May 22, 2009

An Important Lesson In Christian Love From an Athiest

I don't often go to the blog "Friendly Athiest" for what I hope are obvious reasons, but when someone is right, they're right and thanks to the link from PageOneQ I saw a powerful lesson from Hermant Mehta on the blatant hypocrisy of the Religious Right:

The Religious Right keeps saying gay-rights activists are “redefining marriage”:

Changing the definition of marriage would undermine the very nature that
gives marriage its unique status in society. Ultimately, forcing marriage to
mean all things will force marriage to mean nothing at all. (The Heritage

The same group of people also goes on about how God loves gay people:

God loves homosexuals. He loves them just as he loves every other human on the planet.

People living a homosexual lifestyle are sinners like the rest of us and, like the rest of us, they are people created by God and loved by God. As such, we are called to love in whatever sinful state we happen to find them.

I say this to the religious people who oppose marriage equality:

You think we’re redefining marriage?

How can you accuse us of that when you’ve done something far worse?

You redefined love.

“Love the sinner, hate the sin”? Please…

For you, “love” means making sure gay people cannot adopt a child who needs a home.

For you, “love” means stripping away the marital status of gay couples who were legally married in California before Proposition 8 took effect.

For you, “love” means accepting someone only if they never act on their sexuality.

For you, “love” means putting our country at risk if gay people in our military dare mention they are in a same-sex relationship.

For you, “love” means allowing doctors to refuse patients who need their help because the patients are gay.

For you, “love” means preventing homosexuals from serving in leadership positions for organizations like the Boy Scouts because you oppose their sexual orientation.

For you, “love” means telling someone else what they can and cannot do in the privacy of their bedroom.

For you, “love” means removing your children from school for a day so they can’t witness other students taking a stand for LGBT rights.

I know we’ve heard the rebuttal to this notion of “redefining marriage”
— marriage has been redefined a countless number of times. From a property
arrangement to a love marriage to interracial marriage, etc. The definition of
marriage has never been static.

But how dare Christians make that accusation: You’re redefining marriage.

They say it like we’ve done something wrong.

How dare you belittle us for trying to promote equality and marriage and civil rights?
You’re Christians. Aren’t those values you’re supposed to endorse?

We are not trying to change how your church operates or how you practice your faith. We’re not telling you how to live your life. We’re not forcing you to adopt our beliefs.

Who is showing more love here?
Wow! When Chistians can get schooled on the basics of their faith by an athiest, it's time to take a good long look in the mirror, drop on your knees, and ask the Lord to teach us how He would love.

You can bet it wouldn't resemble anything like what was described here.

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