Want to make a better world for LGBT? Destroy religion.

It never fails.  Whenever you’re explaining to a religious person why their beliefs are absurd, you always get asked the question.

“Why do you care what I believe?  Why does it matter to you?”

This is why it fucking matters.

A gay California teenager killed himself after his Christian parents performed an exorcism on him in an attempt to “cure” him, and when that didn’t work they kicked him out of the house.


He revealed the exorcism story in an “It Gets Better” video that he put on YouTube in the weeks before his suicide, saying “‘I was raised in an extremist Christian household… My mother knew I was gay and performed an exorcism on me in an attempt to cure me. My anxiety, depression, self-loathing and suicidal thoughts spiked.”

At a memorial service last week in the San Joaquin Valley, California, one friend read from his suicide note:

My pain is not caused because I am gay. My pain was caused by how I was treated because I am gay. To my friends you gave me life and love, never think this was your fault…To Lady Gaga, you have been a fearless relentless proud LGBT advocate.

I care because faith allows people to believe all kinds of ridiculous things, and ridiculous beliefs often have disastrous consequences.

I really hope it does get better because right now if you’re gay it really fucking sucks.

It kills me to watch LGBT rights organizations try to play buddy-buddy with religious groups.  It is obvious that the opposition to equality with regards to the LGBT community emanates directly from the pulpit.  Show me someone opposed to gay rights and I’ll show you someone who loves the lord in some Abrahamic faith.  Religion is the enemy of equality and has been since we dreamed of gods.  You want to make sure it gets better?  Keep Christianity on the decline.  Fight back by trouncing their arguments at every opportunity.

When religion has vanished, so to will the prejudices it keeps on life support.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.