Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Religious Civil War

As I mentioned in my last post, the Religious Right in this country claims that gays, secular humanists, etc. have declared war on them. This mentality doesn't always limit itself to hand-wringing, screeches of persecution, and self-comparison to the martyrs of old. Sometimes, it includes vandalizing and burning church property.

Remember my previous post about the United Church of Christ and their gay-friendly ad? Well, in Valrico, Florida, a UCC church was vandalized and their parish house was set on fire. Their church banner proclaiming 'God is still speaking', the slogan for the ad, was specifically vandalized. Has this caught the attention of the media? Why, no! There hasn't even been a blurb in the 'crime' or 'incident' sections of the Florida papers. I can say this with fair confidence after searching through Newbank for the past week.

To add insult to injury, ABC accepted an ad from Focus on the Family to run during the season finale of their 'Supernanny' show. It's an ad pushing their child-rearing site, a little less controversial than the UCC ad the networks refused to air, but I still smell a little hypocrisy here.

If you would like to send letters of support to the church, address them to:

St. Mark UCC
2914 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33594-5627


At 8:43 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

What a great article. I think you have a very keen outlook here.
I've been wondering about the coming 'war' for a while now. Specifically Secular vs. Religious...not just fanatics and such. Just about 1/3 of this country would like to see absolutely NO mention of a God in the Government. Not on money, not in the courts. The rest are OK with our existing institutions such as "One nation under God.." just dont force the issue on non-believers.
Since the NeoCons are violating the hell out of that..the backlash against Frist and Dobson and their kind is growing.

Keep up the great work!



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