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When I saw this information, I was so mad I felt like spitting NAILS!

As an eighteen year long Unitarian Universalist (really, I was one all my life, but never knew it until 18 years ago) who has gotten NOTHING but love, support, and affirmation from the Unitarian Universalist Chruch - I am APPALLED that this group, who was sponsored by a local Southern Baptist congregation - could engage in such hateful activities...in the name of Christianity, no less.

As a transgender person, The Unitarians reached out to me with love, support, and affirmation.  The Christians COULD have done so...instead they chose to shun, hate and reject me...they chose to support discrimination against me, and they chose to support, or sit silent, while other forms of violence were directed at me.

We cannot sit silent while this group directs this sort of violence at another entire faith.  In light of the incident in Knoxville, Tennessee's Unitarian Church a couple of years ago, these people who were attending service, in New Orleans, when this happened...must have been TERRIFIED.  I know I would have been!

I call upon the Southern Baptist Convention to denounce these activities directed against another organized faith tradition - and to denounce the actions of Operation Save America...and to denounce the congregation in New Orleans that sponsored them.

Imagine coming to church for worship, and then having your silent prayer interrupted with "Abomination! You're going to hell! Synagogue of Satan!"

That's what happened last Sunday in New Orleans, when a group of anti-abortion protestors disrupted the worship service at First Unitarian Universalist Church. This week they went on to stage other aggressive protests in the area, including picketing outside a doctor's home and holding a mock funeral with an open casket they claimed was an aborted fetus.

No matter how you feel about abortion, there's no justification for the extremist tactics of Operation Save America, which used to be called Operation Rescue. A few years ago, their leader was even convicted of criminal stalking for passing out "wanted" posters with a doctor's face on them.

Operation Save America came to Louisiana at the invitation of a local Southern Baptist congregation, which hosted many of their activities this week.

I think we can all agree that, whatever our differences in our faith may be, NOBODY deserves to have their Sunday service disrupted in this manner, and NOBODY deserves to have their sacred space INVADED like this.  I am BEYOND FURIOUS!!!

The question now is whether state and national leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention will condemn these extremist protests -- and commit that their churches will never again be involved in disrupting anyone else's worship.

Please sign the Petition!!
http://act.faithfulamerica.org/...

2:55 PM PT: Update: Thanks for the rec's so far, please keep them coming!  This is my first diary, and I see it is already in the top 50 on today's rec list!!

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  •  Yeah, good luck with that (18+ / 0-)

    The Southern Baptists are to the right of most of the Gee O Pee. To them, as it has been since their founding, if you are not of their faith you are a hellbound heathen.

    The proudest I've ever been of Jimmy Carter was when he quit the SBC. Note: this is not Carter quitting his faith -- it's his rebuke to a denomination that lost its way.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:26:23 AM PDT

    •  Agreed, re Carter. (9+ / 0-)

      He was my very first Presidential vote.  I still take pride in it, regardless of the right wing's demonization. He has been proven right about energy.  He was right about metric system conversion. Since his Presidency he has proven himself as a great humanitarian, Christian, problem-solver, etc, etc.  His quitting the SBC and his eloquent reasoning for it was icing on the cake.  May I be bipartisan here and say it was akin to GHWB's quitting his lifetime NRA membership.

      I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

      by beemerr90s on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:43:21 AM PDT

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      •  Jimmy Carter (6+ / 0-)
        He was my very first Presidential vote.  I still take pride in it, regardless of the right wing's demonization.
        He was also mine.

        And I take pride in it to this day because of the right-wing's demonization! Anybody they hate that badly has GOT to be pretty good, as you state:

        He has been proven right about energy.  He was right about metric system conversion. Since his Presidency he has proven himself as a great humanitarian, Christian, problem-solver, etc, etc.  His quitting the SBC and his eloquent reasoning for it was icing on the cake.
        The only reason Carter wasn't a more effective President was that he wasn't crooked enough for that job (Niccolo Macchiavelli's revenge).

        "He hid in the forest, read books with great zeal.... He loved Che Guevara, a revolutionary Veal..... Cow Tse Tongue...." -- Cows With Guns, Dana Lyons

        by thanatokephaloides on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:44:51 PM PDT

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        •  Worst vote I ever cast was for Anderson (7+ / 0-)

          in that election. Carter would have been the right choice. I was duped by a third party. Never again.

          If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

          by CwV on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:03:09 PM PDT

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          •  The USA as it was in my kidhood died in '80 (3+ / 0-)
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            when a bunch of idjits elected Reagan.

            LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 05:54:59 PM PDT

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            •  the USA as we knew it in kidhood (2+ / 0-)
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              The USA as it was in my kidhood died in '80 when a bunch of idjits elected Reagan.
              1.: Don't blame me -- I sure as F didn't vote for him!
              2. A strong case can be made that the fall of the USA as we knew it as kids happened when Tricky Dick Nixon got elected. ("Nixxon -- it's just the same old gas!")

              ;-)

              "He hid in the forest, read books with great zeal.... He loved Che Guevara, a revolutionary Veal..... Cow Tse Tongue...." -- Cows With Guns, Dana Lyons

              by thanatokephaloides on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:15:22 PM PDT

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              •  I'm told by folks who were grownups then (2+ / 0-)
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                it started the day somebody shot JFK.

                LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                by BlackSheep1 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:17:17 PM PDT

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              •  I Had To Sit, Helpless, And Watch My Country Die (1+ / 0-)
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                I could not vote until 1992.  MY first Presidential vote was for Bill Clinton.  As was my second.  I did not vote for Gore in 2000, though.

                In 2000, I had an odd circumstance that prevented me from voting in the Primaries...and I was supporting Bill Bradley in 2000.

                I moved from Kentucky to Texas in April, 2000.  Kentucky did not have it's Primary until May...and Texas had theirs in March.  So I was denied the right to vote in the Primary in 2000.

                Since I WAS in Texas...which was gonna vote for Dumbya no matter WHAT I did, I cast my write-in ballot for Bill Bradley.  The man I wanted in 2000.  The man I was not allowed to support with my vote in the Primary.

                I was 17 1/2 when Bush 1 ran against Dukakis, and I was SO PISSED that I would not get a chance to vote against Bush The Elder.  and prevent him from getting into office in the first place.

                At least I got to vote against him in 1992.

                In 2004, I supported John Edwards.  In huindsight, not so good, but the man just spoke my language!  I was happy when he got picked for VP but was not too excited about Kerry.

                In 2008, I again supported John Edwards, until it became a two-way race between Hillary and Obama - and then I jumped on the Barackmobile.  The thought of a Hillary candidacy, then and now, scares the hell out of me.  NOBODY would more energize our enemies and get them to the polls.  I want them to STAY HOME.

                And if Hillary is the nominee, you can bet they won't.  They will get to the polls faster than you can fart and say Mississippi!

                That said, I'll vote for her in 2016, holding my nose - if she is the nominee, and I sincerely hope she isn't.

                As to Obama...I supported him twice, because I believed in Hope and Change.  I have YET to see the change I was HOPING FOR.

                That said, he was still a better choice than McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan!  Of course, that isn't saying much!

                I so wish we could get a REAL PROGRESSIVE....a guy like Bernie Sanders...to run for President and win the Primary!  WHY OH WHY...do we have to keep getting these Republican-lite corporatist assholes carrying the Democratic banner?

        •  I was in the Air Force during his Presidency (1+ / 0-)
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          thanatokephaloides

          He earned my first Presidential vote -- for his re-election.

          Damn that cabal of lying renegades who stole their way into the White House and started destroying this nation, instead.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:45:13 AM PDT

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  •  These so-called Christians (8+ / 0-)

    are no better than the Taliban. We should treat them exactly the same, too, as the terrorists they so clearly are.

  •  How long before this evil madness leads to "Sta... (4+ / 0-)

    How long before this evil madness leads to "Stand Your Ground" being invoked? STOP.

  •  To these people (11+ / 0-)

    freedom of religion means:

    The right to force their views on EVERYONE;
    The right to prevent people from loving the person of their choice;
    The right to prevent people from engaging in recreational sex

  •  Signed and shared petition. Thanks! eom (3+ / 0-)

    A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

    by d3clark on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:16:59 PM PDT

  •  This is unimaginable. (1+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides

    Except it's all too real.

    Petition signed.

  •  Don't hold your breath (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, salmo, alypsee1, Calamity Jean

    I am a recovered southern baptist and have been a member of a UU congregation for over 10 years now. And I live in the South.

    The SBC renouncing an act that they openly and happily espouse? I seriously doubt it. They will probably strike back with cherry-picked bible verses just like countless "christian" haters have done for centuries.

    That said, I completely agree with your calling out these vile protestors and the equally deplorable SBC. And I have gladly signed the petition.

    •  You're Probably Right (0+ / 0-)

      Living in Louisville, KY - H of the SBC for three years, I have had my share of runins with them.  As a local activist for civl rights, at the time, I had a bullseye on my back for them.

      I was (and believe I am still) on a hiring blacklist that is passed around by the megachurch in Louisville that we deriseively call "Six Flags Over Jesus."

      Oh, it's not an "official" thing, since such blacklists are illegal...but business cards with names written on the back get passed around and everyone there who gets one knows what it means.

      But you'd LIKE to think they had a shred of decency in them...enough that they would at least condemn the tactic of disrupting the sacred service of another faith tradition...and invading their sacred space!

      You'd LIKE to think that they could imagine just how much they would appreciate it if it was done to THEM.  Oh, you'd hear hue and cry if someone ever did it to THEM.

      But them heathen UU's?  Fine to do to them.

      Yeah...well, I got news for the SBC:

      I was a Catholic, a Christian, and I lost the faith because of people like them.  They were supposed to bring me closer to God and Jesus...and instead they drove me away.  It was the Unitarians, heathens some would have us...who brought me back to Jesus!

  •  The SBC has always been the faith of the KKK (3+ / 0-)
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    and has  always been in favor of intolerance of other faiths and denominations.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:04:13 PM PDT

  •  I'm confused (0+ / 0-)

    In one of your sentences, you mention "Christians" as if they were an other. I thought unitarians identified as Christians, even if the larger population that disagrees with non-trinitarianism doesn't see you as such?

    •  Unitarians Began As A Demonination Of Christian (2+ / 0-)
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      that rejected Trinitarian teaching.

      We no longer have ANY central creed that anyone is reuired to believe in or follow, so, in that regard, we are no longer a Christian denomination.

      As I like to put it...we are a non-creedal church, whose members derive their inspiration from many different sources...but we all believe in and practice the kind of radical love Jesus spoke about and practiced.

      Note that I very carefully did not say that we believe in or worship Jesus - only that we believe in and practice the kind of radical love he spoke about (also note the lowercase "he.")

      Thanks to everyone who has signed so far, please continue to send this along, and recommending it...this is my first diary and I'd LOVE to see it get into one of the Digests!

    •  Unitarianism is rooted in Christianity. (1+ / 0-)
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      Miniaussiefan

      It split off from Congregationalism in the early 1800s, which led to disestablishment in Massachusetts, I believe the last state to do so.  Modern Unitarianism is largely an element of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Universalist influence emphasizes the value of a variety of faith traditions.  The majority of Congregationalists today belong to the United Church of Christ and given that many have a soft commitment to trinitarian theology (and in some cases churches dually affiliated UCC/UUA), there is a running joke that says that UCC stands for Unitarians Considering Christ:)

    •  Two different definitions (1+ / 0-)
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      Unitarians and Universalists were both sects of Christianity that were considered by many to be heretical.

      The modern Unitarian-Universalist church encompasses people of many different faiths or nonfaiths.

      "Today is who you are" - my wife

      by I Lurked For Years on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 03:00:55 PM PDT

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  •  I am appalled that one of our churches were (0+ / 0-)

    desecrated like this.  To enter any house of worship to spew your personal politics  is odious  and this was even worse.  My UU's dealt with it in a dignified way, I hope I could be like that if am ever tested this way.

  •  This is a new low. (1+ / 0-)
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    JPax

    They should be arrested for trespassing.

    •  They should be arrested for intimidation (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      or hatecrimes or possible even terrorism. You don't have to kill people to terrorize them.

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:58:02 PM PDT

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      •  Would you want the same charges... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...brought against the activists from WHAM! and ACT-UP who disrupted services at St. Patrick's in NYC some years back?  

        •  I would say yes. (1+ / 0-)
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          Kalisiin

          Whatever the appropriate penalty should certainly be content neutral.  Free exercise should be affirmatively protected IMO.  There is no justification whatsoever for disrupting a service of worship, short of some kind of emergency.

          •  Totally Agree. (0+ / 0-)

            NOBODY deserves having their sacred space invaded and their sacred service disrupted.

            Short of an actual immenent emergency, there is no excuse for this.  And I mean some kind of natural disaster like a fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc.

        •  Yes, of course. Why wouldn't I? (0+ / 0-)

          From reading the Wikipedia entry you linked to, it looks to be a clearly criminal act. It's not like they were conducting civil disobedience against the state.

          -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

          by JPax on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 04:11:31 PM PDT

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          •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

            Because you suggested prosecution for "intimidation, hate crimes or possibly even terrorism" for what appears to me to be a trespassing and disorderly persons offense.  In both cases.

            It just seems to me a bit of overkill.

            •  It's Not Overkill! (0+ / 0-)

              These people at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans probably WERE terrified when this hapened.

              Remember that only a few years ago a crazy gunman went into a UU church in Knoxville, TN and started shooting up the place...saying he planned to die and "wanted to take a few liberals down with him."

              Two people were killed in that incident in Knoxville.  The people who oppose and hate us ARE CRAZY.

              When we have our space invaded by crazies, we have EVERY REASON to be terrified!

              And that is the definition of terrorism.  and they should be prosecuted as terrorists.  If I were a DA down there, I'd bring them up on charges of

              Terrorism
              Intimidation
              Trespassing
              Disorderly Conduct

              And anything ELSE I could think up to hrow at them.

              NO PUNISHMENT is harsh enough for these people!

        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

          I thought they were wrong to disrupt services just as OSA was wrong for the same reason.

  •  Love or hate (0+ / 0-)

    Just more hate filled Christians.  Never vote republican.

  •  I hate to go Godwin on this... (0+ / 0-)

    ....but the historical parallels are rather eerie.

  •  We had a Firefighter for Christ (1+ / 0-)
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    picket our Buddhist monastery, Shasta Abbey. (Firefighters…fires of Hell, get it?)

    Our Abbess told tales of the London Buddhist Society being picketed by the Catholic Truth Society with signs reading, "The Devil in Our Midst".

    One of our meditation sessions in Berkeley CA was invaded by a Fundamentalist Buddhist from San Francisco who was haranguing us for having a woman teaching men. I turned to the meditators, and told everybody not to worry about the noise in the room, that it would not interrupt their meditation if they just let it pass by. I am told that he turned bright red, shut up, and sat down.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:44:48 PM PDT

    •  I Am Sorry That Happened To You (0+ / 0-)

      As I said, and I stand by this:
      NOBODY deserves to have their sacred space invaded in that way...and NOBODY deserves to have their sacred service disrupted in that way.

      EVER.

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