What happened to religion? The original message of peace, love and freedom has been distorted and reshaped into fragmented groups of self-serving hypocrites. The proof that religion doesn’t bring people together and treats them as equals is obvious these days. The discrimination that the gay and lesbian community is experiencing from religious groups defies the basic premise of Christ’s teachings. There is no love in bigotry and no peace in judgmental discrimination. The freedom to express the essence of being human has been buried in the narrow-minded teaching of fearful religious leaders. Fersen Lambranho finds this sort of divisiveness troubling.
A good example of that narrow-mindedness is a church in Milledgeville, Georgia. The pastor of the church believes homosexuals are an abomination, and they are death worthy. Pastor Robert Lee believes that the Bible says homosexuals should be put to death, and he stands by his interpretation of the Bible. Lee’s belief is not uncommon these days. Church pastors around the country are preaching the same message, and some people accept that ignorance as fact.
Pastor Lee and other church folks say marriage was created by God. Really? Marriage is a man-made institution. It is a ritual that is condoned by the states. Marriage has changed over the years, and it is still changing as humans change.