Okay.. so... I don't want to be one of those people where ALL they do is talk about their beliefs and how they feel about things, BUT, I need to complain about a few things that have been happening lately in order to just get this stuff off my chest.
I am so tired of talking about homosexuals in class. I don't mean to say that I think they're not worth talking about. I know that they're struggling to find their place in society, but must every conversation in class be about gays?
So today we were talking about homosexuality (again) and talking about how oppressed they are (again). Then I was forced to watch a video that was trying to make me feel bad for being a heterosexual. It wasn't even a credible video. It was off YouTube.
Then we went through a discussion about how if we wanted to, we could easily be bisexuals if we made the choice to experiment.
Then we watched one of those videos "It Gets Better" videos, which I think are great. I don't know if you know what they are, but they're there to help prevent gay teens from committing suicide. Unfortunately, this video mentioned the LDS church, which should've been great, except that it was talking about how the Mormons say that gays are an abomination to God and that God doesn't love them. I was so angry from this that I couldn't even pay attention to the rest of the video. I was fuming! All of the LDS kids in class got rowdy because they didn't agree with that part of the video. As soon as the video was over and the professor asked for comments, I immediately raised my hand. I couldn't even process my thoughts, my words just came out. I'd love to say that I did it out of duty for LDS members everywhere, but I didn't. I did it out of anger. I wanted to set the record straight that the LDS church does not believe that God hates gays and that the church wants gays to know that they are loved by their Heavenly Father.
From there, class became a discussion of how religion oppresses gays and just how horrible religion is in general. I thought my professor would teach the class objectively, but it was obvious what his stance is. We were supposed to have a safe environment where everyone could feel like they had a fair say. This was not the case.
Last week I was upset and down because of the reality of the world. Now, I'm angry. I am so frustrated. I am tired of people trying to make me feel guilty for being Christian, for having morals, and for being LDS. When did having standards become a bad thing?
I know I am supposed to leave my values at the door in order to assume the culturally competent social worker role, but why do I have to let go of my own cultural beliefs in order to help others?
I honestly feel like being LDS is a culture all on its own. It is so much a part of me that I honestly do not know how to separate it and well.. I don't feel like I should have to.
I find it ironic that in my diversity and oppression class, I was oppressed for being different. Classic.