Those darn fundies! They just don't know how to tell the truth anymore! While they like to promote the Bible as the source of all knowledge and truth, that "truth" part seems to be a little difficult for them these days... Take Don Wildmon of the American Family Association's latest e-mail alert about the Matthew Shepard Act as an example. It is entitled "A bill in Congress makes it a crime for pastors and churches to speak against homosexuality." Take a look at this clip:
If pastors and other Christians don't aggressively oppose a bill now in Congress, in the near future they will be subject to huge fines and prison terms if they say anything negative about homosexuality.
The proposed law would make it a crime to preach on Romans Chapter 1 or I Corinthians Chapter 6. Or even to discuss them in a Sunday School class. If churches and individuals want to keep the government from telling them what they can and cannot preach and teach about homosexuality, they better get involved now!
What a bald-faced, flat-out lie! Why is it that these so-called "Christians" simply can't tell the truth and say that they want to promote "values" like homophobia? After all, why aren't they fretting that the current
hate crimes law prevents them from preaching on racist or sexist passages? Because it doesn't.
After all, let's look at a verse from Deuteronomy 7...
6. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God bath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
This clearly states that the Jewish race is a "special" race that is superior to "all people." Did the Jews oppose the original hate crimes law that currently sits on the books and included race as a category? No. Has any church been forbidden from preaching on the chapter? Not that I've heard of!
What about sexist passages? They would also be covered under the expanded hate crimes law - and yet they never mention those... And there's many more sexist passages than ones that condemn homosexuality!
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
This passage from Ephesians 5
hasn't been outlawed. In fact, the Southern Baptist Convention recently upheld the worthiness of the section
, preaching that the females of the denomination should be following it closely. Did anyone go to jail or receive any fines? Nope. Would they in the future? Nope again.
First Corinthians 11 clearly states the superiority of men over women:
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.
Again, no jail time has been served for mentioning the passage in a sunday school lesson - and none would be.
So why is it so difficult for these fundamentalist Bible beaters to agree that the LGBTQ community shouldn't be allowed to be a target of hate and violence? (I also think that it is important to point out that not all Christians oppose the hate crimes law or bleat these insane distortions in an attempt to demonize our community - I'm speaking of the fundie hate-mongers alone here.) Personally, I think of Wildmon and the others as one of those types that would have opposed civil rights laws in the 60's. Their tenuous world view demands that they see themselves as the righteous prophet defending their flock from modernity.
They have to be number one. They have to remain "superior" to some group or another. God has chosen them, personally, to lead the fallen into glory. And by choosing a group of people to demonize that is gaining social acceptance, they automatically feel threatened and defensive.
After all, if discrimination and all of its attendant phobias were to be abolished, they'd have to preach on Christ's true message from Mark 12:
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
And that message doesn't bring in the donations as well, does it?
(Cross posted at the American Values Alliance site)