Even in far flung Ubud, Bali I have heard the noise from Australia about the Prime Minister smacking down a chrisitan who had the tenacity to ask the PM about his back flip on marriage equality.
I can’t help but make a few comments on some of the stuff I’ve read from some christian quarters about Rudd’s comments.
And let me be really clear here. I don’t like Kevin Rudd, to me he is simply another man in a suit that is bent on keeping the job of Prime Minister and has little regard for anyone else because he knows best.
In a nutshell, a christian pastor asked the christian Prime Minister how he could now support marriage equality when Jesus himself made it clear that marriage was between a man and a woman. Rudd in his response said:
I do not believe people, when they are born, choose their sexuality. They are gay if they are born gay. You don’t decide at some later stage in life to be one thing or the other. It is – it is how people are built and, therefore, the idea that this is somehow an abnormal condition is just wrong. I don’t get that. I think that is just a completely ill-founded view.
He went on to say other things, have a look at the video or read the transcript.
I want to focus on this particular statement about being born gay. This is from my own personal journey.
Some other bloggers have taken to their blogs to object to the PM’s notion that people are born gay.
Bill Muelhenberg on his blog called “Culture Watch” said this:
He (Rudd) assured us that homosexuals are born that way and cannot change, thereby calling Jesus a liar for telling us he came to set people free from their sinful lifestyles.
It (The Bible) is nothing of the sort. It is about the truth that we are condemned sinners heading to hell, and that Jesus died for our sin so that through faith and repentance we can be set free and made right with God.
Arnold Jago – Mildura doctor and devout Catholic says this on his blog called “The Real Mary Mackillop”:
Last night on ABC-TV, Prime Minster Kevin Rudd was applauded for claiming that same-sex “marriage” is compatible with Christian thought.
Based on two assumptions:
* that homosexuality is not abnormal because some people can’t help it. “They are gay if they are born gay,” he said.
Which is not factually correct. It’s far from being that simple.
* having hopefully got away with that dubious generalisation, Mr Rudd steered further off track.
“What is the fundamental principle of the New Testament…Loving your fellow man,” he said.
Well yes. But if, in fact, homosexuality is a disorder, the way to show a man love is to warn him of his problem and guide him towards a better way.
Out there on the net are plenty of other examples of christians being upset that Rudd claims that I was born gay.
Was I born gay? I don’t know. Does it matter? Not to me. Am I disordered? I don’t think so.
I don’t know why I’m gay but I can tell you that from a very early stage in my life I knew that I was gay. I may not have had the words to describe how I felt and I certainly didn’t know what it meant. But from about the age of 8 there was a part of my brain that knew that boys were far more interesting to me than girls.
In my teens I had no interest in the opposite sex and my early sexual encounters and my first serious relationship was with a man. Women didn’t figure at all. By the time I was in my 20’s this was causing me angst thanks to religion. I wasn’t ‘growing out of it’ as some people seemed to suggest. The phase I was going through seemed to be rather long.
I don’t know where my sexuality came from, but I do know how hard I tried to get rid of it. Ask my siblings about me growing up. An angry youngster.
There’s claims that my sexuality may have been caused by an absent father or lack of relationship with him, it may have been caused by sexual abuse from a man, or it might have been the devil. However, there’s 11 children, my sisters and brothers either side of me don’t appear to be gay. Our experience in growing up is very similar. I can only think that I suffer from 8th child syndrome, well known for causing gayness.
Being gay is not something that I learned to be. In fact the reverse is true. I did my best to learn to be straight. I even got married and had kids to prove that I was a true blue Aussie bloke able to scratch my nuts, spit, swear and make disgusting statements about sex.
Then for some strange reason that veneer broke down. I was angry even though I thought god had answered my prayers and given me a wife and a family. I was devout. I loved jesus and thanked him for my wonderful life. My prayers had been answered, god had taken away the ‘sin of homosexuality’ from me.
At this stage christians will tell me that I wasn’t trying hard enough, I didn’t pray hard enough, I didn’t believe hard enough. I gave in to temptation. The devil made me do it. I choose to be gay.
You’re joking, right? Christians think I made a decision to be gay and to be subjected to a world of hatred and bigotry? Some christians think I picked a sexuality that would lead me to live in a world surrounded by homophobic believers. I was a true catholic, I knew that sinners would go to hell. That’s an eternity in torment. I really believed that. Why would I pick to spend all of time in the pits of hell?
I didn’t pick being gay, it was only when I made the decision to be who I really was, to accept that my sexuality was innate that I finally found peace. It is only in a loving relationship with Michael that I have truly found myself.
I don’t need religion to define me.
I’m happy for people to believe whatever they want, go for it.
I’m not happy for other people’s belief systems to impact on me. I reject that outright. It’s not ok for a pastor from Queensland to suggest that there is something wrong with me, it’s not ok for fundamentalist christians to continue the hate and the bigotry based on concepts that I have no belief in. It’s not ok for some fundamentalists to pretend that they really love me and want me to know the truth according to them.
I am not asking anyone else to be gay, I’m not trying to change anyone’s sexuality (but if Matt Damon was interested…), I just want to get on with my life, I want to spend it with Michael, we love each other, we want to be together.
I am now happy. Not because I’ve rejected religion or that I’ve taken the ‘easy path’ or given in to the sin of homosexuality. I’m happy because I have accepted who I am and I’m no longer trying to be who others think I should be.
In the straight world after 5 years of being together people would ask me when the big day was. When are we getting married.
That’s a really good question. When am I getting married?