The shockingly cruel letter below, from a father to his newly-out gay son, has been spreading like wildfire through social media. I knew I had to share it with you because it serves as a stark reminder of why the fight for LGBT equality and against religious extremism is so critical. Family Research Council and the rest like to claim that it is the "gay orientation" leads to negative behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse. Of course, they never tell you that it's letters like the this one which really leads to such mess. It's a heartbreaker and the sad thing is that so many LGBTQs have a story like the letter tells.
The father’s letter reads:
“James: This is a difficult but necessary letter to write. I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past. Don’t expect any further conversations With me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house. You’ve made your choice though Wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle. If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand. Have a good birthday and good life. No present exchanges will be accepted. Goodbye, Dad.”
The son’s thoughts, via Reddit:
“It’s important to know just what this zealotry from Bryan Fisher, Maggie Gallagher, Dan Cathy, et al., does to everyday people. I’ve never done drugs, was an excellent student, an obedient child (far less trouble than many of my classmates), didn’t drink until I was 22 because it terrified me, and have had just 1 speeding ticket in my life. Yet I am still seemingly deserving of this terrible act of hate and cowardice that one person can place on another. 5 years on and I am still doing fine, though this letter saunters into my mind every once in a while. When it does, I say without hesitation: F**k you, Dad.”