D Gregory Smith

When Was the Last Time a Christian's House Was Burned Down?

Filed By D Gregory Smith | February 06, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: anti-gay, breeders, Christianists, graffiti, LGBT, North Carolina, terrorism, vandalism

I know. Provocative question.

But I can't help asking it when I see stories of deliberate arson evicting LGBT's from the safety of their homes. I also ask the question (appropriately modified) when I see anti-queer graffiti, read about harassment and beatings involving people who are too much like me to make me feel beyond it.

arsonhouse.jpgThis house, owned by a gay couple in Clayton, North Carolina was destroyed early Friday morning. The story is here.

There was a history of anti-gay messages, graffiti, harassment and vandalism before the blaze. The couple is not identified for "fear of their safety." The neighbor who talked to the reporter also did so only anonymously. We are afraid.

And the Christianists call us a threat - among other nasty things.

So for the purposes of argument I will ask the following questions to those who believe equality only applies to white, heterosexual, cis-gendered, procreating, (&etc) Christians:

  • When was the last time a group of LGBTIQ persons beat up a straight person?
  • When did Graffiti with the word "breeders" adorn the house of a straight family?
  • When did a gay terrorist group burn down a Christian house just because they were Christian?
  • When did an LGBT pastor make the news for slandering and approving of violence against straights?

But the reverse? Happens all the time. And we take it. Mostly, we do.

Fucked, ain't it?

And I can't help but feeling if we don't get our act together and start acting like a community instead of picking little fights all over the place, squabbling over minutiae that, in the final analysis makes little difference (check the comments section of any LGBT blog), it's going to continue to get worse.

I am not advocating that we become terrorists or engage in any similar behavior, only that we be radically truthful. Self-defensive if you will.

I know. Go ahead. That's what the comments section is for.


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My gut reaction is to say "Maybe it is time we did."

But someone must take the moral high road. We take it because the alternative is reprehensible. We cannot become the evil we fight against in the name of equality.

Im ready for some Militant Homosexual Action. =)

Interesting post, in a way who kicked who's ass, and why can't we all just get along. Cross's do get burned. I don't think Jesus CHrist or GOd herself had that in mind.

Infighting is just another type of attack- yes?

When Was the Last Time a Christian's House Was Burned Down?

When a Christian found out that the Christian church was supporting LGBTQs

When was the last time a group of LGBTIQ persons beat up a straight person?

In High School. The LGBTQ became a member of the log Cabin

When did Graffiti with the word "breeders" adorn the house of a straight family?

Never

When did a gay terrorist group burn down a Christian house just because they were Christian?

When they themselves are straight christians

When did an LGBT pastor make the news for slandering and approving of violence against straights?

Maybe they should, there is no god so...

...and when was the last time a Christian had to hide their 'chosen' faith for fear of losing their job, military commission, boyscout membership, elected office, ability to adopt, or status in the community?

Please don't lump all Christians in the same category. I'm a Non-Roman Catholic Christian and I don't burn down houses, beat people up, etc. I'm also a mother, a registered nurse. I have GLBTQ friends. Oh yeah....I'm also a lesbian. I was one of the lucky ones that were able to marry in 2008.

I am disgusted that in this day and age that this is allowed to happen. If I were to burn a cross on lawn of an African American it would be considered a "hate crime."

There is more than enough violence in the world today. Even though there are Christians who don't believe in our lifestyle they also will condemn those who harm others. The Christians that do this are radicals by definition. They are the ones that have to answer to God. We can't sit in judgement of these people. The radical statement doesn't just apply to Christian's either.

Thnk you for responding. It's exactly that demographic that needs to respond....

While it is nice to take the moral high ground; it doesn't get us very far. The infighting, the rotundness of Gay Inc., and the in community segregation all need to stop, and everyone knows this to be true. When the GLBTQ(etc,etc) community gets its act together we will be able to make massive strides towards equality for all Americans (and visitors to America). Unfortunately, that moment will not last long; but our pathetically short attention span is another issue for another time. Until we can, at least, sit at the same table and rationally discuss the various issues of the community; the vociferous, violent minority of Americans will continue their attacks.

Very powerful. Greg. Thank you!

When Was the Last Time a Christian's House Was Burned Down?

The last time a basement meth lab blew up.

When will the media report these hate crimes against us as their LEAD stories and not be afraid to show the justifiable OUTRAGE that these horrible acts deserve? Or are they afraid they will be accused of showing "bias" towards us and "not presenting both sides"?

It could be surmised that "outrage lite" is a wink and a nod. It has been my experience that the perception is that LGBT Folks should expect Hate because what we do in the privacy of our homes is and always has been taboo. That a certain amount of whiplash can and should be endured and tolerated by LGBT Folks. Then again the wiggle room for the media is reporting the story, not judging it. Sometimes to tell the story, the press doesn't want to cross that mysterious line, to be the story.

It could be surmised that "outrage lite" is a wink and a nod. It has been my experience that the perception is that LGBT Folks should expect Hate because what we do in the privacy of our homes is and always has been and will be taboo. That a certain amount of whiplash can and should be endured and tolerated by LGBT Folks. Then again the wiggle room for the media is reporting the story, not judging it. Sometimes to tell the story, the press doesn't want to cross that mysterious line, to be the story.

Chad, you and others say you are ready for "Militant Homosexual Action..." and I support you 100%. When was the last time a Christian's house was burned down, when was the last time an anti-abortion worker was gunned down performing his or her job? But be careful what you ask for, it may have already existed! I understand your outrage, but there was a group of us who believed in this same "Militant Homosexual Action". We called ourselves "Act Up" and a large part of the gay community hated us. Without support from our own, every change takes longer than it needs.

This is the kind of thing that pisses me off so much whenever I hear of the Christianists complaining about "militant homosexual activists" or of Christian businesses being boycotted for anti-gay activism, when there's actual violence being perpetrated against us just because of who we are.

It's the classic logic of the schoolyard bully who goes around picking on those weaker than himself, but the minute someone pushes back, he runs crying to the teacher.

These people are accustomed to seeing us as disgusting and less than human, but now we're demanding to be treated as human, and that has them scared, so any time we demand dignified treatment or appear in the media, they see it as a threat to their comfortable little world.

That's what the whole gay marriage thing is really about. I know some people here have a problem with it, but the reason why the religious right is pushing so hard for a ban is that they know we're becoming part of the mainstream culture (again, I know some people don't like that and think we should strive for permanent freak-of-nature status), and constitutional amendments are a way to make their bigotry permanent.

I'd like to think that we'll win in the end, but I'm so tired of constantly taking four steps forward and three steps back, and knowing that every bit of progress we make can simply be erased through a well-funded campaign by the religious right, or negated by a setback somewhere else.

Seeingeyegrrl | February 7, 2011 10:42 AM

Well, sort of a broad brush you are using there. I am a lezzie and I am a christian....and I don't do any of those things you lumped on all "christians"....time to stop labeling and projecting, and carrying out the same sterotypes. As far as I am concerned...real christians would never have done the things you stated. Now maybe bigots or criminals or whack jobs would. I think you have some valid points, the headline is an eye catcher but much is lost in your generalizations of who you want to blame. There are stupid, hurtful prejudiced people who can be found in any race, culture or gender identity. Hopefully we can all work togehter to achieve a better, more equal, world.

A very broad brush-deliberately used.
I also used the word "Christianist" to deliberately contrast the fundamentalist/fascist wing with those whose deeply-held faith would ever sanction such a thing as targeted bigotry, violence, intimidation and destruction.
I had hoped to help real Christians to see what is being done in their name- and to encourage them to speak out against it.

Wow, what a jerky type of titling for an article.

Why do you feel it necessary to polarize Christians as the enemy?

How about Muslims, as Islamic countries are far more harsh on LGBT people than our own nation where Christians make up the largest religious denomination?

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to point to ANY group which feels empowered to destroy OTHER'S private property instead of trying to paint an entire people-group as the enemy.

That is the issue here PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, not religious denomination, perhaps think a bit more before writing such inflamatory rhetoric.

There are many Christians who in the spirit of Jesus are ardent supporters of queer equality under the law.

As a gay Christian who attends and Open & Affirming congregation, I have worked within my denomination (Disciples of Christ) toward full acceptance of LQBTQI(etc) lay people and clergy. At our last regional assembly I was part of a panel discussion about equality. The most fulfilling moment for me was when one woman defended her pastor husband's reluctance to push his congregation by saying "We need to give them time. They will pull the chalice [denominational symbol] off the front sign." and another straight pastor said "Let them. Let them leave." I believe gay Christians and our allies need to be vocal whenever either group is stereotyped. For too long we have waited for conservatives to "come around." Well, they've had long enough. If they can "lovingly" keep us from our place at the table, we can just as lovingly step right up to it. If they leave because they don't want to share a table with us, they've rejected us - not the other way around.

Angela Brightfeather | February 7, 2011 4:58 PM

I live about 10 miles for the house that was burned down. The local news is now saying that the Johnston County Sheriff's Department is not calling this a "hate crime". Bull Shit!!!!!!!!

Those of us who live here and are GLBT know exactly what this was and why it happens in this area.

Johnston County used to have a sign up in Smithfield, the county seat, right up there on Rt. 95, that up to 12 years ago said "Welcome to Smithfield, NC, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan". That so called pride in their heritage, is still very evident there.

When you cross the county line from Wake County to Johnston County on Rt. 70, the most direct route between the two of them, you pass the very large Bayer plant on your right heading South into Johnstom County and it holds you attention just long enough so that you don't immediately notice the feeling in the air of repression that surrounds you. People here know enough to slow down their cars, because the last thing they want is to have the local cops stop you, because if your GLBT and they even remotely smell it out some way, by a sticker on the car or such, your going to get hastled and stand a good chance of getting arrested on a trumped up charge, like your a Hell's Angel riding in the 70's.

While Wake County is no huge bastion of leberalism, at least having NCSU, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill in or near it, gives it some kind progressive feeling. But not so in Clayton. Not by a long shot. They don't seem to be affected nearly as much by being in the same proximetry to intelligence, and conversations about pig farming and how good it used to be in the old days when you didn't have to deal with unruly and uppity n..g...rs or those gay people still are heard in the check out lines of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and in the mornings while sitting in the Waffle House.

It's a different world in Clayton, NC where people go to churchs, located on almost every street corner every Saturday and Sunday by the droves, piling into pews and listening to Baptist ministers preach about the evils of others. Then they all leave and go home, only to ignore the fact that their sons came home the night before smelling like gasoline pumps and drunk as a skunk.

These two gentlemen had the bad fortune not to do their homework when buying a new house in one of the sprawling "ideal communities" that have spread across the county line from Wake into Johnston County. They probably thought that the South had changed enough for them to move to an area that seemed relatively safe and with good neighbors around them. They probably didn't realize that they were taking such a chance and that besides being Gay, the next most hated thing in Clayton is to be a Yankee, and after that being Black or Latino, about in that order.

When I read about their loss, I cried for them, for the good neighbors they may have around them living in fear and for those GLBT people who might stumble across a real nice place for the right price in Smithfield County in the future.

Right now, they are combing the area around Clayton for two men driving a white, Chevy pickup truck. I'll be real surprised if they ever find them and justice is done.

Wow, Angela. Thanks for the local take.
It just firms my resolve to stay firm- we should be able to live in peace wherever we want.

I really appreciate your taking the time to write this.

Gosh give me break, all this talk of HATE crimes, is part of the problem.

How does it matter if an arson is committed if the couple is queer?

Please point me to the Arson committed out of love.

or the gang-rape of a heterosexual woman where love was the motivator.

It has become so PAINFULLY obvious that there is indeed a large swath of the LGBT community who seek not EQUALITY under the LAW but special privilege, which is one of the VERY reasons there is always this PUSHBACK against us a group.

Gee and your surprised that a group of heterosexuals in the Sheriff's department don't feel like making this Arson a "Hate Crime".

Perhaps one should be careful what they wish for unless of course you would like to see Home owners insurance policies with new expensive rider clauses especially for "Hate Crime Arson Protection"

We are not SUPERIOR or SPECIAL nor do we deserve kid-glove treatment under the law just because we are queer.

We are merely one variation in the human species, get over yourself and off the soapbox, as the more you cry about how we deserve Special prosecutions against those who violate our inherent natural rights, it will forever result in massive push back by the majority.