Each time a gay teen takes their own life to escape the constant insidious bullying that springs from the non-stop anti-gay rhetoric the Christianists and professional Christians, if you will, who keep homophobia alive and in many cases make their living off of disseminating anti-LGBT hatred want to disavow any responsibility for the deaths that they have knowingly - indeed willingly - caused. It's like someone yelling fire in a crowded theater or some other crowded venue and then denying any responsibility for those who might be trampled to death as the mad effort to exit ensues. The denial is disingenuous to say the least. Thus, each time Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, Don Wildmon, the hate merchants at Liberty University and a host of other hate merchants engage in anti-gay rants and allege that gays are a menace to society, they send the message that anti-gay bullying - and even physical violence against gays - is perfectly acceptable. Would that the mainstream media had the balls and integrity to call the bastards out on the consequences of their actions. A piece in Lez Get Real looks at the hypocrisy in the context of the Lisa Miller kidnapping case. However, the analysis applies to Christianists across the board. of the those who peddle anti-gay bigotry and hatred in the name of religion yet seek to disavow the blood on their hands. Here are highlights:
[N]o practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based.
The battle over issues like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and even things as innocuous-seeming as the Lisa Miller case hinge upon freedom of religion, at least in the minds of those who pursue them as part of their faith. For the rest of us, it is about freedom from religion. We want to not have to be forced to accept other people’s views on religion, thank you very much.
It is also, though, about that quote above. Churches are free to discriminate. That is quite evident in the recent actions of the Kentucky church that banned interracial marriages. Catholic Churches are free to discriminate against lesbians and gays as well. The thing is, though, they still have to deal with the consequences, and that is something that they do not want to do.
Let us, though, look at the words of one Julio Severo regarding the case of Timothy David Miller and Lisa Miller. Timo Miller was charged by federal prosecutors with aiding Lisa Miller in the abduction of the daughter she had with Janet Jenkins. . . . Both Timo Miller and Lisa Miller, who are not related to each other, have the freedom to do what they wanted to, but they also face the freedom to take the consequences of their actions.
Severo thinks otherwise. He wrote recently that: Rev. Timothy David “Timo” Miller, who acted courageously in his defense of a persecuted child and her mother, has now made a deal with federal prosecutors, who are seeking to take Isabella Miller away from her mother and give her to an unrelated lesbian. No one knows exactly what this deal is, but prosecutors appear to be pleased with the results.
What you can do: Pray that God will lead Lisa and Isabella in his grace, mercy and power. Pray that the FBI and other authorities working for darkness and wickedness will be covered in confusion and shame. Pray that God will bring blindness to those planning to arrest and kidnap Lisa and Isabella (see 2 Kings 6:18). Pray that ultimately the name of Jesus Christ will be honored.
Severo shows without a doubt that he and his fellow “Christians” want nothing more than to make their religion dominant and to ignore the laws of the United States. They are the ones who want special privileges. They want to be better than everyone else and are terrified of their status being superior to all others will be stripped from them.
They are terrified of having to take the consequences of their actions. Lisa Miller will face jail time, and what is more, she will have to deal with the fact that she handed her daughter over to a known pedophile masquerading as a Baptist activist. She will have to cope with life in prison, and the fact that she will likely never get to see Isabella Miller for the rest of her life.
This is what these people want to avoid. They want to avoid having to understand that they have all but destroyed the life of young Isabella Miller- who, by the way, was seeing Janet Jenkins quite easily before she was brought into the Baptist fold and was not suffering from any problems whatsoever.
Well, the problem for Lisa Miller and company is that they are, like it or not, bound by the law.