This summer, a Baptist church in Mississippi refused to marry a couple because they were black. In Vermont, a 7-year old girl was kidnapped and protected by Evangelical groups for three years because she was living with her lesbian mother. Thousands of people, in the name of their god, ate at a popular chain restaurant on Wednesday, to proudly and joyfully protest same-sex marriage.
There is so much hate in all of that it makes my stomach hurt.
That’s not what god means, folks.
God is about living in love, not judgment. It’s about peace and kindness and goodwill, not hostility and hatred and bigotry. It’s about being open-hearted, not narrow-minded.
God isn’t about politics or ideological segregation…it’s about being connected. We are all connected because we are all the same.
Until we realize that, we’re no better than religious persecutors, slave owners, genocide perpetrators, ethnic cleansers…the Nazis.
And we should be ashamed of ourselves.
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Image: Dove of Peace, Picasso.