When does “Faith” and “Religious Belief” become child abuse?

When does faith and religious belief become child abuse?

If your religious beliefs require you to hate your own children for something that they did not choose how do you expect to have a relationship with them in the future?

This has been something that has been bothering me for a long time because I can’t quite wrap my head around it.

Some parents go as far as to actually disown their children or try to place them into some faith based “Conversion Therapy” to either try to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Research across the board shows that LGBQ youth who are not accepted by their parents are at far greater risk of attempting suicide than their non LGBTQ peers, and that parental acceptance reduces the risk.

As a parent, why would you want to risk that?

Why would you place your religious beliefs over the wellbeing and safety of your own child?

I can understand that faith can be a positive force in someone’s life, but when its used to back up bigotry and hate against your own child or family member, it is no longer a positive force or positive part of your life.

Quite frankly, it becomes the opposite.

And don’t play this “hate the sin, love the sinner” game with me.

You cannot love your child if you cannot accept a fundamental aspect of their lives, that they did not choose, that will affect their entire life.

So when does it become abusive?

When you constantly tell your kids or family members that they’re going to burn in hell forever?

Or is it when you make them feel disgusted, paranoid, about something that they didn’t choose to the point where they live in fear and attempt to take their own lives?

People like to throw LGBTQ people under the bus and misconstrue and misrepresent psychological statistics and facts in order to back up their bigoted beliefs even against the wishes of the psychological community.

You wanna bring up our suicide rate but don’t want to look in the mirror and see a chunk of the reason why that suicide rate is so high.

You wanna perverse statistics to prove your point, when you in fact are a factor in those statistics being so high.

Your hate increases the suicide rate. It’s not rocket science. Bully your kid, you might bury your kid.

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Psychology Graduate, Political Voice, Content Creator. Facebook-@iamjakevangogh

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Psychology Graduate, Political Voice, Content Creator. Facebook-@iamjakevangogh

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