Chris Douglas

USA Today: A Sign of the Times

Filed By Chris Douglas | December 09, 2006 6:57 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: glbt civil rights, Religion, Sexual Orientation

Yesterday, a prominent column in USA Today came to my attention, entitled "When religion loses its credibility" from what is apparently a regular USA Today discussion of religion among writers who have strong religious affiliations. This column is written by a minister. In my opinion, the column hits the nail on the head in discussing the threat to credibility of any religious denomination that assails the rights of glbt people. (Bookmark it... it could come in handy.)

What is truly interesting to me is that this kind of position would appear so prominently in a "Joe Six-Pack" newspaper like USA Today. It is telling that this newspaper, which seems to me to be relatively devoid of controversial content, now feels the environment allows it to publish such an opinion so confidently. We know from surveys that the majority of privately held opinion supports nondiscrimination, but it has been distressingly quiet in the midst of aggressive social conservative attack. As more people come out, as more allies feel compelled to speak, the majority will gain confidence enough to begin confronting the intolerance of social conservatives. These kinds of pieces can be a big help.

(By the way, the comment section under the article of USA Today is entertaining... Predictably, some are going ballistic.)

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That article really does point out the hypocrisies of the rabid religious right! I loved it! You're right - the comments are amazing. Geez.

For those who have lingering doubts, dust off your Bibles and take a few hours to reacquaint yourself with the teachings of Jesus. You won't find a single reference to homosexuality.

This is absolutely true. But it is also true that Jesus said clearly that marriage is between a man and a woman (check Mark 10:6-9 At the beginning, God made woman and man, etc.).
The points in stake here are "marriage" and "non-biological children foster". Both sides (gays and religions) are becoming more and more radicals on these issues; accusing the religions alone of such radicalism isn't fair at all.

Chris Douglas | December 9, 2006 10:56 PM

Orlando, Christ himself when he broke the sabbath law to effect a cure said that laws were made for man, not man for the laws. When the effect of a biblical law was inhuman, Christ advocated ignoring it. Condemning gay people to lives of loneliness on a biblical basis, rather than lives joined with each other as with heterosexuals, is inhuman, and quite different from the way in which Christ himself advocated applying biblical law. In throwing out biblical law when it was clearly going to do damage to people, Christ basically said: Think for yourself.

That's an uncomfortable command to people who find comfort in living under the orders of others, rather than using for themselves the god-given ability to think.

This is my favorite comment from the few I read...

I hope the rapture comes soon... like tomorrow. The sooner you religious nuts are gone the sooner we can live in peace.

Posted by: Non-believer | Nov 20, 2006 12:05:38 PM

While I am a believer -- I know that God doesn't make garbage.. and I was born the way I am. The wrong choice would be to try to live other than how He made me. And in working for the day when all my GLBT Brothers and Sisters can live free-- I am doing HIs true work.

Thanks for sharing this article.. I know I am gonna pass it along.