Jerry Falwell must be laughing in Hell. Some Christian fundamentalists say pro-GLBT philosophies are partly to blame for the nation’s financial crisis.
In a September 25th blog post titled “The Nation Will Right Itself If It Fixes Sex,” Christian Civil League of Maine Executive Director Michael Heath writes that the financial crisis facing Wall Street is a symptom of America’s sinful sexual culture, including the acceptance of gay unions.
“Our crisis is a symptom, not the cause,” writes Michael Heath. “I am not saying I know whether this financial crisis is God’s judgment or not. It is not for me to know that definitively.”
Heath goes on to list policy changes that [the writer contends] would make God “crack a smile,” including: End abortion rights and defund non-profit groups supporting it, amend state constitutions to ban gay marriage and eliminate domestic partnerships and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and end discrimination against private religious schools and homeschools.
A related post by Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian at the National Review’s web site pushes a similar theme, this time focusing on Friday’s failure of [Washington Mutual].
Krikorian suggests the big bank failed because it was too accommodating to minorities, including gays, African-Americans and Hispanics.
In his September 26th post titled “Cause and Effect?,” Krikorian writes, “I really thought this was a joke, but it’s not. WaMu’s final press release, before it sank beneath the waves.”
The press release lists the general accomplishments of WaMu in diversifying its workforce, including earning a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index — a rating indicative of the gay-friendliness of a company’s official policies.
So let’s see… gays and their allies are responsible for Hurricane Katrina, the Teletubbies, 9/11, the state of Hollywood, and now the Wall Street mess. For second-class citizens, we sure have a helluva lot of power. No wonder the fundies are so frightened they make up this kind of hateful crap in order to keep us under their blessed, bigoted boots.
An alternative POV: The fundies are in power. They have the pols in their pious pockets. Their religious rules are inscribed in US secular law, and nonbelievers are punished every day in this country for not conforming to fundamentalist Christian values (or Judeo-Christian, in those times when they pretend to be ecumenical). Those are the facts. So even if such a charge would be unfair or untrue (just as is their charge against the inclusive gay community), wouldn’t it make more sense to blame them? I’m just sayin’…