Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dear Southern Baptist Convention (Updated below)

What in God's name is wrong with you people? I just finished reading an article that honestly makes me believe you are nothing but a group of nasty, ignorant homophobes with major gay-sex obsessions and cruel streaks a mile wide.

Seriously? You called everyone together to vote on a resolution opposing the Boy Scouts' new policy allowing gay youngsters? What? Are there not enough young boys hanging themselves in their closets to make you feel like you are doing your job well enough? For Christ's sake - yes, I am invoking the name of the lord here because I honestly believe he'd be the first to condemn you as first-class a**holes and bullies.  What is your problem?

Do you not realize that most of these boys join the Boy Scouts when they are young children? My own sons joined the scouting organization when they were in first grade. They were just little boys and they had no concept of sexual orientation or attraction at that tender age. What exactly are you wanting the Boy Scouts of America to do? Give these little ones some kind of test in hopes of predicting which ones might turn out to be gay so you can deny them entry in the first grade? Or are you just going to wait until you see something that gives you the gay heebee jeebees and then kick them out? Are you really that nasty and stupid?

It is truly beyond the scope of my imagination how you people could be this psychologically damaged. It isn't these young kids that are the problem and they certainly aren't the ones who need to be ostracized and rooted out.  Leave them alone, they are busy earning merit badges and hiking 50 miles in Yosemite and working on major projects to earn their Eagle Scout rank. And if you weren't so twisted and obsessed with gay sex, you might actually think that was a good thing.

One of these kids is gay, which one will the Southern Baptists kick out?
Update: As if someone had been reading my mind, there is an opinion piece in today's (June 14) Arizona Republic - Scottsdale section (unable to link to it) titled: Scouting’s vote to allow all boys was right. 

Let me just copy a segment from this opinion piece for those who attended this latest Southern Baptists Convention to oppose the BSA's decision to allow all boys to be a part of the scouting experience [bolding is mine]:

A recent study by Baylor University, “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge,” compared the life experiences of men who had never been Scouts to those who had the experience. The results were remarkable. Former Scouts are significantly more likely to be in a stable family relationship, have good social situations, support religious and civic institutions, and express ide­als of honesty and integrity.
A previous study by Harris Inter­active, “Values of Americans: a Study of Ethics and Character,” found that former Scouts are “more satisfied with their present lives and occupations, have sustained lifelong friendships, and place a higher value on family relation­ships.”
These studies did not even touch on the fact that all but one of the men who have walked on the moon were former Scouts; or that Scouts are significantly more represented in public office, the military and emergency services, or the leadership of major corporations, labor unions, and national organiza­tions.
And then let me ask these sage "religious" men of the  Southern Baptists Convention one more time why they would object to any child being a part of this great organization. And please sage "religious" men of the  Southern Baptists Convention, don't reduce it down to sex or you really will expose your ignorance, intolerance, and creepy obsessions with gay sex.



Anonymous said...

Well, said!

I would draw attention to the SBC's position statement on sexuality (bold emphasis mine):

We affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a "valid alternative lifestyle." The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ.

Based on this, some of the things I've heard the SBC's (soon-to-be-ex-)expert on ethics spout, and other things, I'm inclined to suspect two things:

1. The SBC's official position is that there is no such thing as "being gay" in terms of being attracted to members of the same sex, only "engaging in sex with someone of the same sex." (This weird, super-specific definition of the word "gay" that some Christians hold to is something gay Christians like Justin Lee talk

2. The SBC still wants to peddle "ex-gay therapies" and the idea that one can become heterosexual, either through questionable therapeutic practices or religious experience.

Naturally, I think both of those points are complete garbage. However, knowing that the SBC is likely peddling such garbage helps me better speak to those who might be influenced by them.

Anonymous said...

I would take anything spouted by religious institutions, especially the backwards Southern National Convention with a grain of salt. The reason I give these religious groups very little thought is simply because of one simple thing. Most of the congregations are made up of people who found religion after dealing with their own demons. I always find it funny that they found their supposed salvation and understanding once they walked through the door of a church ... But seem to forget what understanding and compassion is, once they've been indoctrinated.

If you want to see the face of intolerance in this world, visit a Baptist church on Sunday morning. It's the true definition of hypocrisy.

I once believed that GOD loves everyone. He makes no distinctions. That thought used to give me comfort. But it was the humans, who hijacked an idea of loving people for who they are and switched it to hating someone because they are different, that opened the door to me finally realizing that I'm an Atheist. That in itself does not make me a bad person. It's what I believe.

But to get my thoughts back to this subject, religious people seem to think they need to save the ones who are not in need of saving. Instead of looking in the mirror and saving themselves from the hate that rules their actions and thoughts. So as I said, take what they've said with a grain of salt and remember that they are motivated, not by a GOD, but by their own fears.

When I see intolerance of this nature I like to remind those people who call themselves religious and claim to do these things in the name of GOD of a very important passage in the bible that speaks to people just like them. It's funny that they never see themselves in these verses, but it's about them.

Matthew 7:15-23

15 - Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

16 - You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 - Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18 - A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 - Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

20 - Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.

21 - Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22 - Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in your name done many wonderful works?

23 - And then will I profess unto them, go away I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

This is about all of the people who constantly claim they know exactly what GOD wants them to do. I think we all know the only true way to know what someone wants us to do is by having an open dialog between 2 people. I doubt GOD has specifically spoken to anyone on the Southern Baptist Convention ... So all that means is they have made this decision just like they make all their decisions. Not with love, but with hate.