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Closet Talk: Author Susan Parker – Walking in the Deep End

October 15, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Closet Talk, Community Outreach, Featured

Closet TalkSusan Parker joined me last night on Closet Talk to discuss her new book, Walking in the Deep End, a memoir.  Parker is a passionate advocate for the needs of people suffering from depression and eating disorders and confronts these often taboo subjects head on in her memoir.

We discussed Parker’s growing up in an evangelical family, her bulimia, coping with the suicides of family members and dealing with depression, Susan’s early homophobia (which resulted in unkindness toward her friends who would come out to her), and how, after discovering she wasn’t a zero on the Kinsey scale of sexual orientation, her relationships with those people changed.

Hate Wins in California Results in God’s Wrath

November 18, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

Peaceful demonstrations on the part of homosexuals took place all over the country on November 15, 2008.  The demonstrations were part of Join the Impact’s National Day of Protest.  We must remember that educating our government’s people will effectually educate our government.

But how do we change the minds of those that have spent the last 200-ish years being taught that “God hates fags” without seemingly challenging God and alienating ourselves from those that are taught “God is love”?

During a September 14, 2008 appearance with Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell stated that the fall of the Twin Towers was a result of:

“…throwing God out of the public square.  The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’

Many gays and lesbians were mortified by such comments by evangelicals after the fall of the Twin Towers and even more startled when the levees broke in New Orleans and similar accusations were made.

On November 4th California voters voted pro-chicken but anti-gay.  Was God angry?  You betcha – California is now burning.  Could this be because California voters felt that gays weren’t equal in Gods eyes?  God now seeks his vengeance on California for breaching the main foundations of Christian ideology, “Love thy neighbor.”

I can imagine that evangelicals will disagree.  They will argue that God is thankful for following “his” will being done in California.  Perhaps they will even state that the cause of the fire was not God’s anger, but Satan attempting to destroy the God fearing people of California.  Or perhaps the argument will be that it is God’s anger, but not because of gays, but because the vote for Chicken’s Rights really pissed him off when chickens are clearly satanic fowl.