i just read an article that is almost four months old. i don’t even remember where i got the original link from, but at the time i thought to myself, "self, you will want to read this at some point. you should bookmark it." heh.
anyway, i’m glad i saved it, because it’s a very interesting column. it manages to sum up a lot of things i’d be way too chicken (or perhaps just too inarticulate) to write down, even though i feel pretty much the same way. i think i agree with at least 98% of everything mark morford says in that article.
media attention to "the religious right" and the deeply hate-able phrase "moral values" are the reasons that i’m extremely hesitant to say anything at all about church outside of my family or my very closest friends. i fear that simply saying "and after church we tried that great new restaurant for brunch," i will immediately be lumped in with homophobes and people who think the bible is a how-to book for hating everyone.
my parents met in church; both of their families belonged to the same united church of christ congregation. being raised in a UCC church gave me a very different view of christianity than i think most other people have. the UCC is a pretty progressive/liberal denomination (although individual churches might fall anywhere on the continuum), and all are welcome. my church has two pastors: one is a gay man, and one is the parent of a lesbian. we have same-sex commitment ceremonies regularly. people come to my church from all walks of life and many different religious backgrounds, because they feel comfortable and safe in their own skins there. to me, that is what church has always been about… i have never been taught that other religions were "stupid" or "wrong." i have never been taught that homosexuality is a sin. i have never been taught that you have to go to church in order to be a good christian. i have never been taught a lot of the crazy stuff that i see in print these days with regard to Moral Values and God’s Plan and whatnot. and don’t even get me started on the gay marriage issue. but as i got older i realized that i’d been living a pretty sheltered spiritual existence. i have to say, though, i really like my shelter. there’s no hypocrisy there.
i wish being spiritual or religious didn’t mean "homophobe" or "idiot" or "completely out of touch with reality" to so many people. there are many denominations (even within the umbrella of christianity) that don’t classify hate as a moral value. unfortunately the hatey bunch are the noisiest, and they also complain about all my favorite teevy shows. jerks.