The Quixotic Pastor

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Death Of Jerry Falwell, Part 2

I love the Rev. Mel White, who with his partner Gary Nixon founded Soulforce to seek "freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance." If you've never heard of Soulforce and you are interested in the full inclusion of GLBT persons in the life of the church, click here.

One of the things I love about Mel is that he came out of the alternate lifestyle of Christian Fundamentalism to embrace the gift of his God-given sexuality. He as well as all of the members of Soulforce are interested in proclaiming the good news of God's love for her GLBT children, especially to those who have so suffered from religious and spiritual oppression that they have no interest in the Christian faith. I also appreciate that this organization is willing to lovingly confront and challenge people and organizations like James Dobson and Focus on the Family.

One of my favorite pictures of Mel shows him outside a Fred Phelps protest, holding a sign that says "God loves Fred Phelps" ... in the picture, Mel appears to be out there all by himself, but I don't know if that is actually the case.

To see Rev. Mel White's interview with Larry King, click here

To see his interview with Anderson Cooper, click here


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