In the United States, we see an array of personas on television, from religious leaders to talk show hosts who spout on and on about sex, to homosexual men like Nate Berkus who give decoration and cooking tips. All of the things mentioned are cultural acceptable in the United States by most families (albeit more amongst Urban families than Suburban and Rural families).
The latter two topics, however, are not religiously accepted. You will never see a sermon in Church being given on homosexuality or the pastor so loosely talk about sex.
Thus a division occurs between religious people who don’t accept homosexuals as a member of society and those who are not as religious or not religious at all who gladly befriend homosexuals and have them in their lives.
Now imagine what would happen if homosexuality was also culturally unacceptable…
Now those same people who were not as religious or even atheist will not accept homosexuals either for even their culture is against the notion of same-sex activity. Now who will the gay members of this society turn to? Would you consider it wise for them to come out? Especially since now that homosexuality is both culturally and religiously unacceptable, the State itself turns against homosexual individuals and goes out of its way to threaten them with discrimination, imprisonment, or even death.
The last scenario is happening in many parts of the world, including most if not all of the Middle East, Africa, and the majority of East and Central Asia.
And yet gay individuals in the United States, only facing discrimination from the religious facets of society can’t wrap their mind around why Asian and African gay me are so closeted, why there isn’t more gay rights in these regions, and why so many remain closeted when they move to the States.
Here, the pastor who is representative of your Deity (whether Jesus, Allah, Elohim, or whoever) can yell at you and call you an abomination, but you have the comfort of knowing that the media and Urban culture is supportive of you.
There, not only is the pastor calling for your death, but even the same culture which provides those delicious dolmas is standing behind the pastor. And culture is something which you can’t escape, for it is the fabric which is woven into your very being.
So the next time you’re looking at the world with your American telescope, take a moment and put things in perspective, and thank God that you live in a country where you can eat your dolmas and worship your Deity too.