Sa totoo lang, kaya ko namang respetuhin ang mga Katoliko, o kahit na anong relihiyon for the matter. Napakadaling gawin. Halos lahat ng mga taong nakapaligid sa akin, miyembro ng iba’t ibang klaseng relihiyon — Katoliko, Protestante, Muslim, Budista. At kilala nila ako. Reasonable ako. I don’t hate just ’cause.
BUT WHEN YOU’RE BEING A DECENT HUMAN BEING AND YOU’RE CONSTANTLY DENIED OF YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS; WHEN YOU’RE OPENLY VILIFIED AS A “THREAT TO FAMILY”; WHEN YOU’RE TREATED A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY ONLY TO SERVE THE WHIM OF THE IRRATIONAL MAJORITY; WHEN PEOPLE LIKE ALAN TURING WHO SAVED 14 MILLION LIVES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROSECUTED FOR BEING A HOMOSEXUAL; WHEN YOUR PARENTS CAN’T EVEN ACCEPT YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS (RIP LEELAH ALCORN); WHEN THOUSANDS OF LBGT PEOPLE DIE BY SUICIDE AND HATE CRIMES EACH YEAR; THAT’S WHEN YOU DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN RESPECT FOR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AND PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL EQUALITY, FREEDOM & AUTONOMY AND HUMAN LIFE.
I don’t dislike Catholics. I dislike their Catholicism. I dislike the bigotry of their church and how it parses the Bible and its own dogma to justify everything. I hate how the Catholic hierarchy treats women. I hate the willful Catholic ignorance and the hypocrisy, the guts to preach what is right according to their beliefs but not what is JUST. I do not believe in hell but if there’s hell and the Catholics think I’m going to burn in it for this, SO GIVE ME HELL.