A conservative US Christian man who believed homosexuality was a sin spent a year pretending to be a gay man to learn how he would be treated.
Timothy Kurek , a straight man from Portland who believed being gay was an “abomination”, convinced his family and friends that he had “come out” to see what would happen. During his year of “spiritual espionage”, the 26-year-old frequented gay bars and even recruited a man named Shawn to pose as his fake boyfriend.
Mr Kurek , who has chronicled the experience in a new book, said he was “struck” by the social isolation he was subjected to. “Before I came out as gay, I had a very busy social life. After I came out, I didn’t hear from 95 percent of my friends,” he told ABC America.
That … is one hell of a way to get some perspective. In order to see what kind of prejudice and poor treatment homosexuals get in our society, he went so far as to lie to his friends and family about his sexuality so their reactions would be genuine.
Big shock, too. The overwhelming majority of his friends felt they could no longer associate with him because of his inherently sinful nature so they abandoned him.
[…] Mr Kruek experienced the pain of parental rejection when he read his mother’s diary, in which she confessed she would rather have been diagnosed with cancer than have a gay son.
Mr Kurek said Shawn was the “first gay person that I let into my heart” and that the year-long experience had taught him to “empathise and understand”.
I honestly think that every person who only reads the parts of the bible that talk about (our interpretation of) homosexuality and women’s rights should do what this man did to get some true insight into the kind of paranoia and xenophobia this kind of Christianity peddles in this country. I also tend to think that we should do something similar to any politician who uses the phrase “welfare queen” or yammers on incessantly about the “moocher class”. Dump them in a run down, one bedroom apartment with their family, give them a part time job at Mickey D’s, and demand that they eke out a living for six months. I guarantee you that if this were ever to happen, we’d increase welfare and Medicaid spending tenfold and scrap a few carrier groups along the way.
Funny how people can so easily find compassion when they suddenly have to live by the standards they set for everyone else.