You may remember that Dan Savage coined the phrase “NALT” or “Not All Like That” to describe the hapless Christians who just want folks to know that they’re not like Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell. Savage complained that such people need to speak out. They need to be heard by Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher and the other conservatives who speak as if there could be no Christian opposition to their anti-gay agenda.
Several Christians, including our neighbor John Shore, have decided to take up the challenge. They’ve adapted the model of Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, and they’re calling from Christians to make their own youtube videos and reclaim the label:
In your video, don’t be at all shy about clearly and explicitly stating, right up front, that you are a Christian who fully and absolutely affirms gay people. ”I’m a Christian, and I do not believe that being gay is a sin” is the simple, uncomplicated message that young gay people need to hear. Be sure that when they hear your testimony, they do.
(I remember how much trouble Shore had trying to get Andrew Marian to commit to that kind of statement. The ball is in your court now, Marin. We don’t need a bridge if we’re all on the same side of the river. Are you going to step up, or are you going to become irrelevant?)
Here’s Dan Savage himself introducing the movement:
And it looks like our friend Fred Clark is one of the first to submit:
(Note the stack of Left Behind books in the background.)