June 12th, 2009
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
Last night on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Heidi and Spencer Pratt talked a lot about their relationship with Jesus and the importance of being Christian. Heidi talked about her dream of becoming a missionary while showing that she didn’t have the skills to survive a couple of days in a relatively posh jungle. Spencer talked about trying to channel Jesus with all his heart mind body and spirit, while verbally and physically assaulting his campmates.
Daniel Baldwin had a Celebrity Monologue and called this “Convenient Christianity:”
“It’s real convenient to tell people how Christian you are, and yell out ‘Praise God’ and ‘God Bless’ … and then climb up poles and knock water bottles out of their hands and tell them that you’re going to kill them. Where is the Christianity in that?”
I know exactly what he is talking about. I get hate mail that makes me want to wash my eyes out with holy water. So-called Christians running around shooting doctors and bashing homosexuals, preaching love and tolerance for their neighbor, but acting quite differently.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Regardless of what people say, God knows what people do in the voting booths.
Please, Governor, help Californians realize that what they did with Prop 8 was wrong. Instead of just talking about doing the right thing, I wish you would actually reach out and join the fight for marriage equality.
May 2nd, 2009
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
The very curious thing about Twitter is that Twitter is a curious thing. Often, you can only hear one side of the conversation, and are left to your own imagination to fill in the details. For example, I was looking through local Tweets – within five miles of my current location – and noticed one from @mileycyrus:
“love is the lords greatest commandment. i understand the bible just fine!!! :)”
I can imagine the message that inspired that because as an openly Gay Christian I have used that same line several times myself. It took just a few moments of research to uncover the back story. “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus has drawn the ire of the Opponents of Equality for some of her recent Twitter messages to her gay friends:
- “Everyone deserves to love and be loved and most importantly smile.”
- “Jesus loves you and your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! That’s like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz he’s gay and that is wrong and very sad!
- “Like I said everyone deserves to be happy.”
- “God’s greatest commandment is to love. And judging is not loving.”
- “I am a Christian and I love you – gay or not – because you are no different than anyone else! We are all God’s children.”
So the Opponents of Equality are showing their love of Jesus by attacking Miley Cyrus for saying that “everyone deserves to be happy.” That is really vile.
I am writing to you about this, Governor, to show how ethically bankrupt this argument is, in the hope that you will prevent these Opponents of Equality from forming public policy based on their so-called religion, to the determent of the dignity and freedom of every Californian.