I was working on another post when this junk came in and I simply have to comment on it:
A nationwide coalition of more than 150 conservative Christian leaders signed a statement, released Tuesday, affirming their beliefs on human sexuality, including that marriage is between one man and one woman and approval of "homosexual immorality" is sinful. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood's list of 14 beliefs, referred to as the Nashville Statement, is a response to an increasingly post-Christian, Western culture that thinks it can change God's design for humans, according to the statement. "Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be," the statement from the coalition members reads.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood convened a meeting of evangelical leaders, pastors and scholars Friday at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's annual conference in Nashville. The coalition discussed and endorsed the statement.
. . .Among the signers who have been involved in national politics: James Dobson, founder of the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in the District of Columbia. Dobson and four others — Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd of Cross Church, which has four campuses in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri; Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; President Richard Land of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C.; televangelist James Robison, founder of Fort Worth-based Life Outreach International — also are members of President Trump's evangelical advisory board
Well I am so glad for this statement because it kills my compulsion to marry James Dobson. Seriously, before the news of that statement came out, I was being overcome by a need to make him my love slave for life.
All jokes aside, I hope the LGBTQ community doesn't fall for this mess. I can see how this can play out. We lodge intense verbal disagreement, leading Dobson, Perkins and the rest to do a media blitz on Fox News and other conservative-friendly news sources while playing the victim and calling out the LGBTQ community on our supposed intolerance of their "personally held religious beliefs."
Sorry my friends. Your statement doesn't move me. It doesn't anger me or sadden me. But it gets me defiant as hell because a simple fact:
Our community fought like hell for the right to marry. We did things the right and honorable way by proving our case in the right arena, i.e. the court. We EARNED marriage equality. And we aims to keep it. No statement by a bunch of self-righteous wannabe religious phonies is going to change that.
Nor will we be made to hate ourselves because you have the ridiculous belief that you sit on the right hand of God and angels sing your praises when you walk across a floor.
To put it succinctly - Ain't none of you special. Get over yourselves. No one gives a damn about what you think.
Deal with it.