Promote Traditional American Values
There's a lot of conservative religious organizations out there that say they want to bring back traditional values in America and save our nation from moral decay. But when I searched the internet I found very little of what I consider to be traditional American values coming from conservative Christians.
What I found was intolerance, hate, disrespect, division, dishonesty, and bigotry. I found fear and scapegoating. I found hateful words like:
"Someone must not be afraid to say 'moral perversion is wrong'. If we do not act now, homosexuals will own America. If we do not speak now, the homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in it's way and our nation will pay a terrible price."
"Gay sex is an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it. It's an inherent evil that should never be tolerated. If the homosexuals continue to insist on fornicating, the state might have to use force to root out this evil once and for all."
"May God forgive this nation for the vile wickedness. Make no mistake about it. America is being seduced and decieved by the homosexual agenda. Our children are being indoctrinated and many are being infected with HIV. There is a calculated agenda out there. They're after you, but more importantly, they're after your children."
Those are traditional American values?
Words like those stir up feelings of hate and revenge and can lead to violence against members of the lesbian and gay community. Violence, hate and revenge are NOT traditional American values.
While looking at the web sites of many of the conservative religious organizations that I ran across, I did not find many of the following values mentioned:
Where are these traditional America values in the religious right's fight to save America? It seems that many of these values are absent. Maybe they don't want to talk about some of them because if they do, they might have to actually honor them.
That's why WE need to talk about them. We need to promote these American values to insure that this reamains a great country.
I believe that as gay and lesbian Christians we should challenge the religious right to stop their campaign of hate and intolerance and embrace the values of compassion, respect, brotherhood, diversity, love, honesty, and equality that most Americans cherish.
As Christians and as Americans I believe this is our responsibility.
Last edited by Rick336; 05-10-2006 at 02:23 PM.