Nance: Christians Should Focus on Gay Marriage, not Sex Trafficking

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America has a column in the Christian Post claiming that Christian ministers have their priorities wrong if they focus more on sex trafficking than on stopping gay marriage. But she only says this because she loves gay people so much:

The Supreme Court is reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Lower courts ruled against these marriage laws, so now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to uphold marriage and return authority for marriage policy to citizens and their elected representatives, or step in as judicial despots and cut the debate short by making a broad stroke ruling. And pastors and conservative politicians are stuck in a game of “Would You Rather?”

Would you rather address the issue of sex trafficking or marriage? Sex Trafficking…

We are losing battles as Christian conservatives follow their leaders into no man’s land — the land of not actually saying what you believe, where no man is offended because no man actually says anything. The issue of marriage is the perfect example. Many feel it is just too hard to talk about this issue. As it becomes more and more politically incorrect to support marriage only defined as the union between one man and one woman, many have decided to be silent in this area and just focus on other things. “Love,” they say.

We all have friends and family who are homosexuals and we love them. We feel for them and we care deeply about their well being. As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves. And that is our chief objective.

Yes, of course. She loves gay people so much that she thinks it’s more important to do everything possible to prevent them from getting equal rights instead of stopping women, many of them children, from being forced into prostitution. Those are some seriously screwed up priorities.

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  • CaitieCat

    Well, come on, it’s not like sex trafficking hurts people. They’re only sinful women, not really worth bothering over. If they weren’t sluts, they wouldn’t have been trafficked as sluts, right?

    We’re talking about the possibility of two men continuing to live with one another in exactly the same way they had been, but with a MAGIC PIECE OF PAPER THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE OUT. It’s another Holocaust, basically.

    /snark (just in case anyone couldn’t tell)

  • MikeMa

    Seriously screwed priorities is now the hallmark of right wing social conservatives.

    Work against equality to protect a social construct that is not under threat.

    Kill women to prevent the loss of wholly dependent cellular structures in the women’s bodies.

    Work to prevent same sex adoption while losing sight of the millions of abandoned/orphaned children.

    Sky fairy love at its finest.

  • Larry

    Working actively to harm two people instead of helping one.

    Its the christian way.

  • doublereed

    She’s pretty restrained. After all, she didn’t talk about how Gay Marriage is the real cause of sex trafficking. I think that takes some real self control.

  • Sastra

    We are losing battles as Christian conservatives follow their leaders into no man’s land — the land of not actually saying what you believe, where no man is offended because no man actually says anything.

    This is particularly ironic when you consider that “saying what you believe” is not really supposed to translate into “making a reasonable argument” in the public square of the law; it means “stating an unanswerable conviction” in the no man’s land of Faith. They want to bludgeon other people into following their own chosen metaphysics. That’s offensive.

    Too bad if the privilege which you grant to your personal relationship with God isn’t automatically deferred to by society. Nance is right to think that this battle — Christian exceptionalism — isn’t going to be won by Christians joining everybody else and fighting against real crimes. Now they’re not special. They’ll blend.

    As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.

    Uh huh. The problem as always is in putting God first — above your neighbors. This allows you to place your neighbors into categories which make no sense — like counting gay people as ‘criminals.’

    If people are going to be religious, it’s best if they place God and/or spiritual truths way, way down at the bottom of their list of concerns and interests. Unfortunately, once they do this we start arguing about whether what they believe even counts as ‘religion’ any more. If all religious people were like secular Jews, humanist Unitarians, and Buddhists who focus only on right living while giving God the shrug, then I’d be fine with religion. It would be such an empty shell of its former self that its adherents would be fans, not adherents.

  • d.c.wilson

    I think her stance is based on visibility. Most Americans can go through life without ever encountering a victim of sex trafficking, which means they can skip through their gated communities pretending its not a real problem in the world. On the other hand, gay people have this annoying habit of being close by, often, as she notes, popping up even in Christian families. Since being reminded that gays exist greatly distresses many fundejelicals, that’s the higher priority for Nance.

  • raven

    As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.

    This is a flat out lie. Nance is a demonstration of it.

    The fundie version is Jesus loves us and hates you.

    Nance, however, does love her god. After all, her god is a sockpuppet she created herself, that thinks exactly like her!!!

  • thisisaturingtest

    I’ve probably said this before, but…this whole “love the sinner, hate the sin” thing makes no sense to me- it’s a meaningless distinction when the only ones pretending there’s a difference are the only ones defining “sin” and “sinner” to begin with. It’s a rationalization for the “hate” part that depends on separating it from the part they supposedly “love,” when, in fact, the only possible definition of their “sinner” could be their “sin.”

  • dingojack

    “As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves”.

    Remember The Parable of the Good Samaritan? About a man set upon by thugs, robbed and left for dead? You know the story with the three upright men who were inhibited from helping due to them asking ‘what would god do if I help this man?’ and that bastard Samaritan (who we all hate remember) asking the right question ‘what will happen to this man if I don’t help?’

    That’s right, Jesus would want you to follow the dogma that priests made up and told you was from this ‘loving’ god, rather than actually doing the right thing.



  • Thumper; Atheist mate

    I think d.c.wilson hit the nail on the head. But the fact I understand Nance’s motivation doesn’t make me any less angry with her.

  • Thumper; Atheist mate


    It’s just a work-around they came up with as a response to “I thought God loved everyone?”. It’s just wordplay, a verbal loophole they can employ to convince themselves that their God really is all loving and they really are good Christians and good people despite the fact they hate someone for no fucking reason.

    In short, it’s slippery, decietful guilt-dodging.


  • lofgren

    The column makes it seem like she is calling out these unnamed pastors for posing a false choice. One can very easily be against both same-sex marriage and sex-trafficking.

  • Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Seriously screwed priorities is now the hallmark of right wing social conservatives.


  • kierrajai

    Sex trafficking has been a worldwide crime for thousands of years and still remains poorly misunderstood and dealt with. Sex trafficking can be considered to be many things, such as a form of business, pleasure, and slavery.

    Human trafficking refers to people who are forced against their will or through coercive means, moved across the country, then put into sex slavery. The first international legislation passed in 1902, to ban the slave traffic to prevent women and girls from immoral mistreatment. It wasn’t until 1910, when the United States addressed the issue by passing the “Mann Act” which prevented anyone of transporting people across state or international lines for prostitution or any other immoral acts. In 2001, the U.S Department of state puts effort in standing against human/sex trafficking issues, by establishing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The mission is to “provide the tools to combat trafficking in persons”and “assist anti-trafficking efforts both worldwide and here in the United States”.

    Today in our society, sex slavery market is still a high profit business in the modern day economy, making it easier for the abusers to hide their victims in plain sight. They keep their business underground so authorities can’t interfere with the trafficking. For example, victims are being enslaved in abandoned buildings, the abusers homes, and even some small businesses. The sex traffickers live double lives, being undetected when in reality they are dehumanizing women and children by deceiving them to get them into America to start a new life.

    The U.S is trying to stop this horrible event from happening. they have created anti-sex trafficking groups to try to find victims to help them work out all of the imaginable things they’ve gone through. The government has emergency shelters for the poor girls in need of assistance. The government has also put visas into place to let non U.S citizen victims remain in the U.S to testify against the sex traffickers that were arrested.

    During the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama speaks out stating “It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name — modern slavery.” he goes on to talk about how the “ United States will continue to be the strong leader in this global movement” by having their annual trafficking report, finding new outreach and partnerships, and concluding his speech by thanking and honoring evangelicals, the Catholic Church, International Justice Mission and World Relief, even individual congregations, that are “truly doing the lord’s work to seek justice and rescue the oppressed.”

    As shown, the government has gone through extreme efforts into putting a stop to sex trafficking. They have continued to partner up with groups that help women and children escape from the grip of their abusers and have passed and enforce more laws. There is still a number of things that the government could do. The government should lighten the immigration laws and enforcement policies. An immigration policy is any policy of a state/government that deals with the transit of persons across its borders into the country, but especially those that intend to work and stay in the country. Immigration policies can range from allowing no migration at all to allowing most types of migration, such as free immigration. By making it free, or easier to migrate into the U.S, people would enter our country legally, decreasing sex trafficking because most of the women who are victims of sex trafficking, are tricked into it by their abusers who promise them that they can be snuck into our country undetected.

    Another way to reduce or eliminate sex trafficking, would to make more people aware. In the United States, they have created the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. its a 24 hour hotline where victims or people who are trying to put an end to sex trafficking, can call to get help, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity, or learn more by requesting training or in finding resources. The government has also given out federal law enforcement contact information to report suspicious activity. Although this is a great source, the government has failed to make everyone more aware of this. A way to make the public more aware of the issue, the government could increase funding into the anti-trafficking organizations or donate needed items or provide jobs to trafficking survivors. These women and children have to live the rest of their lives emotionally beaten and wanting nothing more but a normal life. We would like to give them that. With making the community more aware, making shelters and resources more available, we can give them back the lives that were taken from them.