I watched yesterday as World Vision back-pedaled from their statement that they would no longer categorize marriage as just hetero. As Fred Clark from slactivist noted, it isn't as if they haven't had gay people working for them. And I don't even think they were one of the organizations that required people to say they weren't gay (lie). But they made a move, and the response was overwhelming.
I kind of understand the hard core evangelical response to homosexuality. At least at one level. But what I don't get is that evangelicals lined up to stop supporting poor children through World Vision because of this statement. A statement that had nothing to do with the mission of helping the poor, and nothing at all to do with why those supposed evangelical Christians were sponsoring those people. But crossing that Rubicon is simply not acceptable in the evangelical tribe right now. It will change, mind you, but for now, it is a step too far.
But what I can't forgive is that evangelicals would bully World Vision into backing down. But they won't even speak about cuts in food stamps. They refused to speak about torture. They cheered war. They avoid and ignore the healthcare of poor women. They stand by while Republicans actually cheer people not getting healthcare and openly encourage people not to sign up. But by God they will stand up when someone says that gay people are ok.
And the best example of this is the bigoted and awful Franklin Graham. I have never been that big of a fan of his father, but Billy at least learned from his political missteps. To a degree, anyway. He still consorted with the anti-semitic Nixon, but he kept those ideas private, and he apologized when they were made public.
His hateful son is completely different. Fred says it best in this post: Franklin Graham’s hateful lies and opportunism winning Huzzahs from white evangelicals, but it is worth reading and worth watching a bigot in action. And a bigot who claims to be attacked for his faith. I have news for you, Mr. Graham. You are under attack from the left and gay groups because you say things such as that gay couples don't adopt children because they want to love them and care for them--they "recruit children" into their "cause."
Hateful. UnChristian. Unloving. And everytime he does this, he gets cheered by the evangelicals who observe. And none of them know why they are losing.