Apparently the most complex narrative that the established media can handle with regards to GLBT people and religion is "the Christians versus the gays". Apparently, there can't be non-homophobic Christians, religious queers, or secular homophobes. Or anything else.
That's the take-home message from the AP story on the Soulforce equality riders' stop at Fresno Pacific College, a Mennonite school:
Officials at Fresno Pacific said the Bible guided their policies, and the student handbook would continue to oppose any sex outside of marriage.There's no quotation from Soulforce. And of course there's nothing about how Soulforce believes the Bible backs up their position here. The AP makes it seems like Christianity is solidly and objectively against LGBT folk, and those gays are 100% secular.
"We see sexuality as within the bounds of marriage and do not believe that the Bible supports a homosexual lifestyle," said campus pastor Rod Reed.
With stories like this, you can see how the religious right develops their "religious oppression" narrative.
- Well, what did I expect?
- Soulforcers arrested in Louisville
- Soulforce Equality Riders arrested at Notre Dame
- The Soulforce Equality Riders' bus was vandalized in Iowa
- Indiana welcomes the Soulforce Equality Riders