GFM Archive : Brochure - Religion is the problem not the answer

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Title:
GFM Archive : Brochure - Religion is the problem not the answer
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1p; back and front; paper type
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English
Creator:
Larry Chang/GFM
Publisher:
Gay Atheist League of America
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California, USA
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Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Brochure - Other Agencies
Support

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Abstract:
This is a brochure of GALA in the GFM Archive
Funding:
Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.

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Caribbean IRN
Holding Location:
Caribbean IRN
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AA00001482:00001


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GALA is a non-profit, non-political, edi.,aniual
organization of gay men and women brought ioaetlher by a
common concern We believe it is evident that the chur hes
in this country today are in the process of joining togq their I,
build the last, but most powerful, stronghold of opposition
to Gay Liberation by denying civil and human rights to
homosexuals, based solely on the basis of primitive "revela-
tions" of the Bible, dog3ma and superstihioi Wh.ii orqanized
relhqion uses its power to control qovernmei and jor.'e. iat
beliefs and social practices on unpopular minormies and life-
stIles, it becomes daunerous and a striois threat to society.

Separation of church and state becomes I, daie'rt'd WIhei,
tax-exempt ichurthe. circulate initiu rtis and rtecend.on
petitions to conqregatopis or endorse cafidfdae- u 1'e. e.,,li-
litian., or lol,'',' groups. use ihir le.' ,iild 1it i- con11req.ii0-1'ml
to pressure public olcita.lts for or against various miieas.,'
Churches represent larqe, orqganced bodies of people, easy
contact und quite tempting tlo porIrtians.

W e cannot ignore the fact that the ei atnortial reliq?,oitsr
are attempting to transJorm gay men and omen into "born-
again EX-homosexual," W e do not believe a 1eltousi
experience can ichangrit a peron s se iual orwriration it CI\N
destroy a person by conlusli.,q? hin or her about his or ht r
sexual orientation 'We must go IIon illt oftensin c a,7aiI.t per-
sons and outfils which claim ro "saJe hionioes.ualt
GALA is usinq this means to reach brothers and sisters 1i hoi
are victims of or.gained rehigron

M membership in GALA is not restricted to hlie;4ts \'.
welcome aqnostlCs humnamnis secularists, free-llihiker, -
any who hold the right to frefdor-i from re'hiioni The su.ce.s.
of the movement depends up.n the Nliipport of the qgta com-
munity nairont'ide and the onh means to liccomnplsh hils, lI
through finarnial support b mnembershhq'i dus

GALA will keep gai publications and thi p.,iblic
informed on & hat orqam-:ed rehwiian t Jdon.1. partwulaLrJI
when it violates the law \.'e will challenge rel.qwoiorns 1
position ol pouer in legrslatures publh offices. police torce's.
courts, mental hospitals and prisons WVe will chillenrae
churches that violate income taI. and fair po0iticall praL ties
laws. We will challenge the mi!-use of the public air- a ates
when anti-gay ministers preach homophobia anid beg for
money. Our efforts will be directed at those denoninatons
most directly invol ed in anti-gay .ctrt cities W'e will not
align with any particular political party or ideoloi)y or become
involved in issues not related to freedom from religion


Religion & Homosexuality

A good, solid look at the history of Christianity
and its Hebrew origins should remove any illusions
from the mind of any gay person about the friend-
liness of either Christianity or ludaism to homo-
sexuality. The unfortunate aspect is that many gay
men and women find it very difficult, indeed, pain-
ful, to take this honest look. For the most part,
they have been immersed in the dogma and teach-
ings of some organized religion from earliest child-
hood. To question these dogmas, much less re-
nounce them, seems tantamount to renouncing
parents, society, even truth itself. But let us look
at the record:

History attests that the Church has been the fore-
most persecutor of homosexuals for the past two
thousand years. There is hardly a force on earth
which has committed more injustice and violence
to homosexuals than the ranks of organized religion
frequently hand and hand with the State but quite
capable of acting independently. During the dark
ages, homosexual offenders were punished by ex-
communication. denial of last rites, torture, muti-
lation, death by burning, and burial in unsanctified
ground. The very term 'faggot" refers to the bun-
dles of sticks over which known and suspected
homosexuals were burned alive by Church author-
ities.

1Vhy should any intelligent and decent person
choose to be identified with such abominations?
And how is it possible that homosexuals who have
been the object of persecution under Christianity
for 2.000 years now seek accommodation with that
institution? It's nice to speak of Christian tolerance
except that it is practically non-existent. And can
we realistically expect the Churches to announce
they have been wrong all along? For the Church to
error would be to undermine the syndrome of
authority by which it holds millions of followers.
Why must human beings, and particularly gay
people continue to rely for spiritual guidance and
philosophy of life upon religious ideas and institu-
tions which have so thoroughly demonstrated their
bankruptcy?


Homosexuals were not persecuted over the
centuries because of the revulsion good, decent,
healthy people felt for loathsome and unnatural
deeds. We were persecuted because of arbitrary
theological conceptions of morality peculiar to
Judeo-Christianity.

Gay Atheists believe that each individual must
discover for himself or herself a moral for their
own life. Formal religions grew up as a result of
fear of the unknown and a natural inclination to
leave those hard, unanswered questions of life to
the experts, the authorities. What we overlook is
the fact that the only thing that makes them
authorities is their assertion that they are such:
most of the rest of us are honest enough to admit
our ignorance about the unknown.


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GALA Review is the monthly publication
of the Gay .4 theist League of America and
is mailed free to all members. It features
articles and news items relating to religion
and homosexuality, interviews, book and
film reviews, discussions, fiction and letters
to the editor. It is the only regularly pub-
lished periodical of its kind in the literary
field.





Membership includes one-year
subscription to GALA Review.


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NEW YORK CHAPTER:
GALA/NY, P.O.Box 248, Village Slalion
New York, NY 10014

CHICAGO CHAPTER:
GALACHICAGO, 323 S. Franklin, Suite 904
Chicago, IL 60606


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