Support the Café
Search our site

The right’s appropriation of the ‘Christianity’ mantle

The right’s appropriation of the ‘Christianity’ mantle

Zack Ford at Thinkprogress.org notes he received some flak from a reader who complained about his characterizing Chick-Fil-A as a “Christian-run company.” He admits this perspective has merit, and goes on to describe how conservatives have appropriated the mantle of Christianity specifically to advance an agenda hostile to the gay community and progressive Christians:

There is nothing about the Chick-fil-A controversy that has anything to do with so-called “religious freedom.” The company donates millions of dollars yearly to organizations that actively work against the safety and health of LGBT people. Its president preaches that gays and lesbians should be scorned as “twisted up stuff” who “invite God’s judgment” upon society. These are all actions with direct consequences for LGBT people, and religion in no way justifies them. Certainly, many who identify as Christians — including many LGBT people — see Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay principles as foreign to their inclusive faiths, but their voices are largely absent from the public conversation.

The takeaway here must be how lopsided the “religious freedom” talking point is. If standing up for the fair treatment of LGBT people is an attack on conservative religious beliefs, then denying LGBT equality is just as much an attack on inclusive religious beliefs.

Read his entire post here.

Dislike (0)
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

7 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Maplewood

Christopher: ref.: “Great to know that an allegedly ‘open-minded’ and ‘tolerant’ church has one and only one acceptable opinion on certain matters.”

Thank you for the comment, allow me some thoughts on the matter…

Any church of Jesus Christ SHOULD have one, single opinion on certain matters. For example, racism, or adultery, or murder. They are wrong, and any church worth its salt should stand up and say so. Increasingly, TEC is becoming aware that condemnation/oppression of gay people is also wrong, even dangerous….and we are saying so.

Kevin McGrane

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Maplewood

Leslie: Absolutely spot-on! Our silence enables the corruption of the Gospel message.

Kevin McGrane

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Nicole Porter

"Progressive Christian voices" are far from absent. Everyone knows they are there. People just feel that they are irrelevant and have no meat. No backbone. No foundation.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Apps 55753818692 1675970731 F785b701a6d1b8c33f0408

"but their voices are largely absent from the public conversation."

Such voices are largely absent because we have the respect and dignity not to shout and be obnoxious, the result of which is that we are ignored by the media. Part of me is proud of this while the other part of me is disappointed.

-Cullin R. Schooley

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Michael Russell

I totally agree with @Leslie. Even in the 16th century Richard Hooker was castigating the religious right of the time for bringing Scripture into disrepute by ascribing it more authority than it was intended to have.

His prediction is fulfilled. Christianity is loosing adherents not because it is liberal, but because it's clean use of Scripture to promote meanness is simply not acceptable to those coming of age. We harm our faith by quietly allowing them to dominate the public square and need to spen our money "representing" Christianity for what it is.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café