Your faith is hurting me

Things can get complicated when a person uses faith to discriminate and invalidate another person and it is of greater disappointment to use faith to justify hate.
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The majority of Filipinos are Christians, and  a lot of them, if not all, believe that being attracted to a person of the same sex is a sin. For it is taught that God “only” created a man and a woman—Adam and Eve. It’s frustrating how people just base the concept of sex and gender from scriptures that are written ages ago, and the most disheartening part of all is how they easily neglect the existence of a whole bunch of identities and preferences that are simply just not fitting their standards of what a man and a woman should be. 

A lot of gay people, even I, grew up listening to “Ang mga bayot ilansang sa krus!”, which has scarred not just me, but a lot of people who identify as gay, making us think that what we are is not accepted in society and that we are abominations. To be nailed on the cross is to be convicted of sin or of a crime, and to hear those words could plant fear and could lead to self-loathing. 

This is one of the many factors why gay people have a hard time expressing themselves, especially when the people around them are also convinced that being gay is immoral. I can even hear relatives saying, “Ayaw jud panguyab ug lalaki kay sala jud na.” Now it’s just a statement worthy of an eye roll but back then, as a gay child, you believe them and you start thinking that you are defective, sinful, and that you just need God to guide you because “it’s just a phase”.

There is nothing wrong with standing for what you believe in and for having faith that is unbounded because respect of one’s religious freedom must be practiced. Things can get complicated when a person uses faith to discriminate and invalidate another person and it is of greater disappointment to use faith to justify hate.C

Jayson Elvie Ty

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