What’s a gaytheist?
Well, it’s a portmanteau of the words ‘gay’ and ‘atheist’. I’m a gay atheist, a gaytheist. I’m not a gay theist, it’s more like ga(y)theist. Does that make sense?
Are you an atheist because you’re gay? Sort of. I realized I was gay long before I gave up religion. However, coming out as gay led me on a journey to re-examine my deeply held beliefs. Once I actually read the Bible with critical eyes, it became clear to me that the religion I was raised in was not something I actually believed.
Are you gay because you’re an atheist? No. There are plenty of LGBT+ people who do believe in a god and go to church, etc. I’m just not one of them. Coming to terms with my sexuality led me to question my beliefs, but questioning my beliefs didn’t make me gay. I was born that way. Just ask Lady Gaga.
What makes you a ‘philosophical’ gaytheist? I studied philosophy at university. So there’s that. But also, it’s how I approach the world. I try to understand it in as rational a way as I can. Philosophy is simply that, approaching the world from a place of reverence for rationality and logic.
Who’s your favorite philosopher?
Of all time? That would have to be Wittgenstein, which outside of the UK and philosophy students isn’t a well-known philosopher. His work on language revolutionized philosophy and his work itself has the best characteristics of continental and analytic philosophy.
And who’s your least favorite philosopher?
Descartes. The philosophy from his Meditations has engrained itself in the very way that we conceptualize exactly what the brain does. It was a stumbling block in brain research for quite some time.
Does your family know that you’re an atheist?
You’d have to ask them. I can’t comment on what they know or don’t know. But I have been pretty vocal about my atheism for some time now.
Are any of your friends religious?
Of course. My friends and I don’t tend to talk about religion all that much, we have other mutual interests that occupy our time.
What do you do for a living?
Like most philosophy majors, I’m having a difficult time finding a vocation that makes a good fit. I’ve been lots of things, but I’ve never tried blogging. So … here I am.
Where do you live? In Arizona.
Why? Isn’t that like a red state? The area I live in is more blue, and Arizona is likely to turn more purple in light of new anti-gerrymandering initiatives passed by voters. Plus, the health care system in Arizona is amongst the most progressive in the nation.
Do you have any pets?
I have what I refer to as my “cat-daugther”.
Are you involved/married/in a relationship with someone? No comment.
What are your views on marriage equality?
If two people want to get married, they should be able to, regardless of their sexual expression. I don’t like the institution of marriage, and it isn’t for me, but my personal thoughts don’t get to dictate how other people approach their lives.
Republican or Democrat?
Democrat, I’d vote Green if they ever put up a viable candidate.
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?
What is this?! A beauty pageant?! Next question …
What is the meaning of life?
To live it.
Why do you hate Christians? I don’t hate Christians. Individuals are accountable to themselves for their conscience. I hate religion, because so many of the evils in our civilization have their roots in religion. And the kicker is that religion convinces its acolytes that everyone else has it wrong.
Do you want children?
No. I admire people who raise children. They have far more patience than I do.
Finally, how can I follow you on social media?
Why click the following links …
I’m Michael, and I’m the Philosophical Gaytheist. Gaytheist? Is that a gay theist, or a gay atheist? Well I like f*#ikng men and I don’t believe in God. My philosophical sophistication will intrigue you, and then make undergrads everywhere realize to never major in philosophy.