Slog tipper Blake knows what's good. On the Lord's day, he writes to us about gaywithoutgod.com, "a newly founded, locally operated, international, grassroots resource for gay atheists who see religion as a destructive force in the world." Take it away, Blake:
In short, gaywithoutgod.com is not only (but perhaps most importantly) a refuge for gays who have been discriminated against by religion but is also a place generally for gay atheists to rally together and bond over a shared vision of of the world: namely one comprised of a society that is secular, rational, and rooted in a science-based view of the world.
Gay w/o God was founded in Seattle about six months ago and is operated and contributed to not only by (but perhaps most importantly) local gay atheists but also contributors across the US and UK. The website is growing quickly with members across the globe, but most of the members reside in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. It is our vision to grow into a vocal force, grouping together with other like-minded organizations in fighting religious bigotry and intolerance.
We thought your readership (who happen to be our peers) would be interested in knowing about and supporting this homegrown, grassroots community.
Thanks for your interest,
The gay rights movement has worked hard to recruit religious leaders and congregations in order to inoculate itself against the Christian right. And that's all well and good—it's smart politics. But I suspect that a lot of gays like me—gays who were raised super duper Catholic or under another superstitious order—would rather not pretend that our moral high ground comes from snuggling up to Sky Daddy. So why not? Why not band together as gaytheists who believe in gaytheism? Why not kneel at the altar of science and critical thinking? Lord knows we like to kneel... so you can join 'em.
If it's too much to dismiss an almighty altogether, the website explains, "The hostility of Christianity and other religions towards homosexuality is not a reason to shed one’s belief in God."