Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bully in the Pulpit (Don't Fence Me In)

What kind of man stands in the pulpit of a sanctuary, in front on a church congregation and spouts such bile as, "I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great, big, large fence--150 or 100 mile long--put all the lesbians in there... Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out… And you know what, in a few years, they'll die"? Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina. 
What a man. A holy man. Standing in front of his church talking about starving to death a group of people. Do you think Jesus intended that kind of nasty vitriol? This man is speaking of eradicating and entire collection of human beings based on his own fears and what he perceives as God’s law, written in the Bible by men, I might add, in a different time than that in which we now live.
Do you know why gays and lesbians are so prevalent, present and in-your-face these days? It’s because we’re tired of the bullshit. We are people. We are human beings. We deserve to live life just like Pastor Worley and his disgusting ideals deserve to live life. We’re all God’s children. ALL of us!!
You don’t see gay people wanting to round up all the hypocritical ministers and put them behind an electric fence and starve them to death. (At least we’re not saying so publicly) No. You don’t. What is it about being a so-called man of God that entitles someone to be so vicious? He’s a bully that’s what he is. He feeds off of the “Amens” that he gets back from his congregation. Just like a bully feeds off the laughter he gets from the crowd of onlookers as he belittles someone with words or shoves him into a locker.
Dear Pastor Worley,
Stop doing/saying things in the name of God. Those negative actions are in the name of your own thoughts and perversities; your own insecurities and lack of understanding.
There has to come a time when you step out from behind the words that you’re hiding behind and realize that the world is full of all kinds of people; different beliefs, backgrounds, sexual orientations, ethnicities. There has to come a time of acceptance and learning. Take a step into this century and try to understand the people that you have decided deserve nothing better than death.
Remember that story in the Bible where God provided the Israelites manna from Heaven when they were wondering around the desert? Well, I believe we just might find an instance of manna from heaven once again if the so-professed followers of God’s word decided it was their duty to lock all of us lesbian, queer and homosexual people behind that electric fence a la concentration camps provided by the Germans during Hitler’s reign of terror. You see, I believe we’re all God’s people. I believe God loves me for who I am. I believe that great power in the sky would take care of us. In fact, I believe that the gay men would glamorize that fenced in area to the nth degree. I think the lesbians would settle it down and nurture it. I think all the children born gay to straight parents that eventually get thrown behind the electrified chain link would be well taken care of. I believe you would find one hell of a party and a new utopia that all of you who would lock us away to die would be clamoring to get inside. Knowing the kind, loving people that many gays and lesbians are, we would oblige, as you d’lectrify the fence, granting you entrance to our new home. On one condition of course: you have to live in harmony with us instead of fighting against us. Acceptance. No take backs.
Michael Rohrer
OUT gay man since 1993

Fah Who foraze, dah Who doraze, welcome, welcome 2012.