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Southern Baptists Say Gay Rights Aren't Civil Rights: 'They’re Equating Their Sin With My Skin'

SBCSouthern Baptists gathered in New Orleans yesterday to set out the convention's official policies, including their position on same-sex love. Shocker, they're against it.

In their resolution, the group insists that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful," according to the Washington Post.

The resolution also says that while LGBT people have "unique struggles," they are not distinguishable enough to deserve "special protections." Nor are struggles for equality akin to past civil rights struggles, they say.

The resolution reads, "It is regrettable that homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of ‘same-sex marriage’ have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement."

One pastor, Rev. Dwight McKissic, said any comparison between gay rights and civil rights is "unfair." "They're equating their sin with my skin," said McKissic, who is black.

Southern Baptists are also calling on the Justice Department to support DOMA and want Obama to let military personnel and chaplains speak out against same-sex relationships.

All of this anti-gay action comes just one day after the 167-year old Southern Baptist Convention elected Rev. Fred Luter Jr. as their first black president.

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  1. As a black gay person : WHAT? So myopic.

    Posted by: Munro | Jun 21, 2012 8:58:13 AM

  2. Remember that this a sect that was founded solely to defend and continue slavery and that it took them until 1995 to decide that slavery is wrong.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 21, 2012 9:02:03 AM

  3. "all sexual behaviour outside of marriage is sinful," and I'm the Easter Bunny, purely fictional.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Jun 21, 2012 9:02:07 AM

  4. Oh.... so they weren't 'civil rights' they were just 'black rights' ?? How quickly you forget there various religions treated those with 'dark skin' as sinful too.

    #($#($*@ing Christian-Supremesists.

    Absolutely typical closed-minded un-Christ-like bible-based justification for cruelty to others.

    Posted by: jexer | Jun 21, 2012 9:05:30 AM

  5. (Grrr... how quickly you forget THAT ..., not 'there' ...)

    Posted by: jexer | Jun 21, 2012 9:06:31 AM

  6. Ah, yes, those Southern Baptists (aka the Christian sect extremely late to accept that slavery is wrong [even though the sect's Bible, that inerrant word of their God, states otherwise]). The color of the top leader may change but the bigotry remains the same. Ho, hum.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 21, 2012 9:07:04 AM

  7. In the heyday of the civil rights for blacks in the 50's and 60's this group was four square in favor of segregation.

    Leading from behind is in their DNA. So what else is new?

    Posted by: pagoff | Jun 21, 2012 9:09:36 AM

  8. Love is not sin. Hate is sin.
    Or at least, that's what this Jesus guy said in the book about him that these people claim (against all evidence) to have read.

    Posted by: kit | Jun 21, 2012 9:16:45 AM

  9. I am as white as snow. I am as gay as Tinkerbelle. I was invented by the same God who invented any of the folks who feel free to hate me, insisting that the wrongs against them are the most delicious, exclusive, grievous wrongs. They can't read Scripture (hell, many can't read) and find a way to justify their bias? Okay.
    Nothing matters but the truth, like it or not: gay is black. Gay is women, gay is children, gay is Other. Deal with it, America.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jun 21, 2012 9:19:22 AM

  10. I'm so sick of these religious people telling us what they believe. You have a right to believe whatever you want, don't really give a sh*t there, but you have zero rights to put your cr*p on me. I don't care what jewish, muslim, or christians believe, I think you are all full of it. So you stay over there and we'll stay over here and leave us alone.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Jun 21, 2012 9:19:46 AM

  11. Also, Southern Baptists have the highest rate of unwed teenage pregnancies of any major denomination. When they start spending as much time cleaning up their own house as they do trying to impose their beliefs on others, then I will believe they are something other than just plain old bigots cynically using god to mask the nastiness within.

    Posted by: kit | Jun 21, 2012 9:20:55 AM

  12. Remember, these people also claim to believe that every word of the bible was dictated by god and evolution is heresy. A pox on those intellectually stunted fools and their nonsensical fairy tales.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jun 21, 2012 9:26:14 AM

  13. Pffbbbbt! Just more sh*t from the hog pen.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 21, 2012 9:26:39 AM

  14. "unique" but not "distinguishable"? Will Christians EVER stop talking out of both sides of their mouths? They've been doing it for two thousand years, for chrissake.

    And where are all those good, supposedly enlightened Christians speaking out against this? We keep hearing they're around ("not all Christians are like that," goes the rote recitation), but when it comes time to stand up to bigotry, the silence is deafening.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jun 21, 2012 9:26:49 AM

  15. Whatever!!! F@ck them and their backwards as$ opinions.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Jun 21, 2012 9:37:03 AM

  16. This is a joke. They don't have an credibility any more. Don't they see the hypocrisy of their past actions against what they're now saying against 'the gays?' I'll tell you that the biggest closet cases are all the married Southern Baptists who get a little down-low action on the side. Shhhh!! Anyway, there's a very LGBT-friendly Episcopal church right next door to their Death Star HQ in Nashville. I curse it every Sunday I happen to walk by...

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 21, 2012 9:37:43 AM

  17. Anyone else seeing the irony in the "Convention" location?

    WE are none of THEIR business.

    Posted by: ESA | Jun 21, 2012 9:41:25 AM

  18. This sickens me so much. I actually have an aunt that is on the Southern Baptist Convention's Board of Directors. My family has always viewed their religion as the absolute truth, but yet they pick and choose. They justify shunning LGBT family members by stating a verse in the bible about an angry god and how he didn't come here to mend families but to tear them apart and separate the wheat from the chaff. So F&*^ing lame and stupid! I honestly think that this type of world view is a psychological disorder. I can't change being Gay, but they could easily read peer reviewed scientific research, and practice a bit of logical thinking. But I digress... as long as these illogical ideas exist, and these thinkers occupy places in political power, our country is at risk of becoming a theocracy.

    Posted by: E | Jun 21, 2012 9:46:33 AM

  19. Actually, if you believe that homosexuality is just a chosen "sin," then you are just comparing it to being a Southern Baptist - aka a "psuedo-Christian cult" member (at least according to the Roman Catholic religion teachers I had growing up). Somehow it's ok for Roman Catholic's to be forced to accept SBC members' sin, but they can't provide the same respect to others? Typical bigotry.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jun 21, 2012 9:50:32 AM

  20. "And where are all those good, supposedly enlightened Christians speaking out against this?"

    Hey Bud, just the other day after I had posted one of those bigoted christian videos to my Facebook, one of my christian coworkers came up to me and apologized for the ignorance of those people, it felt great.

    So please, please, please, don't throw EVERYONE under the bus because your feelings got hurt. There are good people, and many HAVE stood up. They are in the minority and quite often, their voices are overshadowed and swept under the rug, but they are out there. It's wrong to lump everyone into the same boat. Stand up, make your voice heard, but the only way to win is to change hearts, not by being just as bigoted as they are, which is what we are doing when we belittle a religion that has been bastardized by the people, not the religion itself.

    Posted by: JP | Jun 21, 2012 9:54:59 AM

  21. Now is the opportune time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to finally classify the Southern Baptist Convention and all its subsidiary churches, certified hate groups.

    Posted by: Mykelb | Jun 21, 2012 9:58:57 AM

  22. Another day, another theocratic Christianist shitweasel flapping his gums. Oh, and HadenoughBS, where exactly in the Bible is slavery repudiated? Though the Moses story shows the Old Testament authors clearly didn't think THEY should be slaves, they didn't seem to have a problem with the practice in general. The Bible lays out rules for proper slave ownership and tells slaves to mind their masters. In fact the Bible was used as the basis for many pro-slavery arguments, sermons, and books in the 1800s. As a rare book dealer and librarian I've seen them. The "peculiar institution" isn't peculiar at all in the Bible.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 21, 2012 10:03:04 AM

  23. Their sin has nothing to do with people outside of their churches. Why is that so difficult for them to grasp? Am I to accept their rules, along with muslim, hindu, jewish, whatever, rules to regulate my life?

    No thanks!

    Posted by: Tanoka | Jun 21, 2012 10:04:14 AM

  24. The Southern Baptists have compromised an already ridiculous setup by electing a HAMITE to head the racket.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jun 21, 2012 10:23:19 AM

  25. dontya' just love it - they pick a black man - to "smooth over" past differences..and Now they CAN HATE ON Gays together...woohooo - ahhh religion>>> always finding someone to Hate.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 21, 2012 10:27:49 AM

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