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Sojourners Exposed

Recently, Sojourner’s Magazine refused to run an advertising campaign which welcomes gays. Sojourners Magazine is supposed to be the liberal good guy Christians, so a lot of people seem to be shocked by their position on this issue.

Jim Wallis is the founder of Sojourner’s Magazine and their principle spokes person and decision maker. While he talks mostly about poverty issues and his anti-war stance, make no mistake he is as anti-gay as the rest of the fundamentalist believers. He claims to be for civil rights for gay people, but what he means by civil rights is that he doesn’t think they ought to be stoned to death.

In his book, God’s Politics, he talks about how homosexuality is a sin and how he does not support gay marriage. A few years ago, after reading his book I published an open letter to Jim Wallis.

Personally, part of me is glad that he is just as hateful toward the gay community as fundamentalists friends. Maybe people in the gay community will see that even liberal Christians hate them and they will rethink religion entirety. The atheist community is pretty strongly united in support of the gay community and we tend to strongly fight in favor of their rights. On the other hand, it would be nice if the gay community could at least have some allies within the Christian community. Ultimately, they deserve to be loved no matter what.

There is no legitimate reason to oppose gay marriage. When push comes to shove, the reason people oppose it at all almost always falls back to religion. I don’t care what the Bible says on the matter there should be a separation of church and state. So don’t let Jim Wallis fool you into thinking he is any different than his fundamentalist friends. He isn’t!




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  • http://civilrites.blogspot.com Chris

    I found your entry looking to see if anyone else wrote Jim Wallis an open letter over his position on Believe Out Loud. My open letter is in my blog today.

    Many of us who are LGBTQ, and many who are hetero allies, have been working hard for many years as Christians and within the church to change the positions of churches towards LGBTQ people. We have had some success. When you say “it would be nice if the gay community could at least have some allies within the Christian community,” I wonder if you are unaware of our efforts.

    I would also say that “religious” arguments against same-sex marriage are merely cosmetic, and brought in to legitimate opinions that originally derive from irrational or visceral dislike of LGBTQ people, which itself has no basis in reason. Religion dresses this dislike up with pretty language, but ultimately harms everyone involved, including the religion itself.

    Best wishes to you.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Chris, I think you may be able to change the opinions of some Christians, but you aren’t going to be able to re-write the Bible which considers homosexuality an abomination and calls for gays to be stoned to death. While there is certainly a number of Christians out there who are supportive of gay rights, there are very few (if any) Christian leaders. Wallis is supposed to be one of the most liberal and even he has made it clear that he opposes gay marriage and still considers homosexuality a sin. He just focuses on other issues. That Chris, is probably the best you can hope for.

    I think it is better to divorce yourself from these ancient myths and realize that the Bible is not the boss of you. It doesn’t matter what the Bible says, there is nothing wrong with being gay. The only way you are really going to convince these Christians that you aren’t an evil sinner is to convince them that god is imaginary.

  • qwertyuiop

    This just proves that Christians are Christians no matter what they call their little groups.