Way to go, Southern Baptists - the DAY AFTER you elect your first black president, you pass a resolution that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”
You pat yourselves on the back for shrugging off one shame, while cloaking yourselves in another.
Amy Levin for The Revealer! It’s already attracted one great comment:
“God bless America and mitt romney. Save the constitution and america”
This must be worth reading!
We hear about the black vote, we hear about the Mormon vote, but we seldom-to-never hear about the black Mormon vote (or black Mormons at all, for that matter). In fact, when it comes to presidential politics, most of us can’t even read the word Mormon without Mitt Romney’s branded-white, male face suddenly appearing, side smirk and all. Despite the Mormon church’s efforts to diversify and “disrupt the dominant image of young white males riding bikes and knocking on doors” with examples like the “I’m a Mormon” campaign and the “Meet Mormons” website, this image of the white, heterosexual, Romney-voting Mormon tends to hover in our dim and narrow collective (voter) imagination.
Caiden Cowger, a 14-year-old Conservative radio host from West Virginia, took to the airwaves to slam President Obama and Vice President Biden for his support of LGBT equality.
“Homosexuality is a belief,” Cowger ranted. “It is not mandatory in that person. The person is not born that way. …It is a decision. There – it’s getting worse where I’m at. I see younger people that is [sic] turning out to be homosexuals – it’s equal, boy and girl both. All of them are starting to turn to homosexuals. We’ve got about 30 – I’d say 30 teenagers in this county that I’m at that are homosexuals. And it is sickening.”
According to The Advocate, the service hosting Cowger’s program, Spreaker, has suspended Cowger’s show, though his account remains active.
“While we not only support free speech, we help it find its way to more people faster and easier with our service that is the audio equivalent of YouTube, but like them, we cannot and will not condone hate speech,” said Spreaker CEO Francesco Baschieri in a statement. “Consequently, we have pulled down audio content from Caiden Cowger, whose recent gay-bashing clearly crosses the line from free — to hate — speech.”
Cheers to Spreaker for making that distinction (though they are reviewing the show’s archive and will put some content back up if it doesn’t qualify as hate speech, which, in the interests of the First Amendment, is proper).
And let’s note that this 14-year-old has about the same understanding of homosexuality as he does of proper grammar and the English language. Which is little to none.
Becky Garrison’s latest post for The Revealer: An interview with Rev. Oliver White, pastor of the only predominantly African American Congregational Church in Minnesota, on his support for same-sex marriage–and what it’s cost.
A media landscape that relies primarily on the voices of those with the microphone tends to miss out on the smaller, quieter voices for justice, such as the Rev. Oliver White, a United Church of Christ pastor and social studies teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At present, his church is facing foreclosure–a result, many say, of his decision to speak out in favor of same sex marriage at the 2005 UCC General Synod.
Amy Levin did a great piece of analysis for The Revealer on President Obama’s “coming out” last week:
While the majority of pundits across the spectrum are wondering if this is anything more than a political ploy for re-election, a few medialites focused in on Obama’s confession as an expression of faith. Today at The Washington Post, Elizabeth Tenety highlights Obama’s evolution (yes, she believes in evolution) on the issue, as he calls it, as well as that fact that he “ invoked Christ and the Golden Rule in detailing how he has changed.”
Are faith statements and politiking mutually exclusive? Because last I checked, God seems to love presidential elections.