Monday, June 06, 2005


They'll Know We are Christians by Our ... Spite?

One of the saddest things to see is when an avowedly "Christian" group campaigns against human rights. That's the case with the American Family Association, which the press calls "a conservative Christian group," and its attack on the Ford Motor Co. ("Christian group suspends Ford boycott"). Why are these self-styled "morality" crusaders up in arms? The automaker had the temerity to actually treat gay and lesbian people as if they were human beings (and prospective customers) -- as MSNBC put it, "Ford extends benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, offers to make donations to gay advocacy groups when their members buy specific automobiles, sponsors gay pride celebrations and advertises in gay-oriented publications...." Shocking stuff.

The AFA obviously prefers that gays and lesbians be treated as second-class citizens, that they be denied health and other benefits, and that companies like Ford ignore them as potential customers.

Since the AFA claims to be a Christian organization (although they certainly don't act like one -- remember the old "they'll know we are Christians by our love"...?), it would behoove other Christians, particularly churches and church bodies, to condemn the AFA's hateful behavior. I wouldn't hold my breath.

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