Originally Posted by Catt of the Garage
I know that carries a lot of weight with me, as I have a lot of respect for the Quakers, seeing them as honest, thoughtful and truly godly.
Regarding my own family and my involvement with Soulforce, my parents made a step forward towards acceptance once they heard from voices that carried weight with them. They've sometimes slipped a few steps back, I suppose, since the anti-gay rhetoric is everywhere. But I remember telling my Dad that civil rights heroes from the 50's and 60's are involved in Soulforce. And he was like, "Ok, but they are just condemning the violence against gay people, right?"
I replied, "No, they are for full equality, marriage, adoption, and everything."
I could see that created what some Soulforce folks refer to as "cognitive dissonance."
- a state of psychological conflict or anxiety resulting from a contradiction between a person’s simultaneously held beliefs or attitudes
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