On the social media site Reddit.com, a user named 'James' recently uploaded a letter from his father disowning him for being a homosexual.
James, who came out to his dad in 2007, wrote: "'I finally built up the courage to tell my father I was gay. The moment I said it, the phone got quiet and he got off the phone after a few 'Okays.' I decided to give him time to process the news. About a week later, and not long before my birthday, I received the following letter.'
The letter from James' father reads, in part:
I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past. Don't expect any further conversations with me. No conversations at all.
I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house. 'You made your choice though wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle. If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand. Have a good birthday and a good life, no present exchanges will be accepted. Goodbye, Dad.
James told the Daily Mail that he published the letter because of the Chick-fil-A controversy: "There is a continuing and increasing thumping here in the states that the excising of religion from the public sphere is somehow causing the tearing apart of families."
"While I understand that the experience I lived through is an extreme and not the belief for the majority of religious households, my disowning is indeed proof the opposite is also true. That the repeating tenor of 'Homosexuality is bringing God's judgement upon us' also tears families apart."
He added: "I continue to abide by his wishes and have not contacted him. That's not to say that I continue to be impacted by his decision. But every once in a while silently telling him what I think of him is likely the closest I'll ever be able to get to closure."
James says that he knew he was gay at age seven, but waited until he was 27, for fear of losing his dad's love.