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Jun 17 2013

Nance: Christians Should Focus on Gay Marriage, not Sex Trafficking

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America has a column in the Christian Post claiming that Christian ministers have their priorities wrong if they focus more on sex trafficking than on stopping gay marriage. But she only says this because she loves gay people so much:

The Supreme Court is reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Lower courts ruled against these marriage laws, so now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to uphold marriage and return authority for marriage policy to citizens and their elected representatives, or step in as judicial despots and cut the debate short by making a broad stroke ruling. And pastors and conservative politicians are stuck in a game of “Would You Rather?”

Would you rather address the issue of sex trafficking or marriage? Sex Trafficking…

We are losing battles as Christian conservatives follow their leaders into no man’s land — the land of not actually saying what you believe, where no man is offended because no man actually says anything. The issue of marriage is the perfect example. Many feel it is just too hard to talk about this issue. As it becomes more and more politically incorrect to support marriage only defined as the union between one man and one woman, many have decided to be silent in this area and just focus on other things. “Love,” they say.

We all have friends and family who are homosexuals and we love them. We feel for them and we care deeply about their well being. As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves. And that is our chief objective.

Yes, of course. She loves gay people so much that she thinks it’s more important to do everything possible to prevent them from getting equal rights instead of stopping women, many of them children, from being forced into prostitution. Those are some seriously screwed up priorities.

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  1. 1
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Well, come on, it’s not like sex trafficking hurts people. They’re only sinful women, not really worth bothering over. If they weren’t sluts, they wouldn’t have been trafficked as sluts, right?

    We’re talking about the possibility of two men continuing to live with one another in exactly the same way they had been, but with a MAGIC PIECE OF PAPER THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE OUT. It’s another Holocaust, basically.

    /snark (just in case anyone couldn’t tell)

  2. 2
    MikeMa

    Seriously screwed priorities is now the hallmark of right wing social conservatives.

    Work against equality to protect a social construct that is not under threat.
    Kill women to prevent the loss of wholly dependent cellular structures in the women’s bodies.
    Work to prevent same sex adoption while losing sight of the millions of abandoned/orphaned children.

    Sky fairy love at its finest.

  3. 3
    Larry

    Working actively to harm two people instead of helping one.

    Its the christian way.

  4. 4
    doublereed

    She’s pretty restrained. After all, she didn’t talk about how Gay Marriage is the real cause of sex trafficking. I think that takes some real self control.

  5. 5
    Sastra

    We are losing battles as Christian conservatives follow their leaders into no man’s land — the land of not actually saying what you believe, where no man is offended because no man actually says anything.

    This is particularly ironic when you consider that “saying what you believe” is not really supposed to translate into “making a reasonable argument” in the public square of the law; it means “stating an unanswerable conviction” in the no man’s land of Faith. They want to bludgeon other people into following their own chosen metaphysics. That’s offensive.

    Too bad if the privilege which you grant to your personal relationship with God isn’t automatically deferred to by society. Nance is right to think that this battle — Christian exceptionalism — isn’t going to be won by Christians joining everybody else and fighting against real crimes. Now they’re not special. They’ll blend.

    As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.

    Uh huh. The problem as always is in putting God first — above your neighbors. This allows you to place your neighbors into categories which make no sense — like counting gay people as ‘criminals.’

    If people are going to be religious, it’s best if they place God and/or spiritual truths way, way down at the bottom of their list of concerns and interests. Unfortunately, once they do this we start arguing about whether what they believe even counts as ‘religion’ any more. If all religious people were like secular Jews, humanist Unitarians, and Buddhists who focus only on right living while giving God the shrug, then I’d be fine with religion. It would be such an empty shell of its former self that its adherents would be fans, not adherents.

  6. 6
    d.c.wilson

    I think her stance is based on visibility. Most Americans can go through life without ever encountering a victim of sex trafficking, which means they can skip through their gated communities pretending its not a real problem in the world. On the other hand, gay people have this annoying habit of being close by, often, as she notes, popping up even in Christian families. Since being reminded that gays exist greatly distresses many fundejelicals, that’s the higher priority for Nance.

  7. 7
    raven

    As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.

    This is a flat out lie. Nance is a demonstration of it.

    The fundie version is Jesus loves us and hates you.

    Nance, however, does love her god. After all, her god is a sockpuppet she created herself, that thinks exactly like her!!!

  8. 8
    thisisaturingtest

    I’ve probably said this before, but…this whole “love the sinner, hate the sin” thing makes no sense to me- it’s a meaningless distinction when the only ones pretending there’s a difference are the only ones defining “sin” and “sinner” to begin with. It’s a rationalization for the “hate” part that depends on separating it from the part they supposedly “love,” when, in fact, the only possible definition of their “sinner” could be their “sin.”

  9. 9
    dingojack

    “As Christians, our whole belief system is summarized in loving God above all and our neighbor as ourselves”.

    Remember The Parable of the Good Samaritan? About a man set upon by thugs, robbed and left for dead? You know the story with the three upright men who were inhibited from helping due to them asking ‘what would god do if I help this man?’ and that bastard Samaritan (who we all hate remember) asking the right question ‘what will happen to this man if I don’t help?’

    That’s right, Jesus would want you to follow the dogma that priests made up and told you was from this ‘loving’ god, rather than actually doing the right thing.

    @@
    DIngo

  10. 10
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    I think d.c.wilson hit the nail on the head. But the fact I understand Nance’s motivation doesn’t make me any less angry with her.

  11. 11
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @thisisaturingtest

    It’s just a work-around they came up with as a response to “I thought God loved everyone?”. It’s just wordplay, a verbal loophole they can employ to convince themselves that their God really is all loving and they really are good Christians and good people despite the fact they hate someone for no fucking reason.

    In short, it’s slippery, decietful guilt-dodging.

    *spits*

  12. 12
    lofgren

    The column makes it seem like she is calling out these unnamed pastors for posing a false choice. One can very easily be against both same-sex marriage and sex-trafficking.

  13. 13
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Seriously screwed priorities is now the hallmark of right wing social conservatives.

    “Now?”

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