Perfect love casts out fear

Intolerance has raised its ugly head again in Anchorage, spearheaded once again by Pastor Prevo. The web site SOS Anchorage (http://www.sosanchorage.com/) leaps onto the bandwagon of fear with its vitriolic messages that would not be tolerated in any civil society, except that the fear is that of homophobia: the last “respectable” prejudice. I offer some quotes from a chapter named the same from Wm. Sloane Coffin’s book The Heart is a Little to the Left in response.

“The opposite of love is not hatred but fear. “Perfect love casts out fear.” Nothing scares me like scared people; for while love seeks the truth, fear seeks safety, the safety so frequently found in dogmatic certainty, in pitiless intolerance.

So I believe the captives most in need of release, those today whose closet doors most need to be flung open, are really less the victims than their oppressors – the captives of conformity – the racists, the sexists, the heterosexists, all who live in dark ignorance because their fears have blown out the lamp of reason.”

“Just as African Americans have proved that the problem all along was one of white racism; and women, that the problem all along was one of male chauvinism; so gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are proving that God’s creation is far more pluralistic that the eyes of many straights have wished to perceive.

So here’s to the gay community and to all it’s doing for all of us. And praise the Lord who brings liberty to the captives of conformity and recovery of sight to the blindly prejudiced.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the ordinanace and I've got to say that Prevo is right on this one. It's a poorly written ordinance that opens the door to much.

Schools, businesses, and educational institutions must give access to all "its accommodations, advantages, facilities, benefits, privileges, services or goods of that place on account of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, age, veteran’s status, or physical or mental disability."

A guy wants to go into the girls locker room at H2Oasis because his preceived sexual orientation is female, it's ok according to the ordinance. How do you know if he really feels like a female, or is he just being a pervert?

Is our Church ready to install a transgender restroom? Where are we going to put it?

Someone needs a male actor to preform in the community play, it's now illegal to advertise it because you can't reference gender in any form of advertising.

Besides, the ordinance is so poorly written that they left members of the Navy out of the veterns status. What the deal with that?

2:26 PM  
Blogger bollerud said...

after re-reading it, you are correct about one thing, it does not mention the navy. Other than that it is simply adding sexual orientation and veteran's status, along with definitions of same to the existing non-discrimination ordinance which most agree has served Anchorage quite well. If you are concerned about a poorly written ordinance, could you suggest a better one that includes sexual orientation and veteran's status or is your main concern to exclude sexual orientation and/or veteran's status?

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you took another look at the ordinance again, but saying my only correct point is about the Navy is incorrect. I understand you favor the ordinance but, even the person who drafted the sexual orientation portion of the ordinanace admitted on 650 AM the restroom concerns are valid with her statments that "women really aren't concerned who else is in the restroom with them".
What will be your policy on the bathrooms?

12:11 AM  

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