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Friday, November 03, 2006

Gay People Can Serve God Too

Now, I'm no fan of the Rev. Ted Haggard's extremely conservative brand of religion. But I just wish that religious leaders everywhere would realize that if Ted Haggard can serve his church quite effectively for years and is gay—or at least bisexual—he's an example of how people of all sexual orientations are called to serve God.

If religions accepted being gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender as part of the normal sexual orientation continuum, people like Haggart wouldn't feel compelled to hide behind a sham heterosexuality in order to fulfill their spiritual calling. God does not discriminate, even though people misguidedly do.

Even James Dobson of the creepy organization Focus on the Family realizes this deep down, though his intent was to give Haggard the kiss of death. He said, in a press release issued today:
Ted has been my close friend and colleague for many years. He has been used mightily [emphasis added by EditorMom] to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Colorado Springs and around the world. He will continue to be my friend, even if the worst allegations prove accurate.

Many other so-called religious leaders say you have to be heterosexual to be "godly." I beg mightily to differ.


Anonymous said...

Haggard may have been "used mightily" in the past, but for Dobson the gay thing trumps all. I'm sure he'll invite Ted to participate in his ex-gay cure, but somehow I doubt it will take.

What a shame that we can't let people be true to themselves and their calling.

Anonymous said...

Dobson also went on to say that all sexual sin has mighty consequences. One doubts, however, that the damage would be lasting if it were merely allegations of being involved with a female prostitute. Gee, isn't ol' Jimmy Swaggart still raking it in?

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Yup, hypocrisy is rampant among evangelicals.

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