Simply heartbreaking: The parent tells their FTM son that he is an "abomination"

Comment by L. W. Kelly on October 21, 2010 at 1:07pm
This is heart breaking....and a good argument for letting the mind (not emotion) be the main decision maker for our life. If I were not a non-theist, these people's cruel attitude would turn me so.
Comment by Kris Potter on October 21, 2010 at 1:11pm
I am so confused by this, this girl said "I'm not a lesbian I'm a man". The parents are just as confused though "God will judge you" actually you're both playing God.
Comment by kris feenstra on October 21, 2010 at 1:36pm
Well, it sounds like this wasn't the first conversation they've had on this topic, so I guess the bright side is that his parents will still talk to him without flipping out.

I won't say that his parents are bad people just from this video, but I think they are making a tragic mistake, and it's a mistake where everyone suffers. I would think that parents owe their children more than that. It's such a shame that being a good person somehow just isn't enough. Makes no damn sense.
Comment by Gaytor on October 21, 2010 at 3:52pm
Trans-gender issues confuse me, but there is something that I know. Just because I'm confused or don't understand why a person is a certain way, doesn't make them a bad person. It means that I just have something new to learn and accept. I grew up in a religious area and many of the "be like me" ideals were burned into my psyche. It's a regret that will haunt me, likely for life. The reality is that these people are being very "Christian", following the letter of the law. Love God above all else. Is this a beautiful religion or what?
Comment by M on October 21, 2010 at 3:57pm
Christian love has no bounds. It's truly inspiring.

(Whoa, did that good Christian lady just say "dick"? I'm telling the devil!)

For the record, though, this is a strong young man. Good for him making those logical arguments and being willing to discuss this with his parents, closed-minded and ugly-hearted though they are.
Comment by DeSwiss on October 21, 2010 at 5:27pm
The only true abomination that I know of in life, is religion itself.

I say this because the Abrahamics are always making such a big deal about how their god is so wonderful in that he created the universe and all that is in it.

And yet their response to having been given this wonderful life and all of creation is the chuck it and declare that they hate their "sinful lives" and their god's creation, and they tell us that they'd rather be standing around FOREVER singing his praises in a place called "heaven."

Let repeat that: They'd rather be standing around singing this god's praises -- for a life that they REJECT AS WORTHLESS.

Now how illogical STUPID is that?
Comment by James on October 21, 2010 at 7:09pm
This is so incredibly heartbreaking... :( The fact that parents can completely cast their child aside simply due to religious beliefs is horrifying. To choose religion over your child to the point of casting them aside is hardly accepting or loving. I feel so sorry for that kid.
Comment by Reggie on October 21, 2010 at 8:16pm
People are so fucking stupid. I find myself laughing louder and more often when people talk about how "Gawd will judge ya" or some other aspect of their delusional, god belief.
Comment by Jeff Strahlendorf on October 21, 2010 at 8:24pm
Fucking religion. How could someone possibly act this way towards their own child? Way to love and cherish your own child mom and dad. Hypocrites.
Comment by Atheist Exile on October 21, 2010 at 9:53pm
Compared to the REAL issues involved here, the artificial issue of religion pales in comparison. I'm not going to judge the parents or the child based on a 10-minute video . . . there's simply too much we're not privy to.

The child and parents both allude to prior knowledge of this situation. I don't know the depth of family history involved here.

It does bother me that the child has premeditated this conversation enough to film it for online display. That's a callous blindside and abuse of trust -- unless there is some sort of sinister history with the parents (which we're not privy to).

The parents wait for this child to have his say, then respond. This is not typical of intolerant exchanges. They listened before responding.

I believe religion has defined morality for the parents. They don't hate their child . . . they simply believe he's making a mistake, based on their beliefs. Although this might indict the effects of religion . . . it does not provide enough information to judge either the parents OR the child.

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