Friday, May 26, 2006

Keep hate and bigotry out of the Constitution

From Rev. Timothy F. Simpson and Christian Alliance for Progress. Click headline.

The Religious Right has designated Sunday, June 4th, as "Marriage Protection Sunday" and is mobilizing fundamentalist and evangelical congregations all across America, including those in the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, to try and pressure Congress to put forward an amendment to the US Constitution to ban gay marriage. The Senate is scheduled to take up the amendment on June 5th and vote on it the next day, so the push among conservative congregations is designed to show how much support there is for this change in our laws out in the heartland.

The extremist American Family Association on its web site calls this vote"the most important vote this year" which, given the many crises facing our nation at the present time, shows how deep the fear and animus exists among conservatives against gays and lesbians.

We cannot allow this attempt to enshrine discrimination in our most important national document to go unchallenged. Congress needs to know that there are millions of American Christians who do not think that gays and lesbians should be subject to a second-class citizenship that deprives them of the benefits available to everyone else and which singles them out for mistreatment.

The basic teaching of both testaments of the Bible is that what is good for one should be good for all. Yet according to the federal government's General Accounting Office, there are over 1,100 federal benefits which are conferred on heterosexual couples in order to induce them to marry which are denied to gay and lesbian couples. There is simply no way in good conscience that heterosexual Christians can enjoy the benefits extended to them by the government while their gay and lesbian neighbors are left out.

What You Can Do

We are asking each of our members, between June 1st and June 5th to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in opposition to this effort by the Religious Right and to call either your Senator or your Representative to tell them that Christians are against discrimination and that all of us should live under one law, not one for straights and a separate one for gays and lesbians.

Let them know that the Religious Right does not speak for all Christians!


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