Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Regurgitated homophobia at "God Has a Better Way"

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 18, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Christian beliefs, God, LGBT civil rights, North Carolina, Right-wing rhetoric, same-sex marriage

Political duty led me to read the speech delivered a couple of weeks ago at an anti-gay rally -- pardon me, a "God has a better way" rally -- in North Carolina. The speech was crafted to reflect how Christians really DO love everyone. They love everyone so much, they even love queers. Really! They love them some homosexuals! What they don't love is the notion that homosexuals be happy.

See, they love the unhappy homosexuals. If you're an unhappy homosexual then you essentially are validating their point of view that anyone who doesn't worship God the way they worship God, and anyone who doesn't define God the way they define God, can't possibly be better off than they are. Because they know the truth. They and they alone know who God is, know God's name, know what God expects not just of them but of every human being on the planet. Because their God belongs to them and therefore is just as small-minded, repressed, unforgiving, and hateful as they are. That's why one of their pastors can stand up in front of them and say, without a trace of self-doubt:

We don't believe in tampering with the foundations of human society -- male-female marriage and family -- and creating a new institution previously unknown in human history.

God has a Better Way rally, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Seriously, dude: stop drinking holy water. Marriage as we know it today is a rather late development in human history. In other cultures, other places, other times, marriages were mere financial contracts. Billions of marriages were never attended by a preacher or any religious officiate. OK, maybe you insist on ignoring all the pagans and heathens, and of course the Jews, but how about those early Christians? You know, the ones so much closer in time to Jesus that perhaps they understood his message better than someone 2000 plus years down the road? Is theirs the foundation upon which you rest your marriage?

From the early Christian era (30 to 325 CE), marriage was thought of as primarily a private matter, with no religious or other ceremony being required. Marriage in sixth-century Europe has been characterized as political polygamy. The Germanic warlord Clothar, despite being a baptized Christian, eventually acquired four wives for strategic reasons, including his dead brother's wife, her sister and the daughter of a captured foreign king.

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Oooh, those naughty bawdy early Christians! You just know this Reverend wouldn't approve of their lifestyle either.

I hate this preacher's brand of hypocrisy. Under the guise of a kinder, gentler, "but we really love you" front he is just reformulating the same old anti-gay, anti-civil rights tripe that goes nowhere and succeeds at nothing but spreading the dumb-assitude far and wide.


Even if I could overlook the prejudice, the homophobia, the anti-civil rights sentiment and the sheer stupidity of thinking America is a place where you are entitled to more social and civil rights than people you don't like, I can't ignore the outrageous twisting of history.

He is lying. Either that or he is dumb as a sack of hammers and issued the statement about "foundations of human society" without ever picking up a history book or, for that matter, a Bible.

Hey, Reverend, Adam and Eve weren't married. God could've sent down a fine Reverend like you to sanctify their union but He didn't. Hm. Half the people in the Bible weren't married, and none in the sense we mean it today. The foundations of human society rest as much upon human slavery as upon marriage for without it, the greatest monuments in human history would never have existed. Should we honor that institution too?

Seriously, dude: stop drinking holy water. Marriage as we know it today is a rather late development in human history. In other cultures, other places, other times, marriages were mere financial contracts. Billions of marriages were never attended by a preacher or any religious officiate. OK, maybe you insist on ignoring all the pagans and heathens, and of course the Jews, but how about those early Christians? You know, the ones so much closer in time to Jesus that perhaps they understood his message better than someone 2000 plus years down the road? Is theirs the foundation upon which you rest your marriage?

From the early Christian era (30 to 325 CE), marriage was thought of as primarily a private matter, with no religious or other ceremony being required. Marriage in sixth-century Europe has been characterized as political polygamy. The Germanic warlord Clothar, despite being a baptized Christian, eventually acquired four wives for strategic reasons, including his dead brother's wife, her sister and the daughter of a captured foreign king.

Link

Oooh, those naughty bawdy early Christians! You just know this Reverend wouldn't approve of their lifestyle either.

I hate this preacher's brand of hypocrisy. Under the guise of a kinder, gentler, "but we really love you" front he is just reformulating the same old anti-gay, anti-civil rights tripe that goes nowhere and succeeds at nothing but spreading the dumb-assitude far and wide.


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Psst, I think you forgot to paste his quote into the post.

Ha! The whole second half of the thing vanished. I just restored it, quote, my rant, and all :)

Ha, it happens (by the way, I think part of it doubled up now).

Moving on from edits: Great post (and I

the christian churches sanctified same sex unions well through the middle ages. this fact has been proven beyond any doubt by a number of different extensive scientific studies of church marriage birth baptism adoption records and municipal records. the ceremony in both the latin and orthodox liturgies is called "making brothers": in fact the Orthodox Church still has that ceremony in its canon.

Until the 19th Century, in Western Europe, church weddings were exclusively reserved for political figures, or figures of enormous wealth. Common law was the rule. This was true in the UK until well into the 19th Century.