Many people in the LGBT community have been hurt by religion, so much so that they have pretty much lost their families. What can we do to be more inclusive to these individuals?
—Seeking Divine Inspiration
I am going to preface this by saying my response is based on the assumption we're talking about Christianity, and many Christians embrace their LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Quite simply, we can be more inclusive by treating LGBTQ people like people and not like sins. Every single one of us is flawed in innumerable ways, and we have all proved our imperfections time and time again. What is so painful is that this one issue has had so much focus and so much vitriol. It has resulted in too many deaths, both from murder and suicide, which are two things the Bible frowns pretty heavily on. Just as sadly, it has caused millions who believe in a creator to feel they are abominations and unworthy of love—what a hideous scar on the face of Christianity. Religion needs to have a hard, long look in the mirror and think about how it has contributed to the deaths of millions of people over the years. If religion refuses to minister to the whole person, flaws and all, then it will continue to lose devotees in droves. After all, science makes room for all those that Christianity has rebuked. Amen.