Hi, I'm Michelle
...and I can no longer, in good conscience, sit idly by as my faith is bastardized to promote hate, shame, violence, prejudice, and intolerance. Jesus is once again being used as a weapon, just as he was/is against racial and thenic minorities, women, left-handed people (WTF?), etc.
Although discrimination and bias against these groups remain, we have made great strides. For example, women are acheiving high ranking executive positions, but still getting lower pay and at statistically lower rates. Or, white sheets, burning crosses, and lynchings are images shocking to my generation (although I, at least, have seen them).
Apparently, though, we as humans (Americans?) haven't learned. We continue to use faith to assault people. They carry their hateful signs, chant their GLBT versions of the n-word, and decree damnation of souls. In response, I get haughty and spew anger, intolerance, and my own vile language at their intolerance.
How terribly effective. :shifty
I found Soulforce through a Wikipedia article on non-violent civil disobedience. I am inspired by the examples of Jesus as I understand him on my better days, Ghandi and Dr. King, and I'm delighted to see their principles applied to the fight for the civil rights of GLBT people. Perhaps finding a way to honorably fight discrimination and hate will help dissipate my aching heart and my hidden yearning for revenge. I hope to learn from you all.