World Vision reminds the future where our bigotry came from.

A charity group called World Vision initially did something cool this week – they kinda sorta said gay people who were married could work for them.  For a Christian group this type of baby step represents a journey to the metaphorical moon.

However, World Vision soon realized that this baby step was too much for many of their Christian donors.   The board members of World Vision U.S. have said:

Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.

… we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

As Hemant said, “because if gay people are treated like human beings, then who gives a damn about hungry children?”  I’ll just keep on quoting Hemant because he said it perfectly: “Way to cave in to the people who would rather let children starve than allow gay people to help feed them.”

But here’s the deal.  World Vision thinks they’re helping the Church…they’re not.  They’re trading present comfort for a very uncomfortable future for Christianity.  A time is fast approaching (faster than most think) when Christians will want to assure the world they were behind gay rights the entire time.  Christians will feel the shame they should feel now over playing merchant to discrimination.  With this foot note, the time a charity almost cared more about feeding hungry children than treating LGBT people like dirt, and stopped when the pressure came from Christians…World Vision has made that narrative impossible.

The next generation is going to see the hate, see that it came all-but-exclusively from Christian scripture, and want nothing to do with your church.  Hope that was worth letting a cabal of cross-wearing haters hold your charity hostage in the present.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.