I want to work some more on this thread because it still interests me what others think. I think Soulforce folks should spend a lot of time considering what violence is to them since we take a clear stand for relentless nonviolence.
Today there is a great cartoon in the gay paper here by David Brady. I wish I could upload it but it's not online yet.
It shows a poster of "The Ayatollah" with the caption "Kill the Homosexuals" (referring to the report of Ali al-Sistani, the Iraqui religious leader who called for death to gays.)
It shows an assistant to the Ayatollah fielding a phone call, saying, "It's Ayatollah Dobson. He wants you to be the keynote speaker at their next 'Justice Sunday'..."
I loved it because it points out that hatespeech is hatespeech no matter who it's coming from. We Americans have gotten into an awful habit of thinking all the 'bad guys' are 'over there' when in fact some of America's best christians
could be considered terrorists.