Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life worrying that [me being gay] would alienate the [Jewish, orthodox] community I dedicated my life to as an artist and as a man. But my hope is that it will open their eyes—and hearts.

I hope so too. Mazal Tov and Yasher Koach to Y-Love who came out as gay just now in Out magazine among others. I don’t know him, but I know that being open about who we really are is the most important thing any of us can do. It’s not easy and it takes courage. Without it, no happiness and no real change. (via sarahclynesundberg)

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Ironically, I actually knew Y-Love a bit when I was in Israel. We were both involved in the music scene there and so had some common friends.

Anyways, I’m happy that he came out and can now be himself openly. I personally kept coming back to the first few words in the above quote, “I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life…” That sentiment - which I share, though in different ways - really expresses one reason why I think religion can be immoral.

How would a rabbi {or priest or imam..} respond when someone says, “hey! I lost years of my life bc of this stuff you taught me which has no real basis! Because of my fear of being alienated from the community bc they’re stuck in bronze-age mentalities! Because I was taught to be so closed-minded that I could hardly begin to seek the truth for myself! What do you have to say for yourself?! How can you compensate my lost time and my anguish?! How do you justify all the indoctrination?!"

I don’t think there’s a good answer. And that’s one big reason why I think teaching religion can be positively immoral.

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