Guarino Divides the Flock
From The Evil Dr. Guarino at The Greensboro Guardian:
Which denominations were represented among those in opposition to the marriage amendment?
The Episcopalians, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Methodists, Quakers, American Baptists and certain politically active black churches represented by the Greensboro Pulpit Forum. (To be fair, there is a courageous struggle being waged within the United Methodist Church against those church leaders who are trying to advance the gay sociopolitical agenda.)
In any case, these liberal churches were joined in opposition to the amendment by their ideological compatriots at local Reform Jewish and Conservative Jewish congregations. It has been an eye-opening experience for many local conservative Christians to observe such open displays of heresy.
He repeats the hypocrisy of situational ethics:
Some of us were astonished to witness within the last week progressive bloggers criticizing the News and Record over its coverage of the marriage amendment issue, and its refusal to make an endorsement. It was almost as if these bloggers felt entitled to a distinctive liberal bias in our local media. Of course, they had become highly accustomed to being the beneficiary of such bias over the years; and doubtless were incredulous when they perceived it was not sufficiently forthcoming on this particular issue.
From Richard Hoftstadter at Salon:
The pseudo-conservative always imagines himself to be dominated and imposed upon because he feels that he is not dominant, and knows of no other way of interpreting his position. He imagines that his own government and his own leaders are engaged in a more or less continuous conspiracy against him because he has come to think of authority only as something that aims to manipulate and deprive him.”
From Chris Hedges on The Cult of Masculinity:
Any relationship outside the rigid, traditional model of male and female threatens the hierarchical male power structure vital to the movement. Women who do not depend on men for their identity and their sexuality, who live outside a male power relationship, challenge the cult of masculinity, as do men who find tenderness and love with men as equals. The lifestyle of gays and lesbians is intolerable to the Christian Right because their existence is a threat to the movement’s chain of command, one its leaders insist was ordained by God.
From Hedges on James Cone:
He writes for the forgotten and abused, the marginalized and the despised. He writes for those who are penniless, jobless, landless and without political or social power. He writes for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and those who are transgender. He writes for undocumented farmworkers toiling in misery in the nation’s agricultural fields. He writes for Muslims who live under the terror of war and empire in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he writes for us. He understands that until white Americans can see the cross and the lynching tree together, “until we can identify Christ with a ‘recrucified’ black-body hanging from a lynching tree, there can be no genuine understanding of Christian identity in America, and no deliverance from the brutal legacy of slavery and white supremacy.”
It has been suggested hereabout today that one of the reasons opposition to NC Amendment 1 was not more successful is we did not seek appeasement. The Evil Dr. Guarino and the social retards he represents are not Christians or conservatives. They are authoritarian bigots, racists, misogynists, hypocrites and cowards. I have no interest in appeasing evil. Deal with it.