Bigotry is a principle, Mr. Simons.

August 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm (LGBT, stupidity) (, )

From Pharyngula, I’ve discovered this depressing yet very typical story in which megachurch “High Point” (of intolerance?) cancelled the memorial service of a dead Navy veteran because he was gay. The family of the deceased have said the church already knew he was gay; they cancelled the service (twenty-four hours before it was to happen) when the man’s partner was mentioned in his obituary. See, into not so much queer folks they have a problem with — it’s queer folks who have the courage and intelligence to get the fuck out of the suffocating quagmire of shame commonly know as The Closet (see: Ted Haggard).

Anyway, the thing I wanted to talk about was this wormy little quote, out of the mouth of Mr. Gary Simons, the church’s pastor (emphasis mine):

Simons said the church believes homosexuality is a sin, and it would have appeared to endorse that lifestyle if the service had been held there.

“We did decline to host the service — not based on hatred, not based on discrimination, but based on principle,” Simons told The Associated Press.

Two things.

Whatever happened to that tiny little bit of doctrine known as, “hate the sin, love the…”? Hate the sin, love the heterosexual? Do they routinely deny services to sinners? Isn’t everyone a sinner, except, of course, for Our Lord Himself, Jesus Hateful Christ?

Also. Mr. Simons. Begging your pardon, sir. A principle, my dictionary tells me, is a proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief. In your case, my Christianist comrade, bigotry is a principle. Hate, malice, discrimination — all essential principles of your religion. So you’re right, you did turn away the family of a dead veteran on principle. On the principles of hate and inequality. Some of your favorite ones, I’m told. Far more important than principles like Love Thy Neighbor.

Good luck with that.

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1 Comment

  1. ClapSo said,

    These right wing “christians” are a sick and cruel lot…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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