Ever since the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, there have been several church burnings throughout the South, and some — I’m looking at you GOP and you, too, Fox News — like to play these acts of arson up as a sign that there is a war on religion in this country.
Well, then, please to explain this ….
The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer in Augusta, Georgia was vandalized last week, after that pesky marriage equality ruling, with Bible verses spray-painted on its front doors:
‘Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies’
Those are the Bible verses that condemn gay sex as an ‘abomination.’
Pastor Rick Sosbe said the vandalism and the theft of the church’s rainbow flag a few weeks ago were the first hate crimes since they occupied the building 12 years ago, and he believes it was a reaction to media coverage of his marriage.
See, Pastor Sosbe and his partner were the first gay couple in Richmond County to receive a marriage license, just four days after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
“I was angry. I was very sad and I thought, ‘Just why?’ To me, it seems so interesting that they’re saying on there that you’ll burn — in other words saying “You’ll burn in hell,” I’m sure — and quoting scripture. Is that what Christianity — right-wing, fundamentalist Christianity — has come to?" — Pastor Sosbe
I’m guessing the religious wingnut vandals who did this to the church don’t believe in a God is Love kind of faith. They believe in judgment, casting the first stone, vandalizing buildings, all in the name of God.
And, in the name of God, where was the GOP outrage for the vandalism of this church? Where was the Fox News report? Oh, right … gay.
That makes it okay.