19 April 2011

I am saying this to shame you, NOM.

Besides Leviticus, mainstream Christians love to clobber gays with a New Testament passage extracted from a dispatch that Paul of Tarsus (who never met Jesus) sent to the nascent Christian church of Corinth.
"...Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 
For the purpose of Christian civic activism, of the nine types of sinners listed, they fixate on but a single sin to the exclusion of all others.

Think about it: when was the last time you heard any Christian insist that marriage should be restricted to "one man and one woman who have never had sex outside of marriage," or "one man and one woman who are not alcoholics," or "one man and one woman who have never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude" or "one man and one woman who are both near their ideal body weight and don't possess more money or stuff than they absolutely need"?

According to mainstream Christianity, only one sin absolutely disqualifies a person from marriage. Oddly enough, it isn't murder or domestic abuse or child molestation. Nope, if you're a person who likes to beat the shit out of your woman and rape your kids, as long as you're heterosexual, civil marriage is your God-given privilege, and good Christians will not interfere.

But if you're a homo, fuggedaboudit.

So the Christian marriage segregationists form political action committees such as the absurdly named National Organization for Marriage and drive around America persuading other Christians to impose their religious doctrines by law on everyone, and they lie about how civil marriage equality will magically grant gays some legal right to demand access to religious wedding ceremonies, and they insist that good Christians should redouble their efforts to keep those uppity sodomites under the godly boot of discrimination, etc.

At one NOM rally stop, a Christian minister displayed this sign.

Now, am I implying that NOM and their ilk inspire fanatical religious homophobes to murder? You're goddam right I am. This crazy shit is not benign and we ignore this at our peril.

Anyway, a funny thing happened on NOM's absurdly named "Summer for Marriage" bus tour. The guy who ran NOM's website and organized the bus tour, Louis Marinelli, actually met some gay Americans. Having talked to them at some length, Marinelli realized that what he'd been doing to them, and people like them, was...wrong.

And he decided to say so publicly.

NOM is now threatening to sue Mr. Marinelli, ostensibly for breaching a confidentiality agreement (without backing up their claim by detailing what privileged information he shared that wasn't publicly available).

Clearly, the embarrassment of Mr. Marinelli's defection is more than NOM can endure, and they intend to intimidate and harass him into silence which is just fucking rich, because the liars and hypocrites of NOM are the ones who whine that proponents of marriage equality really just want to wage "a massive campaign of intimidation and harassment designed to silence Christians."

Anyway, since NOM finds much compelling modern civic wisdom in Paul's letter to the Corinthians, perhaps they should give equal weight to the passage that immediately precedes the one I cited above.

It strikes me as very relevant to their current situation.
"When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 
Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? 
I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers!
Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers.1 Corinthians 6:1-8

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