Why are people allowed to use religion to justify their actions?
Why do people let people get away with using religion as a shield to protect them from the consequences of their actions? For example, a religious parent can kick out a teen with no legal or social repercussions if the teen is gay or otherwise breaks with the parent's beliefs. Why is this socially acceptable?
One does not need to be religious to do what you have mentioned. Your question is more about homophobia than it is about religion. Why do people look at those who believe in God under a microscope? I am talking about Christianity of course. One does not need to blame Christianity for those who are homophobic. I am not sure where you are from; but in my state the parents are held liable for their children until they turn 18 years of age.
I've never taken in or spoken with a homeless lgbt teen who didn't come from a conservative Christian, Jewish, or Muslim family. Non-religious people and moderate religious people don't tend to believe being gay is a sin or cause to discard a child.
There is never a reason for anyone to discard their own child for any reason. Unconditional love for one's children should never waiver.
A significant number of people need the structures, security and community that religion and religious groups offer. They like the feeling that they belong and that the religion in question offers a solution to the mysteries of life and its purposes. The simple answer that the meaning of life is life itself is often inadequate for them; they want a more deity-driven set of answers, assurances and promises (of an afterlife). They will undoubtedly have strong feeling that the religious interpretations of sacred texts promoted by the elders or more charismatic members of their religious community are 'right' and will be increasing influenced by these. Some charismatic members, alas, will peddle and promote religious views that many people find weird, if not loathsome, as with the incidents you mention Kylyssa.
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