Am I allowed to do this, respond to another Deviant's essay in my journal when they've disabled comments on that essay?
The essay I'm referring to is a Deviation by dadona777 that caught my attention this evening: fav.me/d5jxvpo
It was to me a well-informed and intellectual work of literature, supported by historical evidence and everything. After reading it, I spent upwards of an hour typing a lengthy comment response to it only to receive an error message when I tried to submit it because in the time that it took me to devise my comment dadona777 disabled the comment section on his Deviation! I was offended; here I spend an hour of my time responding to his nice essay and I'm given the boot before I can even submit it! dadona777's follow-up journal entry seemed quite comical to me: fav.me/d5k013l
This guy writes an essay with "Christians" and "Homosexuality" in the title, submits it to deviantART, and recoils when he gets the attention he's been getting for it? Buddy, this is the wrong website to voice your opinion on a deathly controversial subject if you don't want attention!
Unlike dadona777, I am an utter attention whore and so I will enthusiastically step into the danger zone and publicly respond to his essay here in my journal. And he needn't worry, I'm on his side and will enthusiastically take the beating for him if I must because I do realize that there are a plethora of death threat-vomiting conservative Christians prowling deviantART for infidels like me to condemn. This is the comment I wrote and intended to submit in response to his essay:
"I think homophobia can be traced back much farther than ancient Rome, albeit superficially (meaning homophobia established itself in various societies throughout history independent of each other; exactly why is explained below). In Deuteronomy Moses instructs that homosexuals must be stoned, which is quite redundant considering that shortly after the Israelites' exodus from Egypt God gave them ten pretty basic commandments to follow; only one of those ten commandments related to sexuality: "Thou shalt not commit adultery." In Matthew chapter 5 Jesus informs us that in the Ten Commandments "adultery" encompasses sexual immorality in general; but yet there remains no mention directly from God or Jesus anywhere in the Bible of homosexuality being sinful, so that is NOT to say homosexuality is particularly a sin. Though regardless, my point is that hundreds of years before the Roman times Moses ruled that homosexuality is unlawful; it's there, hidden within the pages of Deuteronomy. So as much as can be figured from an honest reading of the Bible, homoPHOBIA is merely a human prejudice and certainly NOT instituted by God. It makes sense, humans instinctively avert anything "unusual" or different; change is not our forte. We establish norms and we get comfortable with them and we don't want anything unsettling us. Credited to various reasons throughout history--one of which was potently explained in your essay--homosexuality typically doesn't make it within societal norms. Is it unfair? Of course it's unfair! But it's human nature, it's social reality. When it comes to homosexuals, the natural reality is that there is no US the normal people and THEM the homosexuals; there is only US, the human species. But the social reality soberly prevails; and that is really why Christians think homosexuality is a sin, because Christianity is a human society.
Being raised Christian, I've struggled through homophobia, I've been indoctrinated, I've lived the dangers of organized religion, and I've struggled to free myself. Social reality will always prevail in our degraded humanity, but I am a firm believer that Jesus is returning soon to take us home. By us, I don't mean the church-goers and the Bible-thumpers; I mean everybody who knows and loves Christ Jesus no matter WHO or WHAT they are! Salvation is attainable not by our deeds, but by believing in him who died so that we can have eternal life. Salvation is a gift for everyone; there are no religions or societies involved when I say everyone, there is only humanity involved when I say everyone. Everyone: you, me, our families, our friends, our communities, heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, asexuals, world leaders, hobos, that random guy filling up his truck at the gas station... There are too many everyone's to list, but Jesus died for all of them."
On a final note, please don't disable comments on me when I have something profound to say; this applies to everybody.