See, I'm not surrounded by those factors and dont see them. Gay marriage is accepted by states all around me and the churches I attend teach from the bible and judje not. They are affirming and accepting of whomever walks in the door.
That sounds great, and highly atypical in this country. I live in one of the most supposedly liberal places in the nation and don't feel that level of support. Can you tell me what state you are in please? I want to check and see if your state and those that surround you have workplace protections, transgender protections, and the many other things apart from marriage equality that help bring the pendulum closer to equality.
I can't get them to look at or discuss CSA but they are great with everone else.
What are you asking them to do, and how are you asking them to do it? If there is a post that lays this out, please point me to it. Are you the only voice asking for this conversation? Is the context of this CSA/ASA within your church or broader society? Are they ignoring you outright? Giving you reasons why they won't address the issue?
Once I know more, I'd be happy to work with you on a letter to send to them, and the higher church structure, making a clear, formal, and public request for the issue to be addressed.
I'm sorry you got abused through the church. I understand the grappling then. For me it was older boys, so I grapple with human nature.
Hearing religious people hold forth on how their gods and their churches can provide men healing for and from CSA and ASA while these same churches simultaneously downplay
the abuse and enable
these pedophiles and rapists from discovery and facing justice is difficult to understand. It's a greater challenge to understand where religious people find the license and the hubris to assume the prerogatives of a god to sit in judgement on others, but not the corresponding qualities of infinite compassion and forgiveness for their fellow man.
There are many people who have heard a true message of compassion and love through religion and who try to live true to that, but there are also many who heard a message of us and them, of good and bad, of black and white, and who wield their imperfect understanding of a god's will as a weapon against others.
I welcome the former as my kin, but my conscience will no longer brook my silence on the unloving and indiscriminate actions of the latter.