Hemant had a post the other day about a New Zealand church that is pushing a marriage equality bill through congress and that is currently running this billboard.
To be sure, it’s a pleasant departure from the “Turn or burn!” billboards that litter American highways. And I even like that they’re supporting gay rights. So why do they bug me?
Because I see a future where gays have achieved equality, and it will be an equality that was pried from the selfish hands of religion with a tremendous amount of sweat and sacrifice. Sure, some Christians are now on the side of compassion, but virtually every single person who opposes equal rights for gays has Jesus flowing through their veins, and they all oppose it for the same reason: the contents of the bible. Show me someone hostile to gay rights in the United States and I’ll show you a Christian. We all know this. Look at who rushed to Chick-Fil-A to dump money into that cause.
And I see that in the wake of the fight for equality for LGBT people. Once the anti-gay bigot is universally considered to be as congenial as the racist, I suspect Christians will pat themselves on the back and tell us how we couldn’t have done it without Jesus.
So I support what this church is doing. It’s certainly a step in the right direction and I’m glad to have them on board. But I will do everything in my power to make sure that the Christians of the future don’t get away with that lie.