Remember Albert Mohler? The leader of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who supported eugenics of queer people about a month ago? Yeah, well, apparently calling yourself Christian and calling for genocide isn't the way to get on Soulforce's good side. (The really sad aspect of Mohler's blog post is that it seems like he thinks he's being pro-gay.)
Seriously, let's call it what it is. The UN Convention on Genocide says that
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: [...] Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the groupYou can't get much closer to what Mohler was asking for than that.
Well, the Equality Riders showed up there at his office in Louisville, Kentucky, and had a sit-in. They read a statement and the twelve of them who sat-in were arrested. Part of their statement said:
We are gathered here as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to demand that Albert Mohler openly recognize our right to life, love, and liberty. As it stands, his voice is terribly misguided in believing that God does not affirm the identities of gay and transgender people.It's seems to be getting harder and harder to be a Soulforce Equality Rider. As an email that the Executive Director of Soulforce, Jeff Lutes, sent out said:
As Equality Ride 2007 continues, the riders are being greeted with increasing amounts of anger and threats. One email addressed to me said, "You are not welcome in my town and if you come you better not get off the bus." Another said "Do us a favor Jeff. Why don't all you flaming fags and lezzies go jump off a very high cliff onto very sharp and jaggedHow real is that? What the Equality Riders are doing is really awesome for the community - these are some real activists standing up to some of the most virulently heterosexual supremacist people in the country. If you want to show the Equality Riders some financial support for what they're doing, click here.
rocks below. You people make me puke."
Despite the threats, riders and many students have engaged in constructive dialogue about sexuality, gender, and faith. Over one hundred Mississippi College students eagerly awaited the East bus, and two off-campus forums held by the West bus at BYU were standing room only - students are hungry for this conversation. Many shared stories of fear and discrimination.
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(h/t to reader Allen J. Lopp)