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06/25/2013

But what if God has neither judged nor apologized in subsequent 48 years?

by Jeremy Hooper

Anti-LGBT figures love to cite this quote:

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Only thing? Ruth Graham (the late wife of Billy) actually uttered these words in 1965—a full forty-eight years ago. She said this in a pre-Stonewall era, at a time when LGBT people didn't have the first right, benefit, or protection to speak of. Ruth Graham was speaking of what she considered the ills of the early-to-mid '60s, a time that many modern conservatives would look back on with fondness.

As far as I can tell, God hasn't cast any kind of fire and brimstone on America in this past half-century. But wait a minute—Ruth Graham said that he had to do so. She said that if God didn't do so then he would have to apologize. As best I can tell, God has not done that either.

This all being so, one could argue that it's the Christian conservatives who appropriate this half-century-old quote who really need to apologize for so aggressively claiming to know a benevolent heart whose true understanding seems to elude them. After all, they (and namely Ruth Graham) are the ones who used their human minds to put a direct command into the anger bank of a supernatural being. Isn't that a little presumptuous? Isn't it a little judgmental toward the creator himself? And since God hasn't taken his marching orders, couldn't one claim that God is less like, "You're right, I should totally smite the sinners!" and more like, "Back the heck off, self-proclaimed 'family values" crowd—I kind of know what I'm doing here!"?

I think so.

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