“As a child, I was BLESSED to have another father figure in my life. He did not replace my own beloved, Norwegian version of Jed Clampett, nor would he have wanted to. He simply harmonized with all of my family values and brought his own heart to our table.
This wonderful man was a giant in my world, a true king among men. His name was, and is, Robert Reed (OK that’s his stage name).
This tempetuous actor who bottle fed puppies when he wasn’t
quarreling with the heads of networks, shaped my heart as much as my
biological parents did. So I really can honestly say, “My dad was Gay”
I can also say that being gay killed him. Because it was so taboo, he
could never make peace with himself. He never allowed himself to have a
genuine love. He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural
inclinations that he was BORN WITH.
Bob was a family man. Had he been allowed to form a relationship with
another man, he would have been the best husband ever and might still
be alive. But Bob could not be at peace with this because the people
surrounding him shoved their own judgement down his throat and, sadly,
he bought into it. He thought he was wrong. He felt the shame that every
hypocritical “God is love” fundamentalist wanted him to feel.
To me, the vilification of homosexuality is exactly like the
primitive practice of people who killed babies who were born with cleft
palates or birth marks. It is a worship not of God but of fear itself in
the form of a God who hates.
I am eternally grateful for having a golden rule placed before me as a
child. I had a gay father! I knew he was gay when I was nine years old
and had the wisdom of a child. I knew it was OK and none of my
business.. I knew with all certainty that this was a very good man. And
so, any ideology that demonized such a good man would have to be evil
Robert Reed, unwittingly, showed me the true nature of religion. And this is why I steer clear of it to this day.
God and I are good pals. We have a clear line of communication and I
don’t need religion’s telephone service. It’s full of static.
I could never worship, let alone LOVE, a God who would put my beloved
father into the fires of Hell because he loved men. THAT is a God who
deserves disdain. THAT is a God who must be ignored. THAT is a concept
of God that must go away just as surely s humans have shed their
You might call it evolution. IF you believe in evolving.
I do not necessarily believe in evolution, religion, politics or even
gravity. I think the flying spaghetti monster might be the real deal!
All I truly know is what works right here, right now.
What works is love.
What doesn’t work is judgement.
If two people love each other enough to want their union consecrated
by a mythological being – they are undoubtedly insane, but LET THEM HAVE
- Actress, Susan Olsen, "Cindy" from The Brady Bunch on her
TV dad, gays & their fight for equality.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Quoted - Susan Olsen, "Cindy" from The Brady Bunch on her TV Dad & Gays
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