Crossing the T

Life at the intersection of Church and Trans with Rev. Allyson Robinson

Recent and Readworthy – Deafening Silence edition

In response to the recent spate of hate motivated killings of gender non-conforming youth, Michael Adee of More Light Presbyterians asks, “Where is the Church?”  Where indeed.  Preaching against LGBT “lifestyles” plus silence on hate crimes against LGBT people equals implicit permission to kill them.  And, dare I say, complicity in their deaths.  I hear echoes from Genesis:  “What have you done?  Listen!  Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground…

Where is the church?  Oh, wait, there they are!  They’re holding “prayer sieges” along Interstate 35!  But Rabbi Rami Shapiro, writing at Ethics Daily, has some hard questions for this movement and the philosophy that undergirds it.  (Rabbi Shapiro’s essay is a Crossing the T “must-read.”  Really.  Go read it right now.)

Wait.  What’s that I hear?  Could it be?  Yes!  There is the voice of the church!  Tutu calls on Ugandans to protect LGBT community.  Quote of note:  “No one should have to live in fear simply because of who they are.”  Amen.

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  keltic wrote @

The fundies continue to spout the erroneous translation that lgbt people are abominations, yet hide behind “well, God said it” when pressed about the next part of the scripture that prescribes the death penalty for us. It is preached from the pulpits and the approval of the murders of lgbt people is implicit! The blood of our lgbt sisters and brothers is indeed on their hands.

Even in my own progressive Disciples congregation, a few people seem more concerned about what I do in the bedroom with my partner, and less concerned that Elders can’t seem to attend any church service that isn’t held on a Sunday morning, and even less concerned about the proper way to handle the child molester sitting in the back pew. the most stinging part of this is that these few people seem to think that the best thing to do is to drive my partner away from the church. I guess I’m allowed to stay because I am the music director…..


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