To me it would seem that a basic Vision for America would be Freedom.
It is amazing to me how much time these ultra right wing "Christian" nationalists like the Holy Rev. Rick Scarborough can spend involving themselves in the lives of others who may not even need or want their intervention and concern. Once upon a time people who called themselves "conservative" also were advocates of less government, and the freedoms (for the most part) to do as you please. Not anymore. Busybodies like the Concerned Women of America, the Eagle Forums Phyllis Schafley (Chairman of Homophobic Parents of America), James Kennedy, James Dobson, Ann Coulter, Peggy Folger, and Rick Scarborough want to be so involved in everyone's business all the time. It is not my Vision for America, or the average citizens American Vision.
The Gospel of Hate agenda pushes time munching issues like flag burning, the Ten Commandments, and prayer in school. Not important fellas considering we are spending a billion dollars a week over in Iraq.
These guys are very narrow minded Christian Dominionists with no tolerance for any other religion. They are convinced that America should not be one where Church and State are separate. Many advocate a future in which Gay and Lesbians citizens are put in jail or put to death. How very Hitler of them, isn't it? These guys must have a different Bible in the house than what we had in ours.
To Rick Scarborgh and the ultra right wing subset of Christian leaders:
Would you agree now to call a truce and agree not to get into my business if I stay out of yours? All I really want in this World is to be left the fuk alone. I am happy that our God made me gay. I am not changing or want to change. I demand the freedom to live in an America which has promised "Liberty and Justice for All" I see no asterick after the word "All" guys - no phrase in little letters in the footnote which reads "Unless You are Homosexual." My gayness is not my choice. I am the expert on that guys, not you. Your Ex Gay camps and seminars and therapies are nothing short of fraudulent. I realize the dilemna you have with what to do with these folks other than pray they do not end up on the cover of Time magazine as did John Paulk. They are sort of like a tired group of brainwashed zombies or carnival show freaks that won't go away.
It is amazing the amount of advice you have for families considering the horrific divorce rate in America and sad state of some of your own. Please just stop saying that Gay people will ruin the institution of marriage. You straight folks have already done an excellent job of that. My wish is that you might stay out of my house considering the sad shape of your own. Our family has alot of Pride and a good reason to be proud. In the early eighties the Religious Right's response to the AIDS crisis was usually non existant or hostile so we organized and took care of our own.
If the World is ending soon why don't you guys you should probably seek refuge in your stockpiled 20,000 seat mega churches and pray until year knees wear out. Before you head for the bunker, please grab the entire Fred Phelps Church Family of Topeka, Kansas. Fred may be a closeted old gay pervert but we are most happy to have you take him with you. We'll stay here and organize a fabulous party and invite all of our allies and friends.
Here are a few people are groups with a real American Vision based on Christian views you might be interested in checking out Holy Rev. Rick Scarborough and friends. Every one of these groups are the real HEROS of God.
- United Church of Christ and their Still Speaking Campaign Be sure to search for an download the commercial "All the People" --it is beautiful.
- Soulforce founded by Jerry Falwell's biographer Mel White. Amazing stuff thank you Mel.
- FaithInAmerica.info. This campaign is financed by a a brilliant man named Mitchell Gold. Mr. Gold is the founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Furniture in North Carolina. I think it is safe to assume that Gold isn't too concerned that you might boycott his company. (if you already haven't) Seymour Floor Mirrors just don't go with framed copies of the ten commandments.
"Mitchell Gold, the founder of Faith In America, delivered an inspiring message. Gold, who is Jewish, traced the roots of religion-based bigotry, in part by retracing his own life experiences. His first experience with religion-based bigotry came as a 5th grader living in Trenton, New Jersey in a predominantly Christian neighborhood. When he rode his bicycle over to the person he considered his best friend one day and discovered a birthday party taking place in his honor, he asked of his friend why he had not been invited. His friend explained to him that he couldn't invite him because he was Jewish. He recounted his second childhood experience when a neighborhood kid he considered a friend ordered him off his property. When he asked why, the boy told him that the nuns at the Catholic Church he had attended told him bad things about Jews that day in school" - - FaithinAmerica.info website
For additional info on the inclusive and GLBT friendly segements of these deonominations check out their websites at: Dignity USA (Catholic) www.dignityusa.org
- Affirmation (Mormon): www.affirmation.org
- Affirmation (United Methodist): www.umaffirm.org
- Assoc of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists: www.wabaptists.org
- Brethern/Mennonite Council for Lesbian & Gay Concerns: www.bmclgbt.org
- Evangelicals Concerned with Reconciliation: www.ecwr.org
- Integrity (Episcopalian): www.integrityusa.org
- Lutherans Concerned: www.lcna.org
- More Light Presbyterians: www.mlp.org
- National Gay Pentecostal Alliance: www.religioustolerance.org
- Gay Buddhist Fellowship: www.gaybuddhist.org
To find a GLBT friendly Church in you community check out www.gaychurch.com
Rick Scarborough please leave us alone. Your Vision for America is not my American Vision.