Gay TV Host Hosts Salvation Army Event

 

The following post is from Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation

Recently HGTV designer and host, David Bromstad, has come under fire from LGBT and progressive partisan activists because as a gay man who is a strong advocate for gay marriage, he decided to host an event for the Salvation Army. I couldn’t be more proud of the Salvation Army for inviting Bromstad, and I couldn’t be more proud of Bromstad for accepting.

Contemporary society is pluralistic. There are many worldivews, belief systems, faiths (and none), and passions that wide cross-sections of the population advocate for. And with no effort whatsoever one is able to find a number of people who don’t agree with any of their most deeply held convictions. This. Is. Reality. So, in that reality, what are we to do? There are two choices…

Viable option number one: We can huddle in our corners, surround ourselves with those of like mind, and attack those different from us from a point of strength and security.

Viable option number two: We can make an intentional decision to step in the face of cultural acceptability (see: viable option number one) and take the online, etc hate for being a bridge builder because we are actively engaging in our contemporary reality.

Daivd, and the Salvation Army, chose the latter.

Not only so, but David took to his Facebook page to defend his choice. He said:

Dear fans,

I’ve read your feedback on my participation with The Salvation Army USA, as an openly gay person whom just happens to also be a celebrity, I took the Salvation Army’s request to participate in their fundraiser as one step in the right direction towards equality. If we simply separate ourselves from those that we assume appose us or our beliefs then we will never make strides in the right direction. I applaud the Salvation Army’s symbolic handshake towards acceptance and would be foolish to not extend my hand in acceptance.

I literally could not have hoped for any better of a view and action toward engaging contemporary life! And, as you can see by the comments to his post, the overwhelming majority of the 433 comments are calling him a sellout, a bigot, [insert derogatory term here].

This just shows us how far we have to go to shift our nation’s cultural consciousness away from the imputed, and ingrained ideologies of what is considered a “normal” way to view and engage the other–an other which is in today’s connected reality of acquaintances, almost every person we come in contact with. Thus, in order to surround oneself with large groups of similarities, one has to very intentionally go out of their way to do so.

How are you going to live?

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Dan Rodriguez

    ONE BIG step towards the much needed steps to reconcile our communities! We heal MORE and BETTER moving forward together…

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Indeed Dan!

    • Norman Dostal

      The Salvation Army only gives domestic benefits to its gay workers if they are mandated by the state they are located in-thats ok?
      The Salvation Army still supports Christian hate groups that actively try to take away gay rights-that is OK?
      Shame on you

    • Norman Dostal

      and be serious-a quasi celebrity selling out for a few dollars is hardly a reconciliation!! come on!

  • Norman Dostal

    if he was really a star, i guess this would matter. But he isn’t-he’s just a sellout-pay her no mind

  • gail mahoney

    The LGBT sounds a lot like Obama. You will live and do as I say or you will be attacked and be lied about. He is living his life and doing his part, not everything has to be about hate. Good for him stand up for your self.

    • jontrouten

      Who’s being lied about in this situation, Gail? And how?

  • jontrouten

    I personally don’t care if this guy chooses to work with Salvation Army or not.

    But the Salvation Army boasts a pretty noxious history towards its LGBT employees and those it has served. Of course, it’s not consistently bad but the bad experiences get talked about and create bad blood. And it comes from the top down.

    Getting back to Bromstad, I think people need to learn how to constructively express their disappointment better towards others better. I also think we need to learn how to pick battles better sometime. I mean, this fundraiser is pretty low key and local. I’d guess there are better things to stand up against.

    IMHO as always.


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