Monday, February 23, 2009

Preaching Hate

Right-wing evangelical groups called on church leaders across North Carolina to denounce marriage equality from their pulpits this past Sunday. Don't they have better things to do like help parishioners who have lost their jobs or make sure food pantries are stocked? I don't get it.

What I really don't get is why gay marriage is such a visceral threat to them. Where is the evidence anywhere that gay marriage harms anyone? And why are social conservatives who don't believe that government should interfere in private life so willing to compromise their own principles? Not to mention that during this time of economic meltdown, they're more than willing to make North Carolina spend upwards of $3 million to implement a marriage amendment. Just think of what we could do with $3 million to help people right now!

This doesn't even count the estimated $2-3 million we'd be forced to raise trying to fight off an amendment. The fact is, we could raise $5 million and it still wouldn't be enough ($43 million wasn't enough in California). The fact is, you can't vote on people's inalienable human rights. You can't legislate hate and you certainly shouldn't preach it.

I just find it absolutely chilling that I might drive by a church this Sunday where all God's children are equal except those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

-Kay Flaminio

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