Not to mention that christian homophobia has it's roots in 
scripture.  

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> What I wrote was indeed simplistic, but that's because it's a very 
simple
> distinction.
> 
>  
> 
> I know of course that many Christians are homophobic.  Some are 
racist. 
> There are probably many Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists that 
are also
> homophobic and/or racist.  That's not the point.
> 
>  
> 
> All zen sanghas are open to all people.  If there are groups that 
call
> themselves sanghas but limit or focus their membership on a 
specific group
> and are not open to all people, then they are not a zen sangha.  If 
you find
> such a sangha - like a gay/lesbian zen sangha or a 
White/Black/Asian zen
> sangha or women/men-only sangha you should run away, run away.
> 
>  
> 
> It's as simple as that.
> 
>  
> 
> .Bill!
> 
>  
> 
> Curt Wrote:
> 
> This is overly simplistic. In theory what is said here should also 
apply 
> 
> to Christians - and yet many Christian individuals and many 
Christian 
> 
> churches are extremely homophobic.
> 
> - Curt
> 
>  
> 
> Bill Smart wrote:
> 
> All zen sanghas are for all people. I have never heard of any zen 
> 
> group that restricts or focuses its membership on any specific 
> 
> classification of people. To do so would be to reinforce the 
erroneous 
> 
> idea that Buddha nature or the way to realize it is not the same in 
> 
> all people. Like all communities, there are some that have a larger 
> 
> percentage of certain types of people. Maybe there are some sanghas 
> 
> that have a higher percentage of gays/lesbians than others. I don't 
> 
> know. Hopefully someone else on the Forum will have some more 
specific 
> 
> information.
> 
>  
> 
> Wanghualia_5 wrote:
> 
> I am Gay, and I practice zazen. Is there any sangha or Zen Temple 
for 
> 
> Gay/lesbians?
>




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