Yesterday, a prominent column in USA Today came to my attention, entitled "When religion loses its credibility" from what is apparently a regular USA Today discussion of religion among writers who have strong religious affiliations. This column is written by a minister. In my opinion, the column hits the nail on the head in discussing the threat to credibility of any religious denomination that assails the rights of glbt people. (Bookmark it... it could come in handy.)
What is truly interesting to me is that this kind of position would appear so prominently in a "Joe Six-Pack" newspaper like USA Today. It is telling that this newspaper, which seems to me to be relatively devoid of controversial content, now feels the environment allows it to publish such an opinion so confidently. We know from surveys that the majority of privately held opinion supports nondiscrimination, but it has been distressingly quiet in the midst of aggressive social conservative attack. As more people come out, as more allies feel compelled to speak, the majority will gain confidence enough to begin confronting the intolerance of social conservatives. These kinds of pieces can be a big help.
(By the way, the comment section under the article of USA Today is entertaining... Predictably, some are going ballistic.)