"Many of my fellow survivors did not survive after therapy. Many of them committed suicide because of the anger and hurt in their heart."
Remember that Sam lost his family and was informed that an immutable part of his being was evil at the same time -- that time, you'll recall, was when he was 11 years old. How he managed to survive is nothing short of incredible.
"I realized very quickly that my hurt should not be directed at my parents. The only way that I can say that my mother heard my screams in the other room and didn't run in is because she thought those screams were necessary to save my eternal soul. She was wrong, and she should not have done it, but she thought it was right. I have to respect that decision."
Design Pics/Don Hammond/Design Pics/Getty Hey you know that whole Christian forgiveness thing? That's it right there.
Though his mother's faith led her to do evil things, Sam doesn't hate Christianity, just like he doesn't hate his mother. In fact, he's still a Christian.
"I was raised as a Southern Baptist, so I will always view faith through a lens of Christianity. That does not mean that my Christianity has to have any negative impact on any other people. Faith should only have a positive impact on others. Some people are using Christianity as a blunt weapon to hurt people. That is wrong. Neither the absence of faith nor the presence of faith allows a person to treat another person without respect. I'm in the middle ground: From some faith communities, I'm attacked for being gay. From some gay communities, I'm attacked as being Christian."
Well, there you go! Finally some common ground between intolerant homosexuals and intolerant Christians: intolerance!
plustwentyseven/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesWell, it's a start.
Hey, nobody said "common ground" was always a good place. Sometimes it's all swampy and your neighbors are a bunch of assholes.
For more insider perspectives, check out 5 Realities of Being Gay in a Country Where It's Illegal and 6 Shocking Realities of the Secret 'Troubled Teen Industry'.
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