ruth_sims (ruth_sims) wrote,

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Do they really wonder WWJD?

I don’t know exactly how I stumbled across this website, but it got my blood to pumping and steam coming out my ears early in the morning. Linda Harvey, a Christian Right pundit who wrote the screed titled it: “Tazpayer-Funded ‘Gay’ Spaces Anything But Safe”

She is ranting because that horrid organization GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is receiving a “five-year grant from the CDC to establish ‘safe zones’ in 20 schools nationwide. The group will receive $285,000 a year for five years, with the project to be launched this school year, 2011-2012.”

That’s right. If you’re a US taxpayer, some of YOUR TAX DOLLARS are going to help make a handful of schools safer for LGBT kids. O, the shame of it! O the humanity! Good grief, if this actually catches on and  would be spread to other schools, GAY KIDS MIGHT NOT BE BULLIED TO DEATH! Can’t have that!

I had to read it twice to be sure what I was reading.  I believe this same dipwad was quoted at some point as saying that “LGBT people don’t really exist.” Well, I suppose, then it makes sense that non-existent people don’t need safe places in schools. Right? So if you’re interested in seeing what other unholy gems abound on the site, here’s the URL.  Keep a barf bag handy.

What is WRONG with these people? They claim to worship someone who was the epitome of kindness, tolerance (that’s a dirty word in their lexicon), compassion, love … I mean, what do they think Jesus would say about it? They walk around with pins and bracelets with the letters WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) emblazoned on them, but I doubt they really want to know. If they knew, they might have to do more than give lip service once a week to what he really taught.

I grew up in that kind of religion, spent the first half of my life in it. When I was young, there wasn’t anti-gay rhetoric from the pulpits because in the 1950’s (at least in the Midwest) homosexuality was ignored or at least never talked about. Instead, I heard anti-Catholic sermons. I bet you didn’t know that the Knights of Columbus were a Catholic group who were pledged to murder non-Catholics even if they were friends or relatives, if the Pope ordered it. I heard those sermons with my own little shell-pink ears.  Not too long after I heard one of those sermons (heard a LOT of them during the 1960 Presidential election) the US elected our first Roman Catholic president. And we survived to tell about it.

I don’t understand bigotry and intolerance at all. I didn’t understand it when I was a kid, though since it was coming from the pulpit I thought I should feel that way, too. It’s what made me leave the church and I have no desire to go back. The older I get the more incomprehensible it is, especially when it’s spouted in the name of the one they themselves call the Prince of Peace. I think if he saw the hatred vomited forth in his name, he would be like the last line in a poem I read long ago “And Jesus crouched against a wall and cried for Calvary.”
Tags: anti-gay bigotry, dlsen, safer schools

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