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It's important to hear from all religions. Here's the Hindu understanding.
What a refreshing viewpoint!
Thank you for this article - I wish we all believed in treating every human being with this kind of dignity!
This article expresses beautifully what my Hindu friends have already shown me through their words and deeds. Thank you so much for sharing these views!
What a wise, simple, common-sense perspective.
Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with the Abrahamic religions. Maybe it was all the wandering around in deserts, being (or feeling) persecuted. Made them worry about all kinds of things that were beside the point.
"The public good, as understood in the Hindu tradition, is best served by our support for committed relationships that embody the values of love, loyalty, trust, care, friendship and justice. Such values are not exclusive to heterosexuals."
Thank you. I did not know of Hindu beliefs and that great respect for each person who is, in my belief, a child of God.
It is a long struggle to look honestly at the lies we carry in our hearts that blind us to the truth. I think these attitudes toward gay people are like the attitudes we used to have about women and slaves. We had to learn the lies and deceptions hidden in our traditions.
I hope you keep offering your own perspective so that we may compare them to what we have been taught - and reconsider old truths in the light of a different understanding.
So beautiful. No one has to explain who they are.
Not a person who subscribes to any organized religion, but it sure is great to see when one has a humanist, loving, approach and view to human needs.
This perspective is nearly identical to the secular-humanist perspective. We would simply use the words Joy or Love, instead of "God".
Since Jesus taught that "God IS love", and the "Kingdom of Heaven is within you" I guess we are talking about the same thing.
Mathew 6:5 "do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."
The supporters of the Anti Marriage amendment are truly like the Hypocrites, praying on the streetcorners.
As someone with gay family members, who finds the proposed discriminatory amendment repellent, thank you for this.
The ideals expressed here are remarkably similar to the true teachings of Christ, as opposed to the co-opted dogmatic doctrines that have sprung up over the centuries "interpreting" His words to mean something much more political and controlling. For a truly fascinating read, check out The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It's a remarkable synthesis of many religious ideas, including Hinduism and Christianity.
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