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03/20/2007

Church sign prosetylizing: When bumper stickers are simply not passive-aggressive enough

by Jeremy Hooper

A reader of Pam's House Blend sent this image, which she found while driving in Manahawkin, NJ:

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::sigh:: Can you believe this nonsense? I mean, no apostrophe in "God's?!" Detestable!

Picture 11-24But incorrect representations of possessive nouns aside, we wanted to know more about King of Kings, so we dug around a little bit. Via this LiveJournal, we found this letter from King of King's Patrick Sharkey (pic), which he wrote to a local free newspaper called The SandPaper in reaction to the very sad Laurel Hester situation.

Letter To the Editor:

I am writing to express my appreciation for the Ocean County board of freeholders decision to deny pension benefits to a county employee's same sex partner. In a day when traditional family values are under siege, it is refreshing to live in a county whose leadership upholds the sanctity of traditional marriage.

We have a great God who has blessed America, and he is powerful to heal people who are suffering in the sin of homosexuality. Our church doors and many church doors in the south jersey area are always open to set people free from the pain of homosexuality. This sin is no different from other sexual sins. The Lord Jesus Chirst has healed so many and has the power to heal anyone who has such struggles.

Again, thank you, Ocean County Board of Freeholders, for such a courageous stance!

- Rev. Patrick j. Sharkey, Senior Pastor, King of Kings Community Church, Manahawkin

Ah, yes, that "moral" stance of denying benefits to the domestic partner of a dying woman (which the board of freeholders later reversed). That really was a courageous display of family values, wasn't it? Oh, and not to mention that always righteous and moral idea that gays are suffering and somehow sick, thus needing to healed. What could be possibly be more rational, decent, and sane? Oh, we know: FOR PEOPLE LIKE MR. SHARKEY TO START CULLING HIS DATA ABOUT THE WORLD FROM ACTUAL REALITY, TO REALIZE THAT ONE'S PERSONAL BIBLICAL VIEWS CANNOT BE USED TO SHAPE CIVIL POLICY, AND TO STOP ACTING AS IF BIBLICAL CONDEMNATIONS AGAINST JUDGMENT ARE SOMEHOW LESS APPLICABLE THAN THE ONES THAT THEY PERCEIVE AS SPEAKING AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY!

Or at the very least: To do humanity and God a favor by not acting as if Biblical views on marriage or ANYTHING can be easily summed up on a roadside sign (or bumper sticker)! Nothing is that simple. We think a God who gave us a complex, analytical brain would more than agree.

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"We think a God who gave us a complex, analytical brain would more than agree"

Reminds me of something I saw on an atheist forum once... a fellow on there had been challenged as to what he would do if it turned out he was wrong, and he actually met God. His response, of course, started with the fact that he thinks it incredibly unlikely that this event ever come to pass, but he said that if it did, he would hope that a God capable of creating us as intelligent, thoughtful beings wouldn't mind too much if we used those brains of ours to study the evidence, and decide He didn't exist. This particular writer felt a God who was as good as these Christians were claiming would accept his simple "Okay, so I was wrong" and take him in - and any God who didn't wasn't really worth the time of day anyway.

The writer also pointed out that the *different* Christians who were threatening him with hellfire and brimstone for not believing were quite obviously worshipping a monster who (if He exists) doesn't deserve *anyone*'s time...

Posted by: Anon | Mar 20, 2007 6:23:22 PM

I think this is a very powerful argument. There was a great piece in the NY Times magazine recently not about whether or not we believe, but WHY we believe. The most common approach people take to their faith is: "Well, if I'm wrong, then I have nothing to lose; if I'm right, then I have everything to gain." I find this intellectually lazy.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 20, 2007 6:29:14 PM

Where does the Bible say anything like "One Man, One Woman?" Just try and find the verse.

Despite my Mormon heritage I'm not justifiying polygamy, but that is the Biblical definition of marriage: "One Man, Some Number of Women, possibly some concubines."

Look it up if you don't believe me.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Mar 20, 2007 8:58:13 PM

You're unlikely to encounter much debate here, GayMormonBoy.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 20, 2007 8:59:59 PM

Did God create man for his advantage or man create God for his advantage ?

Posted by: Man | May 10, 2007 11:03:04 PM

If I saw that sign, I'd either snatch the W and the O from "Woman" or take the W and the O from "Word" and put it in front of "Man" and steal the R and the D from "Word" and keep it for memories.

Posted by: Littlebofreak | Jun 24, 2007 4:19:49 PM

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