The Culture Wars of America continues to ebb and flow ranging from the obsurd to the outrageous, all focused on saving civilization from the alleged gay agenda. Daily I'm amazed at the varying levels of misinformation, outlandish premises, rhetoric, verbage and dogma that's being hurled across the bow of the rainbow community both locally and nationally. As we monitor our state lawmakers repsonse to current pending legislation, it is also important to keep examining the tactics and methods of those who have this "pile on" and "us vs. them" mentality. Letter writing, phone calls and visits are excellent lobbying efforts however, dealing with individuals of this mindset is going to take all that can be mustered and then some. Is there hate in the air...read on.
Equality Forum responds to Dr. Albert Mohler
Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Seminary – one of the world’s largest seminaries and the flagship school of the South Baptist Convention recently stated on his blog that when the science is available, evangelicals should unapologetically support invading a fetus to alter its sexual orientation .
TIME magazine called Dr. Mohler the "reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S." Dr. Mohler has appeared frequently on Larry King Live and O’Reilly Factor, among other nationally televised shows.
Equality Forum issued a press release (view) calling Dr. Mohler’s statements reminiscent of the Nazis and reflect a theocratic and Taliban-like plan that should frighten all Americans.
While science to alter genes is not presently available, it is expected that the capability could exist within ten years.
Interestingly, Dr. Mohler tacitly acknowledges the likelihood that genetics influences sexual orientation. Many evangelicals consider an individual’s genetic code to be divinely inspired.
The intersection of religion and GLBT civil rights has been an issue that Equality Forum has a longstanding interest. At Equality Forum 2007, we will hold the 10th annual National Religious Colloquy with leaders from Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism plus Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. The topic is Responding to Anti-Gay Fundamentalism.
Haggard Aplenty: The fallout of Ted Haggard's fall from grace and into the crotch of Mike Jones just keeps getting creepier and deliciously salacious at it's best. Of course we've talked about the imfamous, love nest/massage table that was alledgedly fetching significant bids from those who desire this type of artifact, however, after getting a little suspicious I decided to fact check it. I am a serious E-bayer and had no problem locating the table, which is holding steady at a mere, $100.00. If you are interested in this little piece of history,it's still available for the next 4 days under the title, Haggard/Jones massage table. Also, the Ex-Gay Haggard can be seen, of all things, boasting about how many times evangelicals get their groove on daily and"banging the wife ability," in a new HBO Documentary, Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi. Haggard is the picuture of semen filled glee as he and cohorts talks about making the women folk climax each and every time. If his psychology classess don't work out, he and his wife could do a reality series called, You, Me and He. Can you imagine the ratings.
Elton John Concert Unwanted: The Annual Trinidad Music Festival has been confronted by local clergy who have expressed there disapproval of music icon, Elton John's participation in the festival. The elders have stated that Mr. John's lifestyle and subsequent marriage to his partner are not accepatable on the island where homosexuality is unlawful. Festival organizers have reported that the show will go on as scheduled despite their concerns or possible protest at the venue.
Candidate Huckster: Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee and self described "son of the South," has made his views explicitedly known concerning gay marriage and being foster parents. On marriage he articulated his position by saying that the constitutional amendment, which he supported and signed into law, was needed to stiffle those who want to rewrite what he considered to be the nation's social code. Add to this, his comments concerning the 2006 Arkansas Supreme Court Foster Care decision continues speaks loud and clear about his anti-gay position. He said then, " I am very disappointed that the court seems more interested in what's good for gay couples than what's good for children needing foster care." Could anyone consider this guy as a serious leader of the free world?
Arkansas Evangelical Rant: In case you missed it, there is a sinister movement that is lurking in the hills of Northwest Arkansas and has been exposed by Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd, spritiual leader of mega churches, First Baptist Church of Springdale and The Church of Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. Dr. Floyd has penned, The Gay Agenda - It's Dividing: The Family, The Church and a Nation as a guide book to keep fueling ignorance and hate. Available in christian bookstores everywhere this 156 pages of scuttlebutt is a play by play tirade to those of his ilk, complete with bible verses, unsubstantiated methodology and warnings about "them gay and lesbian folks looking for the youngins." According to a 2003 sermon he pronounces, "it appears now that everywhere you look, everything you read and everything you hear is about the gay lifestyle. Satan has taken his tool of homosexuality, a gross and evil sin, and done a con job on the American Culture, making it seem like all is okay when you are gay..." To illustrate the carnage, Dr. Floyd has a gay hit list of TV shows created and supported by the liberal media, such as Queer As Folk, West Wing, Will & Grace and Queer Eye. However, he stated that he has never seen any these productions or ever will. All of this venom and pro-family hate in the name of love thy neighbor. Ouch!
From the "Yeah I said it" files: This is a quote from his God vs. Gays sermon in reference to gay sex.
"That's why you can't walk right when you doin that stuff. You hurtin cause, it ain't natural..."
Bishop Paul S. Morton
Greater Saint Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church
Plan on attending the Business After Hours networking opportunity, April 12, 2007, at Sidetracks, 512 Main Street, need more info, just say so!!