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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.

Robinson says:

"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."

We agree.

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31 comments to “Gay Bishop Says Religion Is Killing Teens”

  1. dodo says – reply to this


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    He is right. I would only add that politicians are also killing teens, ones such as Ken Buck who is running for the Colorado Senate seat while claiming that homosexuality is like alcoholism.



  2. 2

    Marie Osmond's son jumped 8 floor to his death because of the HATEFUL MORMON CULT.



  3. 3

    In less then a hour you have put post about GAY related news.. Ya parale Mario we get it you are gay you support everything about gays.. but isn't this site about Celebrities news? maybe you need a new blog page just for. just saying!!!



  4. 4

    When i go to church I feel so cleansed but every time I hear a anti gay slur I want to scream at all of them. Gays have nothing wrong with them its you who is sining!!!! They are made that way an it is beautiful. You are the ones that are letting the devil lead you to judge, disrespect and slander the names of wonderful good people. Reach in side your selves and really ask God how he feels abut his Gay people. Its not the way the "Church" sees it I can tell you that much!!!!!



  5. 5

    OMG FINALLY someone says that! I've been saying the same for years! if it wasnt for religion putting that Idea into people's heads that its wrong then no one would care who is Gay or straight bcuz theres no one brainwashing people since they are children telling them it is wrong



  6. 6

    Gay Bishop=Satanist , don't believe a word this man says, because its all lies and deceit.



  7. 7

    I noticed how he mentions Catholics and Mormons but leaves out Muslims…. if you're going to name check make sure you get them all….



  8. 8

    We cant blame society on everything. I am a christian and have many friends that are gay. I dont consider myself accepting on any sin that includes my own. I also raise my daughter to love all and to know we all have are things we deal with on a daily basis.. but dont blame religion on an act that clearly starts in the home.. and those things that linger in our deep dark closets, that we subject our children too.. have nothing to do with religion. Lets keep praying, meditating, even just emailing… but hate against anyone can never end with good.
    dont judge unless ye be judged.. thats all i am saying



  9. 9

    I am so tired of you.
    Have you read what Boyd Packer said? It was a respectful discourse on belief.
    He did not bash, he did not use derrogatory terms, he did not encite hate. He talked about what he believed.
    Why is someone of faith so dangerous to you?
    There is obvious bias against catholics, mormons, etc.
    I notice you are to chicken to mention anything against muslims, who condemn homosexuality as strong, if not stronger than any faith on the planet. But from you, not a word about them.
    Why? cause you are a chicken hearted internet bully.
    Hey Mario, how many kids commited suicide cause they were fearful they might be outed, just like you felt it was your responsibility to out others. You have innocent blood on your hands. Choke on that.



  10. 10

    He's such a hypocrite. His Bible is essentially the same as the Catholic Bible and it says that homosexuality is an abomination in Leviticus. Obviously, he picks and chooses those things by which he wishes to abide. If he were intellectually honest, he would throw out the entire book. The Bible is an antiquated document written during a period of time when people didn't know shit.



  11. 11

    Gay Episcopalian = Kosher Bacon

    Something severely flawed and confused



  12. 12

    Amen!
    Being a Christian means loving everyone no matter what, Not judging others and driving them to suicide!



  13. 13

    The God of the bible loves each of us! He created us in his image. As his creation, we have all turned away from God. He is a holy God. We ALL (gay or not) are an abomination before God, because we are ALL sinful. God cannot be around sin. Those humans who claim to be "Christian" and teach that gays are singled out for their sin - are NOT Christians!!! They work for the devil and are ghastly decieved. We are all sinner, we all have turned away from a loving God to go after our own desires and lusts. It's a blanket statement cause we have all fallen short of the Glory of a Holy God. Only Christ was perfect, and that is why we need him. Because we can never be. Gay people should never ever be treated or singled out for being gay -by ways of religion. Sexual sin comes in a whole lot of different forms, and we are all guilty. My heart breaks for any human who has never be shown the love of Christ by a "puffed up" so called Christian. Please do not let these people influence you on who Jesus is… they do not know Jesus! Please pick up a bible and read about Jesus and who he was… don't just listen to what people tell you he is. Find out for yourself! Sin is never good, in whatever form it comes in. But that is what he died for.



  14. 14

    People should be teaching their children that just because someone says something about you, that doesn't make it true. Stop blaming religion, politics, and media for poor parenting. It's the parents job to make their children feel secure and loved, nobody else.



  15. 15

    This is what I hate, how people can look at ONE person and judge the rest. I am a conservative catholic and have nothing against gays. And what I don't understand how this bishop is blaming religion for the suicides of these teens, when it is actually people not religion causing them. If he's so against religion, why is he still a bishop?



  16. 16

    Good for him. My first boyfriend (a southern baptist) told me he didn't want me hanging out with a friend of mine who happened to be gay BECAUSE he was gay. That was the beginning of the end of our relationship, and my relationship with religion and irrationality in general.



  17. 17

    Look if you are a christian and read the bible it clearly states that homosexual behavior is a sin. There is no other way to read into it … There is a reason why there are two sexes in the human race.

    Now i dont believe its proper to discriminate on peoples believes. I think its shameful to bash gays in church. But its is hardly possible to consider yourself a christian if you are daily creating sin. This doenst mean you have to be sexually attracted to woman. But in the eyes of god its better to not have sexual relations at all then to have them with a member of the same sex.



  18. 18

    Re: terrymichelle7Re: KDIZZLL – I agree 100,000,000 % with what you guys are saying!!! =)



  19. 19

    People have to start to find their own inner strength and stand up against the hatred. Why are some people so afraid of the gays?? Because they are stylish, witty, and fun?? (well most gays, sorry not all). Our society is going down some prudish conservative road that wants to take freedom and uniqueness away from people. We are not all mirror images of eachother.
    Really, what is the big deal about homo-ness? The most important thing is to be a good person who wishes well to others, and allows uniqueness and goodness to flourish in all people.



  20. 20

    you have to question any religion that does not allow for differences or questions regarding faith. The main problem with organized religions is that they are afraid of the one thing God gave man "free will"



  21. 21

    Re: What would the Irish do
    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. However, I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

    I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.



  22. 22

    Re: ToleRant
    If you're going to bash on his religion at least do some research before you attack the guy. Most old testament laws aren't to be enforced anymore, but I wouldn't expect you to know that.



  23. 23

    Isn't that the truth!!!!!!



  24. 24

    Re: ToleRant
    I think you stated something too intelligent for most people to understand. … but thanks for trying.



  25. 25

    NEWS FLASH religion is killing people…PERIOD



  26. 26

    absolutely!!!! this is the main reason i was suicidal as a teenager… Religion (ie. christianity) teaches us to hate and judge more than ANY other aspect of american culture. Where's the 'love, peace, and lack of judgment' that churches claim to offer? !



  27. 27

    This guy is opposed to religion and yet he where's the collar and vestments of a priest? He has rejected the tenets of his faith. Even Judaism asserts that homosexuality is wrong and Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism and yet no one calls out Judaism only Christianity. Tolerance is one thing, forced acceptance is another.



  28. 28

    NO, AIDS AND THEREFORE HOMOSEXUALITY KILLS TEENS



  29. 29

    Re: highcottonquinn – ITS A FACT, ALL RELIGIONS CONSIDER HOMOSEXUALITY TO BE AN ABOMINATION. ISLAM HINDUISM, BUDDHISM ALL PRESCRIBE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THAT CRIME. ONLY CHRISTIANITY SAYS "LOVE THE SINNER HATE THE SIN"



  30. 30

    It has been said that in the last days.. Good would be called Evil… and Evil would be called good. Prophecy fulfilled!!!

    Tell me.. just how many teenagers took the time on Sunday morning to turn on their TV and tune in to the BYU channel and watch the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints???? Give me a break!

    Anyone who rejects sin of any kind these days and stands up for what they believe is now deemed intolerant??? This is just what the father of all lies wants from God's children.. to have them believe in the lie he is telling. "There is nothing wrong with homosexual sex. There is nothing wrong with heterosexual sex. Why we should all just "love" the one we are with." Listen people… Sin is sin. And one must judge a thing to determine if it is sin or not. Having sex outside of marriage is a sin. Having self sex is a sin. Having homosexual sex is a sin. Some will try to convince you that a little sin is ok.. some will say that premarital sex is now required before marriage and is perfectly fine. Yes.. these are indeed the last days and there are many who will call evil.. GOOD. Even those who are clothed in religious apparel and call themselves a bishop.



  31. 31

    Re: MrNirom – YES HE IS CLEARLY A FALSE TEACHER/A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING THAT HE BECOMES A BISHOP AND YET LEADS A LIFE THAT IS CLEARLY NOT BIBLICALLY MORAL