USC staffer praying over LGBT tomes; and no, not because she thinks they should be in e-book form instead

Even if you disagree with the cause, it’s usually easy to see why social conservatives involve themselves in certain LGBT issues. Typically it’s because they think that marriage, the army, their own church, their talking point machines, fundraising efforts, smug heterosexism, etc., are under some sort of direct threat, and therefore they see a need to step in and run defense. It can be annoying, frustrating, *facepalm*-inducing, and oftentimes even deeply offensive. But at least the “why” is generally apparent, as far as that goes.

But other times, the involvement constitutes undeniable meddling in matters that are of absolutely no concern to the “pro-family” life. As is the case over at the the University of Southern California, where the school’s library is receiving a large shipment of archival books, films, and magazines all about LGBT history. Now, even for those who don’t have a need in their heart (or country) for LGBT lives and loves, the history of the people and the movement is obviously a concrete thing. And in fact, LGBT history also includes anti-LGBT history, something that has come to define the religious right over the past few decades. So it’s no surprise that an educational library, the place where a plethora of information is something that is kinda, sorta valued, would see it in their interest to collate and house these resources. No controversy warranted.

At least it shouldn’t be a surprise or a controversy:

Sarah Dean, a Christian who is on staff at USC, is encouraging students and parents to pray rather than react to the donation with hatred against homosexuals.

“I would hope parents would react in prayer and students would react in prayer, and just that they would be aware of it,” she notes.

As a member of Campus Crusade for Christ at USC, Dean shares that she has seen the issue of homosexuality become more prevalent on campus. She believes Christians should care for and understand the pain that many homosexuals have experienced in their lives.

“The way that we’re going to get at the heart of the matter is through love and discussing it…that way,” she contends.

Dean feels that Christians should offer hope through Jesus to homosexuals who are looking for freedom.

LGBT donation more reason to pray, love [One News Now]

Hey, here’s an idea: Why not react in intellectual respect, or at the very least, tolerance? Don’t care to read the materials? Then don’t visit the LGBT archives, the same way many evangelicals 201010151415surely eschew the works of Christopher Hitchens or Sam Harris, ore that one-off edition of Curious George where the title monkey starts asking too many questions about evolution. Why must every little thing be seen as opportunity to pray for the socio-political adversary?! Especially on a college, where knowledge and the quest thereof deserves an even more heightened premium?

It’s situations like this that have alienated so many people from the evangelical church, as well as opened so many others’ eyes about the true goals of the organized “pro-family” movement. It’s a generalization to say that theirs is an anti-“live and let live” force. But generalizations are formed based on demonstrated efforts — and far too many “pro-family” efforts seek to save the soul of anyone who so much as laughs at Cam’s “Modern Family” antics without following it up with a “…sinner!” protestation.

Good As You

—  John Wright

Local gay veteran offers $500 for meeting with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to discuss DADT

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, apparently doesn’t give a damn what her constituents think about repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.”

Dave Guy-Gainer, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who lives in Tarrant County, is offering $500 in cold hard cash to anyone who can set up a face-to-face meeting for him — pronto — with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Gainer, a board member for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network who made the offer Monday morning, wants to speak with Hutchison about the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell,” which — God willing — will be voted on by the full Senate later this month. Hutchison has indicated she plans to vote against DADT repeal. But Gainer lamented that she’s seemingly made up her mind without ever even discussing the issue with constituents like himself who support repeal:

“Despite many attempts over the years, we have never been able to discuss the issue with her face to face,” Gainer wrote to Instant Tea. “During SLDN Lobby Day last spring, we had a meeting arranged with a DC staffer. Myself, three other constituents and a retired Army Major General arrived at the appointed time. The staffer was not there. After a two hour wait in her lobby, we were told that ‘oh, we forgot you were here.’ Other Texans have attempted to meet with her and have met with a brick wall as well. In my one voter opinion, I am not represented by a Senator who refuses to even hear what a constituent has to say about a topic as impacting as is DADT. I am certain of her vote against repeal. That is, unless she chooses to have discourse with constituents who  might convince her that repeal is warranted.

“My $500 bounty stands,” Gainer added, “but I doubt that I’ll ever have to award it.”

—  John Wright