Meet Two Prop 8 Christian Soldiers

Meet Two Prop 8 Christian Soldiers

There are 2 comments on the story from Dec 21, 2008, titled Meet Two Prop 8 Christian Soldiers. In it, reports that:

Abel Ferreira and his wife, Robbie, never considered themselves political activists.

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San Diego, CA

#1 Dec 23, 2008
The hypocrisy of these people is sickening and is the real problem here. The Bible has far more to say about the evils of divorce. It strongly and forthrightly condemns it as wrong. Yet instead of dealing with their own problems they are pouring time, energy, and effort into spreading lies about other people. No wonder their daughter's friends don't want anything to do with her - she's been turned into a diluted fool.
Ken Anderson

United States

#2 Dec 23, 2008
Letter to the Ferreiras:

You and your family seem convinced you are doing God’s work in your battle to deny marriage to same-sex couples. After all, you fasted for 40 days and contacted many people urging them to vote against marriage equality. You dismiss all gay persons as “fallen, broken, and hurting” because of a fundamentalist reading of the scriptures. However, you admit that you too are “broken”, having gone through divorces and Mr. Ferreira spent time in prison. You fail to see the hypocrisy in this. This is so offensive and mean-spirited, directed not by God, but by your own ignorance and arrogance; it’s hard to know where to begin.

It is true that the morals of our country are decaying. The greed of the wealthy, the lies and corruption of our leaders, the violence in our schools, and the prevalence of drug use are just a few of the ills our society is facing that impact us all.

In your religious fervor, you have unfortunately missed several key qualities of faith. You should read the entire Bible and not just focus on the parts that seem to condemn homosexuals. You need to get all the facts before acting in ways that impact others’ rights. According to the article in the Times, your pastor must have lied to you and his congregation about the impact of same-sex marriage if indeed he said that churches would be required to marry gay couples and that schools would teach that gay lifestyles are the norm. These assertions are untrue. Churches have never been required to marry any couples outside their congregations. The head of the LA Unified School District spoke up recently about the lies being spread by the Yes on Prop 8 campaign regarding the teaching of gay marriage in schools.

You are mistaken in your belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice. That notion is ridiculous and only the most closed-mined of people now hold that view. What would happen if a family member or close friend would reveal to you that he or she is gay? Would you cut off contact and condemn them?

How would you feel if a religious group imposed laws marginalizing ex-convicts and divorced people? I’m sure you would object mightily if laws were passed outlawing ex-cons from marrying and invalidating their existing marriages. Or a law restricting how many times heterosexuals can marry?

The “Us vs. Them” mindset that many religious organizations such as yours adopt is a real curse on humanity. These perceived divisions lead to a wide range of ills in society, including war, murder, suicide, prejudice, and inequality. You are using the Bible in a perverse manner to demonize a group of people. That is bigotry. This has been done throughout the ages by other groups to condemn or marginalize women, African-American, Jews and others. The consequences of these actions can be tragic.

I write this letter with the hope that you are open-minded enough to consider that you could be mistaken. If you’ve read this far, perhaps there is hope. One more thing: don’t you have an ounce of compassion for the two young men also featured in the LA Times article-- Christopher Lewis and Cody Horton--two brave souls who risked everything to marry? Let’s wonder whose side Jesus would choose: The powerful mega-church with mega bucks or the quiet lives of the marginalized? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

I recommend two wonderful books that might help you: Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons and The Good Book by Peter Gomes. I pray your eyes will be opened and that you will channel your energies on something productive, such as drug and divorce prevention. Stick with what you have first-hand knowledge of. You might make a real difference in those areas.

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