Crush the Other Cheek

Christianity is going through another pitched battle for its soul.  On the one side you have hate, ignorance, and violence.  Tired Of This:

A verse from Rufus Wainwright’s song, “Going to a Town” (the song that gave this blog its title) has been repeating in my head all day after reading the story at Pam’s House Blend about the anti-gay self-proclaimed Christians protesting at the Seven Straight Nights candle-light vigil organized by Soulforce and Atticus Circle.

Tell me

Do you really think you go to hell for having loved?

“Jon and Dawn Kennedy were two of those people at the celebration. Their brother, Sean Kennedy, died May 16, 2007 in Greenville, S.C., after being struck by a man who reportedly called Sean a faggot before striking Sean with such force that it crushed the bones in his face. Sean died from the one fatal blow.

Sean’s mother was present at Seven Straight Nights and was one of the event’s several speakers, including Faith In America Executive Director Jimmy Creech.

When Sean’s brother and sister politely told the leader of the anti-gay protesters that their brother was killed and that their hateful speech promotes violence toward gay and lesbian people, the protester flatly and unemotionally told Jon and Dawn Kennedy that their brother “was burning in hell right now.”

Tell me

Via Dave at Orcinus, this violent take on Christianity is on the rise:

The crude irony in all this, of course, is that the Watchmen on the Walls themselves are associated with a wide range of violent gay-bashing embodied by street thuggery and hate crimes, which reminds a lot of people of the Brownshirts who paved the way for Nazi rule in Germany, as well as Italy’s Blackshirted squadristi. Even more disturbingly, they — and conferences like the one in Lynnwood — represent a coalescence of American fundamentalist Christians and international street thugs motivated by a theocratic thirst for power.

Pastor Joseph Fuiten — who in the past has argued that non-Christians should be considered illegal aliens — who in addressing the audience Saturday chose mostly to complain about coverage of the Watchmen and claim that they’re just benign Christians standing up for decency

This is patently false.  These are Christians standing up for hate and violence, and we in the world community need to stand against what they preach.

There is nothing redeeming about an outpouring of hate for gay people.  This is not religion.  It is virulent and abusive.  It is the soul of the very worst humanity has to offer, the separation into groups of “others” we can safely hate and hurt.

Lively isn’t the only Watchmen leader to call it a “war.” So has the Rev. Ken Hutcherson, the Kirkland-area pastor who was Saturday’s second speaker. In January, he told the Seattle Times, “We better wake up. This is a war.”

The rhetoric, however, is not merely relegated to a combat mentality, but in fact is overtly eliminationist. One of Hutcherson’s cohorts, quoted in the same Seattle Times piece, compares them to a disease

This false Christianity is a lie, and should be revealed for the ugly beast it is at every opportunity.  The fundamentalists want a war, and they have gone to great lengths to start it.  We can be the ones to stop it with uncompromising logic and limitless compassion.


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  1. And prayer.

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