Half of our gay people are not religious and those who are affiliated with a religion tend to go to church less often and don’t not consider their church to be important. This unaffiliation is more than twice that of the general public.
One has to suppose this set of nonreligious gay people, while a small percentage of the general population, influences the general population. Slavery and segregation affected directly a minority of the public. But attitudes toward black people was a political issue elections turned on for many years.
We can all understand how gay people came not to like the church or what the church stands for. The church pushed them away and much of it continues to this day. The question is why?
It would be good for the faith to reach out to gays, embrace them and decide homosexuality is not a sin. Biblical language gives them this option. Anyone who doubts this needs to read interpretations of scripture by people who take this option.
I just came back from a hospital visit of an old friend who had heart bypass surgery. This gay man and his partner joked about the new spartan diet and exercise regimen that would be in their household.
While my friend said his experience was frightening, he assured me he remains an atheist. He and his partner would be good for the life some church.
I’m glad we get to have them in our atheist community.
P. S. The Red River Freethinkers Solstice Potluck is at the Rogne farm this Sunday at 1 PM. Bring some food and enjoy the conversation. Directions to the Rogne farm are at www.redriverfreethinkers.org