Viral Hate

May 24, 2012

Before I get started with this article I need to let all of my readers know that the Blue Scholar Blog supports equal rights across the board for the LGBT community.

North Carolina has dropped the ball on equality by passing the bigoted amendment one earlier this month.

North Carolina is supposed to be a part of the New South, however this recent legislation has set the state back 50 years in terms of social justice. When the world looks at us they see slack-jawed yokels in overalls and for good reason. Anti-gay rhetoric has no place in society in 2012. Passing amendment one is morally incorrect and those who fail to speak out against this atrocity are moral cowards.

Making matters worse there are certain clergy members in the state who take their hatred to a whole new level. Our hero Rev. Charles Worley is bringing bigotry back 1950s style. In his own words

“I figured a way out–a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, 150 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ‘em, and- And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”

You can hear this nonsense for yourself in the video posted below.

Worley preaches his gospel of hate at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC.

According to the city’s web site Maiden is a warm place that makes it’s visitors feel welcome.

“Nestled away in the foothills of North Carolina, Maiden has qualities that are appealing to both its citizens and visitors alike. From the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area to the hospitable people of our town, you will feel warm, welcome, and at home. “

In the town of Maiden you can expect hospitality unless of course you are a homosexual.

It’s painfully obvious that this preacher hates homosexuals. I wonder how Jesus would feel about his sermon. Was it not Jesus who said love your enemy? I grabbed my copy of the New Testament and I looked for passages where Christ admonishes homosexuality. This is what I found …

… absolutely nothing.

We are all God’s children.

“Early in the morning Jesus came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?’ This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.'” (John 8:1-11)

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I don’t know about you but I’m the last person that should be throwing stones and I have a feeling that the same applies to Rev. Worley.

I support free speech even in extreme cases like this, however I am gravely concerned about the message being sent to Worley’s congregation. Members of his flock seem to agree with him. Geneva Sims said “He had every right to say what he said about putting them in a pen and giving them food.” Stacey Pritchard said “Sometimes you’ve got to be scared straight.”

I fear that Worley’s message will lead to violence. We cannot forget what happened to Matthew Shepard. That tragedy was rooted in extreme homophobia which lead to Shepard’s untimely death.

This hateful sermon coupled with North Carolina’s recent passage of the bigoted amendment one has created an environment of intolerance and hatred in the state.

Fortunately the state’s cultural center, Charlotte voted against amendment one. Not everyone in the South is full of hate. There are those of us who are willing to take a public stand against racism, sexism, and homophobia. There are many North Carolinians who are appalled by Worley’s hate speech. A concerned citizen of Charlotte, Cannie Osborne had this to say about the reverend’s blatant homophobia “People are entitled to their opinions, but it’s none of your business who people choose to love. Charlotte loves it’s diversity.”

It’s like my father always said “Everyone has a right to breathe air.”

We have enough problems as a nation rather than worrying about who is fucking who. It’s 2012 not 1912. It’s time to grow up and practice tolerance. I encourage all of you to join me in my stand against bigotry.

Untied we stand divided we fall. One nation under god with liberty and justice for ALL.


With Liberty and Justice for All

June 29, 2011

 

I would like to start off by proudly recognizing the state of New York for their recent advancement in the LGBT movement toward equal rights for all Americans.  Just a few days ago, aggressively supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York legalized the institution of same-sex marriage.  This is a very large step for all of us supporting the LGBT community. Being that New York is such a large and populous state, this vote has created an overflow of media coverage for the cause.  And with such media attention comes the hundreds of uninformed, bigoted naysayers.  It’s not all their fault though.  Most of them were fed these sexist ideas from an early age.  It’s all they know.  And most people are terrified of change.  Were we not terrified when we left England in search of freedom of religion?  Were we not terrified when woman were first able to vote?  Or even when churches started recognizing interracial marriages?  Change is the only constant.  There is no fight or argument strong enough to keep this from being true.

But, what about the Bible?  God says that homosexuality is wrong and is a punishable sin.  Wrong.  The Bible never endorses one form of marriage over another.  Adam and Eve is a story of creation, not a story of marriage.  They said no vows nor was there an exchange of rings.  Their relationship more resembles that of an arranged marriage; being the only two people on Earth and God forcing them to procreate with each other.  Even in Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians 6:9 where he includes a laundry list of vices to include “male prostitutes and sodomites,” most people omit the other vices listed such as; “fornicators, adulterers, and idolaters.”  Paul is condemning all sexual deviances not just those of the same-sex variety. In Mark 10:11, Jesus even preaches to his people that those that are to divorce and remarry will be committing adultery, but that’s not stopping anyone.  Let’s look at some statistics from the Barna Report:

 

Divorce rates among various faith groups:

Baptists ……….34%                                    

Jews………30%

Mormons………24%                                   

Born-again Christians…….27%

Catholics……….21%                                  

Atheists, Agnostics………21%

Lutherans………21%                                 

Protestants………25%

 

Not to mention that the AP confirmed Barna’s results.  They analyzed divorce rate statistics from the US Census Bureau and found that the highest divorce rates are in fact found in the “Bible Belt.”  According to the Boston Globe, “The AP report stated that the divorce rate in these conservative states is roughly 50% above the national average. By comparison, states in the Northeast were among those with the lowest rates to include; Connecticut, Vermont, and New York.”  I always thought that in this country freedom of religion included freedom from religion.

This is not only a battle for our freedom of or from religion; it’s a clear matter of basic civil rights.  Did you know that same-sex partners cannot make any medical decisions for their partners in the case of an emergency?  If their partners are arrested they can be compelled to testify against them in a court of law, which a legally married couple would not be forced to do?  Families of same-sex couples can completely overturn wills, custody decisions; even seize real estate property being purchased together in the event one of the partners dies. Yet, all over the world couples are being forced into marriage to secure business deals, military personnel are marrying to receive added benefits and illegal immigrants are marrying to be able to stay in our country.  Who’s to stop LGBT’s from marrying a person of the opposite sex?  But, God forbid they should marry another, whom they actually love, who they want to profess this love to in front of  God, friends, and family, and their legal state of residence will not allow this.  Under the 14th Amendment, it states that all persons are entitled to equal protection of the law, and it makes no exceptions for gays.  So, if we are entitled to special treatment for being married, under the 14th Amendment, same-sex couples are due those same treatments. With liberty and justice for all…right?