Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Remembering Our Christian Allies

As election and ballot initiative results begin to flow it - and it is looking terrible in Virginia so far - it is important to recognize that win or lose today, things ARE changing for the better albeit not at the pace I and so many others would prefer. We in the LGBT need to remember and support our straight and Christian allies. I trash far right Christians and the utterly corrupt Catholic Church hierarchy, but not all Christians are the enemy. We all need to remember that. One beautiful example is a number of the Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan that took out a full page ad - see the image above (click on the image for a larger view) - that urge equal treatment under the laws and a vote against the effort to repeal the pro-GLBT non-discrimination ordnance. Here are some highlights from Towelroad on the Episcopal Church effort:
Kalamazoo, Michigan-area Episcopalians wanted to counter the Roman Catholic Bishop, who has publicly opposed the anti-discrimination ballot measure up for a vote there today, so they raised $7,000 in donations from individual Episcopalians to put a full page ad in Sunday's paper and demonstrate to area voters that not all Christians are anti-gay.
Said Rev. Cynthia Black, Rector of the Parish Church of Christ the King in a press release: “Our denomination was very clear this past summer when it’s legislative convention met in Anaheim, California. As Episcopalians we are to actively work to defeat discrimination of any kind, especially discrimination against our transgender and gay sisters and brothers. We tossed around a lot of ideas, and finally settled on two: to raise money and signatures for a full page ad in the local paper, and to go door to door, sharing our perspective on why a ‘Yes’ vote is necessary.
The full-page ad above ran in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Sunday. The Rev. Beth McLaren, Associate Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and The Rev. Anne Reed of the Diocese of Western Michigan were also involved.

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