“When you’re here and the phone rings, and there’s heavy breathing and two seconds later the doorbell rings and then somebody’s throwing rocks through the windows. All those things combined create fear.”
That’s the unbelievable new reality for Rev. Jackie Carter of First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, KS.
When her state’s ban on gay marriage was struck down by a federal judge last month, Jackie began marrying same-sex couples, exercising her unfaltering message of love. Kind of like — oh what’s that guy’s name again — long robe, big beard, light of the lamb. Give us a minute, it’ll come.
But for some in her community, the mere act of officiating a union of same-sex love and commitment is so offensive that the only conceivable response is to lash out with vandalism, harassment and threats of murder. AKA the unChristian thing to do.
And while broken windows are inexcusable, threats like, “I’m going to chop your head off and put it on a stick and carry it around the town square,” verge on psychopathic.
Still, Rev. Carter strongly believes she is doing the right thing, and isn’t about to let a few village idiots have victory.
The church has ramped up security, and Carter pledges she’s, “not going to change my message of inclusion, I’m not going to change my message of love, and I’m not going to stop marrying people. I’m going to keep it up!”
She adds, “This is ridiculous hatred that has no place in this city or state or this country.”