Outside of parts of Africa and Islamic countries one of the most homophobic regions of the world is the Caribbean. And, as is the case more or less universally, the homophobia derives from the toxic evil of religion that is more focused on condemning and stigmatizing others than heeding the Gospel message of loving others and feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and caring for the sick. Thus, it is a pleasant surprise to see Bahamas Christian Council president, Bishop Simeon Hall (pictured at left), make an about face and state that Christians need to treated gays with respect and as fully human. Even sweeter is his suggestion that those who rail against gas and homosexuality may, in fact, be latent homosexuals themselves. Tribune242 has details. Here are highlights:
I am not sure what has prompted this changed think on the bishop's part, but one can only hope that it spreads to other religious leaders. The Vatican could certainly stand to learn this lesson.