Southern Baptists object to equal rightsMay 26, 2008 — Deacon Duncan
It’s Memorial Day here in the USA, a day when we honor those who died defending American freedoms. Sadly, a number of Christian groups are spending this holiday looking for ways they can exploit the democratic process in order to deny some Americans equal protection of their right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” just because they’re gay.
For example, here’s a story about a group of Southern Baptists trying to get the Southern Baptist Convention to officially condemn the state of California for granting gays students equal protection and equal access to the states educational resources:
A group of Southern Baptists are lining up behind a resolution condemning the California school system for what they claim is a recent “tolerance” campaign that blatantly endorses homosexuality.
The resolution, authored by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr., a preacher and lecturer in the Southern Baptist denomination, and Bruce N. Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, is a response to the recent enactment of California Senate Bill 777.
Baucham and Shortt claim that SB 777 indoctrinates students “to believe that the homosexual, bisexual, and other sexually deviant lifestyles are normal, acceptable, and the moral equivalent of biblical heterosexuality.”
Meanwhile, back in the real world, here’s what SB 777 actually says:
It is the policy of the State of California to afford all
persons in public schools, regardless of their disability, gender,
nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any
other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate
crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code, equal rights
and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state.
But you see, we have to deny gays equal protection and equal opportunities. Otherwise, we’re “indoctrinating” students into thinking that “homosexual, bisexual, and other sexually deviant lifestyles are normal, acceptable, and the moral equivalent of biblical heterosexuality.” No word, of course, on whether “biblical heterosexuality” includes polygamy…