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Making People Twisted

It's been said before, but it always bears repeating. Horace Griffin said it when he declared, “This black-church-sanctioned homophobia produces a lot of twisted black people," in his book about black church homophobia. I've pointed it out myself, in reference to guys like Ted Haggard and Paul Barnes.

But I haven't heard it put as eloquently as Bruce says it over Crablaw, in response to Dorothy Donahue's letter to the editor in the Boston Globe.

If you hide your body inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. If you hide your mind inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. If you hide your soul inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. You don't have to be GLBT to understand that a mind, body and soul cannot live life inside a twisted hole.

If you want people to walk upright and straight, so to speak, you cannot cram them – any part of them – into a twisted hole. Your GLBT neighbor is your sister, your brother. If we forget their humanity, may humanity forget us, until we return to humanity.

I'd just add that you cannot cram them into that twisted hole, or require them to cram themselves in and stay there, and claim to love them. Not honestly, anyway.

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