Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has published an amazing and powerful manifesto on homophobia and the church. It’s one approach to reconciling one’s own spirituality with the hateful religious rhetoric so many churches and media outlets spread, anyway!
"I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle," or about how through prayer and "spiritual counseling" homosexual persons can be "cured."
It is time for the media to announce that there are no longer two sides to the issue of full humanity for gay and lesbian people. There is no way that justice for homosexual people can be compromised any longer.
…I see no way that ignorance and truth can be placed side by side, nor do I believe that evil is somehow less evil if the Bible is quoted to justify it."
The entire thing is worth the read. I’m not religious, so I won’t weigh in, but I do want to encourage a dialogue among religious/spiritual activists in the movement!