d.c. gay marriage

Pastor Declares Civil War On Gays – THIS Is What We Mean By Violent Rhetoric

d.c. gay marriageAfter the United States Supreme Court tossed Bishop Harry Jackson’s suit seeking to ban same-sex marriage in Washington D.C. on the basis of being completely discriminatory, Reverend Anthony Evans apparently lost his mind was quite upset.

“[W]hat the Supreme Court has set up is the greatest civil war between the church and the gay community,” Evans said. “And let me just state for the record, we don’t want that fight. We love our gay brothers and sisters. But if the Supreme Court is not going to acknowledge the fact that we have a right as religious people to have a say-so in the framework of religious ethics for our culture and society, then we reject the Supreme Court on this issue.”

SERIOUSLY? You love your gay brothers and sisters, but you are ready for civil war on them?

Candace Chellow-Hodge from Religion Dispatches Magazine says, “Using civil war imagery to set up a false dichotomy of ‘the church vs. gays’ doesn’t seem advisable in an atmosphere already rife with violent rhetoric. It also doesn’t jibe with Evans’ next sentence expressing “love” for gays and lesbians. Usually, people who want to express love for someone do everything they can to help those people live the best life possible – not prevent them from achieving full equality.” Amen, sister.

It’s worth noting that not all religious folks are threatening civil war on the gays. Reverend Rob Hardies, co-chair of DC Clergy United For Marriage Equality, added,”This is an issue that has been settled by the people’s elected representatives, and there is no turning back now.  Too many families’ and children’s lives would be disrupted if the Supreme Court were to turn back this decision and strip away rights. The Human Rights Act of DC upholds an important principle, which is that an individual’s basic human rights shouldn’t be put to a majority vote.  If the history of human rights in our country has taught us anything, it is the wisdom of this principle.”

Rev. Evans threatening war on the gay community, on behalf of the Christian Church for that matter, is exactly the type of violent rhetoric our entire nation is up in arms about and beginning to hold those who use it for political or personal gain accountable. While yes, you are guaranteed freedom of speech in this country, it comes with the necessity to use that freedom responsibly. You cannot declare war on a group of millions of fellow Americans because you have an obsession over their bedroom practices.

And really, that’s what nonsense from bigots like Rev. Evans and Bishop Harry Jackson amounts to. They are freakishly obsessed with what gays and lesbians do in the bedroom. They cover it under a veil of moral condemnation or religious reprobation, but it’s still a weird obsession with gay sex. GET OVER IT.

And take your hate elsewhere. You have no business preaching to anyone if this is the type of guidance you are espousing to your flock.

Via ReligionDispatches.org

  • Christine Shock

    Let the gays marry!!! They have a right to be just as miserable as the rest of us!!! %*)

  • We as clergy have no right to tell our people in churches or otherwise how to live their lives. we are supposed to be instruments of the Love of our Lord and Saviour. Bringing the Good News to the world does not mean interpreting it for individuals. We as preachers and teachers of the Holy Scriptures are there for clarifycation and help to those whom have lost their way not to judge and condemn The lord’s Love is complete and without Condition for ALL of His children equally including those which are born Gay. For far too long our Gay brothers and sisters have been villified through some ministers lack of knowledge, along with preconceived ideas passed down through fear and lack of learning. I hope All may be Blessed Brother Richard Ralston

  • AMEN SISTER!

  • Why is it that those religious groups that are against gay marriage don’t understand that they will always have the right to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony for ANY couple that they deem unworthy for ANY reason. Separation of church and state works both ways: religious institutions can already refuse to marry couples based on economic standing, secular differences, race, or whatever they want. Religious marriage and legal marriage should (and hopefully will) always be two separate things, even if they do use the same word.

  • Why is it that those religious groups that are against gay marriage don’t understand that they will always have the right to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony for ANY couple that they deem unworthy for ANY reason. Separation of church and state works both ways: religious institutions can already refuse to marry couples based on economic standing, secular differences, race, or whatever they want. Religious marriage and legal marriage should (and hopefully will) always be two separate things, even if they do use the same word.

  • Anonymous

    Be careful speaking for others. I’m openly Gay, I’m for gay marriage and I do not agree there is a place for any religious moral framework in a secular society. That said, I feel it diminishes REAL hate speech to consider their use of the word ‘war’ as hate speech. ‘War’ need not imply bloodshed, as in “War on poverty”, and the context this foolish leader used the word clearly suggested they meant at most a political fight.

    There is real hate speech, it kills young gay kids. It’s stuff like the Pope Ratzinger suggesting “Gay marriage is the greatest evil in the world”, or Muslims or Christians calling for the death of homosexuals and citing scripture to make their point.

    While I do agree that Christianity is a primary source of legitimacy and comfort to homophobes, I believe the claim of violent rhetoric should be limited to genuinely violent rhetoric.

  • myk5

    Be careful speaking for others. I’m openly Gay, I’m for gay marriage and I do not agree there is a place for any religious moral framework in a secular society. That said, I feel it diminishes REAL hate speech to consider their use of the word ‘war’ as hate speech. ‘War’ need not imply bloodshed, as in “War on poverty”, and the context this foolish leader used the word clearly suggested they meant at most a political fight.

    There is real hate speech, it kills young gay kids. It’s stuff like the Pope Ratzinger suggesting “Gay marriage is the greatest evil in the world”, or Muslims or Christians calling for the death of homosexuals and citing scripture to make their point.

    While I do agree that Christianity is a primary source of legitimacy and comfort to homophobes, I believe the claim of violent rhetoric should be limited to genuinely violent rhetoric.

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  • Hate speech is not Violent Rhetoric. This is violent rhetoric, he is intending to persuade a particular audience to undertake a particular action. In this case war. The religious group he’s associated with against homosexuals. This is a textbook case of violent rhetoric.

    Most things that are said today that are ‘violent rhetoric’ really aren’t, but this is.

  • Hate speech is not Violent Rhetoric. This is violent rhetoric, he is intending to persuade a particular audience to undertake a particular action. In this case war. The religious group he’s associated with against homosexuals. This is a textbook case of violent rhetoric.

    Most things that are said today that are ‘violent rhetoric’ really aren’t, but this is.

  • I appreciate seeing everyone’s feedback on this! No matter how you slice it, I can’t get over the fact that the Reverend is positing himself in the middle of a war between gays and Christians. Whatever we decide to call it, it’s dangerous.

  • I appreciate seeing everyone’s feedback on this! No matter how you slice it, I can’t get over the fact that the Reverend is positing himself in the middle of a war between gays and Christians. Whatever we decide to call it, it’s dangerous.

  • Christine Shock

    Let the gays marry!!! They have a right to be just as miserable as the rest of us!!! %*)

  • Richard

    We as clergy have no right to tell our people in churches or otherwise how to live their lives. we are supposed to be instruments of the Love of our Lord and Saviour. Bringing the Good News to the world does not mean interpreting it for individuals. We as preachers and teachers of the Holy Scriptures are there for clarifycation and help to those whom have lost their way not to judge and condemn The lord’s Love is complete and without Condition for ALL of His children equally including those which are born Gay. For far too long our Gay brothers and sisters have been villified through some ministers lack of knowledge, along with preconceived ideas passed down through fear and lack of learning. I hope All may be Blessed Brother Richard Ralston

  • Richard

    AMEN SISTER!

  • Anonymous

    You have a point, but if we’re going to go after semantics, violent rhetoric requires more than ‘war’ as a metaphor, it must when we live in a world where Sarah Palin critiques the health plan as ‘Death Panels’, and means that quite literally.

    If I suggest I’m about waging a WAR on homophobia, and quite sincerely I AM – you are a fucking hypocritical piece of shit if you refuse to call me out for my outrageous VIOLENT RHETORIC ! -rhetoric that really isn’t violent as much as using a reasonable metaphor for both my sincerity and the seriousness of the homophobia (it literally does kill).

  • myk5

    You have a point, but if we’re going to go after semantics, violent rhetoric requires more than ‘war’ as a metaphor, it must when we live in a world where Sarah Palin critiques the health plan as ‘Death Panels’, and means that quite literally.

    If I suggest I’m about waging a WAR on homophobia, and quite sincerely I AM – you are a fucking hypocritical piece of shit if you refuse to call me out for my outrageous VIOLENT RHETORIC ! -rhetoric that really isn’t violent as much as using a reasonable metaphor for both my sincerity and the seriousness of the homophobia (it literally does kill).

  • Anonymous

    My church has no war with the LGBT community. It believes in love and acceptance–sort of like God does.

  • morgli

    My church has no war with the LGBT community. It believes in love and acceptance–sort of like God does.