I’m in a slightly cranky mood, so let that be the reason for most of the following crankiness.
As I’ve said before, when I check my emails each day, there are dozens and dozens of donation and sponsorship requests from alllll sorts of groups. Â Most of them aren’t “Hey Matty boy, how are ya!” Â but rather, “To Whom It May Concern.” Â I am less likely to donate to the latter.
But overall, we give quite a bit of $ away each week, and although it would be nice to give to everyone who emais us with a donation request, it’s just not possible.
Yesterday, I received an email from a lady named Mary (insert irony) from some local church who is organizing a golf tournament. Â So, like I do with many religious groups that ask for donations, I asked, “I’d be happy to, but before I give, would you mind telling me your church’s policy on gay marriage?”
To which she replied, “I can tell you that my personal policy is that I support gay marriage, but unfortunately our church’s policy is that they are against it.” and then she told me how she hopes it changes, etc. and she sounded really sweet.
However, I did not give to her church.
She also noted some of the other local businesses who are giving, some of the businesses I recognized as being gay-owned, or owned by gay-friend owners.
Maybe I’m making a big deal out of something that shouldn’t be, but I really take offense to raising money for a church that has these policies. Â Yes, I realize these are the policies of MOST church organizations, but maybe these church organizations would change their tune if all of a sudden there was no money coming in.
“Sorry Church, I’d love to help you guys out, but I’m waiting for you to change your gay marriage policy. Â Sorry.” Â Was that so hard? Â And you’d be doing the right thing.
It seems to me that a lot of these homophobic beliefs around the country (North Carolina, Colorado, etc.) are taught IN church, where kids are being told that two men or women who love each other is a sin. Â It’s bad. Â It’s unnatural. Â You’ll burn in hell.
And honestly, I don’t even know why people would attend a church that doesn’t believe in gay marriage. Â I mean, it violates what I consider to be the most fundamental of all religious values… Love Thy Neighbor. Â or Do Onto Others. Â or whatever you wanna call it.
I mean, c’mon. Â Are you telling me that Jesus wouldn’t have loved the gays? Â With all those technicolor dream coats? Â psh.
Stop giving money to churches that don’t support gay marriage.