His name was/is Jose Luis. "Chepe" was a kind and loving person with a grand, generous and gentle soul...he was murdered ten years ago last Fall just a couple of weeks short of his 35th Birthday (he loved to celebrate his birthday and big plans and a special guest list were in the making for this one).
Jose was killed in his home after returning from work one night...it appeared to be a robbery we're told, but it wasn't, it was assassination, one that will most likely never be fully investigated...there were full page Memorial Tributes in all of the local/national newspapers the next day because of Jose, his current/leadership job with an American Company, his family and their famous heritage demanded traditional, and culturally 'correct', outpourings of respect with elaborate/expensive print ads
For those who knew Jose as a companion, a devoted friend and a person that was always willing to give of himself to help others, it didn't or wouldn't have mattered what anyone thought or suspected about his most private intimate life and his FINE character...Jose Luis and his ACTUAL, real life, integrity will live on by example to many of his privileged and devoted friends who loved him EXACTLY as he was/is and didn't/wouldn't have required or wished him to change anything about himself or his wonderful way of "being." Not one of his inner circle of friends would have wanted him to "change" to achieve some false/safe or possibly more "respectable" person aspiring to a world of heterosexual pedigreed pretend.
HECKLERS, like the one that verbally abused Bishop V.Gene Robinson in London last Sunday as he delivered a homily, surround us in our everyday lives...sometimes viscious and vile "mouthing off" by a self-righteous ignoramus/idiot (I better notch down the loaded vocabulary), family member, co-worker or friend, can translate into a crime of hate.
Not one of us can afford to LOOK THE OTHER WAY and pretend that ugly and abusive slur words directed against LGBT Christians/others and/or the demeaning and slandering of Heterosexual women will fade away when the likes of Peter Akinola/Nigeria or Henri Orombi/Uganda spew them forward and call it a "religious message."...often, those words/slurs instigate fear/hate and validate REAL and dangerous actions that can't be rationalized away with by irresponsible selective Scriptural nonsense...nonsense that may be simply a distracting "cover" for greediness, grandstanding, self-loathing and/or other cowardly human defective character behavior.
Are you accountable for your words, deeds and actions? Are you responsible in any way for the murderous death of OUR beloved Jose or anyone like him that has touched your life?
Do you agree with +Peter Akinola/Nigeria when he preaches/pontificates that LGBT Christians/others are "lower than pigs?"
Are YOU a responsible Christian/other person in all that you do? Or, do you simply snicker and/or play pretend that fear/hate and those who promote it will go away and take your personal responsibility for defending/serving and aiding the "marginalized" away from you?