My apologies to Bruce and Dan if it may seem that I’m hogging their blog today, but I wanted to share this video I made. The term “homophobia” certainly isn’t perfect and is often misused for political purposes, yet there are cases where it does fit. When it comes to violence and real bigotry against gays, I have no problem calling a spade a spade and religious beliefs are not an excuse to avoid the truth of the matter. This video was put together out of frustration with so-called Christians who claim to love gays while continuing to spout nothing but pure hatred against us. It might seem like a general indictment but isn’t intended as such. I know that not all Christians are like this, I am just weary of those who are filled with such hatred which seems to go against what their faith is all about. Believing something is a sin is one thing, treating others with malice and hatred in the name of God is something entirely different. All the people shown in this video were driven to suicide or were murdered because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Is this what the “love of Christ” is supposed to be about? Somehow I don’t think so…
— John (Average Gay Joe)
UPDATE: Some people have apparently misunderstood the point of this video. To clear up any confusion: 1) this was an amateur video and showed be viewed as such; 2) it wasn’t aimed at all Christians; 3) those who believe homosexual relations are sinful were not necessarily included as well (those who condemn the orientation itself is a different matter); 4) The point of the video was not that Christians are bad (which would be self-loathing of me) nor that each are personally responsible for the suicides/murders of the people in the video. There is responsibility for those who directly commit the act, those who personally did nothing to prevent it and those who allowed their hatred to contribute to a climate in which such acts are done.
As requested by some, here is the breakdown of the people in the video, you can Google the names for more:
Suicide: Billy Clayton, Billy Jack Gaither, Robbie Kirkland, Joey Lipitz, & Bruce David Michaels.
Murdered: Scott Bernard Amedure, Steen Keith Fenwich, Laquanda Johnson, Fred C. Martinez, Jr., Phoebe Myrie, Allen R. Schindler, Jr., Matthew Shepard, Arthur Carl Warren, Barry Winchell, & Candice Williams.