Daisuke Kazewa Posted about 3 years ago Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better Because of these references to religion, I simply must point out that using that word isn't appropriate.Generally, religions have developed to form morals and community. Religion in itself is not an origin of suffering; it's often an attempt to ease suffering. Many things that religions teach is how to love and respect others. It is institutionalized Abrahamic religion that I've found really hits hard on technicalities, resulting in a group-mindset of hatred and ignorance. However, this is all the more scary for those that do genuinely have faith in God and His teachings. But this behavior isn't at all unusual. "Us" and "them" are the foundations of these group thoughts, and so as a means to identify and commit to the group, these forms of hatred can result. It is this mindset that we are separated somehow, that we are different from each other; these illusory boundaries and walls that we place ourselves in actually limit ourselves and understandings with others. Reminds me of a quote from Robert Frost: "Before I built a wall, I'd ask to know what I was walling in or walling out." Problem is we don't normally. Many people fear the unknown, especially those that are privileged in their societies, because issues of the minorities is a reality that they don't have to know. This applies to virtually all forms of discrimination. [For further emphasis, I recommend Tim Wise's video Pathology of Privilege"]. It is so easy to learn to hate or discriminate. In actuality, getting out of that mindset is much more challenging. But it is what we who see this inequality strive for. Also, with this concept of religion, I simply must point out that homosexuality is seen as a societal issue in cultures regardless of religion. Japan, for instance, has no religious issues with homosexuality whatsoever. However, the fact that homosexuality is not seen as the norm, and may not follow traditional patterns of behaviors that cultures value, that is the issue.