These two, Atanus and Silvester are people who have some reach, Silvester is an elected official and Atanus is running for office and has a significant number of backers. As a citizen who is both gay and disabled, I am appalled by what they say. As someone who, and this is often hard for me to say out loud, professes a Christian faith, I find this even more appalling. I am distressed by what these folks are saying and how they pervert the reputation of God ... I am equally distressed by seeing little in the way of LOUD PUBLIC backlash from the Christian community.
Silence is consent.
Do they agree?
I've heard disgust and anger expressed in the gay community. It isn't hard to find someone speaking out about these ludicrous and ridiculous statements. I've heard real anger expressed by the disability community and particularly those who have autism. It wasn't hard to find. But I've found very little expressions of outrage from those who say they love God.
Disability does not equal sin.
Disability is not punishment for the sin of the parents.
Weather is weather ... the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
But were are our allies?
I am writing this because I want to say that I am a believer and my God isn't hateful. My voice will be dismissed by many, my sexuality makes my faith suspect, my disability confirms the suspicion that God had truly punished me. But even so, let me say to Atanus and Silvester ... if you believe that God punishes sin ... I'd be careful crossing the street.