Ginger lesbian willing to explore bondage

Sorry I’m not sorry that I lured you here under false pretenses but this is NOT a queer “50 Shades” post.  Nope, this is simply a post that explores just a few of the reasons why I am willing to head down to the Georgia capital and present myself as a protesting witness to a legislative hearing regarding two pointedly anti-gay bills.  Georgia HB 1023 / SB 377 would authorize any business to refuse services and goods based on religious convictions. This would open a Pandora’s box of discrimination and anti-civil behavior targeting not only gays and lesbians but women, racial minorities and a cornucopia of religious groups.

Now as some of y’all know my former wife is a cop. What you don’t know is I often fantasized about her binding my hands in cuffs…as she was arresting me for finally evolving into who I am called to be as a Christian – an activist for justice.

At this moment it is unclear if the legislative hearing will actually happen this week but something within me has shifted that beckons me be even bolder, take more risks and to walk, shout, sing, write, speak, dance, sit, stand, march and Do What the Spirit Say Do and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

So here are just a few of the many reasons I’m experiencing my faith as a call to be willing to face the consequences of speaking truth to power in the name of love.

Because Mahatma Gandhi

Because Dorothy Day

Because Alice Paul

Because Mary Fisher

Because Richard Dillingham

Because Nelson Mandela

Because Rosa Parks

Because Bayard Rustin

Because Martin Luther King Jr.

Because Oscar Romero

Oh yeah, and because Jesus

Mostly because Jesus

 

Mind you, I’m have no intention of co-opting anyone else’s experience but I am looking to and inspired by others who have walked through the valley before me in hopes that I will gain just an ounce of their wisdom and courage.

Who inspires you to walk willingly into the hands of the oppressor?

 

About Kimberly Knight

Kimberly has a long history of back-pew sitting, Wednesday night supper eatin' and generally trying God’s patience since 1969. She's lucky enough to have made her technology addition a career and serves as both the Director of Digital Strategy as a southern liberal arts college and Minister of Digital community with Extravagance UCC.

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  • BHG

    Is it possible to dial the rhetoric back long enough to answer a serious question: when did we become a country filled with people willing to force others to act against their religious beliefs and their consciences for all manner of minor reasons? The cases that have prompted these bills–not a good solution, I agree with you on that, for many reasons–have not been about refusing jobs or health care or housing, or even general services. For the most part they have been about refusing to participate in gay ceremonies by providing cakes or flowers or photo albums or the like–analogies to segregation in accommodations are overdrawn because it is the exception, not the rule, that a vendor refuses such clients these days. Please explain to me why it’s oppressive for me to say “I’d rather not participate in this event by baking the cake or taking photographs because for me, that cooperation is too close to be morally acceptable” when there are many, many other people willing, able, and happy to provide that service? In the current legal climate you certainly CAN force a vendor by threat of law and the violence that the force of law implies to do that but, using your last example, as a follower of Christ, is it appropriate to do so?

  • melissia

    http://america.aljazeera.com/features/2014/3/transgender-and-catholic.html

    An article for whenever you get back. It’s a rather uplifting one, I think, in spite of the bad news about the Catholic faith’s change in attitude regarding transpeople.

  • Stan Theman

    “Progressive” religion can’t even make its own membership over 10% non-White; its claims to be “the future of religion” will be derided, justifiably, by those who see that it doesn’t even do what it claims to do-open up its own membership to non-Whites and the non-middle class.

  • Raymond Watchman

    Hi Kimberly – a big cyberhug from New Zealand. It’s courageous, just, and compassionate people like you who give me hope for the future of Christianity.

    I can’t be with you in person as you make a stand against those retrograde and ill-conceived bills, but I’m with you in spirit and in prayer – as I’m sure many others are and will be also. Straight or gay, we are all one in Christ. (I’m a 71 year-old straight Kiwi guy with a wife of 38 years and five sons!)

    This whole perverted, scripture-justified homophobic phenomenon has, apart from the anguish it has caused so many innocent people and their loved ones, achieved nothing more than bear false witness to our Lord and to his Gospel.

    Even though I’m a church-going Christian, I personally don’t think any religion or religious belief system should be granted any particular privilege under law. Equal rights are exactly that.

    Grace and peace be with you Kimberly, as you continue to follow and give true witness to The Way.

  • Ron

    I feel sadness and anger that evangelical christians would say and do such things. I also feel such deep sadness that so many of you who comment here actually believe that all christians who consider themselves “evangelical” would agree with the people you are talking about. In terms of the usually defined term, I am an evangelical and attend a small gathering of evangelicals. I would join any of you, and so would most of our group, at any protest against what these folks are doing. I have the doctrinal beliefs I have and I have placed my reputation and job on the line a couple of times in the last five years to defend and advocate for the respect and rights of gay people. It is so sad to see some of you catagorize and pigeonhole people according to labels. You have no idea how much change is taking place within evangelical christianity and how much love exists within the hearts of those of in whom God is working repentance.

  • http://www.jessicarabbit.com.au candy wilde

    well done Kim!! Very interesting article and food for thought

  • gimpi1

    Good on you, Kim. I honestly don’t think the people proposing these dangerous laws understand the kettle of fish they are trying to open.

    Don’t think these laws could be used to discriminate against race or religious belief? Remember the Church of Jesus Christ, Christian? It was a white-supremacist church in Idaho. They were a weird hybrid of Nazism and Christianity. They “sincerely believed” that only white or “Adamic” people were loved by God. Jews were “the children of Satan.” Non-white people were “mud-people” created by God to serve white people. These proposed laws would allow groups like this – and there are a bunch of them – to discriminate against anyone they don’t like based on “sincere belief.”

    Just because someone sincerely believes something doesn’t mean it’s not batshit crazy.

  • Lamont Cranston

    Thank you very much for your efforts on behalf of all of us.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship Censored

    It’s back to serving only some Americans. Because “evangelicals” think the rest are going to hell, and getting a headstart on making their neighbors lives into a hell is the only godly thing to do.

    “…all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public…” ~JFK, 1963
    youtube.com/watch?v=sOGDSgyeHPM

  • Terri

    My eyes about popped out with this one, LOL, but go for it. We had a rally in Phoenix on Friday afternoon, did NOT see anyone in handcuffs (dang, I would have had to follow them), but plenty of red neck folks spouting “Gods’s love” that we were all going to hell because of who we love. Hoping the wicked witch of the west does the right thing and vetos that damn bill. Good luck!

    • GordonKS

      Terri – I was able to go to the Capitol Monday night and it was good to see all the folks offering support. I’m grateful the Governor vetoed the bill!

      Kimberly – I can’t imagine what it must be like for you to live in Georgia! Glad you are finding courage to speak. Go with God and the cloud of witnesses that surround you!


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