- by Dr. Dorothee Benz -
Two recent stories about courageous individuals confronting religious homophobia provide inspiring–and challenging–examples of refusing to remain silent or complicit when directly confronted by prejudice.
One is the story of the grandmother of a gay man who interrupted an anti-gay sermon to object, and then walked out in protest. The other is the story of a gay man who rebuked a subway preacher, saying “you are full of hate, a false prophet…I’m a man and I’m a good man; I’m a gay man and Jesus loves me. Jesus is love.” The man on the subway was applauded by other riders, but what made it such a brave act was that there was no way he could have known before he spoke up whether he would be supported or attacked for his witness.