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Diatribe: Are Christians Who Oppose Equality Really Christians?

07/21/2014

mahatma_gandhi_religion_5335Knowing that Republican House Speaker John Boehner was never going to bring a nondiscrimination bill to the floor, advocates have demanded for years that President Obama sign an executive order instead.  This morning, President Obama amended a standing executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.  Instead of creating a new nondiscrimination rule with an unnecessary and broad religious exemption, he simply added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of impermissible bases for discrimination.

“It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.  And that’s wrong.  We’re here to do what we can to make it right — to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.” – President Barack Obama

Of course, his detractors, political adversaries disguised as well-meaning Christians are already up in arms and screaming that their “religious freedoms” are being trampled by a President run amok.

“In LGBT order, Obama elevates sexual deviancy, sexual disorders and sexual confusion above the First Amendment.” – American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, via Twitter.

“President Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness.” – Family Research Council vice president Peter Sprigg, via press release.

Personally, I’ve had enough of these right-wing extremists.  And I’m really tired of them calling themselves Christians while they act like anything but!  They’re not the least bit worried about their freedom to worship as they please … they’re worried about their freedom to discriminate.  They are on the warpath and their sights are set on the LGBT community.  End of story.

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people.” – President Barack Obama

In another day and age, if they were holding a copy of the Quran instead of the Bible, the actions of the likes of Fischer and Sprigg might be considered treasonous or, quite possibly, terrorist.

Are Christians who oppose equality really Christians?  I think not.

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7 Comments
  1. My favorite thing these Christians say is “let’s leave it to the people”. The same people who used religious ideology to discriminate against Blacks in America…those people…no thanks!

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  2. Great post. You should check out the HBO documentary called the “Case against 8” which follows the legal team which defeated Proposition 8 in California taking the case all the way to the US Supreme Court. One of the interesting pieces is the co-lead attorneys were friends and adversaries in Supreme Court fights. Ted Olson, the conservative attorney, was vilified on Conservative Talk Radio for taking the case, but he said gay marriage rights should be a conservative belief. We are talking about two people devoted to each other, that want to enter marriage, raise a family and be a part of the community.

    You have heard me say before that when religion is inclusive it is at its best and when it excludes it is at its absolute worst. I detest bigotry from the pulpit as it is the worst form of leadership. I live within 60 miles of the minister who wants to put gays behind an electrified fence to let them die off. I also detest the bible being used as a weapon to divide and condemn. Gandhi’s quote is very relevant and applicable to far too many, who give good Christians a bad name.

    On the positive side, gay marriage is now constitutional in 19 states with 14 more pending after judge’s decisions which are awaiting appeals. The two quotes you included together make me proud our forefathers separated church and state. They got it right. Thanks for the post and sharing good news. BTG

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    • I watched the President sign the amendment this morning with tears in my eyes. The sincerity behind his words made me proud to be an American. Then I read what the likes of Fischer and Sprigg had to say and felt ashamed. These men, in my view, are politicians first, businessmen second and then, maybe, Christians.

      “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Shakespeare’s Hamlet

      Thanks for your always thoughtful comments.

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      • My pleasure. This is a proud day. Watch the documentary if you can. Their case was so strong, that five of the six expert witnesses for Proposition 8 backed out after deposition,. And, the one who testified agreed that same sex marriage would be helpful to their kids and has recanted his views in an Op-ed piece.

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  3. Isn’t it amazing just how hate-filled these supposed followers of Christ are? I mean, have they ever listened to either the words in the New Testament or the ones that come out of their mouths? I think not.

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  4. Hi, I’ve been a lurker around your blog for a few months.
    I love this article and your entire site! Looking forward to reading more!

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