Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hate Speech Now Encouraged by U.S. Churches

These are the kind of stories that really bother me. How can anyone call themselves "Christian" while promoting these kind of "rallies?" There is absolutely nothing in the Bible about God hating homosexuals. Since this often repeated falsehood has always bothered me, a while back I looked up the passage of the infamous famous quote below and read it in it's full context.
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." — Leviticus 20:13
As far as I can interpret, two angels disguised as men came to the town of Sodom one evening. Abraham's nephew Lot met them at the city gate and invited them to stay with him. That night, all the men of Sodom, gathered at Lot's door and demanded that he release the strangers to them so that they could "know" them. Lot, being a good host, refused this request and offered the mob his two virgin daughters instead saying, "do to them whatever you like." What a great dad! Because of the widespread and largely accepted interpretation of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities God allegedly destroyed, the word "sodomy" has made it into our lexicon synonymous with anal intercourse and God's wrath. What I get out of this story is, the Bible teaching that it is ok to rape (including gang rape) and dehumanize women (even your own flesh and blood), but not men - because that would just be wrong! These idiots with their stupid, ignorant, hateful signs have never opened any book, including the Bible. Mahatma Gandhi said it best, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

One of the Republican radio personalities I respect is Michael Smerconish. He really is a middle-of-the-road kind of guy. Even when I disagree with his points, he's at least made a logical case as to why I should consider those positions. In this instance, he nailed it! Smerconish wrote an Op-Ed about how Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen soldier is suing the Westboro Baptist Church and Fred Phelps for picketing outside his son’s funeral. According to a lower court’s recounting of the facts: “They traveled to Matthew Snyder’s funeral in order to publicize their message of God’s hatred of America for its tolerance of homosexuality.” Oh, and for the record, Synder’s son was not gay! Please take a few minutes to read what these radicals did at his son's funeral: Head Strong Free and hateful speech vs the right to gather Then watch the Smerconish interview on Hardball with added details.

This appalling photo was taken at the Snyder funeral. These kids are not old enough to even understand what the ramifications of these signs are. They won't have a chance to grow up as compassionate human beings. Very sad.

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