Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Getting Over It

It is welcoming when we see cases where people of faith are actively combating the stereotype of homophobia. They seek to give kindness to everyone, regardless of their sexuality or past, and are the sort of people we should look up to. After all, little good is done in somebody's life by refusing to show them love.

In many cases, where the policy of giving guidance to those who ask for it is followed, some people do decide to change their lives. This had led to the rise of a community that is often shunned or despised: the post-gay community. They are those who realised that their life was unsatisfying and that they had possibly gone down the wrong route in life, but they often face a lot of opposition when they decide to turn straight again.

Recently, an ad campaign on London Buses, which said, "Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!" was prevented from being run, because it was deemed offensive to homosexuals. Yet this was simply this small but growing community expressing itself, and informing the world that it is ok to become straight if you were once gay. This was not them seeking to be offensive, but them offering help to those who feel that they might need it.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, made the decision, and in doing so has denied these people a voice. These are simply people that were expressing the reality of their lives, and who felt that it was their responsibility to get their story out there. After all, they were incredibly grateful for the help that they received when they asked for it, and were simply alerting others to this opportunity.

There was a similar story a while ago, when a Christian psychiatrist was demoted because she agreed to counsel someone who felt that they wanted to move away from a gay lifestyle, and towards one that was based upon Christian values. This person turned out to be a reporter, who broke the story that led to a lot of anger being directed at this psychiatrist. Yet all she had done was extend the gift of guidance to this person.

She had just offered to help.

There should not be a clampdown on Christians being allowed to offer help to other people, or express themselves in a way that is clearly not abusive. Once again, in helping people according to faith, we come across the problem of whether people should be allowed to manifest their faith in the actions that they do. If we cannot manifest our faith in the simple act of helping others, however, then there is a serious problem present within society.

People of faith must be allowed to serve others.

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