Last night I was exploring www.RecycleYourFaith.com, and found a series called 'Four Perspectives on Homosexuality.' It's a set of videos featuring four different individuals, discussing their varied Christian views and beliefs on homosexuality.
The overview reads:
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>>watch Clint’s video Help Confused as Hate
KATHY BALDOCK is a conservative evangelical who had a change of heart and theology after befriending a gay woman.
>>watch Kathy’s video Reconsidering the Bible and Homosexuality
ADAM HOOD became straight after an encounter with God in San Francisco’s Castro District.
>>watch Adam’s video Homosexuality is a Sin
RICH McCULLEN, a pastor in San Diego, used billboards to apologize to gay Californians after proposition 8 passed.
>>watch Rich’s video On the Wrong Side of History
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I watched most or all of all four videos, including all of Rich McCullen's. While I like the idea of bringing multiple views to the table (I have friends with a lot of different views) I was struck that none of the videos seemed to feature an actual queer Christian.
Frustrated with too much hipster-Christianity that talks a good game about homosexuality without really dealing with the theological underpinnings (I call it: CULTURAL BAIT-AND-SWITCH) or actually inviting LGBT folks to the table, I responded:
I’m a little baffled about the “four views.” None represents an “out,” queer Christian. I appreciate the effort, but it’s not acceptable to have a conversation about LGBT Christians without inviting them to the table. You can do better.Then I added a post on this blog about my 'righteous' reflections on the ordeal. Mercifully, my friend Adele Sakler (www.Queermergent.com) e-mailed me within minutes: "Peter, Rich McCullen IS gay."
I deleted the post, the link on my facebook, and went back to RecycleYourFaith.com. I wrote:
Craig Spinks, the site host, commented and we had some dialogue that followed. You might enjoy reading, here.Okay friends,
I owe you an apology. My friend Adele Sakler (www.Queermergent.com) just gave me a heads up that Rich McCullen HIMSELF is queer. Sorry for the premature response – I didn’t do my homework. Since Rich didn’t say anything about his own orientation in the video, I assumed he was a straight pastor preaching solidarity.Props. But I wish there had been an identifier, so we (I) knew the topic was being addressed more holistically.(I thought a ‘tail between my legs’ follow up would be better than requesting deletion)
Long-and-short: assumptions are dangerous, especially on the blogosphere. You should check out RecycleYourFaith.com - not just because I feel guilty for being quick to judge, but because there's some really interesting stuff there.