Not even two days ago, a Christian charity organization called World Vision announced that they would hire gay and lesbian Christian employees, with the caveat that it was, “not an endorsement of same-sex marriage.” Predictably, as with any attempt to recognize gays and lesbians as people, the Religious Right exploded in self-righteous rage.
Conservatives Christians hammered World Vision, claiming that it was, “enabling homosexuality,” and a mass defection began. Never mind that World Vision was helping children. Because if there’s anything we know Conservative Christians care about more than helping living children, it’s… well, it’s everything else, like Benghazi.
Shortly after this announcement, the Assemblies of God urged their members to stop donating to World Vision. John Piper, a McChurch Pastor, called the decision, “tragic.” Franklin Graham, who’s doing everything he can to drag the Graham name through the mud, said he was, “sickened by it.” Some of the sharpest criticism came from compulsive liar Tony Perkins, head of the poorly-named Family Research Council. Writing on their website, Perkins said:
[box type=’shadow’] We cannot and will not support an organization that exalts the approval of the world over the authority of the Word. In the end when Christians desire the praise of man over the glory of God: they earn neither. The church should continue to support Christian aid and humanitarianism, but only through organizations that remain true to the word of God.[/box]
The result of this? About 2,000 children lost their sponsorship and the organization took a $840,000 hit because Evangelicals, being the pro-life crowd they are, were happier to see children die than they were to support an organization that gave gays and lesbians jobs. Rachel Held Evans, a progressive evangelical blogger, said:
[box type=’shadow’]No official numbers have been released yet, but my contacts at World Vision report that thousands of children lost their sponsorships yesterday as evangelicals withdrew funds in protest to World Vision’s policy of employing people in same-sex marriages.
…Deliberately cutting off funding to your sponsored child affects that child and her community. If you didn’t think that money was actually making a difference, then why were you sponsoring to begin with?[/box]
This sudden desertion from the right resulted in World Vision issuing the following statement, via Religious News Service:
We’ve listened. We believe we made a mistake. We’re asking them to forgive and understand our poor judgement in the original decision.
Meaning they caved to the pressure.
That’s pro-life in action, folks. In the words of Fred Clark, another progressive evangelical blogger at Patheos who has been watching this unfold, “score one for the bullies.”
h/t Opposing Views