You must be straight to get your book published

As a fellow writer, this really breaks my heart. What’s even more sad is the fact that I’m not super surprised that the publisher refused to publish the book, given the reasons they provided. I’m more saddened about the fact that their reasons are probably legitimate.
Even though the publisher is a Christian publisher, it is still a business, and a business must abide by the laws of supply and demand, and the tragic thing is that it’s probably true that many Christians wouldn’t buy the book simply because the author was gay. Why is this the way that the church is behaving in this day and age? I think that if the only reason not to buy a book is that the author is gay and that we (used generally to refer to the Christian community) don’t agree with that, then I think that we need to reexamine our own hearts. The book he was going to publish isn’t even about sexuality, and he noted that he even left out a chapter on sexuality so as not to detract from the overall message of the book. If we refused to listen to anyone just because they held differing views from us, I don’t think we would listen to anybody.
I think that we need to start taking a better look at ourselves and asking ourselves why we’re doing the things that we’re doing. I vividly remember my parents telling me to try and listen to people who I don’t agree with and at least understand where they’re coming from and think about what they have to say objectively before we critique or judge. Perhaps it’s time to get back to a spirit more akin to that.
What do you guys think?

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2 thoughts on “You must be straight to get your book published

  1. Thanks for the reblog, I’m glad you think this issue is as important as I do. Let me know any more thoughts you have on it or news you find!

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