Christian Columnist: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide is Sad, So Let’s Look for the “Root Causes of Transgenderism”

Yesterday, Terry posted the tragic story of Leelah Alcorn (below), a transgender teen who killed herself, leaving behind a digital suicide note urging parents never to tell their kids that it’s “just a phase” or “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Leelah also pointed out that her conservative Christian parents sent her to a Christian therapist, which didn’t help matters.

In situations like this, we’ve come to expect conservative Christians jumping into the fray to offer their thoughts, usually reinforcing the problem that led to the tragedy in the first place.

Cue Michael Brown of the homophobic Christian publication Charisma. After expressing his condolences over her loss (though he doesn’t hesitate to call her a “him”), Brown reminds everyone that people can be “cured” of their transgenderism and that sex changes don’t always solve the problem:

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11 Things to Never Say to a Grieving Atheist

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 11 things you shouldn’t say to an atheist who’s dealing with the death of a loved one:



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Transgender Teen Killed in Traffic After Writing Suicide Letter Describing Her Christian Parents’ Opposition

[Word of caution #1: Extremely depressing content ahead.]

[Word of caution #2: I believe that the public suicide note quoted below is genuine, but have not yet been able to confirm it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The personal details do match up. I'll update this post as I learn more.]

This past weekend, in the middle of the night, Leelah Alcorn, born Josh, stepped into southbound traffic on I-71 in Ohio, where she lived, and was killed by a Freightliner semi.

This appears to be, in part, the digital suicide letter she left behind:

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.



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Let’s Not Concede the Topic of Death to the Religious

Greta Christina just released a short ebook compiling several essays on the subject of death. It’s called, very straightforwardly, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God.

In the excerpt below, she talks about why atheists should not concede the ground of death too easily to religion:

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London Doctor Takes His Own Life After His Muslim Family Insists He’s Mentally Ill For Being Gay

The Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr is supposed to be a day of unity. For Nazim Mahmood, a British doctor, it appears to have been the day when his family rejected his being gay — with fatal consequences:

A Harley Street doctor killed himself by jumping from his luxury penthouse apartment after his mother asked him to seek “a cure” for being gay, an inquest heard. Dr Nazim Mahmood, fell four storeys to his death from the balcony of his £700,000 flat in a mansion block in West Hampstead, London, in July. An inquest at St. Pancras Coroners’ Court heard Dr Mahmood had told his mother he was gay and was in a 13-year relationship with his fiancée, Matthew Ogston, just days before his death.



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