Just when we've begun to have hope that the next generation has a newer, clearer vision of what equality should be, just when the Eddie Long scandal has become a dialogue about homo-hatred from the pulpit and the trickle down effect on LGBT youth and its culpability in the rash of suicides, an Arizona State University student run paper publishes this opinion piece titled, Religious Stereotyping brings down society, and joins the ranks of bigot crying bigotry.
Claiming to be the victim is nothing new, neither is using scripture to justify it. But sadly, it is still just as cold-hearted. Take the following verse used in a Life magazine article calling for Christian justice after a brutal murder:
Matthew 18:6 - But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
This was the response rebuttal, also published:
“In the Scriptural passage quoted by Life’s editoral writer there is a significant qualification: '…those little ones which believe in Me.' Believers are taught to be respectful toward their elders, and to leave others persons’ wives alone." That is an excerpt from the biblical, snippy, and cold justification for the murder of 14 year old Emmett Till printed in the official paper of The Citizens Council, Jackson Mississippi dated Oct, 1955.
Everyone, especially apologists for religious bigotry, should take the time to read the article and peruse this full archive of the Citizens Council's publications of the day. It’s an amazing trip back into our Black history in America. Because after pointing out that Emmett Till's murder was clearly his own fault, the writer adopts a posture which always follows the demonization of the victim, claiming the good citizens of Mississippi were the real victims, and alluding to the fact that, like Shala Marks stated above, “these people are just practicing their faith” - the article goes on to say:
Notice the racist jujitsu. Bias? Prejudice?
You see, the “liberal” north and its publications like Life Magazine were the actual bigots, and Mississippians were its victims. And in the case of what's commonly described as the Black Church (with its admitted history of condemning homosexuals to the level of “bestiality, drunkenness and covetousness”), Mormon, Catholic and all churches that preach the millions who happen to be LGBT are disordered and against God should take a peek back at their scripture quoting predecessors before they cry foul, or callously claim to be the injured party.
Emmett Till did nothing wrong. The blame lays squarely with the rhetoric of those 50's era Citizens Councils -- which later morphed into the Council of Conservative Citizens,in 1985 and are still openly racist, and not surprisingly, proudly homophobic to this very day.
So yes, claiming to be the victim is nothing new, neither is using scripture to justify it. Lost in all of this are the real victims though - you know, the ones who die.