Dear Indiana Christians (a letter from Jesus)

11079043_10152814490161872_6867711666816996190_nIn light of the “religious freedom” nonsense that has gone on in Indiana (and rock on to the people who are protesting this nonsense), I really wish I’d written this letter to Indiana, from Jesus, at John Pavlovitz: Stuff That Needs to Be Said:

I’ve seen what’s been going on there lately. Actually, I’ve been watching you all along and I really need to let you know something, just in case you misunderstand:

This isn’t what I had planned.

This wasn’t the Church I set the table for.

It wasn’t the dream I had for you, when I spoke in those parables about the Kingdom; about my Kingdom.

It was all supposed to be so very different.

Do click on the link and read the rest. It’s priceless.

As a bonus, here is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence saying he is seeking guidance to clarifying the law. He says:

“Despite the irresponsible headlines that have appeared in the national media, this law is not about discrimination. If it was, I would have vetoed it.”

Uh-huh. Well, then. That explains things.

And thanks, DickG., for the link. And thanks, Sis. Carole, for the photo.

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      1. Not just Indiana. If the guy ever had any presidental aspirations, he’s thrown them away.

      2. Getting rid of Pence doesn’t get rid of the law. That’s an issue for the courts. We’ll have to see what SCOTUS says in June about marriage and how challenges to similar laws take shape.

  1. Pence is a former practicing attorney and former president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation think tank. Which means…
    a) he knows exactly what the intent of that law is…
    b) he’s full of shit.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says concerns that his state’s new “religious freedom” law will allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers is the result of a “tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding.”
    And he said he won’t support legislation that would clean up the public relations mess by adding protections based on sexual orientation to Indiana’s anti-discrimination laws.
    “That’s not on my agenda, and that’s not been an objective of the people of the state of Indiana. And it doesn’t have anything to do with this law. We are not going to change this law,” [Pence] said.
    (from CNN)

    The intent of that law is clear on its face: to allow anyone to publicly discriminate against anyone without fear of any civil reprisal simply by claiming such discrimination is an “exercise of religion.” Pence and Indiana extremists want to turn Due Process, (5th and 14th Amendments), into a tool of discrimination.

  2. Keeping in mind that I’m not a believer, and keeping in mind that I often find behavior by the so-called religious to be hypocritical and selfish, I think this letter is terrific and hope it will be read by anyone who claims to behave or speak in the name of any religion’s founder. In the Indiana case and beyond, I think people who claim religion as being an excuse to be anti-gay are really just people who are made uncomfortable thinking about homosexuality because it makes them feel icky.

  3. Personally I’d like to see seriously negative economic consequences be attached to bigotry by fake Christians (or by anybody else, for that matter). Here’s one way that could happen; it was somebody else’s idea, but I love it.

    Businesses that do NOT discriminate could put a sign in their front window which says “We Serve Everybody” or words of similar import. That way LGBT folks (or Muslims, or people wearing turbans, etc.) would know they won’t be embarrassed by that business, and the straights who abhor bigotry can patronize the business would know they are not supporting bigots. Stores that post no such sign could be avoided. Signs saying things like “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” or “No Guns” would be OK, too.

    This would have a much faster effect than court challenges. And it would not be confrontational.

          1. Whose eyebrows? His telling sounded pretty non-sensational but certainly incriminating to me.

            1. The piece wasn’t sensationalist. But challenging the myth of the “Christian Nation” will always be controversial among those who profit…in one way or another…from the perpetuation of that myth. People who want to ignore and/or rewrite history. People who want to reinforce and exploit Cold War stereotypes for fear mongering. Capitalists…mostly.

              1. THERE’s a shock.

                “…under God…” was added to The Pledge while I was in grade school. And that was ABOUT the time of adding “In God We Trust” to currency. At least I think that’s what he said.

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