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Getting Lost In Translation

When we were children, our parents would always tell us what was right and wrong, what was good and bad, and what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. Often that’s where the problem lays in terms of homophobia, racism, sexism, and many other beliefs. Because we are told what to believe from an early age, we rarely question it unless it effects or pertains to ourselves. When we look at homophobia, there are dozens of different viewpoints that come into play with the mindset and belief that being gay or lesbian is bad. One main point is that of religion. Christianity is known for its stance on homosexuality, but why is that? Eve Sedgwick wrote “The historical manifestation of this patriarchal oppression of homosexuals have been savage and nearly endless.” I believe that she’s right. This oppression and prejudice against those who are homosexual will never end, not completely that is. People may become tolerant, but many will never accept it.

I always ask myself why people are avidly doing things against the LGBT community. With this picture, it really makes one think. “Leviticus also said ‘No hair cuts’ But I guess we are skipping that one.” The man holding this sign has a point. The Book of Leviticus states many rules that people are supposed to follow, yet we choice to ignore many of them. Leviticus 19:27-28 says “You are no to cut off the hair at the sides of your head or mar the edge of your beard… or put tattoo marks on yourselves.” This is the passage which the man is referring too. We choice to ignore this law, as well as the second half of this passage which says for people not to get tattoos, yet we do it anyway. Why is it so simple to ignore things like this, but focus our time and effort on something else? The Bible also says to “If a man commits adultery with a married woman – if he commits adultery with his neighbors’ wife – both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.” (Lv 20:10) We don’t kill people for cheating, but the Bible tells us to. I think over time, people have gotten lost in the translation of things. We don’t understand what it is we really are saying is bad and what we truly believe is a so called sin.

When I searched this image on Google, it came up with “11 Things The Bible Bans, But You Do Anyway” This image is being used as a way of bringing out the point we don’t always half to follow what the Bible tells us to. This image is being used as a way of saying “we aren’t the only sinners”. For those who believe strongly in the word of the Bible, many of them fail to follow all the rules, which is what this image is trying to get across.

When I was looking for an image to talk about, it didn’t take long before I found an image dealing with sexuality. The internet now has become somewhat of a message board. People are able to get their message across more efficiently than ever before. With this efficient way of communicating, people are able to find images like this. It is being used to break down all the barriers we have and start showing people that we can think for our own and believe what we think is right.

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