Today's GOOP newsletter won't tell you how to make your garden grow or how to feng shui your apartment. Today, Gwyneth Paltrow decided to tackle the ever growing debate of homosexuality in the Bible … and we couldn't be more proud of her!
There are so many common misconceptions about what exactly it says about homosexuality in the holy book that Gwyn decided the best way to tackle the issue was to reach out to those within the Catholic community for clarification. She draws insight from everyone - from an Episcopal priest to a Kabbalah scholar. She even includes the perspective of Dr. John Stott, an author with a more conservative viewpoint on gay men and women.
But what really touched us was Gwyn's own words. It was moving to hear that she has such an open mind about homosexuality and that she is passing that perspective on to her own children. In her newsletter, she writes:
"A few months ago, in the heat of the tragic teen suicides that came about from intolerance of homosexuality, I saw a man on television who was apologizing for wishing death on gays from his facebook page. This member of an Arkansas school board was contrite for the violence in his words, but maintained that his values pertaining to homosexuality would remain, as he felt homosexuality was condemned in the bible. This concept, while foreign to me, is interesting, as it used to justify so much judgement and separation in our society. When my daughter came home from school one day saying that a classmate had two mommies, my response was, "Two mommies? How lucky is she?!" What does it actually say in the bible that will cause some people to be upset by my line of thinking?
If more parents talked their kids the same way, perhaps the next generation wouldn't have as much hate to deal with. That's what we pray for everyday, anyway.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of Gwyn's GOOP. It's really worth the read.
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