Sunday, November 3, 2013

Are Times Changing?

What Would Jesus Do?

My guess? Bitch slap the entire Westboro Baptist "church" nut jobs and then discredit the televangelist.

In 2010, a group of Christians from various churches attended the Gay Pride parade in Chicago. They had matching T-shirts, carried several signs and staked out prime parade watching positions. You have to figure, at least I do, going through this much hassle must come from a strong dedication to a cause.

Unfortunately they weren’t the only "dedicated" group to arrive. At least now the more controversial (oh lets just say crazy) groups can be legally contained in one area. (Similar to managing a communicable disease.)
Here is the unusual part of the story. About 30 church going folks, came together through the Marian Foundation to apologize for the treatment gay people have historically experienced at the hands of conservative religious groups. 

It wasn’t that these attendees had or had not personally engaged in reprehensible behavior. They wanted to present a difference between the Militant, non-reasonable, fringe elements and the more tolerant, Christ-like Christians.

What a thought!

From the Marian Foundation Blog:

 What I loved most about the day is when people “got it.” I loved watching people’s faces as they saw our shirts, read the signs, and looked back at us.

A gentleman who was dancing on a float, dressed solely in white underwear he noticed us and jokingly yelled, “What are you sorry for? It’s pride!” I pointed to our signs and watched him read them.

Then it clicked.

Then he got it.

He stopped dancing, and as the float passed us he jumped off of it and ran towards us. He hugged me and whispered, “thank you.”

I think a lot of people would stop at the whole “man in his underwear dancing” part. However, I think Jesus would have hugged him too.

What I saw and experienced at Pride 2010 was the beginning of reconciliation. It was in the shocked faces of gay men and women who did not ever think Christians would apologize to them.

I hugged a man in his underwear. And I am proud.

When you just can’t pray away the gay.

The American Psychiatric Association stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1975. (Obviously several fundamental churches failed to get that memo.) 

Even more stupidity followed by using Conversion Therapy to “convert” homos into heteros. Conversion Therapy uses aversive stimuli (electric shock and nausea-inducing drugs) coupled with homosexual images. This “therapy” did not eradicate sexual impulses. It did, however, universally increase depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Exodus International, an organization which promoted "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ," is shutting down after 37 years. The president, who once claimed he cured himself of homosexual thoughts, now admits he has, “on-going same sex attractions.” 

"Today it is as if I've just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church."

#Hell #Westboro #Gay #Religion

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