...hooooboy. As much as I believe in the fight of "Freedom for lgbt people from religious & political oppression...", and being a passivist at heart makes the principle of "relentless, non-violent resistance" second nature to me, I find SoulForce to be almost exclusively deconstructionist in it's ecumenical, maybe pantheistic perspective... Ghandi and King each firmly held to completely incompatible beliefs about each others "religion"... They had civil activism in common, and that's about it... SoulForce seems geared to oppose and defend against it's percieved adversaries by undermining their system of beliefs and vulnerable faith, but I see no cohesion of thought as to what to do next to build people back up. -We're all operating under the belief we do what we do for both our own well being and sanity, as well as out of love and concern for humanity as a whole, so world peace is a rather worn out incentive these days...
What will SF's role be 5-10 years from now when we can marry and force people to outwardly treat us as equals under the law? I know what "you" want people to stop doing to us gays, but what do you want them to DO instead? - Mel White, MLK (and the very Name of this place), presents an implication of being grounded in "Christianity", with a liberal nod to the metaphysical peace makers of other faiths... That was my initial impression, but I've seen -Xtianity treated like, and spoken of in the same way Christians treat and speak of us... Can we only "win" by turning the tables of oppression on our oppressors, in a relentlessly, in your face passive way?
I know what SF stands against; I just have no idea what it stands for... It's ludicrous to suggest "you guys" figure it out, but it is at the core of any constructive criticism I could offer. I think it is why the interest in this organization is waning so much... You'll subvert the need for you if/when you are successful, and we can just get back to arguing about "God" and Johnny still being unable to read... I fear for those gays who's identity and purpose has formed around this fight. What next when they really are used to us and no one cares anymore?