Tuesday, February 08, 2005

I just sent a letter to Time magazine


RE: “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America”
February 7, 2005, pp. 34–45

Dear Editors,

Roberta Ahmanson, once linked to advocating the stoning of homosexuals, declares her Evangelical goal to be “improving the lives of human beings.” Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson credits “religious ideas” with achieving “social justice.”

This rhetoric sounds honorable coming from Time’s 25 influential Evangelicals, but it is cruelly meaningless when you consider the millions of families destroyed by divorce and adultery and spouse abuse—all of which are curiously ignored by Evangelicals who are too busy “improving” these families’ lives by attacking the make-believe threat of gay marriage. And where is the “social justice” in denying same-sex partners visitation rights in the hospital or using our relationships as kindling to fuel a bloody culture war?

If Evangelical leaders are as concerned about protecting marriage as your profiles repeatedly suggest, they would abandon their virulent anti-gay marriage crusade and instead focus their tireless energies on making adultery illegal. Adultery is, after all, explicitly banned in their beloved Ten Commandments—where homosexuality isn’t even mentioned. And it’s arguably the most destructive—and most preventable—threat to the institution of marriage. Until then, Evangelicals’ talk of improving lives and achieving social justice is nothing more than a smokescreen to hide their unconscionable campaign to vilify gay people and classify us as second-class citizens—either for the love of fund-raising money or, appallingly, just for sport.

Sincerely,

Jake

13 comments:

Alyssa said...

Mr. Dan - word, my friend.

In addition - where is the outrage over poverty? What about health care for the working class? What about the freaking working class?

I'm sure there are more important, pressing issues facing the country and the world than whether or not two dudes want to get married. That is not causing children to starve, I don't care what they say.

Wow - I've got an untapped font of righteous indignation going on...

I'm off to write angry letters.

Ryan said...

Very well said.

R said...

Why, you just stuck it to The Man. And in an articulate, really compelling way. Bravo.

ihatehydro said...

Outstanding! I'm very proud!

susan said...

Well said! I'm proud to be a NoFo reader.

Sven said...

woot.

Spider said...

That certainly rate an "Amen" in my book!

windreader said...

yeah - all the anti-gay-marriage rhetoric had me hopping mad. or blogging mad. because my kid has two dads he gets to have his family devalued at best, completely ignored at worst, by the pro-very-narrow-definition-of-family policies this administration supports? thanks for sharing, more thanks for writing the magazine in the first place.

J. said...

It seems the Eq IL benefit gala had a pretty big impact on you.

I stopped reading time magazine about two years ago for reasons like this. "The 25 Most Influential Evangelics"??? What the hell is that? It's not news. It's sensationalism masked with words that sound serious. I prefer Instinct. It's total fluff, but they make no reservations about it. And I respect that.

... And speaking of having no reservations, do you have any advice on how one should react when a fellow blogger and in recent time acquaintance totally snubs you at a bar as though you've never met or spoken and has absolutely no idea who you even are? do you think the transference from cyberspace to r/t was too much for him to handle, or was my rugid good looks and overt sexy eyes just too overwhelming? The latter actually happens a lot.

iPhil said...

I agree - Well Done! And I certainly hope it gets published...you'll let us know, of course?

iPhil

P.S. The best thing I got published was letter to a national daily, saying how great Latin is as a language to learn instead of French.

Jase said...

Woohoo! Great letter! And while they're at it, they should make talking back to parents illegal! I hate little brats that take advantage of their parents.. (I think that's one of the ten commandments too)

seatodd said...

Bravo, Here, here. I am glad someone still has the energy to talk back to these people.

Jeff said...

If I had a nickel for every angry letter I've fired off to my Congressman, Senators, the President, newspapers, magazines, and others -- well, I still couldn't buy my double espresso. It feels good to let them know they're not going unnoticed, though. And firing off a letter is better than firing off a round (though if it comes to that...). Well done.