Found on Facebook: Evangelical Mohammad Yamout Rages Against Homosexuality

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What follows is a comment I saw on a Facebook friend’s timeline from a Middle Eastern Evangelical by the name of Mohammad Yamout. Yamout, trained at uber-Fundamentalist Bob Jones University, spends his days evangelizing Lebanese Muslims and non-Christians. I thought it would be interesting for readers to see how Yamout views the world and LGBTQ people — especially those who don’t worship his version of the Christian deity.

My Facebook friend is a former heterosexual Evangelical who is now a gay atheist. Yamout said:

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Yamout’s screed accomplishes what, exactly? As a former Evangelical, my friend already knows what the Bible says about homosexuality. He already knows what the Bible says about the human condition and our “supposed” need of redemption. Yamout comes off as an insufferable troll who loves to hear himself talk. He can’t seriously believe that his words will have any meaningful effect on my friend other than to remind him of how glad he is to have left Evangelicalism in the rearview mirror. No, I suspect the real reason that Yamout — a Trump supporter — goes after my friend is that he needs to assert his “rightness” or he wants to let his fellow homophobes know that he is on the same team as they are. Either that, or he is a deeply closeted homosexual who rages against LGBTQ people in an attempt to hide who he really is. If the past decade has taught me anything, when Evangelical preachers scream, holler, and preach against a particular sin, you will find buried deep in their closets the very “sin” they preach against. Is this true of Yamout? Who knows?

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8 Comments

  1. Brunetto Latini

    It’s difficult for me to believe your friend is a former heterosexual who is now gay. Maybe he is a formerly closeted homosexual who married a woman and maybe even had kids?

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I will leave it to him to tell his own story. He was married, has a child, and is now gay.

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  2. Karen the rock whisperer

    Sexual orientation is a spectrum. Intense emotional intimacy is a thing, and for unlucky people doesn’t necessarily match with sexual orientation. We need to respect everyone’s choices in these matters, understanding that marriage implies family as well.

    I read a blog post recently that said something to the effect of X (a graduate of a program that supposedly turns gay people into straight people) has come out as still gay. Meanwhile, he’s got a wife and kids! How could she stay with him??? How could he do this to them??? …or some such BS. The thing is, relationships can be far more fluid than we take them for. There are such things as open marriages. There is such a thing as emotional intimacy that can’t be carried into sexual intimacy. We don’t know how people in these awkward situations deal with them, and guess what, it isn’t any of our business.

    Also, I wish them all good outcomes.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I have long argued that marriage is a contract between two people; that the terms of the contract vary from couple to couple. I pastored one couple who had been married for decades. She wanted nothing to do with sex — after having children — and was fine with her husband finding sexual satisfaction elsewhere. They were, best I could tell, happily married. I learned from 25 years of pastoring married couples that no two marriages are the same; that outwardly happy couples can have miserable marriages and fussing & fighting couples can and do get along famously.

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    2. Brady Hardin

      Hello. I’m that guy. So I knew I was attracted to guys when I was 14, and I repressed my sexuality while starting to be open about “my struggle” when I was 18. I vowed not to act on it and found a woman I was attracted to and knew about me. We got married, had a son, and I discovered she was cheating through the Ashley Madison account. We got divorced, I endured major spiritual abuse that got me to listen to my doubts, and I left Fundamentalism. At that point, I came out as gay—had my first gay experience at 28 and soon became a Secular Humanist.

      My ex-wife and I coparent our son, and she surprised me last year when she came out. She is currently engaged to another woman, and our son is benefiting greatly from having supportive homes—a thing my evangelical parents could never put their differences aside and do, despite both claiming to be empowered by the actual Holy Spirit of God living inside of them.

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      1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

        Thanks, Brady.

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  3. Brunetto Latini

    Sexual orientation may be a spectrum, but it is not fluid. The first person I ever told that I was gay was my pastor. I also told him I had never had sex with anyone. His response? “You’re not gay. You’ve just experienced same-sex attraction.” It was impossible to convince him that gay is an orientation, not a behavior. Yet I know he assumed heterosexuality is a default for any male who hasn’t become sexually active yet.

    I nearly made a mess of my life and someone else’s, listening to him. He encouraged me to date a female in the church that I never should have asked out. I value honesty above everything, so I eventually told her what was going on with me. She wasn’t happy with me or the pastor, but we were spared something awful. And that’s how I finally came to terms with being gay and decided I didn’t want to be alone anymore. Very soon after that, I left conservative Christianity.

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  4. ObstacleChick

    BJU, infecting people worldwide with their particular brand of hatred, bigotry, and nastiness toward fellow humans.

    What is a “fake family” anyway? I have seen many instances in which non-blood-related people are family.

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