It recently came to my attention via the "Gender Equality" Facebook group that a church put up a billboard in North Carolina condemning the denial of rights and inequality to homosexuals in the "name of God". Here's the billboard:
If the answer to these two questions are "yes" and "no", Hemant says, there is nothing to get excited about here. But I think there's an additional issue worth considering. What follows is an edited version of a message I left on the Gender Equality group's page (posted here).
I don't want an apology from
them. They can not apologise for the actions of others; it doesn't work
like that. Even if the answers to Hemant's questions are "yes" and "no", respectively, they simply cannot apologise for something that they do not do. I see that their hearts are in approximately
the right place, but they're not proceeding as they should be. I want
them to fight against homophobic discrimination -- not apologise for it
when they don't even do it.
This is especially true if, as we are often encouraged by believers, we should not think of Christianity as monolithic. If Christianity isn't
monolithic, then this church cannot stand as a representative for other
Christians. If they cannot stand as accountable for the hate perpetuated
by others, then they cannot apologise for it either.
But, if they want to take action, there are some others things I'd like to see them doing.
I want them to voice in a public forum that specific other groups of
Christians are bad people. I want them to publicly attack other
denominations of Christians. To speak out against what is bad. They
haven't done that here, nor have they condemned the writer of Leviticus
or Paul of Tarsus for his writings in Romans. I want to see Christian commentators on television
stating explicitly that particular and specific denominations of
Christianity are to blame.
I want them to admit that their holy
text is full of immorality; that they are wilfully abandoning religious
tradition to give in to liberalised, secular morality in order to say
that there's nothing wrong with homosexuality. That, left only to their
own religion and without external cultural influences, they would have
believed the same sort of deranged stuff as the more conservative
Far too often, when good is done because of religion
it's said to be because of religion. And when bad is done, it's said to
be in the "name of religion". It has become tremendously politically
correct to avoid criticising religions and to attribute everything bad
that comes from religion to a distortion of the religious message. This
is a harmful and misleading asymmetry. I want an admission that it's not
a perversion of religion that causes harm, but specific religious