An Open Letter to Anti-Gay “Christians”

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May 052015
 
This entry is part 21 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

Ron BaityUnfortunately, as gay people are less afraid to hide in a stifling closet, and are demanding that they be accorded the same rights as every other American, the heads of the leaders of the evangelical branch of the christian right are exploding. They are ratcheting up the rhetoric to a disturbing level, and some of their language is most certainly designed to evoke a violent response by unstable people who follow them. So, I’d like to drop them a note.

Dear Krazy Kristian Kooks:

You all have been consistently trying to claim that the right for equal treatment of LGBT people is not the same as the civil rights movement. You support this primarily by trying to claim the difference is that homosexuality is a choice and not an immutable characteristic. (An interesting position for you to take, given that you are protected based on their religious beliefs…but more on that in a minute.)

First, let’s just stop with the, “it’s a choice” meme. It’s not, and every reputable psychiatric and psychological organization says it’s not. The only people clinging to it are you so-called “christians.” The next time you want to use this argument, ask yourself this: “If it is a choice, that means I could wake up tomorrow morning, and simply decide to be gay/lesbian (whatever is appropriate) and be attracted to men/women. So that’s what I’m saying.” And, oh, by the way, when was it you DECIDED to be straight? Continue reading »

Bryan Fischer Wrong Again On Oregon Baker

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Sep 032013
 
This entry is part 13 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

The latest fabrication from the krazy kristian kooks is that a bakery in Oregon was “forced” to close because of gay marriage. If you read the stories cited by SPLC Designated Hate Group spokesperson, Brian Fischer, the bakery was forced out of business, and equally hateful and dishonest Matt Barber claims they were forced out of business by a “vicious boycott.”

According to a report by KOIN:

A bakery embroiled in controversy after an owner refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is closing up its Gresham storefront.

According to the “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” Facebook page, “This will be our last weekend at the shop; we are moving our business to an in-home bakery…”

On Aug. 14, Oregon’s state Bureau of Labor and Industries reported its investigation determining  if Sweet Cakes’ actions violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which states that people cannot be denied service based upon sexual orientation. The law provides an exemption for schools and religious groups, but not for private businesses, according to a BOLI news release.

You’ll notice a couple of things in the report by the regular local media. First off, the State agency only just began its investigation. The report clearly states that could take up to a year. So the State didn’t order the bakery closed, nor did it fine the business into bankruptcy.

The owners of the bakery chose to close their business. Their animus was so great that they would prefer to close up shop than give equal treatment under the law as it was written in Oregon’s civil rights law. Not really all that Christian, actually, but we’ve kind of come to expect that.

Gay marriage is against the law and the Constitution of the state of Oregon, so I fail to see how gay marriage is the issue here. As noted, what Oregon does have is a Civil Rights Law which says you can’t discriminate in regard to sexual orientation, which the bakery owners did.

Matt Barber and Bryan Fischer have both supported a broad range of boycotts over the years against businesses which support equality, yet they are opposed to LGBT people and their supporters boycotting businesses which actually refuse their business. It seems like they’d be glad we’re boycotting, since they don’t want to serve “our kind.” And I fail to see how a boycott can be “vicious.” Let’s see; I won’t come into your store and buy your stuff, and I will encourage my friends to shopping with you…yeah, sounds pretty ugly to me.

We always get this argument that “requiring” bakers, florists, photographers, etc. to provide their services equally somehow might infringe on the deeply held religious beliefs of krazy kristian kooks. They clearly don’t understand how the Constitution and society work…and they really don’t get their own holy text, the Bible…remember, it says to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. No one is infringing on their religious liberty. They are still able to hate the same people they have always hated for whatever religious reason they can come up with. They are still free to worship in any house of worship they choose, and they are still free to pray any prayer they’d like to whatever deity they choose.

One commenter has claimed the couple is being forced to celebrate something their religion forbids. They are not being forced to celebrate anything. Even if they are invited for the wedding, they don’t have to attend. They don’t have to be happy for the newly married couple, and they don’t have to send a wedding gift. They do have to offer their advertised services equally though.

I am really tired of the blatant false witness being presented by the likes of Fischer and Barber, and even more tired of the inflammatory rhetoric they use. I guess, though, if one makes one’s living off hate; one has to foment hate whenever possible. These are truly sad and small people, who give Christianity a bad name.

Back with My Thoughts on the Aurora Shooting

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Jul 232012
 

I haven’t been posting anything really in a long time. I’ve been writing so much for work, that even though there are lots of things I want to write about, I just haven’t been able to find the motivation. However, there are a couple of stories lately I would like to share some thoughts about, and one is the horrible event at the movie theater in Aurora, CO this past weekend.

Here is my primary thought. To everyone who was actually touched by this calamity, my prayers are with you and your families.

My second thought is, everyone else needs to just take a breath, and let’s bring some sanity to the discussion. We all want to know why. We want to understand how this person came to this place. We want to assign some motivation, some identifiable cause. We want to blame someone or something so it will look like we can control these situations. We want these answers because we want to be safe. We want to know how to identify this person in the future, or how to create circumstances where this can never happen again.

There are already those taking to the airwaves and the internets to blame Hollywood’s violent movies, gaming violence, guns — both the lack of regulations and the lack of a gun-toting savior, our mental health system, troubled youth, social media, normalization of gun violence, lack of prayer in schools, gays, abortions. I’ve heard criticism of parents who brought children to the movie premier, midnight openings, and once in a while, even some mention of the alleged shooter.

We search for meaning in madness, and don’t take the time to simply grieve. I understand that very basic human compulsion. But “why” will drive you crazy. Has everyone in the entire country forgotten what it’s like to be around a two-year-old, … Why? Because I said so. Why? Because I’m in charge. Why?….” Sometimes there’s just no good reason anyone can articulate for some of the things that happen in this world.

In my Sunday School class were doing a study from a book called The Psalms for Today by Beth LaNeel Tanner. Coincidentally, This past Sunday’s lesson was “Learning to Live Without Fear.” Appropriate for the time, no? This coming Sunday’s lesson is on Psalm 13, and the Chapter is titled, “Living In A Broken World.” The first five verses of the Psalm are, in the American Standard Version:

How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou forget me forever? How long wilt thou hide they face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Jehovah my God; Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Let mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; Lest mine adversaries rejoice when I am moved.

You see, even David didn’t have all the answers. Sometimes he cries out to God for some sign, for some deeper understanding. The Rabbi in Ecclesiastes often has the same response. They don’t understand why some things happen in this world, yet we desperately want those answers. However, the rhetoric we’re getting so far is not going to do anything to heal anyone, nor the nation, nor the world.

In her book, Dr. Tanner talks about how the Israelites often, for protection, carried a Psalm rolled into an  amulets. We Christians wear crosses and many wear St. Christopher necklaces. Dr. Tanner writes, “We have become a society where fear sells everything from the latest weather forecast to new cars. Much of our economy is fueled by tapping into our fears. If we own the right things, we can protect ourselves and our family from harm, and that will make us happy. We have replaced amulets with things that supposedly will keep us from harm and offer that ever elusive contentment.”

We have this overblown fear when things like this happen that is out of proportion to the real danger. It’s been noted that, while nothing takes anything away from terror and pure evil of this event, the 12 people killed here represent merely one-half of the total number of people killed by guns on an average day in the United States. John Mueller writes: “International terrorism generally kills a few hundred people a year worldwide—not much more, usually, than the number who drown yearly in bathtubs in the United States. Americans worry intensely about “another 9/11,” but if one of these were to occur every three months for the next five years, the chance of being killed in one of them is 0.02 percent. Astronomer Alan Harris has calculated that at present rates, the lifetime probability that a resident of the globe will die at the hands of international terrorists is 1 in 80,000, about the same likelihood that one would die over the same interval from the impact on the earth of an especially ill-directed asteroid or comet.”1

Let’s take a look at some of the rhetoric up to now. Not surprisingly, the krazy kristian kooks have taken to the internets will all sorts of bullshit. Continue reading »


  1. As quoted on American Broadcast Network’s 20/20, Feb. 23, 2007. John Mueller was commenting about his book Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them (New York: Free Press, 2006). These statistics apply to the world in general and not war zones such as Iraq. 

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