Jason Childs, the founder of the Center for Progress in Alabama, used to be a “Liberty University-trained evangelical pastor.”
He has since left that life behind.
After a divorce, and not being allowed back into the church because of that, he began driving a truck and seeing the country. Now, he’s trying to warn us about what the Religious Right is trying to do:
I was sure that I was right and that every other person not of my faith was going to burn in hell forever. I was taught that we as Christians should take this nation back, only to find out later that we never had it to begin with.
I want you to know that the fundamentalist political movement is the beginning of a cultural revolution that will take our nation to a very dark place. You have to understand that this has been methodically planned and is being carried out with the utmost vigilance. In accordance with their worldview, my old friends do not in the least care about what you think. They are against democracy, and they are seeking to end the rule of the majority in our great country.
… It is so sad that as the people of the world are fighting for freedom, we here in the United States are going in the opposite direction. The far right, under the control of fundamentalists, is declaring an all-out war on human progress.
How do we stop them from succeeding? By continuing to fight for the things we believe in: civil rights for everyone, a woman’s right to have an abortion, church/state separation, science-based science education, and all those other issues that make religious conservatives cringe. We’re winning the battle for same-sex marriage and that gives me hope that we’ll eventually win out in the other arenas, too.
Simply put: They’re wrong. We’re right. This isn’t the time to sit on the fence and “be respectful” of their harmful beliefs. We have to encourage people to take a stand against them.
(Thanks to Craig for the link)