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Monday, 1 February 2010

Selective Christianity

Will the “faith”-based agencies going into earthquake-ravaged Haiti help the LGBT folk there? It’s a good question, posed by Irene Monroe in the Huffington Post.

“As one of Haiti’s most marginal groups, the question arises in response to how some American LGBTQ New Orleans residents were treated during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005,” she writes, continuing:

During Hurricane Katrina, former President George W. Bush’s conservative faith-based organizations – like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and all other organizations in Bush’s “armies of compassion” – highlighted how after the storm homophobia blew in.

While seemingly invisible in the disaster, many LGBTQ evacuees of Katrina and their families faced discrimination at the hands of those conservative faith-based relief organizations because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status.

Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, is quoted as having said in a news release in 2005, “Tragedy does not discriminate and neither should relief agencies.”


Pardon me if I’m wrong, but I thought it was one of those Christian tenets. Even if you believe you’re helping sinners, you help them nonetheless. It just shows how choosy some “Christians” can be when they decide which bits of their “faith” they want to stick to.

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