My commute to work has become rather (how to put it) dreadful. You see The Light of the Nations “Church” has erected a huge billboard that I have to drive past twice a day five days a week. This billboard suggests that Jesus can “save” people from homosexuality. It depicts a man ripping open his shirt as words such as “drugs, lies, depression, porn and divorce” (amongst others) fly into the air. Among the words is “homosexuality”. This billboard then also suggests that the Church believes that a person’s ills, including homosexuality, can be cured by the Christian faith. I say this is bullshit!
This advert is misleading, dishonest and offensive, to say the least, and I take great personal umbrage that this billboard was even allowed to be erected. Homosexuality is neither a disease nor is it a choice and it most certainly cannot be “cured”.
This is exactly why I don’t go to church and why I do not believe in organized religion. The bible is open to interpretation and some people can twist and deform its content to suit whatever agenda they want to push. What is sad is that there are some people sitting in the pews every Sunday who do not want to think for themselves and lap up untruths which they never question and place their trust and salvation in people who are not even qualified to preach. People who call themselves pastors. Pastors who need your money.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against religion per se but I do have a big gripe when religion is being used to justify intolerance and hate. Not so long ago religion was used to justify apartheid in South Africa. In the Middle East religion is used to further terrorism. And it is these people who are abusing their faith who are giving religion a bad name. It is these people who use fear in a religious context for financial, political and social gain and it makes me sick. Literally!
A complaint has been laid with the Advertising Standards Authority by a fellow queer who also drove past this billboard and I applaud Francios Joubert for taking the initiative. Edmund Burke once said “All that is needed for the triumph of evil is that good men to do nothing”. And believe me when I say the queers will not sit idly by and watch how certain “churches”, political parties, organizations and individuals try and strip away our long fought rights, dignity and respect. That billboard will come down even if I have to rent a bulldozer.
Till next time.