Upon driving past this sign, I was disgusted. In a time when many gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender*, and queer (GLBTQ) individuals are turning to suicide as an outlet for not feeling accepted, this type of hate speech will not be tolerated in our community. It literally mortifies me that any organization would attempt to use unfounded, inaccurate, bigoted rhetoric in order to lure others into their association. We have a moral responsibility to remove any message that promotes the manifestation of hatred, such as this organization.
- Southwest Baptist Church in Brunswick Hills, Ohio
Southwest Baptist Church
- The owners of the billboard
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Southwest Baptist Church Brunswick Hills, Ohio Billboard on I-71 South.
Remove their hateful billboard that says "Homosexuality is Sin"
I am writing regarding a billboard I saw on my drive home that states, “Homosexuality is Sin,” on I-71 South between North Royalton and Brunswick. This sign was promoting the Southwest Baptist Church located in Brunswick, Ohio.
Upon driving past this sign, I was disgusted. In a time when many gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender*, and queer (GLBTQ) individuals are turning to suicide as an outlet for not feeling accepted, this type of hate speech will not be tolerated in my community. It literally mortifies me that any organization would attempt to use unfounded, inaccurate, bigoted rhetoric in order to lure others into their association. We have a moral responsibility to remove any message that promotes the manifestation of hatred, such as this organization.
First – I would like to address their message, “Homosexuality is Sin.” It is a common trend for “mainstream groups,” such as this religious group, to undercut marginalized groups, such as GLBTQ people. This is used as a method to place blame on one group in an attempt to elevate the public perception of the other group. It is also used as a tactic manipulate people into thinking that their problems derive from a source upon which is does not. For those of us take the time to logically think this out – this method is no longer effective. Over centuries the marginalized group has shifted from people of Irish background to people of color. Society is too intelligent to validate this unintelligible argument, as marginalized groups will always prevail.
Second – I would like to look upon the document they are using for their argument: The Bible. GLBTQ people have been around for centuries, and some of them have had strong influences upon religious texts. For example, King James I (1566-1625) sponsored the translation of the King James Bible and strongly opposed “sodomy,” which was incorporated in this translation. What most people are unaware of was that despite his public abhorrence of “sodomy” he often engaged in same-sex relations with his close male favorites on his court. However, anyone that spoke out against this injustice was beheaded. Furthermore – the actual Hebrew term that is now referred to as “sodomy” started out as the word “pedophile,” and was morphed into a completely different meaning via translations. Last time I checked sodomy and pedophile in absolutely no way mean the same thing.
Third – Even if you can get past the multiple flaws and inaccuracies contained with the Bible, the story of Sodom & Gomorrah is completed misread from both a literal and metaphorical perspective. A group of men appear outside of Lot’s house asking for his guest to “know” him (which is only theorized to mean “have sex with”). Instead Lot hands over his daughters to be raped. This story has absolutely no commentary on same-sex relations. It is about a man who gives his daughter to group of men to allow them to rape her. If anything – this story comments on the abomination of gang rape and sexual-patriarchy, but has been twisted into a tale against GLBTQ people.
I urge this community to continually question what is put out into the world. Every message tells a story and many of those stories are convoluted and wrong. This particular story only focuses on one of the thousands of religious documents in the world. Again – look at how ineffective their argument is and do not accept their arrogance as the “right way;” it is the wrong way.
I directly hold the Southwest Baptist Church located at 329 North Carpenter Road in Brunswick, Ohio, responsible for any GLBTQ person turning away from God. I hold them responsible for going against the tenets of the very person that they claim to be living for: Jesus. Jesus preached love and acceptance of all people and until this church understands that message, they have no right to put up a sloppy argument that reflects their lack of religious and historical understanding. The next time I read about a gay-person taking their life, I will look to the leaders of this organization with disgust, because you had the chance to truly make a difference and I sincerely hope, for the sake of your souls, that you open up your eyes and literally do what you attempt to metaphorically preach: save a life.
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