John M. Becker

Frontman of Christian Band Jars of Clay Supports Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Christian music, Christian rock, Dan Haseltine, gay marriage, Jars of Clay, marriage equality, Michael Brown, same-sex marriage, straight allies

jars-of-clay-dan-haseltine.jpgDan Haseltine, lead singer of the enduringly popular and three-time Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay, came out on Twitter this week as a supporter of marriage equality.

Metro Weekly's Chris Gerard reports:

Haseltine... took to his Twitter account in a series of posts supportive of same-sex marriage, posting "Not meaning to stir things up BUT... is there a non-speculative or non 'slippery slope' reason why gays shouldn't marry? I don't hear one." He went on to write "I'm trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn't hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women's suffrage. I just don't see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?"

Haseltine compares the issue to civil rights struggles in the past, and asserts regarding Biblical arguments against same-sex marriage that "I don't think scripture 'clearly' states much of anything regarding morality." He goes on to write that "I think the vast interpretation has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don't fit their guidelines" and that "I don't particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is 'wrong.' I care more about how it says we should treat people."

Awesome, right? Haseltine began the Twitter conversation on Monday and it's continued all through this week. He's received a mix of scolding and sanctimony (from anti-LGBT religious conservatives) and praise (from enlightened religious moderates and progressives), but he's sticking to his pro-equality convictions.

And now, as Joe Jervis points out, the hand-wringing from professional anti-gay activists has begun.

Here's Michael Brown, one of America's most strident anti-LGBT evangelical extremists, whining writing for Charisma News:

This really boggles the mind.

When you're sliding down a dangerous slippery slope, you don't say, "Give me one good reason we're in danger, other than the fact that we're careening down this deadly slope." No. You grab hold of something to stop your fall and then figure out how to climb back to solid ground.

Does this gifted artist not realize that the only reason we're talking about redefining marriage today is because we are well down that slope already?

This is the day of full-blown incestuous relationships on popular TV shows like Game of Thrones; of other shows glorifying polyamory (married and dating!), polygamy (from Big Love to Sister Wives to My Five Wives), and teen pregnancy; of news reports about the "wedding" of three lesbians. It is the day of almost half of all first-time American mothers having their babies out of wedlock, with cohabitation rates up more than 700% since 1960, and it is against this backdrop that talk of same-sex "marriage" has become prominent.

Do we really want to accelerate the destruction of marriage?

Translation:

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