Open Season on LGBTQ Folks

I am a supporter of LGBTQ people. They are citizens who pay taxes, contribute to community, sit in houses of worship on the Sabbath and are our neighbors.

However they are treated by some as second class citizens. It troubles me to see laws protecting their civil rights and freedom from discrimination being eroded by intolerant groups who are more interested in maintaining the status quo from long ago. What this is about is about the dignity and freedom of people to be who they are no matter what.

Women’s rights are being impacted for the negative too.

I am a man of faith who loves his neighbors as himself so I am concerned about people on the fringes. My religious freedoms have never been threatened. Anything that is new and different seems to threaten some folks and its sad they live in fear. Our political climate is a raging storm and some must take shelter.

I know some will disagree and that is fine. If you wish to cease following me that is cool. I will not debate or argue because it seems to be pointless. Thanks for your respect and time to let me express my feelings.

Author: Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

11 thoughts on “Open Season on LGBTQ Folks”

  1. Popped over from Charles French’s post. There will always be people with very closed minds. They are the most dangerous. I’m in full agreement and think we should treat everyone with respect. I’m not a religious person, just one of faith. Treat others as I want to be treated. With kindness.

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  2. A few years ago my grandfather went in for surgery on his heart. During the procedure he died and had an experience. My grandfather was an atheist. In spite of this, whatever lies on the other side of death welcomed him without hesitation. That’s the moral by which I try to live. Great post and something people of faith need to hear sometimes.

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  3. I really appreciate how you, even as a straight, cis, white Christian man, you are still aware of the issues that don’t necessarily effect you. I feel like true God-like behavior is to love everyone and treat people equally, seeing as we are all God’s children, (assuming that is the belief system you follow) and as far as sins go, all sins are equal and Jesus died so that we could be sinful and still be forgiven and loved, so I really don’t see how being gay is any worse than another sin that is seen as “lesser”, when the bible literally says all sins are equal, (and they are all, ultimately, forgiven). I don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin personally, but even if you do, we all sin, and it doesn’t invalidate the LGBT community and their issues. I think it’s very high of you and you set a great example of what Christianity is intended to be and you care for everyone the way, I feel, God intended.

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  4. Hi Tony,
    Glad you said that. I have no problems at all with LGBTQ, in fact I live and work in an environment that are full with lovely and awesome LGBTQ. Although they have to be a bit careful here (for the law reason oucchh) , they are just the same as everyone. I laways hang out with friends that are of LGBTQ and we chill out at bar with not even a single problem. I for one, support your stand.. kudos, 2 thumbs up…this world is not ours, we are on loan, everything that we have comes from God so we need to be grateful and share the love with everyone, regardless of their direction, race, religion, sex orientation or whatsoever. Sincerely, Lan


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