Oh no! "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" is back! The Orwellian-named "Alliance Defending Freedom" typically hosts the annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday in the fall, encouraging pastors around the country to openly violate IRS law by endorsing political candidates from the pulpit. This annual event, in which droves of pastors last fall participated, was one of the reasons the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the IRS for non-enforcement of its anti-electioneering policy by churches violating the law. Now as the nation awaits a decision on marriage equality by the Supreme Court, the ADF is calling for churches to devote their devotionals this Sunday, June 9, to gay bashing from the pulpit.
According to a post on the speakupmovement.org blog, a wing of the well-endowed, mischief-making ADF, the religious right group is asking pastors to preach about the biblical (read: bigoted) definition of marriage. The ADF wants pastors to "Make sure your congregation knows where the Church stands on marriage," i.e., "one man, one woman."
Perhaps these pastors will be reading from the fetching book of Leviticus, which calls homosexuality "an abomination" and demands their execution, "their blood shall be upon them" (Leviticus 20:13).
There's no reason to keep hating, as FFRF is saying in an ad appearing in Scientific American this month. We're debuting a new series of monthly ads, "Theocracy Alert." The timely topic for the debut ad is the religious war against marriage equality, in which we point out, "Polls show more Americans support than oppose same-sex marriage. Yet many religious groups would impose their dogmas on the rest of us."
Wouldn't it be nice if our nation could have a Sunday free from pulpits intruding into civil liberties?
In the early 1980s, when the fundamentalist xians really started gathering political power, SF writer Harlan Ellison was writing a TV criticism column in the LA FREE PRESS called "The Glass Teat." He referred to the loudmouths like Falwell and Robertson as "the religious WRONG." I think that's perfect.
I haven't seen this ad or any other like it, myself ... but then, I haven't subscribed to Scientific American in AGES. What I would like is to see that same ad in TIME, perhaps. A 30-second spot in the 10-pm hour on one or more major networks would also be a welcome event, especially if it were a regular occurrence.
The problem is that those who hate will continue to do so. Doubtless you've seen the news that the Southern Baptist Convention is pulling its support for the Boy Scouts, because of their decision to include gay youth, and proffer their own organization - the "Royal Ambassadors."
Personally, I think it's time to treat the SBC and other organizations like it as they deserve to be treated - AS BIGOTS. They deserve to be shamed for their behavior, and if their bible gets painted with the same brush, then so be it. If southern baptists want to be the boat anchor, holding society back from progress, then it's time that boat anchor was CUT.
Oh dear, for a minute I thought you were advocating not hating and resisting the dreadful bigotry of religious groups in so many areas of life, i.e. homophobia, domination of women, use of physical force to train children.
Just as a side note, We had to train rats in psych labs and we were instructed to use different methods, including reward, punishment, shaping, setting limits, and several other strategies. We learned we could not train a rat to do anything through punishment. Those rats who had that treatment turned out mean, aggressive, vicious. An aggressive rat is not a very nice critter with which to work.
Neither are children.
Back to homophobia, There is no cookie cutter DNA for male nor one for female. There are variations on both themes. What develops is not to be feared, unless he/she has been harmed by experience. Then that person develops a wound that may never heal.
D'OH! I forgot to add that the entire post about the ad in Scientific American was a news release from FFRF.
(Too many Senior Moments lately.)