I have been known to bag on Christians a lot. Well, to bag on people who claim the label, while endeavoring to judge and hurt and basically crap all over others who their holy book indicates they should be protecting and providing for. I used to be a Christian, and they’re poor ones, so I feel okay about my judginess. (judgyness? judgeyness?)
But: credit where credit is due, even when it’s just an itty wee bit. Exodus International, which you’ll recognize as a “Pray Away the Ghey” organization, has just announced that they will no longer promote their annual Day of Truth, which was designed to highjack the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence, aimed at bringing attention to the epidemic bullying of LGBTQI youth. Rather than simply allowing the Day of Silence to be by and for queer kids and their allies, the Exodites (are there teenage Exodites? How sad) had been injecting their god-bothering, hate-mongering garbage by wearing Day of Truth T-shirts and distributing the message “It’s time for an honest conversation about the biblical truth for sexuality.”
Whether they’re bowing to pressure in the face of a highly-publicized rash of suicides by queer teens, the headline-grabbing, gorge-inducing attacks against gay men in the Bronx, or the you’ve-got-to-be-fucking-kidding-me antics of the hideous Carl Paladino, who totally is okay with the fags (as long as they don’t marry or raise kids or wear Speedos or live out in public), they are bowing.
In the words of Exodus International’s President, Alan Chambers:
“…we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not.”
I can’t get excited yet about them actually seeing the light and living that whole “love thy neighbor” thing, but I can really honestly appreciate their recognition that to everything there is a season, and they are now in a season of Shutting The Fuck Up for a while.
More details, including Focus on the Family’s continued embrace of the Day of Truth, from CNN here.