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While The World Is Burning

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 17, 2017 in Immoral Conversations |

Someone on Twitter, today, said that they were going to pray for me. They suggested that I would be surprised that they pray for all LGBT people while we, the LGBT people, only sue good, law-abiding Christian citizens. We are unable to put ourselves in their place, so walk a mile in their shoes, to see why they, and not we, are right. And all the time, it goes on, we claim to always be right, never wrong. Christians, I was told, aren’t mean-spirited.

The conversation came about when I commented on someone who complained that the pro-life movement had been removed from the Women’s March, due to take place across the United States while Donald Trump is inaugurated in Washington, DC. Having read something of this person’s profile, I commented that wedding cake aren’t wedding cake eaters if they’re gay. The idea here, which anyone with an ounce of intelligence would have spotted – and he did – was that it is somewhat ironic to complain that the pro-life people are removed from the march when they should have an equality of rights and, at the same time, applaud those who refuse to sell a gay couple a wedding cake because it goes against their principles.

While The House Is Burning

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So now someone else is going to pray for me, and probably for my immortal soul which, as we all know, is in danger of being condemned to the fires of hell because of my birthright. Because I was born gay.

I’ll be quite honest about it, I don’t  believe prayer, from anyone and to anything, is going to make me straight. But I’ve come across these people before, those who pray rather than taking action to help. I’m not talking about changing people who are gay into straight necessarily, but those who believe prayer will work to cure anything. Those who pray rather than take a child to a doctor for treatment, and let the child die. Those who pray for good fortune rather than working at it themselves.

Funnily enough, these same people would not pray that their god intervene and put out the fire which is burning down their house, they would call the fire brigade. I guess even the most fanatic appreciate that prayer doesn’t work all the time. Sometimes mortal assistance is far better than dirtying your knees and piously pressing your hands together, averting your eyes from the world around you.

For me remains one clear fact: if you are going to demand Rights, then that demand should go for all. There is no praying here, just logic and – something which is often left out of the equation – fairness. I have no problem living amidst Christians, people who believe in pro-life politics, those who pray to another god – or the same god with a different system. Therefore, I see no reason why these people should, according to their own reasoning, have a problem living near to me. It stands to reason. That is, unless your answer to any and all problems is to pray.

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  • Tony says:

    I wonder if it’s possible to pray for the people that pray for people? I think perhaps they need our (non-praying people) help. Since we don’t pray, I wonder what form our prayer will take? Do we just ‘wish’ them help or do we start from scratch and develop a completely new regime? Maybe that’s just one-upmanship, a way to look down on the prayer people as they look down on the non-prayers. If I was going to pray, it would be a completely inclusive process. I’d pray for the spiders outside my house and for any and everything from there up. Nothing would be left out. Nothing would burn as that would be a waste. Recycling – I am all for recycling.

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