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Mainstream Christians Must Stand Up to the Religious Right (Thou wilt hurl, verily!)
The Falls Church News-Press ^ | September 20, 2011 | Wayne Besen

Posted on 09/20/2011 6:07:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In August, fundamentalist preacher Dr. Michael Brown organized a regimen of red shirted Bible-thumpers to infiltrate Charlotte's gay pride event. Hundreds of zealots confronted and harassed festival attendees with their arrogant slogan "God Has A Better Way."

The hatred and religious bigotry was appalling, but not surprising. What truly bothers me, however, was the lack of mainstream Christians standing up and speaking out against such fanatical behavior. Virtually every time I write about the Religious Right I'm reminded by the faithful that "not all Christians are like that."

Of course, this is true and some of the most dedicated activists I have worked with are people of faith. Last week, in fact, I teamed up with Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church to host a week of educational seminars designed to counter an "ex-gay" conference in Houston.

Still, the number of mainstream Christians fighting the hate campaigns of the Religious Right is disappointing. With thousands of churches, millions of members and a vested interest in fighting back against religious extremism, they have consistently underachieved and failed to reach their potential.

What would it look like if mainstream churches fought back against the Religious Right?

Picture two hundred of Dr. Brown's "Red Shirts" smugly descending on innocent families at Charlotte Pride. Out of nowhere, five hundred mainstream, mostly heterosexual Christians appear and surround the theocratic thugs with blue shirts that read: God's Better Way - Love & Acceptance."

These despicable bullies would likely have no idea how to react in such a situation where Christians were calling them "unchristian." Instead of the expected rush of self-righteous glory, I could see these folks slinking off, dazed and ashamed.

Of course, this is just a pipe dream. I've organized or attended dozens of protests over the past decade. Time and again, I'm disillusioned by the lack of support from liberal and mainstream Christian organizations. It seems they are either afraid to offend their most conservative members or they are mired in passivity that allows extremists to define their faith.

This lack of coherent opposition has led to a dire situation where Religious Right backed presidential candidates are vying to eliminate or reduce social safety nets, persecute immigrants, undermine working people, shred the middle class, turn the poor into destitute beggars, and roll back minority rights.

This reluctance to stand up and speak out has created a hazardous vacuum where only the shrill and unreasonable voices of fundamentalism are heard. Instead of the dialogue that many progressives of faith claim to desire, this perceived weakness creates a lopsided right wing monologue, which is having a deleterious effect on our nation and the world.

It is time to stand up, speak out, and give voice to our values. If not now, when? Are we going to wait until it is too late and we have lost our country?

Here are four recent examples of the Religious Right flexing its political muscle:

• Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a stadium prayer rally in Houston that preceded his announcing his candidacy for President of the United States. The event was hosted by the American Family Association, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group. Included among the speakers were many radical clerics from the theocratic New Apostolic Reformation. Also known as the Seven Mountains Movement, this group of extremists wants to turn America into a fundamentalist Christian nation. Their aim is to take over the following seven spheres of society that they refer to as mountains: Religion, Media, Government, Family, Education, Business, Arts & Entertainment.

• The American Family Association is organizing Pastor Policy briefings in presidential battlegrounds. In these events, candidates prostrate themselves at the feet of conservative pastors in Iowa and elsewhere, pledging to enact their agenda if elected.

• Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed is making a comeback with a new organization he founded, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. "Our goal is to build a file of 29 million conservative voters," Reed told the New York Times. "We'll e-mail them, we'll call them, we'll knock on their doors and, if necessary, we'll drive them to the polls."

• Extreme right wing organizations have been recruiting candidates in the GOP primaries to sign pledges that lock them into inflexible positions, even at the expense of the nation.

It is critical that people realize that these zealots have a radically different vision of this country than most Americans. If their power keeps increasing, they will be able to drastically reshape this country. There would be a tremendous loss of freedom, liberty and justice, while bigotry, intolerance and religious conformity would become the law of the land.

If the Religious Right can organize and mobilize to stand up for its beliefs in such a robust manner, why can't the Religious Left? We desperately need to answer this question before Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin defile America - and permanently define Christianity.


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Does this guy live on another planet?
1 posted on 09/20/2011 6:07:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> Does this guy live on another planet?

Yes.

The one where Christians don’t read their Bibles and don’t know Jesus.


2 posted on 09/20/2011 6:09:30 PM PDT by Westbrook
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberals think that religion ought to be about politics.


3 posted on 09/20/2011 6:09:47 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

By mainstream churches they must mean the Church of Satan.


4 posted on 09/20/2011 6:10:38 PM PDT by DelanoSAlways (The Obamas: Truly Something Awful)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From his bio: Wayne Besen is an American gay rights advocate. He is a former spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign and the founder of Truth Wins Out.


5 posted on 09/20/2011 6:10:54 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not exactly another planet, but he’s full of beans. He hasn’t yet heard that you cannot be both a Leftwingtard and a Christian.


6 posted on 09/20/2011 6:11:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

‘Hundreds of zealots confronted and harassed festival attendees with their arrogant slogan “God Has A Better Way.”’

Zealots? Who’re the zealots? Why must they have “pride” parades? Do we have hetersexual pride parades? Are we “proud” to be hetero? Funny he lambasts these “thumpers” for speaking against them, but not the scum who infest these parades, showing off their disgusting sexual promiscuity in public.


7 posted on 09/20/2011 6:12:18 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Extreme right wing organizations have been recruiting candidates in the GOP primaries to sign pledges that lock them into inflexible positions, even at the expense of the nation.

The Left already did that in Congress through "stimuli" and "bailouts." And the rest of us are on the hook.

8 posted on 09/20/2011 6:13:42 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Falls Church Press is a far-left weekly run by Nicholas Benton, an avowed gay leftist. His columnists include Helen Thomas, Paul Krugman and assorted weirdos like Bessen (who I believe is the gay issues writer).

Unfortunately, this is the only Falls Church, Va newspaper but it does allow some dissenting letters.

By the way, did you know that Helen Thomas served in the Pelleponesian Wars, along with John Kerry?


9 posted on 09/20/2011 6:16:59 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Leftwing anti-Christian bigot. The east coast is full of them.
10 posted on 09/20/2011 6:17:03 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve never heard of this Dr. Brown, but from what the author described, he doesn’t seem at all unreasonable.


11 posted on 09/20/2011 6:17:26 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When are they holding the “Murder Pride” and the “Theft Pride” events? Surely they aren’t only glorifying sexual perversion. I’m guessing we’ll have an “Adultery Pride” parade soon enough.

Seriously, if you’re struggling against your sin, you can be a Christian. If you’re wallowing in it, you’ve already chosen to reject Christ.


12 posted on 09/20/2011 6:18:56 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow,the Catholic church was left out, I’m so disappointed/s


13 posted on 09/20/2011 6:19:55 PM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: Westbrook

Amen!


14 posted on 09/20/2011 6:20:49 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually this group headed by Michael Brown waded into the crowd with matching T shirts and banners, engaging the gay crowd with respect and love. There was no bashing or violence or hate.


15 posted on 09/20/2011 6:24:43 PM PDT by lurk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee whiz, they don’t seem to like getting a dose of their own medicine. Maybe if the medicine were passed out to their crowd in the form of a high velocity, Coke bottle sized, suppository they’d understand that they’re not the only ones who can show up at various events and exercise the right of free speech. It’s like all the slugs leaving their trails of slime to and from the courts to get protests at mass murder facilities banned and regulated. They only believe in “free speech” and protest when they’re the ones doing it.


16 posted on 09/20/2011 6:25:21 PM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is insane but kept medicated and on golf courses to hide it)
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To: Westbrook

Broad is the path that leads to destruction... mainstream christians need not even be christian... why the charade, if you are no different, and hold to the same social morays as the rest of the world? Boinga!


17 posted on 09/20/2011 6:29:50 PM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So gays can take over government schools and proselytize our children and exercise their free speech rights in as aggressive and bellicose a manner as they please, and we have the right to remain silent.

Does that about cover it?

18 posted on 09/20/2011 6:31:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And the UCC is tolerant and speaks the truth.


19 posted on 09/20/2011 6:32:48 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Westbrook

>>The one where Christians don’t read their Bibles and don’t know Jesus.

They read the parts that seem to justify “social justice”. The declare that the Bible must be reinterpreted for every generation when you show them the parts that demand morality and responsibility. They ignore the rest. To them, Jesus is little more than an “idea” that calls us to work for “God’s kingdom on Earth” (i.e. the Socialist Utopia, Worker’s Paradise, etc).


20 posted on 09/20/2011 6:33:32 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no religious left....Just leftists like Besen trying to confuse naive Christians.


21 posted on 09/20/2011 6:33:52 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The religious left obviously hasn’t read this passage:<< Ecclesiastes 10:2 >> The heart of the wise inclines to the right, the heart of the fool to the left.


22 posted on 09/20/2011 6:35:26 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who does he think the mainstream church is these days? The old mainline denominations, which are who he probably has in mind, are bleeding out like Sonny Corleone.


23 posted on 09/20/2011 6:42:00 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Besen is a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian advocacy group.

The one in the middle

24 posted on 09/20/2011 6:43:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The event was hosted by the American Family Association, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group.

Certified? By the most hateful organization on the left? The Southern Poverty Law Center? What a joke.

25 posted on 09/20/2011 6:45:40 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We desperately need to answer this question before Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin defile America - and permanently define Christianity.

When the Hell did Perry, Bachmann, and Palin get the power to "permanently define Christianity"?

26 posted on 09/20/2011 6:53:00 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: Brilliant
Liberals think that religion ought to be about politics.

Some major world religions don't condemn homosexuality as much as others - but NO major religion is FOR homosexuality. You might be right, Brilliant. This guy is confusing religion with liberal politics...

27 posted on 09/20/2011 6:57:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mainstream Christians who oppose the Word of God are not Christians at all.


28 posted on 09/20/2011 6:59:44 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s my question for the left...why is it that most AIDS hospices around the world are run by “hateful Christians and Catholics”?


30 posted on 09/20/2011 7:09:17 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: PGR88

Check him out on townhall.com. He’s recently written several great articles.


31 posted on 09/20/2011 7:43:16 PM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In August, fundamentalist preacher Dr. Michael Brown organized a regimen of red shirted Bible-thumpers to infiltrate Charlotte's gay pride event. Hundreds of zealots confronted and harassed festival attendees with their arrogant slogan "God Has A Better Way."

The hatred and religious bigotry was appalling, but not surprising.

I'm not sure if I should be hurling or laughing! Can he fit any more epithets into his rhetoric?

32 posted on 09/20/2011 7:46:01 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: WPaCon
We desperately need to answer this question before Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin defile America

Defile America???

That's the faggots' gig. As anyone who has ever witnessed a Fag Parade would know.

Zombietime (http://www.zombietime.com) has lots of NSFW pics of Faggot Festivals in San Fransicko.

33 posted on 09/20/2011 7:51:35 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Satan filled person writing this doesn’t get support because it’s. Evil


34 posted on 09/20/2011 8:00:00 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Political organizing is only allowed if you are a libtard, pervert, illegal, gimme lobbyist or lunatic. The rest of us should just shut up and tolerate it. Otherwise, we are bigots. < / sarcasm >


35 posted on 09/20/2011 8:36:57 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mainstream “Christians”. LOL! I think somebody been hittin’ the “happy smoke”.


36 posted on 09/20/2011 8:52:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What would it look like if mainstream churches fought back against the Religious Right?”

They would fail the same way the priests of Baal did against Elijah the Prophet of the Living God. They wouldn’t be fighting men, they would be fighting God.


37 posted on 09/20/2011 8:53:54 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: kickonly88
Ecclesiastes 10:2 >> The heart of the wise inclines to the right, the heart of the fool to the left.

Great verse. I need to write it down and give it to my highly educated Phd left-wing marxist commie pig boss from UW-Madistan. By the way, won't gays & lezzies & liberals & lefties be surprised to see the extreme "intolerance" from the muzzies against homos & lezzies, if the muzzies are successful quest on their world wide jihad & servitude of non-believers. I believe that gays & lezzies & socialists will experience first hand the extreme hatred & persecution from the muzzies.

38 posted on 09/20/2011 9:02:48 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: ArrogantBustard

Exactly what I was thinking.

“Defile” is a strange word to choose.


39 posted on 09/20/2011 9:31:22 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: rcrngroup

The Bible does have a way of putting highly educated know-it- all’s in their place.


40 posted on 09/21/2011 8:19:17 AM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author is obviously filled with hatred for Christ and those of us who follow Him. We should pray for him. After all, Norma McCorvey(”Jane Roe” in the Roe vs. Wade case) turned from pro-abortion feminist to pro-life Christian through Christian prayers, witnessing and influence. Maybe the same thing could happen here?


41 posted on 09/21/2011 11:23:41 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL at your title.


42 posted on 09/21/2011 11:29:57 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama has made it official now..a white is only 3/5s a person in the US. Diversity wins.)
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