Gene Robinson, the gay bishop of the New Hampshire diocese in the Episcopal Church, says that antigay religious leaders are the reason why bullied gay teens are taking their lives.
With antigay religious leaders making hateful speeches, such as those made by Mormon leader Boyd Packer, gay teens are made to feel humiliated and worthless, which contributes to their decision to commit suicide.
"Just as many gay kids grow up in these conservative denominations as any other. They are told day in and day out that they are an abomination before God. Just consider the sheer numbers of LGBT kids growing up right now in Roman Catholic, Mormon, and other conservative religious households. The pain and self-loathing caused by such a distortion of God's will is undeniable and tragic, causing scars and indescribable self-alienation in these young victims."
Even kids who don't grow up in religious households are still exposed to the hateful and homophobic messages that are delivered through the media and even by their peers.
The bishop continues:
"It's time for "tolerant" religious people to acknowledge the straight line between the official anti-gay theologies of their denominations and the deaths of these young people. Nothing short of changing our theology of human sexuality will save these young and precious lives."
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