by their fruits you shall know them

An appalling turn of events: Georgia Homeless Shelter Refuses to Serve Gay People

The CBS station in Columbus, WRBL, ran a story last week discussing two women who were booted out of the House of Mercy homeless shelter, because shelter staff thought they were gay. These were women who actually fled abusive homes, and as one of them told WRBL, she was expecting to be treated with compassion by the folks at House of Mercy.

“I was hoping that just by the name … I was hoping for security,” one of the women said. Instead, the woman says the way she was treated at the House of Mercy was unholy. “It was not a place of God.”

The director of House of Mercy, Elder Bobby Harris, told WRBL that “practicing” gay people aren’t welcome at his shelter, no matter how in need they might be.

“[Homosexuality] is not tolerated here at all. Let me tell you one reason why: because of the Bible, of course. And then we have little children … We believe that Christ can change all. But when they begin to practice their acts,” Harris says, there’s nothing he can do for gay people in need.

And then on the heels of that humdinger was this one: New Alabama Governor: Only Christians Are My Brothers And Sisters

Speaking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the very church where Dr. King once pastored, new Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley gave a speech in which he said that those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are not his “brothers.”

Bentley spoke at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery just minutes after taking the oath of office on Monday. The new governor, who has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, first said that though he ran as a Republican, once he took office he “became the governor of all the people.”

“I am color blind,” Bentley said, according to The Birmingham News.

But Bentley then said that only those who are Christians and “saved” like he is are his brothers and sisters.

Mmmm. I can feel the love all the way out here. I particularly like the desecration of MLK’s church — there’s little question that MLK would have supported GLBT rights given Bayard Rustin‘s presence in his circle. All this just begs the question of whether these people read their Bible or not? Using the bible to justify one’s bigotry is certainly nothing new, but there’s actually not too much bigotry in the bible itself — and there are argubly revising admonitions in the New Testament particularly from Jesus (I wouldn’t count Paul — woman hater that he was) for those instances condoning slavery, misogyny and so on.

In any case, thank God I’m an atheist, is all I can say.

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One Response to by their fruits you shall know them

  1. Laura says:

    Modern day Pharisees.