Thursday, April 30, 2009

Religious Left Herald End of Biblical Witness

The landslide passage of Hate Crimes legislation in the House has elated so-called christian leaders who espouse ridiculous interpretations of the Bible.

-- From "Christian Leaders: Hate Crimes Bill Is Necessary, Moral" press release by the heretics 4/29/09

Influential Christian leaders who have not previously spoken publicly on this legislation are declaring their support for the hate crimes bill that Congress has taken up this week:

Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University, Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University: This bill deserves Christian support because its aim is to protect the dignity and basic human rights of all Americans [albeit unequally], and especially those Americans whose perceived "differentness" makes them vulnerable to physical attacks motivated by bias, hatred and fear. . . . For me, the case for this bill is settled with these words from Jesus: "As you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me" (Mt. 25:40).

Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington, DC: The Scriptures are replete with examples of God's concern and compassion for those seen as "other" by many. I welcome the opportunity to support this bill as an expression of my Christian witness, and my belief in our nation's highest aims for all its citizens.

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners: Too often in our country when violence has been directed against gay and lesbian people, most Christians have been painfully silent.

Stephen Schneck, Director, Life Cycle Institute, The Catholic University of America: Gay and lesbian Americans need the protection this legislation offers.

To read the entire press release, CLICK HERE.