April 30th, 2012
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, seldom agrees with me on matters of theology, freedom, and civil rights. But, in general, I find him to be a man searching for a way to reconcile his faith with his observations and that his positions, while based in blind tradition, tend not to be driven by animus. While his instincts are almost invariably wrong, I don’t consider Mohler to be a bigot.
However, I may be mistaken.
Mohler has come down on the side of the Boy Scouts on the issue of their refusing to allow a lesbian to serve as Den Mother for a first grade group of Tiger Scouts. That isn’t where I see bigotry. Frankly, if the Scouts want to ban left-handed Scots or Asian Episcopalians I think they should have the right to do so. It’s incredibly stupid and they’d best not be using my tax dollar, but I’m okay with people being stupid.
Mohler makes a case for his support of the scouts and, while I find it lacking, it isn’t illogical or full of knee-jerk radicalism. Other than one paragraph which floored me:
The Boy Scouts of America has the right to establish policies consistent with its convictions. Indeed, the group’s policy of excluding homosexuals from leadership would seem to be necessary and prudent. A consideration of recent national scandals should make that point sufficiently clear.
Recent national scandals? Based on homosexuals in leadership? Didn’t happen.
That statement is pure bigotry, undiluted by excuse, unfiltered through prejudice, not tempered by misunderstanding, but based in the vilest of places: the willingness to believe and repeat lies designed for no purpose but the denigration of the innocent.
Perhaps Mohler might argue that when pedophile priests molest children that this proves them homosexual. Just like if a priest has a drink he must be Irish. And if he if burns crosses on the lawn of African Americans, I suppose that proves that the Catholic priest is really a Southern Baptist.
But research conducted by the Catholic Church (which chose to ignore its own reports) found that the priests who molested children were not homosexual either in identity or in attraction. They were not attracted to adult men. They were pedophiles. And that their victims were primarily boys was due to availability.
Mohler has access to the facts. I guess he simply chooses to believe evil of the innocent. But by doing so, Mohler selects the path of bigotry. It is his own choosing.
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
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