April 17, 2006

Faith in America.

She's a friend of mine. She supports equal marriage rights for non-straight couples. She's also straight, and a very devout Roman Catholic. I'd been hoping to get a dialogue started between the GLBT and the religious communities here at BU, and so I invited her to the first Spectrum meeting next fall. She refused, apologetically. Why? Because if anyone from her church were to find out that she was in any way affiliated with a GLBT group - even if that "affiliation" were attendance at one meeting - she would lose her job there.

Now, I'm hesitant to discuss the matter with clergy because I lack the religious background to engage faith-based arguments on their own terms. That's where the organization Faith In America, whose mission is "the emancipation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from bigotry disguised as religious truth," comes in. Check out their poster ad campaign. FIA was founded by Brent Childers, a southern Baptist and self-described former homophobe who, it seems, has seen the light.

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