What if words are the new sticks and stones?

"Gay Stoning" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Gay Stoning” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Killing someone is a way to remove someone from our lives for whatever reason. In the Old Testament stoning was a way to punish sinners and remove them from the community.

We can call it scapegoating.

We may not use stoning to remove or separate people from our community, but we can use words and policies. They have the same effect of removing them from us.

We’d like to think we’ve progressed the violence of the Old Testament. But have we?

I believe that often those who commit suicide because they’ve been ostracized and alienated because of their sexuality or orientation or for any reason are showing us that in reality we have murdered them already, and they’re just finishing it and making it manifest physically.

We should be moving away from exclusion to inclusion.

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5 Responses

  1. Cecilia Davidson says:

    I still worry that even the idea of inclusion won’t end the root problem that leads to such persecution of those previously deemed unclean by the institution

  2. kris799 says:

    I believe that often those who commit suicide because they’ve been ostracized and alienated because of their sexuality or orientation or for any reason are showing us that in reality we have murdered them already, and they’re just finishing it and making it manifest physically.”

    Agree 100%.

  3. I’m not sure who disliked my comment, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Inclusion by the institution won’t undo the long history of said institution’s deeming nonheterosexual and non-cisgender (and non-white, non-male) persons as sinners or products of sin. There will always be the fundamentalist element who think they’re doing God’s work, like how Leelah Alcorn’s mother STILL thinks her “son” wasn’t murdered by the mother’s beliefs. Like the Christian terrorists who bomb abortion clinics and assault/murder those associated with the clinic (say what you will about abortion, but religiously motivated murder is still murder).

  4. On a related note, it seems the Church of Latter-Day Saints wants to be more inclusive of the MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex) community on a condition.
    Yeah. A condition.
    That people stop talking about how LDS has a long history of bigotry and how even now there’s still fundamentalist elements who perpetuate that bigotry.

  5. Carol Steele says:

    Unfortunately one voice against many. We need far more people like David speaking out against persecution by the church – whichever flavour of that church.

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