Imagine that you’re a teenaged kid sitting in the pew when your family’s preacher gives his fiery “homosexuals deserve death” sermons. You hear the sentiment repeated by the trusted adults around you — parents, adult relatives, teachers, all the people on whom you rely for guidance and ‘truth’ and ‘what’s real’ in this world.
You hear the tone of total disgust and fear: ‘queers’ are filthy and evil predators, controlled by actual demons and that (G)od (H)imself (who, you’re told, created them) despises them so much that there is no hope for them now or in the afterlife. So despised and evil are these monsters, that (G)od sys that they must even be put to death in the here and now.
You, like all the other kids your age, are beginning to experience the natural development of your attractions towards others — you don’t know what sex really is, you’ve never even had sex (or for that matter, never had a life yet) but at some point you realize — omg, they’re talking about you. You’re terrified.
Now, does it take much more to understand why so many teenaged kids are ending their lives? Does it take much more to understand why so many kids are physically attacked and/or killed? Or why so many kids are thrown out of their homes, thrown away like garbage by “loving Christian parents”?
Does it take much to understand the psychological impact this bullshit has on a kid? And, the kids who don’t kill themselves turn out to be, depending on many variables, either happy, well-adjusted adults who’ve learned that nothing the hell is wrong with them, or they totally believe the lies and sink into a self-loathing and self-destructive spiral, or they totally believe the lies and become self-loathing, hate-filled, closeted gay-bashing preachers/criminals/scammers.
I’d really like to find the whole segment, what’s said right before and after, how he got on the subject. This is Pastor Bishop Eddie Long preaching, all the while doing what he’s doing (emphasis added):
“It is the most unattractive thing I have ever seen, when I see women wearing uniforms that men would wear, and women fighting to get in the military!” Long shouted to his congregation then. “The woman gets perverted to turn towards woman … and everybody knows it’s dangerous to enter an exit! And everybody knows, lady, if you go to the store and buy these devices [marital aids], it’s Memorex! It ain’t real!”
The audience, seated in a congested sanctuary, erupts in laughter. But what Long says next is no joke.
“God says you deserve death!”
“God said, everybody in here that knows what’s right but ain’t practicing — every woman that knows what to do but still wants to act like a ‘woman of the 90s’ that the world has described — God says unto every man that knows what God is saying to do, and you’re still acting like the boys on the corner, God says you deserve death!“
“You cannot say I was born this way! I don’t care what scientists say! Homosexuality and lesbianism are spiritual abortions!”
It’s psychologically damaging enough for kids to have their heads filled with religious garbage, the graphic images of eternal torture merely for not saying the magic words — but when they fill kids’ heads with lies condemning them for something they cannot control (adolescence, growing up), it can ruin lives. Not just the lives of the victims of religious mind-rape, but everyone close to them.