Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fasting For Discrimination

I was reading the latest email update from the anti-gay organization, Massachusetts 'Family' Institute (MFI), when I came across something that really caught my attention. The email had a section in it titled:

Prayer group commits to 40 days of prayer and fasting for marriage


This sounds very interesting. I had to read on...

JHOP (Justice House of Prayer) Boston is launching a forty-day season of prayer and fasting from September 29 through November 7 for both the state elections and the Constitutional Convention on Nov. 9.
This is very intriguing. It is the first time I have heard of fasting taking place to affect the outcome of any Massachusetts elections. The flier announcing the season of prayer and fasting goes on to say:
"The outcome of the election on November 7th will have ramifications equally as important as those felt by the consequences of Roe v. Wade,"
The November 7th general election is very important to me, but I wouldn't exactly compare it to the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade.

I do agree with this part of the JHOP flier:

"The results of their votes [at the Constitutional Convention] will play a key roll in the definition of marriage for the state of Massachusetts and subsequently, the nation. In addition, the outcomes of these two dates will not only affect our nation's religious liberties, but ultimately, it is our children who are at stake."

As the JHOP flier mentions, the November 7th election and the Constitutional Convention will play a key role in the future of marriage in Massachusetts and the nation. We need to keep marriage equality legal here in order to bring full equality to the rest of the country. I also agree that our children are at stake. I want to make sure that our children grow up in a world where marriage discrimination is written into history books, not into constitutions.

The MFI email blurb leaves us with this thought:
"The Church can win the battle for Massachusetts and the nation, but it will only be won with the weapons of prayer and fasting."
I have to disagree with that statement. I believe that you and I can win the battle for Massachusetts and the nation. I believe that we can win with hard work and dedication.

I encourage you to go eat a great big meal and then join a campaign! While they are praying and fasting; we need to be knocking on doors, making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, contacting voters and winning elections. That is how we will win "the battle for Massachusetts and the nation".

2 Comments:

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Laurel said...

maybe they;ll be too weak to make it to the polls. what cruel irony for the fasters that their org is just one letter away from IHOP. :)

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger John Hosty said...

Chris, I signed up to recieve email posts from you a while ago, and boy am I glad I did! You are intelligent man and I am glad you are active in defending our rights, and educating our people. Feel free to stop by my website, livelovelearn247.blogspot.com, and give us some input. I will bring this article to knowthyneighbor.org and leave it there in the comments.

Bit by bit things are changing. I find it poetic justice that the more attention the religious right gives us, the more people inform themselves, and the more advanced our cause becomes. Keep up the good work!

 

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