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Gay rights not civil rights: US Baptists

2012-06-21 10:10

New Orleans - A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.

Thousands of delegates at the annual meeting of the largest US Protestant denomination on Wednesday were nearly unanimous.

It affirms Southern Baptist belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behaviour outside of marriage is sinful".

It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections".

The civil rights movement fought to end legal discrimination of African-Americans that persisted in the South for a century after slavery.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2012-06-21 10:30

    American Jesus spews the hatred again.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 10:31

      There is no difference between the current homophobes and the christian racist bigots who supported slavery 150 years ago and Apartheid more recently. Christian racists now wish to apply the same discrimination against homosexuals and other people who differ from them. The bigotry and cruelty is identical. They have created a god in their own image and assigned their prejudice to that god, creating a god that shares their prejudice and who, then, sanctions and defends the unjustified harms that bigots like them would cause to "those who are different."

      Leah - 2012-06-21 11:25

      Za; get over yourself. Not all Christians are bigots and not all bigots are Christians. This is one group only

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 11:42

      @Leah Where did I say "all?" Read again I said "christian racist bigots who supported slavery 150 years ago."

      benn.sadie - 2012-06-21 12:37

      Sure,zaatheist, your fellow atheists, Stalin and Mao, had a different "approach or solution"- Between just the two of them, they exterminated in excess of 100 million people.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 14:18

      benn.sadie Why did you conveniently leave out Hitler? Because he was a Christian and he actually killed in the name of your god. "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice". - Adolf Hitler, 12 April 1922 "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out." - Adolf Hitler, 1933 speech in Berlin "... I do not merely talk of Christianity, no, I also profess that I will never ally myself with the parties which destroy Christianity." —Adolf Hitler, February 15, 1933, speech in Stuttgart "National Socialism neither opposes the Church nor is it anti-religious, but on the contrary, it stands on the ground of a real Christianity." —Adolf Hitler, August 26, 1934, speech in Koblenz Stalin an Mao killed to retain power. They did not kill in the name of atheism.

  • badballie - 2012-06-21 13:35

    The bottom line is that no one can be forced to accept bi-sexual or homosexual activity, or can even be forced to accept people with those preferences. The only thing we can do is enforce tolerance of others.

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-06-21 16:28

      I tend to agree with you here. In the middle ages people who were left-hand were ostracised (the Latin word for left is 'sinistra', you still find it in 'sinister'), now I can't imagine why you'd dislike someone merely for being left-handed, and yet it happened all the time. These days people are unified by finding a common 'enemy', and homosexuality is these days public enemy no 1. The best we can hope for, is that people can protect one another from each other's prejudices; I can understand if religious folk don't want gay people to encroach on their marriage-ideals, but the question remains open how do you protect gays/lesbians from discrimination. Looking at some of the comments made earlier, such discrimination seems to be pontificated from the religious right; while anyone objecting is labelled 'drowning in relativism'. There is something wrong with the world if one group of people can be allowed to tell another group of people the love they share for one another is somehow 'bad'... If you don't like it, no-one is forcing you; but leave the rest to themselves. And let the law protect us from one another, as from some of these comments it is quite obvious that gay/lesbian discrimination is still rife. Homophobia is still best cloaked behind the veil of 'religious purity'...

  • Christopher Steenkamp - 2012-06-24 04:21

    When are these militant conservatives going to evolve and acquire some relevant concerns.

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