Religion is a mental disorder… usually cured by a small dose of critical thought.
Apparently, many American’s refuse to take their medicine… (and they have the vote).
I just read some of the (ex) Rev. Haggard’s “apology”. Amongst the tear stained words he admitted something amazing – for a Christian.
There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life.
nothing proved effective
No shit Sherlock…
Of course, the fact that a man of god admits that his homosexual desire has been with him most of his life – that all of his praying, faith and study did nothing to change it – none of this will change Christians’ concept of homosexuality as sin; a “choice” and something to be cured.
Great - lets continue to give people a reason to be depressed, suicidal and otherwise unhappy with their lives - ALL OVER NOTHING.
Besides, if Jesus was gonna help anyone become an “ex-gay”, wouldn’t it be the leader of one of his mega-churches and a proponent for the movement?
And who was really hurt by Haggard’s “dark secret” and why?
His wife, family and himself were the ones hurt most. All unnecessarily of course. If he was honest with himself – with his desires – he could have spared himself and those around him this grief… for NO downside (unless you consider living a life where you are honest with yourself and your desires “evil”).
Instead, we have the leader of the evangelicals – someone who’s bashed gays from the pulpit and undoubtedly done serious harm to the (similar, self-loathing) homosexuals who go to his church for “help” – mis-leading by example. And Christians will feel sorry for him… and continue to preach ‘redemption through Jesus’ for this terrible (non) sin.
This sick religion – in the name of helping people – is simply destroying people’s lives… for no good reason at all. Instead of trying to help people, they focus on the most personal yet trivial (to society) issue: sexuality.
I honestly believe if Jesus were to return, find a boyfriend, do some preaching on the subject and leave… these same people would be praying to his Dad to deliver him from evil…