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Nov. 4th, 2009 | 08:34 am

The loss of gay marriage in Maine reminds me of my childhood growing up in a Fundamentalist Christian Church and watching my parents fight constantly.

The christian groups motivated to hate gays are (at least in my experience) the ones most likely to engage in child abuse.

I couldn't find a link to the primary reference, but On Christianity, Fundamentalism, Spanking, and What Constitutes Child Abuse discusses some of the research linking religion and child abuse.

I guess the conservative christians have experience with just how violent, angry, and wretched of parents they are, and since their insane god tells them gays must be worse then them, that's what lets them rationalize the need to "protect" children from gays. At least their advertisements against gay marriage in California, seemed to revolve around if we had gay marriage, children might be exposed to gays.

Speaking as a child raised in a fundamentalist church, why the hell can't we talk about how religion is abusive? Why do the christians get to claim the "moral" high ground of "protecting children". Children bloody well need to be protected from them!

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from: aerynvale
date: Nov. 4th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I think people who want to hate use God, or whatever else, as an excuse to justify themselves. And yeah, religious institutions tend to hold themselves above any criticism or need to justify their actions, claiming a protected status. Supposedly there are a bunch of 'moderate' Christians out there who are not abusive and are generally good people, and faith based organizations that do a lot of good in their communities, but we don't hear from them very often. They don't get up and denounce all the crazy extremists. In which case they may as well be silently giving their support.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Nov. 4th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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The tide is turning, and the people who desperately cling to Bronze Age rules have no way of coping with the modern world. The only way they can keep themselves safe is to legislate their religion, which is what they're doing with all the money and resources every backwards-looking, rigid sect can possibly throw into it.

It won't be long, I suspect, before the right combination of lawyers and judges have their say, and make it clear that legislating religion is unconstitutional.

It's agonizing to see these hatemongers prevail again, but the margin is getting smaller, and the fact that every one of these hateful campaigns was fueled by out-of-state sects with axes to grind (sometimes, I think literally) is going to impinge on the national consciousness, sooner rather than later.

We went through this with repealing Prohibition and with civil rights and with women's rights. None of it happened quickly, but once the tide started to turn in earnest, came the deluge. History proves that things will go our way.

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