National Day of Prayer to be headed by pastor who thinks marriage equality is a Satanic ploy…
By Cathy Kristofferson, April 30, 2013
President Obama just, just!, held a press conference where he remarked that “the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.” Really? Is that maybe only in reference to professional sports players since he was commenting on Jason Collins’ much publicized coming out yesterday? Because I remember seeing stories this past Saturday that President Obama’s government once again had chosen a hateful anti-gay bigot to lead an event in Washington D.C.
The National Day of Prayer this Thursday, with events at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, will be led by its “2013 Honorary Chairman” Pastor Greg Laurie who believes that:
“homosexuality is a result of sin’s widespread effects on the world. Homosexuality is a sin of behavior; therefore, people are not born into a homosexual or a lesbian lifestyle.“
Will a message like that help move the LGBT community forward towards full equality? Doubtful. It won’t even move us forward towards “just tolerance” never mind full acceptance!
Pastor Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship church website posts this:
“We believe that homosexuality is a result of sin’s widespread effects on the world. Homosexuality is a sin of behavior; therefore, people are not born into a homosexual or a lesbian lifestyle. We believe that the redemption for this sin, as for all sin, is only possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
There are petitions online asking the U.S. Department of Defense to remove Pastor Laurie for his hateful views. Someone needs to be demanding this! Laurie will be in good company, though, as I see James Dobson and Pat Boone are also on the National Prayer Day 2013 schedule.
When will the Obama administration stop speaking out of both sides of its mouth?
Post-publish note: As the petitions indicate, it is the Department of Defense who invited Pastor Laurie, not President Obama himself. President Obama should tell his Secretary of Defense, the now gay-friendly Chuck Hagel, to instruct the DoD to rescind their invitation and instead invite a faith leader more in line with the President’s own comments.