Hat tip to Jan at Yearning for God (who attributes to Co Exist)
Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.Jimmy Carter:
The truth is that male religious figures have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or to subjugate women. They have for their own selfish ends overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continued choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.