I will be the first person to admit, that I can be to harsh on religion (ALL of them). That is something I am working on, and I take full ownership of it. But I have a hard time accepting something that intentionally excludes people and their rights. It is not because I think it is crazy to believe God created everything. Honestly, I think it is equally as crazy to believe that the universe has been around forever and nothing created it. Religion has been the biggest excuse for homophobia in the past and present. With the current battles for marriage equality, the religious right is battling hard. I recently had a couple of experience with religious memorabilia that made me think about my stand when it comes to my beliefs regarding religion and sexuality.
The first was a cute figurine I saw at an antique store in Austin:
The little girl is holding up her dress and shows that she has on shorts underneath. The script reads "Dear Lord, If you are still making little boys, can't you change me into one?"
This was a positive encounter for me. It is not often you find something that encourages breaking gender roles, especially something from the 50s (at least that is what was listed on the tag). It reminded me of the modern poem by Every Girl, Every Boy. We talked in my Human Sexuality that sexual orientation is one of the most enforced gender roles. And I thought this was a very positive idea and showing that not everybody has to conform to who they are told they are suppose to be.
The second encounter wasn't as positive. I am still on the fence about how I feel about this one. I don't know if I am having the reaction I am because of my criticism, or because this negativity actually exists in this product.
This was a shirt I saw in a Christian book store in Tennessee. Now, when I first saw it, I immediately thought of the Human Rights Campaign. When you say "There is no equal" and have a picture of an equal sign, I took great offense. I saw it as "There is no equality. Christians reign supreme." Now, as time has passed, I began to think, maybe that wasn't the intention. But with the current equality situation in the country, it is hard not to think about it. Here is the HRC logo:
Now, they are very similar (although most equal signs do look alike). But it is basically the colors reversed. So my question with this post is, am I just looking for a fight against an opponent and subject I feel passionate about, or do I have legitimate concerns? It is a struggle I fight with on a constant basis. We are a very religious society, and I am working on finding where the hatred ends and the love begins.