More of God’s Love from Ron Baity of North Carolina

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Oct 162014
 
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This entry is part 7 of 30 in the series Daily Douche-Bag

Ron BaityWe LGBT people have lots of power. Have you all noticed that? We can bring about fires, floods, hurricanes, and even, according to Jerry Falwell, the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We, LGBT people, have managed to turn Uhmerika into a dictatorship ruled by a bunch of people in black robes. But I can still be fired for just being gay, in my workplace, a director called me a homo with no repercussions, and despite being together for 15 years, me and Lay still can’t get married here in Florida. Amazing.

Well, now it turns out, we are able to bring about Ebola. At least that’s what Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Raw Story tips us to his Sunday Sermon in which Baity says gay marriage is a sign of the end times.

“Listen, folks, it’s on,” he announced. “You might as well get ready for it. It’s on. It’s just a matter of time when they’re going to say to the churches… It’s just a matter of time before our constitution in our churches will be overturned like our state constitution just been overturned this week. I mean, it’s coming.”

Baity said that even after God flooded the Earth to stop homosexuality, people were “out of their habitation” in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“They were doing something that was not normal, they were doing something that was not natural, and as a result of that, like God judged this world with a flood, he judged Sodom and Gomorrah with fire!” the pastor exclaimed. “The most blasphemous thing I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry, I heard on the news last night, where rogue judges have gone against the will of the ministry and made America a country where there’s totalitarianism, where there are judges who have set themselves up as dictators to overthrow the will of the people! And they placed their sanction upon marriage that is out of the habitation of God’s creation!”

Don’t be surprised at the judgement of God.” “You think Ebola is bad now, just wait. If it’s not that, it’s going to be something else. My friends, I want you to understand, you can’t thumb your nose at God, and God turn his head away without God getting your attention.”

And he really got the vapors over actually seeing a gay marriage (if he really did):

Baity said that he also saw an official “place his blessing upon two men” by pronouncing them “husband and husband.” Baity noted that the official had taken it “one step farther” when he “blasphemed the God of heaven” by blessing the wedding.

“If you think for one skinny minute, God is going to stand idly by and allow this to go forward without repercussions, you better back up and rethink this situation,” he warned. “I want you to understand, that is raw, pure blasphemy.”

Now, none of this comes as any kind of big surprise, Baity’s always had his knickers in a wad over gay people (projection there Ron?). Back when Amendment One was up for vote in North Carolina in 2012 (because the Republicans needed to get people to the polls for something), Baity was head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, and referred to homosexuality as “a perverted lifestyle” in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted. “For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”

[callout]It should be noted that Tony Perkins has been a keynote speaker at meetings of white supremacist groups, started the Family Research Council with an illegally purchased mailing list of white supremacists from David Duke, and now heads an SPLC-designated hate group.[/callout]That year Baity also preached that LGBT people were like “maggots” and murderers, who were promoting “perversion” in schools. That same year, Tony Perkins personally awarded Baity the Family Research Council’s top “pro-family” award.

Well Ron, I’ve got some news for you, if I, as a LGBT person, really had all the power you claim I do, you can rest assured I would have overwritten the Constitution to make sure that people like you were locked up and receiving the mental health care you so obviously need. The point is, and I can’t state this strongly, your figurehead god of hate has no power here. My God of love and inclusion is the one in charge. You need to get on the right team.

Goodbye Solo – A Movie Review

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Oct 102009
 

goodbyesolo_smallposterOn the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, “Goodbye Solo” explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

Genres: Drama; Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.; Release Date: March 27th, 2009 (limited); MPAA Rating: R for language.

Starring: Souleymane Sy Savane, Diana Franco Galindo, Red West

Directed by: Ramin Bahrani

We picked this at Blockbuster. I never saw a trailer for it, so it was taking a risk. I liked the movie a lot, Lay not so much.

Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) is a Senegalese cabbie with a pretty good outlook on life. He seems to be always smiling. He meets William (Red West), who wants a ride 10 days from now from Winston-Salem to the top of a mountain to Blowing Rock. He doesn’t plan to return.

Solo takes it upon himself to save this man, and William is just as determined to ignore him and proceed with his mission.  This movie made me wish there were an Oscar for “Best Character.” My friends and I were very impressed with Solo–who was a seamless blend of great writing and amazing acting. This man can act with his eyes.

All the actors did a great job playing their parts.  Red West played his part with quiet subtlety. You are captivated watching the dance between the two over the 10 days.

There are no cute lines. The film is real. It is about how real humans interact and it takes place in a real place. I recognized a few of the scenes in Winston-Salem, and the director did a great job of using the old tobacco plants as a perfect setting to frame the story.

At the time all this is playing out, Solo is dealing with troubles on the home front, and working to get accepted into flight attendant school.

You’ll have to interpret the ending for yourself.

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For a number of years now, I’ve subscribed to Audible.com. This allows me to download one book and have one subscription program per month. These are a great way to pass time while on the road, especially on long trips.

The most recent book I’m “listening to” is David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames. It’s a collection of essays on the banalities of life. I was listening to one of his essays this past week during a drive to St. Pete, and it stirred up some wonderful memories about a place I lived during a difficult time.

In his essay, Sedaris talks about an experience he had living in a rooming house in Chapel Hill, NC when he was between attending school. He talked about the “character” of the place resulting from its age, and especially about the eccentric owner/landlady with whom he shared a fun relationship.

I seem to have a knack for finding apartments that have at least something “cool” going for them. Not too long after moving to Greensboro, I wound up sharing a really cute house with two other very interesting guys in a great neighborhood next to a park. The first time I lived in Tampa, I lived in a great old one-bedroom four-plex three houses up from Bayshore Blvd. right at the bay, and three blocks from a great little shopping/entertainment area. Even when I moved to Dayton I had a decent apartment with an exposed brick wall in an older complex where nearly every gay person in town had lived at one time or another. I even had some fun neighbors on one side.

GrayCourta But the apartment I think I will always remember with the fondest memories was Gray Court Apartments in Winston-Salem, NC. It was comprised of three very old three-story red brick buildings with 53 studio, one and two bedroom apartments situated right on the edge of downtown at the intersection of two main streets (5th and Broad). Although old enough to still have steam heat with radiators and no central air conditioning, the place had a waiting list. Despite its age, the buildings were well kept. The apartments were fairly large with the small closets of the 1940’s when the buildings were built, great hardwood floors, and 10′ ceilings.

There’s the old real estate saw about “location, location, location,” and Gray Court has it. Right behind the apartments was one of Winston-Salem’s neighborhoods of older restored homes. This was a very eclectic part of town, and I thoroughly enjoyed evening walks down through the neighborhood. looking out the front, one was looking into the southern edge of downtown, and it was about one-third of a block to the large Methodist Church I attended (modeled on Duke Chapel).

One block southwest brought you to a five-way intersection with a little restaurant district. There was a great inexpensive diner, a nice bar with an outside patio, and an upscale restaurant. And just a few steps down the fifth street was the main gay bar in Winston-Salem.

The owner of the apartments lived in one of the apartments, and it was maintained by Harold, the maintenance man. Harold was a great guy, and I quickly figured out that your place on the waiting list had more to do with what Harold thought of you than when you applied. Armed with a recommendation from a friend already living there, I met with Harold and turned on all the southern charm I could muster, which is no small amount.

Even with Harold reminding me of the waiting list, I got a call just two days later. They just happened to have both a one and a two bedroom apartment available. Now this was around 1992, so things were certainly less expensive, but I was able to splurge and get a very large two-bedroom apartment for $225 a month on the second floor front of the center building on the left. Even in 1992, that was unheard of.

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