I have always heard that Southern Baptists were about some of the most racist and bigoted people on the planet and to the point where some Baptist churches would categorically deny being in the same religious sub-group as SBs. So, when they elected a Black president, I was mildly surprised.
But it’s a good thing the SBC doesn’t decide on what is a civil right and what isn’t. Oh, I don’t know… last I heard, this is the United States of America, one of the few places in the world where people actually do have rights so I guess the SBC has the right to decide who doesn’t have civil rights… like their saying so makes it so.
Or is this their way of being heteronormative to the point where they’re saying that if you ain’t like us – straight – then you have no civil rights? They say they won’t stand for any anti-gay sentiments or gay bashing… but they denounce a whole lot in a way that could be construed as anti-gay – how’s that for some double-talking?
In their denouncement, they speak to classes of individuals and that’s some scary shit and shit I haven’t heard since 1964 and then again when MLK was assassinated. So it would seem that once again, having rights as a citizen of this country is depended on… class? Whether you’re straight or gay?
Officially, there is no class system in this country… but we sure as hell behave like there is. I mean, really, is there still such a thing as a second- or third-class citizen here, in the United States? And, hmm, who gets to decide that gays are in a class that shouldn’t afford them any civil rights, seeing as how “gay rights” are really a civil issue and also some obscure fact that gay Americans are still Americans.
Maybe the SBC will pass a resolution saying that they aren’t because, oh, I don’t know, by denouncing them and saying they have no civil rights, you might as well take the next step and denounce them as citizens and have them deported… oh, wait. You can’t deport them… because they are Americans.
Okay, so that the SBC tossed their resolution out there – which really doesn’t mean anything other than that’s how the majority feels and they put it in writing – isn’t all that surprising, being all religious (and Old Testament) about this; it really tickles me that when it’s something they like, they’re all New Testament about things, misquoting Jesus, stuff like that but when it’s something that offends them in any way, break out the Old Testament and then behave as if the New Testament never existed.
So much for loving your fellow man, huh? Oh, wait… that didn’t sound gay, did it?