Organized Religion and some within the Catholic Church are the most vocal opponents to real equality for gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and queer folks. Yet they should have no credibility at all. So Dan puts it out there- he is done being lectured… as we all should be. Savage doesn’t attack Faith or believe, rather he identifies and shines a light on the hypocrisy of humans.
American Theocracy: Analyzing the Religious Right
Our work is to elect individuals who will work for everyone in Pennsylvania without bias for favoring one minority position. Our work is to make our voices heard to our currently elected officials. They need to hear from us- personal letters, phone calls, and meetings. Our work is to be engaged, because it will take all of us to create a better Pennsylvania.
Progressives in Pennsylvania seek a stronger presence in government but seem to fail to go after the real enemies of progressive causes here. Let’s be clear about what Religious Extremism looks like. If you mention Sharia Law, it is easy to find most people get nervous, and many conservatives have gone so far as to try and outlaw Sharia Law here in the US, but in reality, what Metcalfe is suggesting is the Christian equivalent to Sharia Law.
At the heart of the battle is a religious battle for the soul or souls of America. It is the religious war we didn’t ask for, yet find ourselves fighting. For conservative Theocrats, marriage is the hill upon which they will die,
It isn’t an uncommon approach for change. With any oppressive organization or entity, some promote change from the outside and some work for change from the inside. But it is challenging to see how any gay, lesbian, bi, or trans person can see a place for themselves within the GOPRead More
Gagnon’s name surfaced yet again in a Google alert for “Homosexual.” The linked post is the start of a review of something Gagnon wrote which is supposed to be a secular justification against homosexuality. What does the Biblical Scholar have to bring to a secular argument to oppose gay people? And as I read, not only the commentary of Gagnon’s writing, but Gagnon’s text itself, that nagging question returned. Is Robert Gagnon gay?
I simply want to highlight the shift in Far Right efforts to protect beliefs rather than protecting the exercise of religion, and the ramifications it can have towards creating the ability to legally segregate and discriminate.
The best defense against these extremist zealots, is to continue to broaden cultural support for acceptance of all LGBT persons. The more acceptance and respect are the cultural norm, then the more the extremists are at the fringe and less comfortable acting out in illegal and dangerous ways.
But the Religious Fundamentalists are not a joke, and the LGBTQ community needs to consider seriously what their opposition may mean for us. It should not slow us down as we seek full equality, but we recognize the lengths they will go to to stop us from having fairness and equality.
The “fundamental principle” that Civil Rights leaders fought for is quite simple. No one group of individuals has a right to decide to discriminate against another identifiable group simply because they don’t approve or like that other group.