“Christian” Blames Victim And Media For Gay Teen Suicide
Jamie Hubley, a gay 15-year-old from Ottawa, Canada, committed suicide last Friday, October 14.
Hubley’s father, Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley, released a statement last night saying that his son was bullied in school and that his family believes it was a factor in his suicide.
The 10th grade student documented his life, including his depression and the hardships of being a gay teen, in a blog, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
I Can’t Take It Anymore
Here’s what Jamie wrote on Friday in his last post:
Im a casualty of love.
Well, Im tired of life really. Its so hard, Im sorry, I cant take it anymore.
First Id like to mention my friends Nancy, Abby, Colleen, jemma, and Kasia
Being sad is sad : /. I’v been like this for way to long. I cant stand school, I cant stand earth, I cant stand society, I cant stand the scars on my arms, I cant f***ing stand any f***ing thing.
I dont want my parents to think this is their fault either… I love my mom and dad : ) Its just too hard. I dont want to wait 3 more years, this hurts too much. How do you even know It will get better? Its not.
I hit rock f***ing bottom, fell through a crack, now im stuck.
I teach teenagers and know how their emotions can soar and dive rapidly. But to choose to kill yourself? It’s enough to make any normal, compassionate human being weep.
But not if you’re LivePrayer’s Bill Keller. (Keller is known as the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide.)
Christians Acting Hatefully
Far from seeking to offer Christian condolence to Jamie’s parents in this horrible situation, Keller in a press release today, used the suicide of 15 year old Jamie Hubley to go on a rant about gays.
Keller blames the victim, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres for the suicide, assuming that the boy was in distress because he had come out as gay.
Last Friday, a 15-year-old Ottawa boy Jamie Hubley, committed suicide after documenting his hardships of being “gay.” Liveprayer’s Bill Keller said that while the media wants to demonize anyone who dares call this CHOICE of sexual activity what God calls it in the Bible, a sin, it is those in the media who glamorize and promote this choice as normal and acceptable, along with gutless pastors too afraid to speak out against this sin, along with faux churches that glorify this deviant, unnatural, and unhealthy choice of sexual activity, who are most responsible for Hubley’s death.
I don’t want to dismiss all Christians as uncaring hypocrites, since I know many Christians, both ministers and laypeople, who don’t divide the world into gay and not-gay, equating them with bad and good. Neither do they believe the nonsensical and simplistic belief that people choose their sexuality.
As expressed eloquently by Professor Warren Throckmorton in a blog post today:
Recently, I was talking with a 20-something minister who told me that he had become disillusioned with the culture war machine, most clearly over homosexuality. He told me of his struggle to relate to a gay friend, because the friend was more devout in his Christianity than many of his straight Christian friends. His friend was nothing like the right wing stereotypes about “the gay lifestyle.”
How Can Keller Call Himself “Christian”?
How dare Bill Keller call himself “Christian” and yet behave in such an un-Christian way? This is the politics of fear masquerading as religion, something which we’ve seen quite a bit of lately.
As Throckmorton suggests, the rants and rhetoric from those who seem threatened by social change will probably become increasingly strident.
But to use the suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, whose family is clearly devastated by his death, is a particularly hateful and cruel act, one which I would not have imagined even the homophobic Bill Keller capable of.
What do you think?
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