Bil Browning

Hate is not a religious virtue

Filed By Bil Browning | May 09, 2005 8:53 AM | comments

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I'd like to bring your attention to a legal case ongoing in both Vermont and Virginia courtrooms. Apparently, two lesbians from Virginia, Janet and Lisa Miller-Jenkins, had a civil union ceremony in Vermont and then had a baby, Isabella, together via artificial insemination. The couple moved to Vermont to live after the baby's birth.

Then things went sour. Lisa had a religious conversion, declared herself no longer a lesbian and moved back to Virginia with Isabella. Lisa is the birth mother. She promptly sought the help of "ex-gay" ministries and has tried to use the virulently anti-gay laws of the Commonwealth to keep her ex-lover from having any contact with Isabella. Jerry Falwell has now decided to start touting the case in his column, "Falwell Confidential."

"This case demonstrates the moral and legal challenges that are going to come into play because a few activist judges and government officials who are slaves to social whims have attempted to defile established moral law."

This has nothing to do with Falwell's "activist judges" or other religious catch-phrases. This is about Isabella. It just makes my blood boil to realize that here sits a woman who's desperately trying to visit and love her child, only to be pushed away because of her sexuality. Apparently, her love isn't worthy - its not enough.

But what is love? According to the Bible (which Falwell loves to pick passages out of that support his narrow world view of "rules for Christian living" - aka pharisee!):

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (The Living Bible)

Clearly, neither Lisa Miller's love of child or ex-partner nor Falwell's love of gays and lesbians fall under the biblical standard of emulating Christ's love. Ms. Miller is simply trying to hurt her ex-partner and deny her child the right to a loving parental figure. Falwell, as always, is simply trying to line his pockets off the backs of "sinners" - especially gays and lesbians.

I'm reminded of a story about Mother Theresa. One day she was tending to a leper's bandages when a visitor noticed what she was doing. "I wouldn't do that for a million dollars!" the visitor gasped. "Neither would I," replied Mother Theresa.

No "activist judges," political power-plays or cash donations were required for Mother Theresa to love and help her fellow man. Now if only Falwell could say the same...


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