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Indianapolis bigots in the pulpit are unhinged

The brainlessness goes on unabated in Indianapolis, where the bigots in the pulpit are fixated on their view of civil rights as a zero-sum game when you’re talking about equal rights for LGBT citizens. From Focus on the Anus‘s news site:

Gay activists like to talk about the civil rights battles of the 60’s. They claim their struggle is the same. But one group of African-Americans is bristling at the connection, pastors. The latest example is in Indiana where black pastors are protesting an Indianapolis city ordinance that gives special rights to homosexuals. Eric Miller with Advance America is opposed to the change.

“This ordinance stated that a business with six or more employees could not refuse to hire a homosexual or someone based upon their gender identity like a cross dresser.”

I also love this next quote. I think they are using a Batsh*t Homophobic Comment GeneratorTM:

And he’s not alone. Joining him in dissent are 21 African-American pastors in Indianapolis. Pastor Terry Webster of Nu Corinthian Baptist Church is one.

“When they’re talking about civil rights, they actually have equated it to the civil rights struggle and discrimination that the black community went through. We’re not against human rights. We are for human rights and we are not for anyone being discriminated against, but we also feel that this is a smokescreen and it’s seeking still to elevate homosexuality.”

And they manage to dig up our friend over at P21 for a quote. Isn’t this shameless?

“They are offended that people are equating a behavior to something that was basically denied them because of the color of their skin. They don’t see that there’s equality among the suffering there and that’s why they’re rebelling against it.”
— The curiously pale head of black wingnut organization Project 21, David Almasi, on why lawmakers should listen to bigoted black pastors in Indianapolis who oppose gay civil equality

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I also found interesting info on Advance America/Eric Miller. There was a multi-part series on him by Gary R. Welsh of Advance Indiana. This is a snippet of one of the parts, over at GayIndy.org.

Advance America’s website touts itself as the “largest pro-family, pro-church, pro-private and home school and pro-tax reform organization” in Indiana. It boasts a membership of over 42,000 families, 1,600 businesses and over 3,800 churches around the state. According to its website it is “a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, educational organization and as such does not endorse any candidate or political party.”

Its purported mission is “to [inform] and [educate] the citizens of Indiana as to how their government works and what they can do to make a difference on issues of importance to them.” When the Ku Klux Klan first obtained its charter to operate in Indiana it purported to be a “purely benevolent and eleemosynary” (i.e. compassion, mercy) and a “patriotic fraternal order.” Don’t be fooled by Advance America’s description.

…Other legislative agenda items of Advance America have included: the mandatory display of the American flag in all public schools and require students to recite the pledge of allegiance; provide tax credits to parents who send their children to Christian schools; require that the motto “In God We Trust” be placed in all public schools; expanding tax-exempt status of churches; and opposition to expanded gambling activities in Indiana among others. Indiana’s Constitution specifically bars the use of public funds for the benefit of a religious institution. Nonetheless, Advance American uses its own tax exempt status to push provisions which clearly violate this prohibition. If you look at the Ku Klux Klan’s “Americanization” agenda from 1925, it is difficult to distinguish from Advance America’s legislative agenda. Like D.C. Stephenson, its leader is politically ambitious. Eric Miller unsuccessfully sought the Governor’s office in 2004.

…While Miller fervently devotes his efforts to banning same sex marriages and civil unions based on the false belief that it represents an assault on families in Indiana, actions he has taken in his own personal life raise serious questions about his commitment to family. Miller’s first marriage ended in divorce. A few years ago he married for the second time. Miller has produced no children from either marriage even though he argues that God reserves marriage for heterosexual couples because they can procreate and insure the survival of the human race. Does Eric Miller and his followers actually believe that committed relationships between gays and lesbians are a threat to heterosexual marriages given that more than 50% of them end in divorce? Why doesn’t his organization devote its effort to saving heterosexual marriages? Does he discuss the harm heterosexual divorces causes to Indiana families?

Don’t you love it?

Thanks to Blender Scott of Reality Cubed for the pointer.

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