If you've been near a computer in the last few days, there's a good chance you've seen a popular video making the rounds. In it a reverend by the name of Phil Snider, of the Brentwood Christian Church gives an all-too familiar tirade on the corrosive effect of gay people in society.
If you can hold tight through the hateful crap however, things take a very interesting turn. Check it out below:
The reminder that bigots in the 50s and 60s, who today we don't hesitate to call bigots, used biblical arguments in support of their social agenda in precisely the same way that anti-equality compaigners do today, is a valuable one.
History has not looked kindly on the men Rev. Snider quotes in the above video, a fate our opponents should keep in mind. Surely many of them will have to answer to their grandchildren someday for their backwards and hateful beliefs. Particularly in our modern age of YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook. It will be much harder to cover one's past in years to come than it was for reformed segregationists and racists in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
But I think there's a second piece to why this video has gotten more than 2.2 million views, most in the last few days. We have been conditioned to expect someone who identifies as a Christian reverend to be anti-equality.
For a long time now, right-wing Christian extremists, many of whom consider themselves to be "biblical literalists" while wearing mixed fibers to a lobster dinner, have been the ones controlling the narrative of what it means to be a Christian in America.
Phil Snider's beliefs, and those of his congregants, break from that narrative, which makes this video particularly striking. Sadly, voices like his tend to get drowned out by the far more vocal voices of religious hatred from people who are spiritual and intellectual kin to those he quoted in the first half of his speech. As my friend Vinnie astutely noted
...the Right has been mobilizing in the way the Left has not and, honestly, [it's] because the Christian Left is way less interested in making us all live like them than the Christian Right is.(emphasis mine)
And now, here's what you need to know today: