Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Holy Black Bigots

I had thought to leave this post out of my stream of political thoughts that festered while I was up in northern california and off-the-net. But it strikes me that while it is completely understandable why whites should never use the N word, by the same logic it is completely appropriate for me, a white indo-european man to call black ministers to task for their bigotry.

I speak, of course, of the reaction from the pulpits of black churches throughout the land after the president came out in favor of gay marriage. They dare wave their good book in the air and cry out that their lord was against gay marriage. Do they really need reminding of what this same book says about another topic close to their soul.

 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.  (Ephesians 6:5)

Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.  If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful.  You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts.  (1 Timothy 6:1-2)

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21)

Let me be as clear as I can be. Any minister, priest, rabbi or preacher who stands up in front of a congregation and opposes gay rights is a bigot. No exceptions, no excuses. Yes, you are entitled to your personal opinion as a free citizen, but according to your own professed belief system - you are acting as a conduit for the voice of god. By your words you are suggesting that your deity is a small-minded, fearful, jealous bigot.

To my religious church-attending friends. Did a minister express such bigotry in your house of worship? Did you stand and walk out? Too much? Well then did you call the minister, did you express your outrage? or did you let the bigotry go unchallenged. 

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