Current Events

5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday : ✪ MATTHEW PAUL TURNER ✪

A friend pointed this blog post out to me late today and I thought it was worth mentioning. It seems to fit well with my post on Facebook a few days ago; actually go hand in hand in a way.

I’ve pasted my original Facebook post below the quote.

5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday

via 5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday : ✪ MATTHEW PAUL TURNER ✪.

Thanks Chick-fil-A!

I grew up with a rather large extended family steeped in the Southern Baptist tradition and I was part of it for the longest time. Honestly proud of it as well, until as a young teen I realized that I didn’t fit in with that tradition. That I wouldn’t be welcome because I was gay.

Needless to say I left the church, but I never left the faith. I may not practice it the way I was brought up, but it’s never left my heart in thirty some years since.

My partner and I have been together for 32 years this coming September never pushing our relationship in anyone’s face but certainly not afraid to show who and what we were. And although we’ve never been really close to my extended family I’d always thought that we were accepted and welcome at family gatherings and in their homes.

I understood, or thought, that although they may not agree with my ‘lifestyle’ they would still accept me for the family that I am and accept my partner.

But boy there’s nothing like a little Chick-fil-A controversy to let you know where you stand. I don’t know if I’m naive or just plain stupid.

Recently some of my extended family has been so proudly shouting their support for a company that spends millions of dollars to deny me the basic human rights that they enjoy. Denying me the same legal rights and protection that they take for granted.

It hurts, it hurts a lot.

I’ve never asked to be married in your church and honestly I don’t want to be. I respect your right to your religious beliefs and would never ask you to change them.

But I’d always thought that you could see the difference between legal rights and religious beliefs. And for some strange reason I thought that you as my family could see the love and dedication that Rob and I have shared for nearly 32 years. Longer then some of you could stay married to your first wives.

That somehow you could at least respect that even though you may not agree with it. But obviously I was wrong.

Thank you for insulting me and my relationship, belittling the 32 years that Rob and I have shared and the many more that we hope to share in the future. Thank you for supporting a company that works to deny me everything that you take for granted simply because it doesn’t fit in to your narrow view of the world.

And most importantly thanks for letting me know how truly loving and accepting my extended family really is.

Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court

One step forward in a long journey….

A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

via The Associated Press: Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court.

But don’t read too much into this decision. The bottom line is that so far the cases against DOMA that have won favorable rulings have done so only on the issue of denying federal benefits to legally married same sex couples; not the underlying human rights question of same sex marriage, nor states ability to deny and curtail those rights.

Opponents to same sex marriage have clouded the issue by shrouding it within the context of state’s rights. In other words by claiming that the state has the right to determine and define ‘marriage’ in whatever way that they see fit. In effect saying that the people of our state don’t want to allow or recognize a marriage if it doesn’t fit with their particular view.

It wasn’t that long ago that many states used the same argument of states rights to justify the implementation of laws, that in essence legalized racial discrimination, and in particular made it illegal for a mixed race couple to marry. Although the banter about same sex marriage may be slightly different the underlying farce is exactly the same.

So stop for a moment and consider this from a different point of view. How would you react if any state in the US reintroduced legislation making mixed race marriages illegal?

Scott Sisters to be Released, Shame on you Governor Barbour!

News of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s decision to release the Scott sisters flashed briefly on Google News this morning and while I applaud the release I won’t go as far as NAACP President Benjamin Jealous did in calling Mr. Barbour a “shining example” of a modern governor. No, afraid I’m going to have to call foul and say shame on you Governor Barbour!

I’m throwing the flag here because I am appalled by the governor’s statement, refusal to acknowledge the injustice surrounding this case, and the outrageous conditions of the release.

Shame on you governor for saying: “incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation”. While this will surely provide you an easy out during your next campaign this isn’t about public safety or rehabilitation; this is about justice and doing the right thing.

Shame on you for saying: “medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi”. It’s obvious that you’d not have come to this decision if Jamie’s medical care wasn’t putting a dent in your already depleted state coffers.

Shame on you governor for doing the absolute minimum that you could possibly do to sweep this under the rug and out of the public spotlight while attempting to placate as many voters as possible.

And finally shame on you governor for having the audacity to make the donation of a kidney a condition of the release! You’ve stepped in to the middle of a moral arena that no one should enter.

At the very least you need to remove the condition of the kidney donation from the equation. But if you truly want to be a shining example then you’ll step up and do the right thing by pardoning the Scott sisters or commuting the sentences.