Things are changing. Fast.
LGBT is becoming globally accepted more than ever, and women are getting the respect they have earned. So why do multiple different religious texts like to oppress these people? These texts are still heavily antiquated and need to be changed to today’s standards. Some of these texts haven’t been altered in 2000 years and shows from Christianity’s The Holy Bible to Buddhism’s Sutras. Can religious figures and influencers take into consideration the social changes and beliefs of today’s life?
Firstly, the LGBT community has become widely accepted recently.
For example, more and more people are coming out as homosexual with a large community of support behind them. It is no longer an element people feel they need to hide, it is now something they can express.
But a huge factor for not coming out is because of the countless things religions say about it.
For example in Leviticus 18 verse 22 from The Bible, it says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” but not only an abomination, it later goes onto say in Leviticus 20 verse 13 that if men commit in an act of homosexuality then “they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Judaism’s Torah also use the same quotes expressing belief on homosexuality.
But is this morally right?
As a society, we should be accepting of all no matter what, so why should they be put to death?
Everyone is equal. And should we not love our neighbor?
Another example that is modern that we can see is in Brunei. Currently, the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal has passing new strict Islamic law regarding sexual acts of the same sex. They passed new laws stating that anyone who performs these acts should be put to death by stoning. In today’s age, this was obviously met with rage and anger from the LGBT community everywhere. Being so recent, it is seen that ideals still haven’t changed from primarily religious countries and being a new law it is not going away soon.
Adding on to these statements in many religions women are regarded to man’s item and man’s slave. For example, in the Quran woman are seen as a tier below man. In Al Baqarah verse 229 it says “And they (the women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in equity; but men have a rank above them.”
Even though it says that woman have “Similar rights to men” it still doesn’t ignore the fact that after it says “Men have a rank above them” no matter the circumstance. More of these things can be seen.
Another example in Buddhism women cannot teach or interact with monks during their learning in fear of distracting them from their studies.
Also in the Bible it can be seen in 1 Timothy 2:12 it says, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet”. This makes women seem as if an object or a tool to man having no equality to them and downplaying their rights.
I am not advocating changing holy texts, just trying to allow everyone the right and freedom to express themselves whenever they can without the prejudice of many different religious believers and influencers. But in 2019, these quotes are still being enforced with firm believers behind them. The quotes from these religious texts enforce the idea that these people are belittled and have no self worth. To be more socially acceptable religious figures and influencers should accept and put aside the outdated quotes so these people can be accepted for who they are.
The Bible. Authorized King James Version, Oxford UP, 1998. http://www.gasl.org/refbib/Bible_King_James_Version.pdf
The Old Testimate. King James Version. https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/english/pdf/language-materials/83290_eng.pdf?lang=eng
The Quran. Al Islam. https://www.alislam.org/quran/