I have written about Planting Peace several times on this blog; like the time they bought a home right across from the Westboro Baptist Church and painted it ‘rainbow’ [HERE], and the time they hosted a same-sex wedding [HERE] and the time a little girl sold Pink Lemonade for Peace there [HERE].
And Planting Peace has done it again, in light of the recent rants and raves from religious wingnut Kim Davis, that Kentucky clerk who signed an oath to God to do her job and then didn’t.
But this is about Planting Peace and the billboard they erected in Morehead, Kentucky — Kim Davis’ home town — with a special message for Kim and her ilk that pick and choose passages from the Bible to use in their hate messages and hate actions and hate lives, and here it is:
Following the June 26th Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in her home state, citing that doing so compromised her religious beliefs. That day, she became the poster child for the anti-gay movement.
As has been painstakingly observed time and time again, the anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define “traditional” institutions and values. They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug.
In response, Planting Peace has constructed a message for Kim Davis and the anti-LGBTQ movement. The intent of the billboard is to expose this narrow interpretation by Davis and others that they use to defend their discrimination against the LGBTQ community. It is important and relevant to call this out, because these messages and actions are not simply about a political or religious debate.
There are LGBTQ youth across the world who are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of these messages from society that make them feel broken or less than. We have to meet hate with love…intolerance with compassion.
Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple:
You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful.
There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you.
You are not alone.
On this issue, on this sign, as of right now, Kim Davis is keeping her yap shut because, well, she’s lost this argument before it really ever got started.