When I first moved to California from Ohio 6 years ago, I had never known a gay couple. Tom and Shane were the first. They were two of the most genuine, honest, hard working and generally likable people I had ever met, too. Their love for each other was crystal clear. After 2 minutes of knowing them, I no longer saw a gay couple; all I could see was a young couple in love.
LGBT rights was a big reason why I began to question my faith. Tom and Shane were the first to remove the boundaries placed on my understanding of love by my fundamentalist upbringing. I owe them both a sincere debt of gratitude.
Last year Shane lost Tom in a accident. Tom's mother, Martha Bridegroom, came to California from Knox, Indiana to retrieve Tom's body. While Shane was at home resting, she left with Tom for Indiana without allowing Shane to say goodbye. Tom's father, Norman Bridegroom, then threatened violence against Shane if he were to attend the funeral Indiana. Shane was shut out.
I don't need to go on a rant about the damage caused by Martha and Norman Bridegroom's bigotry and intolerance. Shane expresses more than I ever could with his tears in his "It Could Happen To You" video.
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Homosexuality and Christianity: Unnatural?December 8, 2009 at 5:15pm UTC
I recently became involved in an ongoing email conversation regarding homosexuality and religion with the Assistant Superintendent of the Christian High School I attended. Is homosexuality a choice? Does it occur in nature? It can't lead to procreation
Homosexuality and Christianity: The Cost of CondemnationDecember 8, 2009 at 5:30pm UTC
Much of Christianity condemns homosexuality. Is this righteous stand bearing the fruit of good works? Sure. If you cons.
No Transitional Fossils?December 8, 2009 at 9:56am UTC
Homosexuality and Christianity: The Theology of HypocrisyDecember 12, 2009 at 9:28am UTC
Most modern Christians allow women to speak in church. Some of them even go out to Red Lobster for Sunday dinner! Isn't it about time we got back to Biblical principles... like punishing this abomination by death?
What I Was Taught In Science ClassDecember 12, 2009 at 10:36am UTC
I went to a Christian High School where I was taught young-earth creationism in science class. Here's what I learned then and what I know now
The wordDecember 20, 2009 at 1:40pm UTC
In January of 1954, the following letter was written by Albert Einstein to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'.
Do scientists pray, and if so what they pray for?December 21, 2009 at 2:20am UTC
A child in the sixth grade in a Sunday School in New York City, with the encouragement of her teacher, wrote to this question to Einstein in Princeton on 19 January I936.
A Student Seeks the Meaning of LifeDecember 21, 2009 at 2:30am UTC
This excerpt is a letter written by Einstein in response to a 19-year-old Rutger's University student, who had written to Einstein of his despair at seeing no visible purpose to life and no help from religion.
Science and ReligionDecember 21, 2009 at 7:50am UTC
Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their
Science and Religion, Part IDecember 21, 2009 at 8:01am UTC
During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief. The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced