I am somewhat a christian. I don't go to church, I don't have a denomination, and I don't pass judgement on people or disassociate with "sinners" I just follow the bibles teachings and ideas and morals, because they make sense to me, and I want to.
Homosexuality in the bible.. "if a man lays with another man as he would a woman, he shall be put to death"
simple enough. however, there are SO many other things listed in leviticus that are all punishable by death that we all do every single day. It's also the old testament.(think I spelled that wrong) the new test. brought about a different way of handling things, it doesn't make the things less wrong, but we don't have to kill people every time they screw up.
Now, my favorite way to look at things like this is to start with the saying "let ye without sin cast the first stone" Really? well, I have definately screwed my fair share of things up, consistently done things that are considered "sins" and I am by no means better than anyone else in that chapter, so, in all honesty who am I to judge again? It also says something to the effect of all sin is sin in gods eyes. which means, the idea of "well its not AS bad as.." is crap.
I see it this way. We all do things someone else doesn't like, we all break rules, we're all human. We are here, dealing with the same thing, the human condition. We are all unique, and we all handle things differently. It is not my place to care what you do or judge you for it, and it is most certainly not my cross to bare, I have enough of my own.
now as for the over-rated thing. I think it is over-rated. I don't think homosexuality is necessarily right, but I don't judge anyone for it, or hate them, its just not my thing. and whoever said it is right. The media feeds on the loonies that are out there, and ignore the rest of us that keep our opinions just that, our opinions.
If I got into a fight at a bar with a chick, and beat her up for whatever, if it turned out she was a lesbian, it becomes a hate crime. This is what I mean about over rated. we could have fought about her stealing my drink, but if she is gay, its a hate crime and I get prosecuted for such. When I saw two lesbians practically having sex in a parking lot of a mall, where children frequent, I could not have yelled out "hey, get a room, theres kids running around here" because it'd be considered a hate crime. Do I think it makes a difference if it was a straight couple vs. gay, absolutely not, I'd yell that out at anyone, kids don't need to see you gettin your dirty on in public.
Those kids that killed themselves, were not all gay, either, this year has been full of suicides. Pheobe Prince was the first. A couple of those kids were 13. and People Magazine did an article on bullying, that included all different types, not just gays.
I think gay hate is over-rated, and over-prosecuted and over-accused. I think however, its about time someone raised awareness about bullying, as severe as its gotten I almost went and taught some little teen boys a lesson for my little brother because of how insanely cruel they were to him.
(sorry for the long ramble. Im exhausted, so it happens