A few weeks ago, I voted against NC Amendment 1, also known as “the marriage amendment.” Unfortunately, the Amendment passed with 61% of the vote.
This amendment has thrust North Carolina and the (predominantly religious) supporters of the Amendment into the spotlight.
Just prior to the election, Baptist Pastor Sean Harris preached in a sermon that you should beat the gay out of your kids if they show predilections for such things.
And this week, Baptist Pastor Charles Worley suggested rounding up all the gay men and women and putting them in electrified fence enclosures so they could not escape (one for the women and one for the men). His logic is that if we do that, they will die out very soon because they cannot reproduce.
You can’t make this stuff up.
I had a way, I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, fifty or a hundred mile long, put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified ‘til they can’t get out. Feed them, and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.
The thing is – this is nothing new. These attitudes and opinions, while morally reprehensible and repugnant, have been making the rounds from pulpits for years.
It was just never publicized quite the way it is now.
Amendment One passed for several reasons. It was deceptively coined “the marriage amendment.” The majority of NC is, unfortunately, rural. I don’t want to make the assumption that rural=uneducated or ignorant, but it’s hard not to jump down that train when you look at the counties where the amendment passed compared to the counties where it did not. By calling the amendment “the marriage amendment” you make it seem like the amendment is simply about defining marriage. Many of the people I spoke to who supported the amendment believed that all it did was define marriage as between one woman and one man. They did not understand how the amendment could strip rights from anyone.
North Carolina is a largely religious state. We are part of “the Bible Belt.” Sermons like the ones referenced above are far more common than people realize. It’s easy to find those Christians who say “yeah, but we’re not like that – we believe that God is love!” but the sad truth is, in the South, Christians who believe in tolerance and equality are not in the majority.
It is my hope that people will continue to call out these pastors and other “Christians” who continue to stand in opposition of civil rights and liberties. If enough people see it happening, then maybe something can finally change.