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Monday, January 29, 2007

O, They Will Know We Are Christians By Our…

posted by on January 29 at 16:32 PM

…warm welcome?

Wait—that’s not how these posts are supposed to work! These posts are supposed to draw attention to the hypocrisy of American fundies and evangelicals. They so often say one thing (“Love thy neighbor…”) while doing another (attacking their neighbors) that these posts practically write themselves.

I guess we have to add inconsistency to their long list of sins. Because Mike Jones showed up at New Life Church this weekend—Jones is the male escort that outed Ted “Meth & Cock” Haggard, New Life’s disgraced founding pastor—and the New Lifers were nice to Jones!

The former male prostitute whose accusations against New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to Haggard’s dismissal as pastor visited the megachurch Sunday. Mike Jones, who has a forthcoming book, told The Denver Post that several people shook his hand and told him, “God bless you.”…

Associate pastor Rob Brendle saw Jones in the foyer.

“I told Mike, ‘I don’t want to impose my religious beliefs on you, but I believe God used you to correct us, and I appreciate that,’” Brendle said. “The church’s response to him was overwhelmingly warm.”

It’s great news that Rob Brendle and the rest of the New Lifers don’t want to impose their religious beliefs on Jones or anyone else. Which means that New Life is, I presume, about to come out in support of full civil equality for gays and lesbians—including civil marriage rights. If they’re not, then Rob Brendle is a lying sack of shit and this “O, They Will Know We Are Christians By Our…” post is drawing attention to lies and hypocrisy after all.

Because when religious conservatives use strictly religious arguments in their fight to ban full marriage equality for gays and lesbians—something they’ve done with great success, in Colorado and elsewhere—they are imposing their religious beliefs on others. That Rob Brendle’s God frowns on same-sex marriage is a great reason for Rob Brendle to refrain from marrying a dude and getting his saved-for-marriage ass plowed on his Key West honeymoon.

But the low opinion of Brendle’s God is not a legitimate reason to bar me or Mike Jones from marrying a dude.

And what of religions that bless same-sex unions? What of their free practice of religion? I’m actually surprised that the Unitarians haven’t already filed a lawsuit arguing that a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally interferes with their right to practice their religion. Come on, Units!

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Posted by Jake of | January 29, 2007 4:38 PM

Fundis have the general problem with the assumption that America was once exclusively a Judeo-Christian culture (somewhere around the time of the Jamestown Settlement, wasn't it?) and then jumping to the false conclusion that because there was once a prominent Judeo-Christian culture it means the USA is, in 2007, a "biblical/bible-based" culture. Any college grad worth their degree is able to parse out and can seperate out the sublty between a "bible-based culture" and a Judeo-Christian based society.

Posted by Phenics | January 29, 2007 4:49 PM

I'm sure the Unitarians are all for filing a lawsuit, but it's got to make it past 3 committees before going to the regional board, and then the general conference....

I love my church, but we get caught up in talking an awful lot.

Posted by Jessica | January 29, 2007 5:28 PM

Than what do we have? A nation of stupid people who refuse to look facts in the face and who constantly go lalalaat whatever could disprove their mad, bigoted little fantasies?

Oh wait.

Posted by tob | January 29, 2007 5:31 PM

So if it's only bad when a man lays with a man like he would a woman, does that mean only the tops are doomed, or did they have pegging back then?

What about blowjobs and handjobs? What if you aren't "laying" while having sex? How do the bisexuals fit into this?

So many questions. I wish the Bible weren't so literal....

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 29, 2007 7:46 PM

lol, Catalina

Posted by Megan | January 29, 2007 8:14 PM

The Units are not the only sect blessing same sex marriage. There are Jewish sects, Buddhist sects, pagan sects, Wiccans, as well as other protestant sects that are going forth with blessing marriage for all. I've long argued that this should be fought as an issue of one religion seeking provenance under the law over other religions. That is unconstitutional.

Posted by B.D. | January 29, 2007 9:35 PM

NIce to Jones? Read that over again, because it sure seems like a back-handed compliment to me...

"Thank you so much, Mr. Jones, because of you, we were able to oust a filthy homosexual from our midst; and to think, he was in our inner chambers!"

They are happy because Mike Jones outed another homosexual whom they could then exclude from their church.

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