|Home Page Commentary 11 Oct 1998|
I posted to several Christian newsgroups asking them this:
How many of you christians out there are willing to state, simply,To date, I have received only two responses with the simple statement. All the other responses have added qualifiers, such as "HOWEVER, this does not mean that I endorse the radical homosexual lifestyle."
"What the assailants did to this person is wrong."Just a simple:
- without giving me any Bible quotes
- without telling me, "Love the sinner, hate the sin."
- without waffling, "Well, there may be extenuating circumstances."
- without excusing the crime by saying, "Maybe they were afraid he would seduce them."
"What the assailants did to this person is wrong."How many of you christians are willing to make that simple statement?
Now, please excuse me while I prepare myself for an absolutely deafening silence from the people who purport to follow the teachings of a loving and merciful Christ.
One person took me to task on my last pargraph, telling me that it was hate-filled and that the "real hatred would lie in allowing you or anyone else to slip off into eternity to face God's judgement without warning you."
I'm astonished that Christians, who always talk about moral absolutes, have to add qualifiers when talking about this case.
However, some people have acted responsibly in this case, and I believe in giving credit where it is due. Here is the text of letters which I am sending to the Laramie police department and Albany County attorney:
Police Commander David O'Malley
Laramie Police Department
Dear Commander O'Malley:
I thank you and your department for your swift action in apprehending the suspects in the beating of Matthew Shepard.
Although homosexuals and homosexuality may be disapproved of in Laramie--perhaps even by some members of your police force -- you were able to put those feelings aside ajnd see your duty to enforce the law. You understand that "to serve and protect" applies to everyone, no matter how popular or unpopular they might be.
Your action is in the finest spirit of law enforcement, and you deserve my thanks and congratulations.
The Honorable Mr. Calvin Rerucha
Albany County, Wyoming
Dear Mr. Rerucha:
Thank you for bringing the strongest possible charges against the suspects in the beating of Matthew Shepard.
Other attorneys in other states have, in the past, brought lesser charges or even refused to prosecute in simlar cases, simpy becuase the victim was homosexual.
Your actions show that you clearly understand that the phrase "equal justice under law" applies to everybody, popular or unpopular, gay or straight, saint or sinner.
You have my thanks and congratulations.
A fund has been set up:
The family and friends of Matthew Shepard
c/o First National Bank
Fort Collins, Colorado
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