Saturday, January 24, 2009

CYNICISM OF THE NEW LIFE CHURCH AND TED HAGGARD

"It wasn't at all a settlement to make him be quiet or not tell his story," [Brady] Boyd [Senior Pastor of New Life Church] said. "Our desire was to help him. Here was a young man who wanted to get on with his life. We considered it more compassionate assistance — certainly not hush money. I know what's what everyone will want to say because that's the most salacious thing to say, but that's not at all what it was."....

Boyd said the church will not take action against the man if he tells his story in the press.
"We have legal standing to do that, but not the desire to," he said.


[For the full article, see here.]

Once one realizes that the dynamics of many churches mimic the same dynamics of any other group of people who are not Christians, increasing numbers of people will stop listening to lies, hate, and distortions that emanate from all too many pulpits throughout the world.

If we have difficulty believing that this payoff wasn't hush money, despite the Pastor's statement to the contrary, why would anyone believe their lies about the lives of Gay people and what the Bible says about Gay people"?

Hear John Lewis, a hero of the African American civil rights struggle:

“I have fought too hard and for too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation. I’ve heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred and intolerance I have known in racism and in bigotry.”

[For the full article, see here.]

We can count on the fact that sometime in the future, those who are alive will look back on this shameful history of discrimination and oppression against LGBT people by Heterosexist Supremacists much as we now do against White Supremacists, and will see most of the institutional Church as being irrelevant and downright dangerous in its participation and encouragement of both of these horrific betrayals of the teachings of Jesus!
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2 comments:

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Dear Jerry,

Thanks for all that you do to enlighten (and expose us to reality)...I´ve borrowed a bit of todays posting for my Blog Description Headline...there is a link back to here...I hope it´s ok.

Best always,
Len

Jerry Maneker said...

Dear Leonardo: Thank you so much for your very kind words and sentiments. I'm very appreciative! Of course it's ok to link back to my site, and please feel free to use any of my writings, if any of them can be of any help, in any way that you feel best. My very best wishes, Jerry.