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Blood-from-Turnip Alert: Group Wants Baptists to Apologize for Hating Gays

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is holding its annual meeting in Phoenix this week, and you can probably smell the fire and brimstone from where you are sitting already. But in the name of gay freedom, GetEQUAL and a group of faith groups is going to play Daniel to the SBC’s lions. GetEQUAL is collecting signatures on a petition calling on the SBC to apologize for its virulent antigay positions. And the groups are planning to present those signatures in person at the SBC meeting.

Among the faith-based groups that have joined the campaign are Faith In America, Truth Wins Out, Soulforce, Welcoming & Affirming Baptists and Believe Out Loud. “So far, thousands of folks across the country have joined us in calling on the Southern Baptist Convention to apologize for the immense harm they’ve done through words and actions,” says Robin McGehee, director of GetEqual. “And the SBC’s leadership is well-aware of the petition — in fact, we’re working with the Phoenix Police Department to broker a meeting to hand-deliver these signatures to the SBC’s leadership and to explain why an apology is necessary.”

Just to recap just why an apology from the SBC might be appropriate, here are some of its top hits:

  • Declares that “even a desire to engage in a homosexual relationship is always sinful, impure, degrading, shameful, unnatural, indecent and perverted.” (We’re sure they could add a few more adjectives, if they tried.)
  • Heavily promotes ex-gay minstries. We all know how successful those are.
  • Been a leader in the battle against marriage equality.
  • Opposed a federal nondiscrimination law because  it would “make it more difficult for people who oppose aberrant sexual behavior to express their beliefs about it in the workplace without fear of reprisal.” (Is that a bad thing?)
  • Boycotted Disney products because of Gay Days at the company’s amusement parks.

And the list goes on.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an apology this week, or possibly this century. The SBC only got around 16 years ago to apologizing to African-Americans for slavery. Groundbreakers, they are not. But when the day does comes that the SBC apologizes for what GetEQUAL describes as “its repeated and reckless discrimination,” you’ll know who was there first.

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  • The crustybastard

    Guess why there are Baptists and SOUTHERN Baptists?

    Guess who didn’t learn their lesson about making bigotry their dogma?

  • Fitz

    I’d rather just have blood from Baptists. Not a fan of turnips.
    I’m pro lion, and I vote.

  • Adman

    What I don’t get is that if someone is a Baptist, why would they have something against hate campaigns at all? The morally voracious position of eat they neighbor is the reason why they are baptists in the first place. The whole movement was designed to counter Catholicism in the first place, by employing the newly emergent modern premise of unprecedented gluttony. Baptists are the true American inheritors of “righteous colonialism” in it’s most lawless form. Evil is what makes them happy, don’t you see that? Apologies? Why give them a further opportunity to defend the “faith”? Or doesn’t GLADD know what apologetics is to the nominally religious, and the damage it does to our community?

  • Jeffree

    Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention continues to drop, even by their own numbers.

    They were on the wrong side of history on civil rights for African-Americans and they’re on the wrong side for LGBT rights too.

    They won’t apologize, & will use this petition as a sign of our “movement” trying to silence their religious views. That doesnt mean we shouldn’t hold their feet to the h€llfire; even if it’s symbolic it’s a way to keep their voices from being the only ones heard.

    We may be the “least of” their “brothers” but that which they do “unto” us marginalized people is supposedly a key part of the Jesus’s message in book they love to quote.

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