Jim West, doyen of the biblioblogs, made this post last week. Challenging marriage-equality advocates to defend the defacing of a Chick-Fil-A. In the comments I did so, and we batted back and forth a couple of times. Then, for some reason, Jim decided not to publish my comments, or respond to asking him why.
I guess he felt the post would be better looking as if he’d seen off any objection with his principled stance.
Head to the post if you want my rather (too) lengthy first comment, but I’ll pick up with Jim’s response:
it’s a shame that you’re willing to justify hate-speech.
It’s a shame you aren’t willing to join with your Christian brothers and sisters who are campaigning for equal marriage!
You’d do well to re-read the Letter from Birmingham Jail and see how close the correspondence. There are always those who try to silence civil rights campaigners by claiming that they are the real bigots, their statements are the true loci of hate, their demands are the real oppression. Those with systematic privilege will always squeal at the unfairness of ceding any of it. It is a predictable, regrettably base human reaction.
I can’t think of any feature of the reaction of whites to the civil rights movement that isn’t writ large among anti-gay activists now.
i do well to adhere to the clear teaching of scripture rather than align myself with a viewpoint that is tendentious and has no scriptural foundation.
And refused to publish my response, which I don’t have a copy of exactly, but consisted mostly of a quote that I do:
As I said, plus ca change:
“Frankly and unreservedly, but I trust not unkindly, I have set forth “the truth wherein I stand.” It is the same truth which was held from the beginning, founded on the absolute Will of the Almighty and all-wise Creator, taught by Moses and the prophets, sanctioned by the inspired Apostles, and maintained by the Holy Catholic Church throughout the world, even to our own day. It is none the less true, because, in many portions of the land, it has become distasteful.
And, therefore, being myself the “bond-servant of Christ,” our divine Redeemer, I can not be diverted from my obligations to contend, under his banner, for the authority of His Word, for the judgment of His Church…. Relying on His strength, which is “made perfect in weakness,” I hope to persevere in the fearless and honest performance of my duty, whether popular or unpopular, whether “in honor or in dishonor,” looking for no human praise, and dreading no human censure, but depending, with all humility, yet with all confidence, on Him who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” whose Word is the only standard of right, and whose power alone can secure the final victory. ”
— John Hopkins, “A Scriptural, Ecclesiastical and Historical view [in support] of Slavery.”
I’d recommend anyone interested in the equal-marriage fight read this book. The rhetorical structure and mode of biblical interpretation are frighteningly recognizable.
I’m happy to discuss these parallels further with any opponents of gay marriage rights, and I promise I’ll not censor your comments!