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Truth Truck – Do You Know the Truth?

August 10, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

lietruckThe following blog was written by wheresmylesbian on gaywallet.com and is reprinted here, with permission as a guest blog – special thanks to wheresmylesbian for such a wonderful account.

On July 19th about 20 “guests” attended the 9am service and then picketed outside of the church during the Hospitality Hour and also before, during and after the 11am service.

Demonstrators fail to thwart and dampen the outpouring of God’s Spirit!

A group from TruthTruckUSA made a stop at metropolitan Church of Christ, Las Vegas (“MCCLV”) while they were in town to participate in Operation Rescue/Operation Save America’s “2009 National Event.”

As the protestors (with their bullhorns) baked in the 109 degree Las Vegas summer heat, they were offered bottled water and greeted warmly, compassionately and hospitably by many of the good folks of MCCLV.

Meanwhile, the Worship of God not only continued inside the church at 11am (where it was COOL) but the People of God were encouraged and enlivened by the clear need for MCC’s message of hope, love and acceptance as an antidote to the condemnation, prejudice and discrimination that was going on outside.

Here’s one MCCer’s description of her experience:

When we pulled into our church today, we saw two police cars and a boat load of picketers. This is the first time that Keli and I have ever experienced anything like this. There was a huge van with the word ‘homosexual’ crossed out on it and a preacher on a megaphone quoting Scripture at everyone who “dared” to enter a primarily gay church. I was amazed at the things said; supposedly coming from a man that claimed to be a man of God. I’m sure the protesters called the police because they were afraid we gay folk would get out of hand. On the contrary. We stood outside enjoying each others company before the service started and then we went inside to worship God. The members of our little church were not affected by the protesters outside preaching what they believed to be the Word of God. We, the church, sang louder then I’ve ever heard us in the five years that Keli and I have been attending this church. The protesters did just the opposite of what they intended to do. We stayed, we learned, we sang and we prayed and most of all . . . WE WERE NOT MOVED!

During the opening song, a man sat down behind Keli and I. He suddenly realized that our church was a bit different. He said “I don’t mean to be rude, but is this a gay church?” I replied that probably 90% of our members are gay. He said “Oh F***!” and got up to leave. I said “Please stay. It’ll change your life.” He got up and left after the first song, but he came back. He sat through the entire service. During the last song, he sang louder than anyone in the room, bringing tears to mine and Keli’s eyes. Afterward, I told him I was glad he stayed. He said “Me too. It’s different. Very different but when you guys sang, I could feel the Holy Spirit in the room.” Me too.

We had protesters outside telling us that God hates us yet a straight man off the street says he feels the Holy Spirit in OUR church, a GAY CHURCH. If God hated us, the Holy Spirit would’ve been the last thing that man felt. I don’t know if he’ll return to our church but because of our church, he let God a little bit more into his heart and into his life. Our church was there today for someone that needed time with God. Protesters or not, we were there. I’m very proud to be a part of this church and I’m very proud to have experienced what it was like to have people picketing us.

On our way to our van, a lady jumped out and took a picture of us. This upset Keli at first until I told her I was proud that we got to be the lesbian moms with two kids that they probably show to the rest of their congregation. While loading the kids in the van, we were bombarded by two protesters. I knew better then to run my mouth at them or to be rude. It took the man jumping at my wife for me to open my mouth. I asked him to back away from my family and I told him no, I wouldn’t accept his pamphlet. I said “God loves me. What else do I need to know?” He replied “You’re wrong. God doesn’t love you.” We got in the van and when we started it a Todd Agnew song came on a little loud claiming “all your sins are washed away.” What a fitting song for these protesters to hear from the van of a lesbian couple as they tell all of us that God does not love us.

I don’t know why, but I feel compelled to share this story with everyone I know; regardless of their religious beliefs. I’m not sure what version of the Bible this man uses, but God loves everyone. Regardless of who we are or what we do. As our Father, he may not be happy with us but he loves us unconditionally. John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world though him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” Jesus was sent here for all of us. Not some of us. He loves all of us, not some of us. God is our Father and even if we do something we shouldn’t he still loves us. When Jesus died on the Cross, he died for us all. Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean he didn’t come here to wash away my sins too. HE LOVES US ALL! When will the world get this through their heads?

Over Half of All U.S. Hate Groups are in “The Bible Belt”

March 01, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a map indicating the number of hate groups in each state.  The map allows users to choose their state and find out which groups are active.  Hate groups included are the Ku Klux Klan, various “ministries”, the American National Socialist Party, and other Christian Identity and Neo-Nazi groups.

California leads the states in the number of active hate groups with 84 groups.  Texas is next in line with 66 groups.  Only two states are reported to have no active hate groups, Alaska and Hawaii.

The total number of active hate groups reported is 926.  Perhaps most significant, the majority of all U.S. Hate Groups reside in only 17 states.  Those state are generally considered “The Bible Belt” (being KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL, WV, VA, NC, and SC) and together they contain 483 of the 926 known and active hate groups.  Is this a coincidence?  I think not.

Number of Hate Groups in US by State

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To find out which groups are active in your state, visit the map at the Southern Poverty Law Center Website.

Promoting Hatred with the Word of God

February 19, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Religion

Historically, the Bible has been used to secure the white heterosexual man’s superiority.  In spite of this, we still haven’t learned our lesson.

Biblical passages have been used to define specific gender roles, including eliminating women from church leadership.  In fact, during the second century, Tertullian wrote:

It is not permitted to a woman to speak in church. Neither may she teach, baptize, offer, nor claim for herself any function proper to a man, least of all the sacerdotal office.

This sort of thinking continued on, and more recently, Martin Luther wrote:

…the wife should stay at home and look after the affairs of the household as one who has been deprived of the ability of administering those affairs that are outside and concern the state…

This was a blatant attack on not only women in the church, but also women in politics and matters outside that of the “home.”  Unfortunately, in spite of efforts of many churches to be more inclusive of women, the archaic belief that women are inferior remains even in modern times.  Evangelical author, John MacArthur, Jr., wrote:

One of the most devastating, and debilitating, and destructive movements in our day is the ‘Feminist Movement.’ It is changing not only the world but sadly it is changing the church, and as a result the Word of God is being dishonored; opponents are having plenty bad to say about us and God our Savior is being dishonored and shamed. Radical feminism has brainwashed our culture. It has brainwashed our culture to the degree that even the church has fallen victim to this.

Many who believe that a woman is less than a man and that men should rule over women cite the following passage from the Bible:

To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.’  Genesis 3:16

Other Bible passages cited to support the degradation of women include:

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Ephesians 5:22-24

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.  Timothy 2:11-14 [ESV]

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.  Corinthians 11:3 [NIV]

Evangelicals also use the Bible to disenfranchise, insult, enslave and demean “people of color”.  This is largely based on the story of Canaan, or “The Curse of Ham”  (See Genesis 9:20-27)  This “curse,” purportedly illustrated by the color of one’s skin to evangelical Christians, has mostly faded away in modern times; however, it still exists but is NOW generally considered to be non-christian and occult like.  Historically; however, the “curse” inspired such statements as:

Bar Hebraeus (Syrian Christian scholar, 1226-86): “‘And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and showed [it] to his two brothers.’ That is…that Canaan was cursed and not Ham, and with the very curse he became black and the blackness was transmitted to his descendents…. And he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.’” Sprengling and Graham, Barhebraeus’ Scholia on the Old Testament, pp. 40-41, to Gen 9:22.

According to Catholic mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich, “I saw the curse pronounced by Noah upon Ham moving toward the latter like a black cloud and obscuring him. His skin lost its whiteness, he grew darker. His sin was the sin of sacrilege, the sin of one who would forcibly enter the Ark of the Covenant. I saw a most corrupt race descend from Ham and sink deeper and deeper in darkness. I see that the black, idolatrous, stupid nations are the descendants of Ham. Their color is due, not to the rays of the sun, but to the dark source whence those degraded races sprang.”

— From Wikipedia

Unfortunately, the discriminatory use of Biblical text continues and is even popular ideology with regard to homosexuality.  Some comments which claim to hold the word of “God” include:

Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible (Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:22-32; 1st Corinthians 6:9,10; Jude 1:7). Let every believer speak out against the evils of homosexuality in society today, for it is our responsibility…

Homosexuality is disgusting, unnatural, and just plain wrong and God hates it.

Well, we know punishing homosexuals by death would be extremely hard in today’s society,but we hope that we can help to drive it underground so in about twenty or thirty years, the punishment can fit the crime.

Evangelical Christians have been whining about how society is starting to make fun of them and treat them as “less” than human.  They have been calling gay rights advocates terrorists and claiming that they are being threatened with violence.  Frankly, I disagree with threats of violence against the evangelicals; however, there is a little smirking part of me that wants to scream out, “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE THE TIDE TURNED AGAINST YOU!?!!?”  Michael Novak had this to say:

“There is a bigotry rampant in America, against evangelicals. It is the last respectable bigotry.” (Michael Novak)

So, after centuries of being the “bigot” and discriminating against, enslaving, dehumanizing, murdering and otherwise belittling group upon group of persons, now you want to play the victim card?  Perhaps you are now just reaping what you have sown.

Gay Bashing and Christian Bashing – A Video Comparison

January 30, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

I found this video to be informative, passionate and otherwise remarkable.  It says it all:

Another Hate Crime Surprises Minneapolis Uptown Area

January 26, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

A 32 year old woman, Kristen Boyne, was assaulted on her way to the Rainbow Foods grocery store on Thursday, January 22 by two men using derogatory slurs about Kristen’s sexuality.  Kristen survived the attack with a severe concussion and was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and later released.

This is the first such hate crime in recent memory for the Uptown area of Minneapolis, a generally progressive neighborhood.  The surprise of the community is due to the breach of the “safety” bubble many in gay communities have built.  We now have “gayborhoods” and LGBT districts where we feel safe.  This crime shows that even within the safety of the “walls” we’ve created, we are not safe.

Police are asking for help in solving this crime.  If you have any information, please contact Sgt. Bruce Kohn at 612-673-2941.

Minneapolis City Guide Examiner: Hate crime assault in Uptown Minneapolis area shocks and surprises local residents.

When Hate Crimes Are Terrorism

January 23, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

The “right-wing” have often *defended* themselves from LGBT people using ridiculous claims like gays are pedophiles and if you allow gays to get married, gay sex will be taught to elementary students, etc.  It’s a topic I’ve covered a couple of times here because I find their comments so ridiculous that repeating them only illustrates how insane their claims are.  But the claims all have one thing in common, they are meant to belittle, insult and oppress LGBT people.  They are purposeful in illustrating the “evil” of LGBT people.  They intend to make us look like wretches and non-productive members of society, and if they could, they would draw images of us with horns and tails and proclaim us to be direct descendants of the devil (but most haven’t gotten that ridiculous yet).

In response, the LGBT community has largely attempted to eradicate these arguments by illustrating that we are actually ordinary people in ordinary jobs and live rather ordinary lives.  We are constantly trying to show gay couples in loving and committed relationships and raising beautiful children.  These images are generally accurate of some LGBT people, but not all.  The purpose of our “campaign” showing these people is to defunct the arguments that we are all sex crazed lunatics.  What we haven’t done is launched our own “smear” campaign.

Imagine a world where instead of saying Hate Crime when a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person is attacked, raped, murdered, etc., we call it what it is – Domestic Terrorism.  Hate crimes are often committed by small groups of people who are biased or prejudiced toward LGBT people.  They generally consider themselves to be superior and generally condemn LGBT to hell.  I’ll admit, not all of these crimes are “terrorism”, but many are motivated by the same thing that motivates terrorist – instill fear in a group of people in order to coerce them away from what it is they represent.

Although there isn’t an internationally recognized definition of terrorism, some definitions include:

The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.  Link

The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda. Link

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. Link

When the group “Bash Back” stormed a gay hating church and disturbed the congregation, the right-wing was quick to label the group as terrorists, yet when a group of men brutally raped a lesbian woman in California for being a lesbian or some insane person sent threats of toxic exposure to gay bars, people didn’t call them terrorists, but they are.  They intend to intimidate and coerce LGBT people into submission.  They try to invoke fear in us to silence us or send us back to the closet.  What they don’t know is that although we are a diverse people, we are a strong people.  We have been attacked and beaten and deemed unworthy and unequal our entire lives and that has not stopped us, it has made us stronger.  Together we will overcome these terrorists and their supporters.  Although we may be afraid, we are courageous.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave. ~Ambrose Redmoon (aka James Neil Hollingworth)

44 Year Old Man Beats up 15 Year Old Boy for Being Gay

January 22, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

January 21, 2009:  A 44 year old Bolingbrook, IL man was charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime after beating up a 15 year old boy while making derogatory remarks about the juveniles sexuality.  The boy, who had apparently gone to the house to visit a friend, refused medical treatment; however, he did report the assault to his mother who contacted the police.

See:  Bolingbrook man charged with committing hate crime :: Herald News :: Police Blotter.

These are the sorts of crimes that make the passage of federal hate crimes legislation so important.  Many states do not currently have hate crimes legislation and a large portion of these crimes go uncounted.  HR 1592, (commonly, The Matthew Shepard Act) is written to expand current hate crimes legislation to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.  Although the law has been circulating through congress since 1999, it has never passed.  Upon approval in 2007 by the House of Representatives, then President George W. Bush indicated should the Act pass Congress, he would veto the measure.  The new President Obama has indicated that he supports the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act.  Please write to your senate leaders and explain the importance of this legislation.  To find out how to contact your senator, please visit the United States Senate Contact Page.

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Gays Should Be Thrown From Planes with No Chutes

January 16, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

In recent discussions online about the pending repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (“DADT”) one commenter took hatred to a new level (anonymously of course).  A man/woman under the handle “Union Sucks” and claiming to be a retired Army Officer not only encourages a heterosexual boycott of the U.S. Military, but also wants gays murdered.  He/She states:

As a retired Army Officer, I would ENCOURAGE as many as possible to leave the service under protest of this. The ONLY use for gays in the military is perhaps an airborne outfit that you could drop into action without parachutes or weapons. Other than THAT, we do NOT need that kind of human debris in our armed forces.

The alleged military officer’s plea includes what may be called a “boycott” of our nation’s military, and essentially, a boycott of the United States and the principals for which he/she allegedly fought – freedom.

The commenter has obviously never heard of Alexander the Great, reknowned for his leadership and war time victories – but also a homosexual.  He also hasn’t read this article: 104 retired military brass against ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ – CNN.com; indicating that 104 retired “top brass” military persons have signed a statement calling for a repeal of DADT, or that “a study conducted by a group of senior retired military officers recommended ditching the military’s ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ policy” [referenced in the CNN article].

It just goes to show that we continue to allow bias and prejudices to rule our thoughts rather than education and rational debate.

Gay Couple Beaten, Now SUV Burned

January 15, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

John and Larry Charlton haven’t been very vocal about the attack against them back in September.  In fact, you may not have even heard about the attack or that the two men were hospitalized after being brutally beaten by men after the men yelled gay slurs.

Now, the police are encouraging John and Larry to come forward – after a second crime has been committed against the couple.   On January 13, 2009, the couples SUV was set on fire.

Police are looking for help investigating the attack.  The attackers are described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s with a long gray ponytail and a white man in his early 20s with short brown hair.

This attack comes just over two weeks after the brutal beating of Nathan Runkle, also of Ohio.

If you have information about this crime, please call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 877-645-TIPS.  According to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, phone lines do not have caller ID and your call will not be recorded.

For more information, please visit:

Couple Attacked – Next, SUV is Torched : Gay News from Gay Agenda – GayAgenda.com.

Gay Couple Attacked in West Side Neighborhood – 10 TV News

Gay Bars in Seattle Threatened with Biological Warfare

January 08, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Eleven gay bars in Seattle have received letters advising the clubs to expect the unleashing of the toxin ricin against them and their patrons.  The letters were unsigned and stated that they expect the victims to “die painfully while in the hospital.”

Seattle Police, the FBI and Homeland Security are investigating.

I find this story ironically sickening.  I keep rehashing the outrage of the anthrax threats, biological warfare moments and the “war on terror” and wondering where the outrage is when such terrorist threats are made against LGBT people.  Even the most staunchly anti-gay person in the world should come forward at this moment and say that such actions against LGBT people (or any person) are despicable, unacceptable and “sinful”.

If prop 8 was our bugle Reveille, this event is our Charge.  We are under attack and cannot let ourselves be found defenseless and unprepared.

More information regarding this story is available at 365gay.com: Seattle gay bars threatened with ricin attacks | News Story on 365gay.com.