Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger, Jr., the authors of Righting America at the Creation Museum, have been keeping track of the anti-LGBT content coming out of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham’s conservative apologetics effort, especially about “key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.”
On their blog, Trollinger and Trollinger highlight just 20 of the anti-LGBT comments that Ham has offered over the last year. Reflecting on the attention that Ham gives to the topic, they wonder:
All this on the necessity of Christians to resist LGBTQ rights, to reject the legitimacy of LGBTQ identities, and to understand the effort of LGBTQ individuals to assert their civil rights as an assault on the rights of Christians. All this, and yet nothing or virtually nothing from Ham and AiG on issues pertaining to poverty, refugees, income/wealth inequality, structural racism, and misogyny.
We shouldn’t expect anything else, though, they conclude, for “if the Christian Right took Jesus seriously, it wouldn’t be the Christian Right.”
But it does raise a question worth imagining an answer to: What would the world look like if the millions of American Christians who fight so hard against gay rights instead fought so hard for the alleviation of poverty? for the safety of refugees? For an end to violence against women and the degradation of people of color?
Above, Righting America at the Creation Museum
Rebecca, your last paragraph is right on point, and we have been wondering precisely the same thing. What a difference it would make for refugees, the poor, women, and people of color.
I keep going back to Eisenhower (who was influenced by his family’s Brethren and later Jehovah’s Witness pacifism, perhaps?): “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final
sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” The same is true for the culture wars, I think, as much as it is true for military wars.