Pádraig Ò Tuama shares his poetic reflections on faith, “the gay agenda,” and love as the great endeavor…
A few favorite excerpts:
"Love the sin and hate the sinner. Or is it the other way around? I usually hear that phrase used when people want to say, "I’ll talk about you in a way that makes me feel right. And I’ll tell you what to call it. It’s called love. I’m saying I love you. Therefore you can’t say I don’t."
"Just try talking with rather than about. Then, ask people from the group you’re speaking about to evaluate your love, or fear based on the effect of your words on them. We can speak and we can ask. We cannot use harsh words about each other and then dictate the terms by which the experience of and response to those harsh words can be articulated. Even if you are cautious about subjectivism or relativism, this is neither subjectivism nor relativism. It’s just good communication.
"I also hear people say that their opinions about homosexuality aren’t in any way meant to be personal. "It’s not personal, it’s just the truth." I usually hear that when people are trying to distance themselves from the effect of their actions, and justify their intentions without thinking of the effect of those intentions.
"In your groups, you’ll be talking about how it is that you’d like it if someone was to tell you that you should end your marriage or relationship because of what they imagine you get up to in bed. I’ll be interested in whether you think that’s personal or not….
"A woman came to me once — a good evangelical woman from the north of Ireland — and said, "I’d hate for my marriage to be commented upon the way I comment on your relationship." That took such courage….
"Asking serious questions about LGBT people is not a slippery slope. Because to imply a slippery slope implies we’re at the top of the slope and the only way is down…."