As you know, I try to avoid controversy on my blog. I find it distasteful and distracting to my mission.
Okay. I’ll give you a moment while you have a chuckle over that notion.
This week has been a stellar week in Christendom. Within 48 hours, a much beloved humanitarian organization went from openly affirming marriage equality and hiring those in same-sex marriages, to caving to the pressure of venomous emails/tweets/blog posts, as well the loss of millions of dollars in financial support, and reversing their decision. While they still affirm God’s everlasting love for everyone, be they lesbian, gay, straight, transgendered, bisexual, or queer, they stated that their choice to reverse their decision on hiring people in same-sex marriages was a matter of abiding by biblical principles. I suspect the backlash from the fundamentalists, who gladly put their moral superiority over the need to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, weighed heavily on their decision as well.
While on Twitter earlier tonight, I saw many a tweet from people rejoicing that World Vision had reversed the decision and fallen back into alignment with God’s principles. To place the importance of heavily debatable doctrine over the importance of human lives and dignity is falling well outside what I perceive to be God’s principles. Jesus said that our greatest commandment was love…love for God, and love for our neighbors. Nowhere did he state that our job was to present ourselves to the world as morally superior, particularly when that superiority comes at the expense of the approximately 5,000 children who lost sponsors due to intolerance toward homosexuals.
So, this is my challenge to the fundamentalists rejoicing that their efforts caused the reversal of World Vision’s incredibly loving decision to hire those in same-sex marriages: Could you please present to the world, using the comments section on this blog post, a concise, sound argument for how homosexuality is a threat to your heterosexuality and your family? I don’t want to hear scripture. You can quote scripture day and night, and it is not an argument, it is merely a smokescreen to hide the fact that, outside of your dogma, you have no sound argument. I am serious, though. Please tell us how the fact that some people are attracted to those of the same gender and would like to be treated as citizens with the same rights and protections as heterosexuals are a threat to you. I am asking because I keep hearing that affirming homosexuals and giving them equality is somehow going to erode the “traditional” family. Please explain how that happens. I have yet to see any corroborating evidence for that claim. I hear a lot of bloviating about protecting the “traditional” family, but it’s all noise. There have been no facts presented, no evidence that a reasonable person would consider sound, nothing given to prove your point beyond a reasonable doubt. Hell, you can’t even claim to have presented a preponderance of evidence for your case. So, please, enlighten us, fundamentalists. Tell us how homosexuals are a threat to you to such a degree that not only must you deny them equality, but you must boycott corporations and organizations who make an effort to be affirming and inclusive. I would LOVE to read what you have to say about this.
For those of you who have the blessed ignorance of not knowing what this is all about, please read up on it here.
Addendum: For the purposes of this blog en total, there is no “gay marriage,” there are no “gay families,” and I have no “gay friends/family.” There is marriage. There are families. I have friends and family. Just to clarify. :)