No, it’s not what you think–Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, and company were nowhere to be seen. Accordig to IRD:
On April 17, many dozens of clergy from around the country boisterously rallied outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to lobby for homosexual rights legislation before Congress.
The liberal clergy affirmed “that we are all God’s children, and our differing sexual orientations and our differing gender identities are not shameful sins, but a gift from God.” Their rally was organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which calls itself “America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.”
HRC was rallying the clergy behind two proposals before Congress: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Both laws would enshrine “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as legally protected categories, the latter in matters related to crime and the former in employment laws.
Miguel De La Torre, Associate Professor of Social Ethics at United Methodism’s Iliff School of Theology, declared that “as a Bible-believing, evangelical Christian and an ordained Southern Baptist minister,” he was compelled to fight “the oppression faced by our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sisters.” He called on Congress to “be used by the Almighty as an instrument of salvation and liberation” by passing these two laws to counter physical and “economic violence.” As for “Christians from the far right” who may portray the legislation as conferring “special rights” and ask “where will it all end,” De La Torre declared, “I’ll tell you where it ends: It ends, in the words of the prophet Amos, when justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like an everlasting stream!”
The Rev. Susan Russell, President of Integrity (“the voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians in the Episcopal Church USA”), expressed her pride in speaking “to represent the Episcopal Church,” which supports the “hate crimes” law, and to support both bills in the name of the “traditional Christian values” of care for one’s neighbor and “the least of these.” While America claims to stand for “liberty and justice for all,” she lamented that “[w]e are not yet that nation” because homosexuals do not enjoy “the liberty to walk safely on the streets of America protected from bias-motivated violence.”
The Rev. Erin Swenson boasted that in 1996 he had “became the first known mainstream Protestant minister to retain my ordination following a gender transition from male to female” and that his denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), supports the “hate crimes” law. He tied his support for both bills to biblical teaching “that God upholds the most vulnerable among us” and his observation that “there are few more vulnerable than those in the the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community,” in which “the ‘T’ remains the most vulnerable.”
Denise Eger, rabbi of a West Hollywood congregation, tied support for ENDA to the Torah’s teachings about “our obligations to be fair to workers.” She also asserted that “90 percent of Americans already support ending working place discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
Peggy Campolo, wife of evangelical left activist Tony Campolo, professed to root her 20 years of pro-homosexuality activism in her evangelical faith. “There is a verse in the Old Testament—The Hebrew Bible—that speaks directly to those who will be voting,” on this legislation, she claimed, citing Micah 6:8 (“God has showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justice and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”). She asserted, “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but Jesus had a whole lot to say about religious types who add their own rules to a Gospel that really says, ‘Whosoever will, may come.’”
It’s evident that what we have here is a collection of extremist clergy who are seeking to impose their religiously-based political agenda on the rest of us. How dare they call on Congress to “be used by the Almighty as an instrument of salvation and liberation” (in addition to the obvious mixing of church and state, the speaker is certainly looking for a political usurpation of the proper role of God by Congress)? How dare they cite Scripture to undergird their position? How dare they talk about Jesus to the exclusion of other religious traditions, such as Islam (which holds to a position on homosexuality that is slightly at variance with where these folks are coming from)? How dare they lay claim to the mantle of “traditional Christian values”?
I’m sure Barry Lynn of Americans United, Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance, Ralph Neas of People for the American Way, Kevin Phillips (author of American Theocracy), Chris Hedges (author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America), Frederick Clarkson (author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy), and the rest of the Theocracy Posse will be on the case before this gang of Khomeini-wannabes can wreck any more havoc on the American body politic.
I’m also betting on the Kansas City Royals winning the Super Bowl this season.