The dictionary definition of "terrorize" is "to fill with fear or
anxiety: to scare;" "to coerce by threat or violence." Homophobia is
the product of spiritual and religious terrorism. GLBT people are
subjected to continuous terrorist assaults, by which established abusive
religions seek to undermine self-esteem and drive GLBT people into
extreme self-destructive ideas and actions.
The "Ex-Gay" industry is one of the chief terrorism weapons used against
GLBT people. I know of many gay men and lesbians who have been driven
to suicide and suicide attempts because they failed to change their
sexual orientation as they tried to meet the demands and endure the
discredited methods of "Ex-Gay" therapy. I know of no one who has been
through the "Ex-Gay" program and experienced a change in sexual
The threat of hell and Godís judgment has penetrated into the inner mind
of countless GLBT people throughout the world. Genocide is the
systematic use of terror and abuse to eliminate a particular group of
people. The religious terrorism against GLBT people is the most
pervasive attempt at genocide in our culture today.
You do not have to kill people that you hate. If you can just teach
your enemies to hate and destroy themselves, you can blame them for
their own destruction. Religious homophobic conditioning from an early
age has been the cause of death of thousands of gay men and lesbians in
Perfect Love Dissolves Terrorism
The love of God has been given to you through the Holy Spirit of Jesus
(Romans 5:5). See all of 1 John 4:1-21 and notice 4:18: "There is no
fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves
punishment (could be rendered "terrorism"), and the one who is afraid is
not yet brought to maturity in love."
God loves you and accepts you. God made you who you are. You are
created in the image of God. God does not reject Godís own self. Lay
aside your cloak of fear and self rejection. Move on into the light of
Godís perfect love, which is available to you. See John 3:16.
Freedom From Terrorism
Fully accepting yourself and enjoying who you really are can be a kind
of resurrection from the dead! Recovering your own personal self-esteem
and peace of mind through accepting Godís love for you is a new
beginning, a new creation, and a new relationship to God as Godís
child. Donít let anyone rob you of what you already have as a gift of
love from God.
The conclusion of 1 John is that because God loves you, you ought to
love yourself and each other. The most effective weapon against
religious terrorism against you is simply to accept and enjoy Godís
love, which already has been given to you.
The simplicity of your victory over self-hate and self-destructive
thinking is hard to grasp for most people who have been brain-washed by
traditional abusive religions. You do not have to climb any mountains,
cut through any jungles, learn any system of doctrines, search for
yourself outside yourself, seek the advice of "experts" or go to a
special building to listen to the prevailing "truth" about who you are.
You already have Godís love without any intervention or necessary
Freedom From Religion
Freedom from religious terrorism has been a hard fought struggle for
survival and the abundant life throughout the history of Christianity
and the Church. Twisting the love of God revealed in Jesus to create an
absolute threat and final destruction for certain people is the
prevailing heresy of organized religion. Why have we learned so little
from the religious history of inquisitions, crusades, persecutions,
genocide, witch burnings, and other forms of religious terror?
The Protestant Reformation was set into motion by Martin Luther in 1517,
when he was enraged by the terrorism that was being inflected upon his
people as church representatives raised money to build St. Peterís
Cathedral in Rome by threatening and scaring the people into buying
"indulgences" that promised to set them free from the torments of hell.
My website and book exist as a response to "religious terrorists who
have distorted the Bible and used it to abuse, oppress, and hold hostage
the spirituality and sexuality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
One Person at a Time
This week one of my pastor friends in Atlanta wrote to tell me he is
beginning a one year weekly study of my book and website material for
his congregation. He asked for my permission to use my material. Of
course I told him to use whatever was helpful. The reason my website
and book are out there is to be used by individuals and small home study
groups to change our world one person at a time.
Terrorism is the same whether fear is wrapped in the holy mantle of
religious doctrine or is expressed in violent suicide bombings of
innocent people. Perfect love casts out fear, because fear terrorizes
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