Dixie Darr

Get Over Yourself

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

You left our church, which you had attended all your life, because we voted to become a reconciling congregation. An old woman who had never married, you were afraid people would think you were a lesbian.
I’m trying to wrap my mind around that.
You don’t reject gay people because you have strongly held biblical beliefs based on six carefully selected verses, but because someone might think you’re gay.
Got it.
It’s all about you.
I never liked that Tom Brokow labeled you the Greatest Generation. I know you made it through the Depression and aced World War II, but that was all decades ago, and since then your major accomplishment seems to be clinging to racism, misogyny, and homophobia.
People tell me I should cut you some slack. Why? Because you’re too old to learn anything new? I don’t believe that. Science shows us that we can learn throughout our lives. You choose not to.
Who are these people whose opinion so concerns you? Friends? Will your friends of 20 or 40 or 60 years suddenly start treating you differently because your church believes that God loves all people?
Do you worry about strangers who might see you enter this church?
I guess it doesn’t bother you when LGBTQ people experience intolerance, prejudice, harassment, and the threat of violence due to their sexual orientation. Or when particularly vulnerable young LGBTQ people endure physical abuse, estrangement from family and friends, and torment at school, which can lead to underachievement, dropping out, mental health problems, and homelessness.
You can’t be bothered that LGBTQ people attempt suicide more than eight times as often as straight people because people might think you’re a lesbian.
Apparently, you’d rather people like me think you’re a bigot for discriminating against people for the way God made them.
And those anonymous people who distress you so much? They already think you’re gay.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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