Good Read: Anti-Gay Worship, Pastor Worley and the Limits of Religious Free Speech

Anti-Gay Worship, Pastor Worley and the Limits of Religious Free Speech

May 30, 2012 By Christian Piatt 5 Comments

Words have gravity, and in certain contexts, the words we choose and employ have more weight than in others. I’m definitely sensitive to that when I see the traffic numbers on my blog. It’s a public forum, and literally anyone can see what I’ve said.

The church pulpit is an equally heavy responsibility when it comes to the gravity of the words we choose. However, we sometimes become a little bit too comfortable in our familiar surroundings. Even if and when there is a camera present, it’s easy to lapse into the false sense that we’re speaking in confidence to close friends.

I saw such an example of this in a video from offered on the Huffington Post religion page, in which a small child offered a song in his church called “Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven,” which was met by a standing ovation by the adults in attendance.

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Dr. Robert Spitzer Speaks at Length About the Hatred of Groups Pushing Ex-Gay Myths: VIDEO| News | Towleroad

DR. ROBERT SPITZER SPEAKS AT LENGTH ABOUT THE HATRED OF GROUPS PUSHING EX-GAY MYTHS: VIDEO Dr. Robert Spitzer, a psychiatrist who published a controversial 2001 study suggesting that in rare instances gay people could change their sexual orientation, retracted those claims in an American Prospect article published in April and issued an apology to the gay community.”Ex-gay” watchdog group Truth Wins out followed up with Spitzer in an interview at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, in which he talks about the hatred of those pushing the “ex-gay” myth and apologizes again.Watch, AFTER THE JUMP… POSTED MAY. 30,2012 AT 1:56 PM EST BY ANDY TOWLE IN “EX-GAYS”, NEWS, ROBERT SPITZER | PERMALINK

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Charles L. Worley, North Carolina Pastor: Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off

Charles L. Worley, North Carolina Pastor: Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off.

Lincoln Nebraska proposed LGBT protection ordinance: Best In Show! – YouTube

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Relient K – “Down in Flames”

Relient K – “Down in Flames”

Christians– we’re all afraid of fire.
We prefer to suck on pacifiers.
Baby pacifists, we’re throwing fits.
We don’t shake hands, we shake our fists.
We’re cannibals.
We watch our brothers fall.
We eat our own, the bones and all.
Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we’re going down in flames.
We’re going down, down, down in flames.
We’re gonna drown, drown, drown insane.
We see the problem and the risk,
but nothing’s solved.
We just say, “Tisk, tisk, tisk,”
and, “Shame, shame, shame.”
Christians– we mourn, the thorn is stuck
in the side of the body watch it self-destruct.
The enemy is much ignored
when we fight this Christian civil war.
We’re cannibals.
We watch our brothers fall.
We eat our own, the bones and all.
Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we’re going down in flames.
We’re going down, down, down in flames.
We’re gonna drown, drown, drown insane.
Finally fell asleep on the plane
to wake to see we’re going down in flames…
Let’s extinguish the anguish
for which we’re to blame,
and save the world
from going down in flames.
Let me pause to clarify
(’cause I’m sure you’re asking, “Why?”).
I stand before you and proudly claim
to belong to what this song complains.
I’m part of the problem,
I confess,
But I gotta get this off my chest.
Let’s extinguish the anguish
for which we’re to blame,
and save the world
from going down in flames.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Demonstrates How To Handle Tony Perkins On Television | Media Matters for America

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Demonstrates How To Handle Tony Perkins On Television

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10 Things 2 B Thankful 4

I’m going to resist the urge to write anything other than my TEN things to be thankful this morning.  Here goes…

1.  Life.  As I stepped outside this morning and inhaled the uncharacteristically crisp, fall-like air, it reminded me of the beauty and wonder of life.

2. Kids. My kids are so amazing.  Watching them grow and develop continues to be such a joy.

3. Old Friends.  The coming out process has shown me who my true friends were.  Friends are friends through thick and thin.

4. New Friends.  One of the most amazing things the move to Atlanta has done is show me my old personality didn’t die — it just went dorment for a while.  I have really enjoyed meeting and developing friendships with some GREAT people.

5. Challenges.  Challenges force growth.  While this growth isn’t always pleasant, it is always a necessity to keep moving forward.

6. Renewed Focus.  I remember in late 2010 teaching a middle school class a church and having a hard time remembering what I had spent hours preparing.  My mind is clear and focused again.

7. Pain.  Yes, I am thankful for the pain that brought me to the place of accepting that I am a gay man.

8. Purpose.  While it isn’t “laser-like” in focus yet, I know part of my purpose is to help other guys like me avoid having to live in years of repression and fear.

9. Jesus.  I probably should have had this one first, but I’ll leave it where it came up.  I know that if what I beleived all my life is true — if the messages I preached to others about Christ is true — then he has not and will not let me go.  His love is greater and stronger than I can imagine.  I am beginning to internalize that Christian Fundamentalists don’t own him, and that feels GOOD.

10. Intellect.  It is so nice to be able to question again.  I lived for some many years in fear of asking the tough questions because of the answers that those tough questions might produce.