Southern Baptists: Same-sex “rights” are NOT the same as civil rights

On all sides we hear from those who want to condone same-sex relationships as “marriage” that denial of marriage to same-sex couples is like denial of restaurant service to blacks in 1950’s Alabama.

Do not be suckered into accepting that premise. 

Same-sex “marriage” is NOT a civil rights issue.

I found this story interesting. On the heals of The First Gay President’s coming out in support of same-sex “marriage” (what a hypocrite – everyone knew he was for it all along, but Obama only publicly came out when he needed campaign money from homosexuals in Hollywood), thus alienating many black voters, we now see that the Southern Baptist Church has elected a black leader. That’s real social progress.

From WaPo comes this:

NEW ORLEANS — A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. [Amen!  Bruthas n Sistuhs, do I hear an “Amen!”?]

Thousands of delegates at the denomination’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”

The nation’s largest Protestant denomination is attempting to broaden its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. At the same time, leaders said they feel it is important to take a public stand on their opposition to same-sex marriage. [Unlike some other spineless and feckless denominations. ]

The resolution acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.

“It is regrettable that homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of ‘same-sex marriage’ have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement,” the resolution states. [AAAAAMEN!]

Another resolution passed on Wednesday is intended to protect religious liberty. It includes a call for the U.S. Justice Department to cease efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and for the Obama administration to ensure that military personnel and chaplains can freely express their religious convictions about homosexuality.  [Remember: The First Gay President, whose job it is to uphold the law, refuses to uphold the law when it comes to DOMA.]

It also condemns the administration’s mandate requiring religiously affiliated institutions, but not houses of worship, to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees.

Leaders of several other faiths and Christian denominations, especially Roman Catholics, have also organized and filed lawsuits against Obama administration policies that they see as threatening religious expression.

The Rev. Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, was one of the authors of the gay marriage resolution.

“It’s important to sound the alarm again, because the culture is changing,” he said in an interview after the vote.

McKissic, who is black, said it was “an unfair comparison” for gays to equate same-sex marriage with civil rights because there is not incontrovertible scientific evidence that homosexuality is an innate characteristic, like skin color.

They’re equating their sin with my skin,” he said. [Fantastic line.]


Read the rest there.

WDTPRS kudos to the Southern Baptists!

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  1. Legisperitus says:

    They seem to be in need of some sensible comments over at WaPo.

  2. dnicoll says:

    Even here in Yurp we recognise that SS’m’ is not a Human Right per se. (Schalk and Kopf v Austria). It only becomes an issue IF a state decides to recognise such a union as a marriage, but a State is not obliged so to do. It also does not appear as a right in the UN Charter of fundamental human rights.

  3. Peggy R says:

    I heard on radio they’re w/ us on fortnight for freedom!

  4. majuscule says:

    “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”

    Nice to hear that for a change!

  5. EXCHIEF says:

    This could be very significant come election tme. Largest protestant denomination and it includes an increasing number of Black Americans. The Black community as a whole may be much less inclined to vote for the Marxist than they were last time just because of the SSM issue. Combine that with little Barry’s numerous acts of defying the will of the people and it may just tip the scales enough to beat him.

    I am not a real fan of his opponent but in this particular case it is almost anyone but Obama for the good of the country.

  6. Supertradmum says:

    Sadly, I know some Blacks, who are Catholic, who support Obama. They are blinded by the fact that he is Black and want him in power to prove a point. I am sorry this is true, but it is also true that many Catholics of any race are socialists, do not know their own Faith with regard to the roles of the State and the Church, and do see the same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. I have tried to reason with such people and they have not conformed their minds to the mind of Christ. Most of the Blacks I have met, and discussed this with, in Europe, are of two minds about POTUS. He still gets good press in many newspapers and on most main-line news outlets, although some thinking groups online are no longer so keen on him. In Ireland, he was still popular among Catholics, in January, February and March, to my chagrin. I tried to enlighten Catholics as to his horrible pro-life and his stand on gays….but the Church is weak there, and people just could not drop support for him–even some attendees to the Latin Mass, because they do not think like Catholics, but like secularists.

    The group above, the Southern Baptists, thank God, have conformed their minds to that of Christ in this regard. We must pray that others come to the same Christian decision.

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    I love it. Thank GOD for an ally in this battle. Now, the good protestants hardly will enjoy thinking of Roman Catholics as an ally. That will scare the beautiful hats off some of them! There are unfortunately a large number of Protestants who see Catholics as “idol worshippers” or some other derivative. They’ve been provided much distorted information about Catholics, and since no one outside the Church probably appreciates the scope of practices, including devotions, that exist in the Church, we are very easily misunderstood, and suspicions about us abound. But still, it seems to have come down to this, the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptists, maybe, the rest of the Baptists! Two remaining denominations who hopefully won’t cowtow to Obama and his edicts, won’t cave against the pressure of politics and PC, won’t give in and call sin a virtue. The recent election of someone who appears to be a strong leader in the right direction is a very good sign! The drafting of their official position on same-sex marriage is extremely wonderful!
    It’s rather profound, isn’t it. One can really perceive the separation, of sheep and goats. As I peruse articles in the media, the positions are very clear, there is such a sharp line of demarcation between them. The unbridled antagonism and hatred for the matters of God, from the haters of God, and all He represents…
    So yes Fr. Z, I give all this a resounding and enthusiastic AMEN!!

  8. Centristian says:

    Roman Catholics linking arms with the Southern Baptists? My word. Politics certainly does make for strange bedfellows.

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Centristian —

    “Who serves my Father as a son
    Is surely kin to me.”

  10. Konrad says:

    Centristian says:
    21 June 2012 at 1:02 pm
    Roman Catholics linking arms with the Southern Baptists? My word. Politics certainly does make for strange bedfellows.

    I happen to know quite a bunch of protestant pastors, Baptist, Pentecostals etc. I dare to say that in terms of Christian faith I propably have more in common with them than I have with some fellows in my parish who say they’re catholic but don’t believe neither in Trinity, nor hell or sin, nor salvation.

  11. AnnAsher says:

    It is encouraging to hear that the Southern Baptists are speaking out in unison. It’s nice not to be alone. Perhaps the defense of natural law will lead them home as well.

  12. Melody says:

    Speaking of strange bedfellows, my Mormon friend recently told me his stake leader (similar in authority to a parish pastor) was encouraging the members to donate to the Catholic lawsuit over the contraceptive mandate.

  13. Indulgentiam says:

    Well way down here, way, way down below the Mason-Dixon, in the land of cotton baptists are sharply divided on the issue of obooboo. There are baptist, methodist, presbyterian, pentecostal, codic, etc…meeting halls all over the place. Usually just a stones throw away from each other. They are nothing if not competitive. Anyway it is the norm, at least here, for white baptists and african american baptists to have their own separate meeting halls. It seems to be by mutual concent and it’s not as though they aren’t friendly. It just seems to be the way they prefer things. I have lived here many years and though I have never been to one of their meetings I have lived and worked among them and gotten to know many of them, to my delight, quite well. Anyway while the white baptists clearly want obooboo gone the typical african american baptists, that I have met, are of the opinion that obooboo is the victim of immaturity, inexperience, bad advice (by white politicians out to make him look bad) and the kicker bad press. So they are of the opinion that all obooboo needs is just another term to “get his legs under him and straighten out.” Saints preserve us!

  14. Capitana says:

    I don’t really understand why American blacks feel Obama is one of their own. He is genetically half African, but he was raised by his white mother in comfort if not wealth. He didn’t have centuries of discrimination to overcome. He had a good education that many black people only dream about. A lot of white people can only dream about it, too. He talks about his organizing job working with Catholic organizations, but he doesn’t seem to have much concept of what it means to be a moral Christian let alone Catholic. It seems to me he is just using people. He certainly hasn’t remembered his fancy words from last time.
    Disclosure: I am a white Catholic, raised Baptist.

  15. Marie S. says:


    The drive to normalize sexual deviancy is what finally drove me out of the liberal PCUSA last year and to a renewed search for Truth, which brought me home.

    It’s good to see that not all mainstream Protestant denominations are buckling under the pressure to conform to this world.

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