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The religious right is fond of saying, "Love the homosexual, hate the sin". I say, "Love the religious bigot, disagree with the religious bigotry".
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Whether you are an evangelical Christian who believes that homosexuality is a sin, or a gay activist working for equal access to civil rights, it seems we all need to go through a process of forgiveness and reconciliation. As the Dalai Lama has said, "All of us want to be happy. No one wants to suffer. If we act and behave with that in mind, then it will be a good thing".
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written strong words on this, from his latest book - "To discriminate against our sisters and brothers who are lesbian or gay on grounds of their sexual orientation for me is as totally unacceptable and unjust as apartheid ever was." (page 55)
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Stevie Wonder sings "I like to see people fall in love". Psychologists call this sympathetic joy, it is when we take delight in the happiness of another instead of begrudging it. I do not believe that happiness is a limited resource, that the more someone else has, the less there is for me. I do not believe that heterosexuals have a monopoly on love and commitment. If Ellen Degeneres is happy in her marriage then I am happy for her too.
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