For further information, please see this important update, including commentary from journalist Brent Childers, as well as commentary from me, regarding one of the series of “Coalition of Conscience” lectures put on as a protest of the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala: Charlotte church leaders protest HRC: Gay agenda is a lie; ‘connected’ to pedophilia, bestiality
For an update on the happenings at the HRC Carolinas Gala see this update: HRC Carolinas Gala: Largest Dinner in the NationÂ
As many people are already aware (including me, I went and put in my order to rent my tuxedo yesterday!) the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala will once again be held at the Charlotte, NC Convention Center on Saturday, February 24, 2007.
Well, as it seems, according to an article from the Christian News Wire, some leaders in the Charlotte Metro right-wing fundamentalist church are upset that the gays have decided to once again invade the Queen City:
Three years ago, the Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest homosexual advocacy organization, moved its annual Carolina’s dinner to Charlotte. While local gay activists have applauded the HRC’s presence in Charlotte, not everyone is pleased with this development. Dr. Michael L. Brown, director of the Coalition of Conscience and a nationally known Christian leader and best-selling author, is convinced that now is the time to speak up.
The “Coalition of Conscience” is none to happy with HRC and our “radical agenda.”
“We have no desire to enter in a rhetorical battle with the HRC. We simply want to raise public awareness about who the HRC really is and what the HRC really stands for, demonstrating that they cannot legitimately be called the ‘Human Rights’ Campaign.”
According to Brown, “The HRC has a clearly articulated agenda which does not stand for human rights for all, and as Christians, we take issue with that agenda.”
They’ll be presenting their “lectures” to the community, opening them up to the public. Who else thinks we should attend… maybe they need to see the face of a real, live gay person and know that we are not like anything they think:
In anticipation of the HRC dinner on February 24, Brown, will deliver a series of five lectures on “Homosexuality, the Church, and Society.” The lectures will be held nightly from February 19-23 at the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be followed by a time of Q & A, with dissenting opinions welcomed.
Yeah… They aren’t happy about the level of support HRC has received from the corporate world, either:
Sponsors of last year’s HRC dinner included Duke Energy, the Charlotte Observer, Bank of America, Wachovia, Audi, Blue Cross Blue Shield, IBM, and Sir Speedy Press. Brown asks, “Would these companies be as quick to voice their support for the HRC if it was more accurately named the Homosexual Rights Campaign? Would they be so vocal if it were called the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Campaign? And does the general public know what the HRC really stands for?”
And, of course, they take our so-called “agenda” and spell it out futher (fear tactics anyone?):
According to Brown, “The HRC is not fighting for equal rights for all people. Instead, it wants to impose its agenda on others, including how we define marriage, how we run our businesses, how we teach our children, and even how we interpret the Bible. We feel that now is the right time to air our differences with the HRC in a rational and respectful manner. I am hopeful that they will respond to us in the same spirit with which we exercise our human right to differ with them.”
Oh yeah… They have every right in the world to speak their mind and their beliefs. Really they do. We should respond with nothing but kindness and love. You know, you only get back what you give out. If I had the time, I’d certainly travel down to Charlotte, attend the lectures and talk face-to-face with them, wearing my little rainbow lapel ribbon at the same time.
You have to wonder… just what is so radical about wanting the ability to adequately take care of one’s family and children? What is so radical about wanting to know that we won’t be fired based solely on sexual orientation, instead of on our ability to do our job well? What is so radical about teaching children that all people have an inherent dignity and worth which must always be respected? What is so radical about speaking the truth and standing up against prejudice, bigotry and hate?
Radical? Hardly. We certainly aren’t the radical ones.