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“Christian” Blames Victim And Media For Gay Teen Suicide

“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.

Here’s what Keller had to say:

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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11:02PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Sure...he can call himself "Christian." Many hypocritical bigots do. Many ignoranuses use "logic" like this: 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.

People like him appeal to the lowest and meanest part of human nature.

2:56AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Why is it "Christians" (and other religions) judge others? What about "Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged" ??
and "Let Him Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone " ?? Are Christians selecting parts of the bible that justify hatred? These people need to let God do the judging. Remember "Judgement Day" ?? Vigilantism is illegal, because punishment is carried out by those not legally authorized to do so. And, I know there will be those that may reply "There is no God", but you cannot convince believers of that. So this is for the believers. Quit judging other people!!!

11:54AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Those who attempt to justify homosexuality in humanity by pointing to its existence in the animal kingdom have a logical problem. They argue that homosexual behaviour and relationships in animals makes it ‘right’ for the same sorts of things in humans, but animals also practice rape, wanton murder, incest, rampant theft, physical abuse, and cannibalism. By the same reasoning, therefore, we should accept and condone these sorts of things as ‘normal’ too. In reality, there is a vast gulf between animals and humans, and apart from the false presumption of evolution, there is no basis for applying animal behaviour as the yardstick for humans. Our very social fabric and commonsense itself revolts against the notion of accepting rape and cannibalism as ‘natural and normal’, which is itself further confirmation of the reality that we are made in the image of God, not animals.

4:25AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Mrs B: You have the right to believe as you wish and to post your comments here. I have to disagree with you, though. The Bible is a mere 2000 years old, yet the earth is several billion years old. Modern humans have been in existence for thousands of years, not the mere 6 thousand spouted by theologists. You may quote passages from a man-written book about a made up God of the Jews, adopted by Christians and expanded upon by Jesus followers. But, the world is changing and Christianity no longer holds power over governments like it once did. You and your family will need to change your ideas, or continue to believe your fairytales in spite of the evidence in science that homosexuality is a NORMAL behavior seen in nature. Just keep your hate off of my gay friends.

10:53PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Any deviation from God's original plan for sex between a married man and woman is still a sin in God's eyes. The main reason we call these things perverted is because they are unnatural and scripture clearly tells us those who do such things are committing abominations.

Leviticus 18:22 (KJV): "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind it is abomination."

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV): "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters, nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."


God loves all homosexuals. However, He hates the deeds of homosexuality because they are sinful. God did not create any human being as a homosexual. They are not born that way, just as murderers are not born that way. However, these spirits can be transmitted to children, especially if someone who had this demonic spirit seduced or raped a child--or even if they were close to gay people. These demons can also be imparted to others through unholy sexual acts.

People become homosexuals because they yield to abnormal acts or lust.

12:22AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Blah, blah, blah. BFD. You only give him more credence by calling attention to this Cretin. Move on, he is nothing & NoOne without an audience. The emphasis should be on the poor lost kid who felt his support system failed him. His family is now paying the price.

5:17PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Keller does not represent all, and I even doubt most Christians. I am a Christian and I find his views disgusting. People can pull any line from the Bible to prove just about anything. I believe in a loving, forgiving God. So he will forgiive Keller, whether he deserves it or not.

5:50AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

I wanted to add, my condolences to the boy's family. May he find peace.

5:49AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

When Jesus told Paul that he would be the rock upon which his Church was built, I don't think he necessarily meant that as a good thing. Paul was a homophobic, woman hating jerk. He desired power and Jesus knew this. Jesus talked of Love, Tolerance, Acceptance above all else. He wanted peace and no blood shed ever. But, you look at what became of his "church" under Paul. It makes me sad to think of what it is and what it could have been if Paul had actually done what Christ had taught. A person who would hurt another in any way in the "name of Christ" is no Christian in my humble opinion. Though Christ also taught that no man truly knows the condition of a man's soul except God.

1:45AM PDT on Nov 6, 2011

Atheism will set you free! Free from the ignorance.

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