I responded with the following email:
“AMEN! I can’t believe how some Christians defend their hatred by use of scripture. It’s reminiscent of how the Bible to defend slavery. Love and compassion aren’t bound by law. Allowing hatred, bigotry, and discrimination to happen to anyone is and never has been love.
Arguing who has been discriminated worse, does not benefit anyone. Is there a difference in the murders of Mr. James Byrd Jr.( His throat was cut, then he was chained by his ankles to a pickup and dragged to pieces along three miles of road), Gwen Araujo (she was struck on the head with a soup can, then struck again with a frying pan so hard that the blow caused her head to make a hole through an adjacent wall. She was then taken to the garage and strangled with a rope, hog-tied, wrapped in a blanket, and placed in the bed of a pick-up truck. Four of the men drove her body to a wooded area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where she was finally buried in a shallow grave) or 15 year old Sakia Gunn ( who was murdered on the streets of Newark because she admitted to being a lesbian)? I think not.
Martin Luther King Jr said”Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus Christ said much the same thing when he was asked what the greatest commandment was. He said ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Little else needs to be said.”
Little else besides the fact that S/he has given me hope that Christ’s love and compassion truly is manifested in a few Americans.