A new standard for hypocrisy is being set this week. In the past couple decades, homosexuality has reached new highs of acceptance in the West. For every step pro-gay people, anti-gay people also take a progressive step. First gays were spawns of Satan. Then they moved up to the status of still evil humans. In CA in the 70s during a battle to allow gays to not be automatically fired, the conservatives said gay teachers were recruiting kids to be gay. Now the fad (in most places) is that gays are victims of bad parenting and are morally obligated to change their orientation. The most progressive anti-gays are saying gays and their allies are committing a minor sin, mainly an error in judgment. Until now, I believed they were honestly changing their beliefs, not just their rhetoric.
But first some context. In the battle over gay marriage in CA last fall, many religious leaders, notably LDS, said they did not object to the rights given by civil unions (which was not under debate and the majority supported). "The Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights."(source) Sounds good, right?However, here in IL without civil unions, they said the civil union bill was immoral and personally threatening. The Vatican, which is against capital punishment, said an exception should be made for killing gays. No joke.
This week, Exodus, the very people who say they love the sinner, traveled to Uganda, are supported the current law that criminalizes gays, not for "sin" behavior but merely for being atttracted to the same sex. Even celibate, gay Catholics there are threatened. The punishment? Replace the current prison sentence and send them to Exodus for therapy where Exodus will rake in the bucks. Become straight or go to prison.
What scares me most is this isn't old school backwardness. This is the same people who counseled a friend of mine. The same that hosted a conference for my pastor. What horror lies in the recession of hearts.