‘Hating the sin but loving the sinner’ preacher to step down?

Surprise! What have we been saying about homophobia? Most of those Elmer Gantry preachers “who hate the sin but love the sinner” and have so influenced our political leaders with their piety to keep homophobic policies in place end up getting caught in their own web of “Do as I say, not as I do!” hypocrisy. Oh, what a terrible shock (snark…). Actually, it has been noted Bishop Eddie hated the sinner, as well, and mark my words that Long’s homophobic hateful message still resonates with many of his followers and politicians willing to utilize it to rationalize the, decidely un-Christian, continued oppression of our LGBT community:

“The problem today and the reason why society is like it is, is because men are being feminized and women are becoming masculine,” Long says. He then rejects the notion that homosexual orientation can’t be changed. “You can not say, ‘I was born this way’… I don’t care what scientists say, If you say you were born this way, then you’re saying, ‘God, you’re a liar! And I see this thing down here but I’m going to ignore it!’ ”

Much of Long’s sermon is devoted to the theme of proper gender roles. “It is the most unattractive thing I have ever seen, when I see women wearing uniforms that men would wear, and women fighting to get in the military!”

Long later mocks lesbians and female self-gratification. “So the woman gets converted, or perverted, to turn towards woman. Why would she turn toward woman? Because, she’ll turn toward woman because woman is acting like man.”

Oh, and his quote that “everyone knows it is dangerous to enter an exit!” just brings the house down.

It is now being reported Bishop Eddie Long has another accuser the plaintiff’s attorney has added to the list. Only four, Bishop?

Please check out Pam’s House Blend for more hilarity regarding the media allowing fellow arrogant hypocrite Ted Haggard to weigh in on this scandal. I’m still amazed Haggard is paid by the media to provide his two cents! What does that man have to offer except empty platitudes and possibly moaning about the horrible mistreatment he has suffered by the truth being exposed?

Oh, and this is another one of those “Teachable Moments” for Team Obama and their willingness to place the advice and profound spiritual guidance of intolerant Talibangelicals above our civil rights. Did the Obama Admin ever stop to question what truly motivates their Evangelical friends to continue to oppress us? It most certainly adds new meaning to “hating the sin and loving the sinner” on so MANY levels.

How many accusers does it take for the homophobic Bishop Eddie Long to finally step down?




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Anne Rice quits Christianity, but not Christ

Anne Rice

I have been a fan of author Anne Rice for years. I read her books — the vampire books, the Witching Hour series — over and over. And one of the personal highlights of my 28 years as a journalist was getting the opportunity to interview some years ago.

Then I found out that her son, Christopher Rice — a successful author in his own right — was gay, and that she supported him completely. And I loved her even more.

Then a few years ago, I heard that Anne Rice, who had been an atheist, had found God and become a Christian convert. I couldn’t help but wonder: How would her conversion  affect her relationship with her son? Would she continue to support and love him as always? Would she take the “love the sinner, hate the sin” approach? Would she insist he be “cured” of homosexuality? Would she turn her back on him completely.

I also wondered how her conversion would affect her stance on LGBT rights overall and if we were losing an ally.

Well, as it turned out, Anne Rice didn’t think converting to Christianity meant becoming anti-gay. Unfortunately, “Christianity” didn’t agree.

So this week, on Wednesday, July 28, Anne Rice posted a notice on her Facebook page declaring she has “quit Christianity.”

Here’s what she said: “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

And there was more. She also said, “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

So, I knew there was a reason I am an Anne Rice fan! I don’t think I have ever heard anyone give a better explanation of the difference between following Christ and being “a Christian.”

Read Karen Ocamb’s blog about Ann Rice’s announcement here. It includes a statement from Christoper Rice as well. Here’s what he had to say:

“For ten years I watched my mother bravely attempt to engage the hostile fundamentalist forces that dominate the leadership of almost every popular Christian denomination. She was met, in most instances with an iron wall of derision and scorn. Her departure from organized religion is a testament to the moral rot that exists at the politcized core of most church leadership. Throughout it all, her love and support of me as a gay man has never wavered and I love her just as much today as I did when she considered herself a member of the Catholic church.”

Oh, and here is the link to Christopher Rice’s Facebook page, just for good measure.

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