Sunday Double Feature: Politics and Pride

What Would Jesus Do?

He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.

—John 8:7

Religion fanaticism fueled by hatred and hatred fueled by ignorance is destroying the United States. Fascist politicians are using hatred, just as they did in the 1920s and 1930s to further their power-hungry ambitions. All across the world, there are politicians who are either fighting against democracy or strengthening their existing authoritarian rule. Conservatives, whether Republican, Fascist, Nazi, etc., have used religious fanaticism to take away the rights of people. Religion was used to justify slavery, subjugate women, kill or imprison LGBTQ+ individuals, and any number of horrible inhumane actions.

For those who claim they are Christian and vote and support hatred-fueled religious fanaticism, they do not follow the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught love, hope, charity, mercy, and acceptance. In John 4:3–39, Jesus was headed to Galilee from Judea. This was early in His ministry. He stopped to rest and refresh Himself at a well in Samaria during one of His journeys. A woman came to the well to draw water, and the Savior engaged her in conversation. She was astonished that He would speak with her, “for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” But He overlooked the traditions that devalued her in others’ eyes. He taught her about the living water of the gospel, and He testified to her, “I who speak to you am [the Messiah].” 

Jesus did not teach hatred and discrimination like many modern Christians. Instead, he taught acceptance. There are two remarkable stories showing how Jesus cared for all types of people. The religious fanatics of his time called the Pharisees were offended because in their view God loved only the righteous who kept the law as they interpreted them. They, therefore, distanced themselves from so-called ‘unclean’ sinners in their delusions of self-righteousness. But Jesus was often eating and drinking with those the Pharisees deemed disreputable sinners. He met people where they were and healed them. He protected those who committed adultery and prostitutes. Jesus proclaimed that both law-keepers and law-breakers are sinners in need of forgiveness. In John 8:7, Jesus told the Pharisees who wanted to stone a woman to death for committing adultery, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” In Matthew 7:1-3, Jesus warned, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

A day of reckoning will come for those who use the name of God to further their hatred and claim that they do so in Jesus’s name. We can start by going to the polls in November and voting out the hypocrites and modern-day Pharisees. We need to vote in such great numbers that we make the elections of 1932 a minor Democratic victory. For anyone who is not familiar with the 1932 elections, Democratic New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican incumbent president Herbert Hoover in a landslide, with Hoover winning only six Northeastern states. In addition to Hoover’s defeat, the Republicans also suffered crushing defeats in both congressional chambers: they lost 101 seats in the House of Representatives, with the Democrats expanding their House majority to a supermajority (a gain of 97 seats), and also lost twelve seats in the Senate, giving Democrats a total of 58  out of 96 seats in the Senate (Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states). The other Senator, Henrik Shipstead of Minnesota, was a member of the Farmer-Labor Party before switching back to being a Republican in 1940. (He’d been a Republican prior to 1923.) This landslide election was the last time that an incumbent president lost re-election and his party lost control of both chambers of Congress in a single term until 2020. 

If we don’t keep a majority in the House and gain at least 2 seats in the Senate (to counteract Manchin and Sinema) and do away with the filibuster, hate has won. Furthermore, we must expand the Supreme Court and institute ethics reforms in the federal government including SCOTUS. If you live in a state with a Republican majority, work as hard as you can to change that. We have to have election reforms and protections. We need stronger and sensible gun laws. We need meaningful reforms to healthcare and student loans. Most importantly we must preserve equality in the United States. We can no longer allow religious fanatics to have sway in this country. Republicans have pushed for overturning Roe v. Wade, and now they’ve done it. This will only empower conservatives and religious fanatics to push forward with taking away marriage equality, access to birth control, the right to privacy, and due process. In his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the justices “should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell” — referring to three cases having to do with Americans’ fundamental privacy, due process, and equal protection rights. Anyone who did not see this coming with the overturning or Roe was incredibly naïve. I beg of you not only to vote but encourage all those who are sympathetic to equality to also vote. If someone needs a ride to the polls, give it to them. If someone is not registered to vote, get them registered.

I don’t think that the majority of people who claim to be Christian would follow Jesus if the Second Coming happened today. They set aside all of their values and beliefs to elect Donald Trump. They sold their souls to make sure that Roe was overturned. Now, we must come out fighting (peacefully, of course). Vote! Vote! Vote! Let’s take back our country and make it a country in which we can be proud to live.

Prayer for Pride 🙏🏻🏳️‍🌈

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore, do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”1

—Matthew 6:5-8

I love Pride because it shows the diversity of our communities. Different skin colors, different body types, different genders (and even more gender expressions!) From promiscuous to monogamous married couples, from kinky to vanilla, and everything in between. The LGBTQ+ community is varied and beautiful, and that’s what makes us such a fabulous community.

Recently, I received an email form Queer Theology which shared a wonderful prayer for Pride. I have adapted it a little to fit my situation better, and I encourage you to do the same. (My edits with notes are in parentheses.) So, I give you a Prayer for Pride:

There was a time when I prayed asking you to help me become straight. Thank you for ignoring that prayer. Or rather, for answering it differently than I expected: 

“I will help you become more fully you.” 

Thank you for the gift of queerness, for the liberation it has sparked in my own life (and in the lives of my family2).

Thank you for this body and for the courage to explore all the ways I can use it to make myself and others feel good, connected, healed, whole. (And let’s not forget sexy and desired.3)

Though my journey here has not been easy, I am grateful for it. Let the shame I felt with my body, with my desires, with my love, with myself, be a reminder to do everything I can to not contribute to another’s shame but to instead support them in their own self-love and self- determination.

I pray for those still living with shame, help them to shake it off; and embolden me to work to create a world which breeds pride, not shame. 

I pray for those who, knowingly and unknowingly, fed my own shame. May they have everything they need in their lives and if they seek forgiveness, help them to know that they are forgiven. 

And I pray for those in the in-between spaces–myself included, if I’m honest–give us strength to continue the journey, to lean into the tender places, to do the work, and to celebrate the victories. 

Thank you for the victories. Though the Kingdom of Heaven is still not fully realized on earth, let us be glad in all the ways in which it is alive and present, here, and now. 

In Christ’s name we pray, 




1. One of my greatest pet peeves is when people make a huge deal about praying in public. My sister’s in-laws always insisted on holding hands and praying when at a restaurant. And often, when people pray in church, they drone on and on. A simple prayer is always best, and in my opinion, it is much better to pray alone and in private. Prayer should be between you and God. It need not be with anyone else.

2. I hope that it has made positive changes in your family. Mine is still a work in progress.

3. This one I leave up to you.

I had planned on only posting the “Prayer for Pride” but with the SCOTUS news on Friday, I wanted to say more.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

6 responses to “Sunday Double Feature: Politics and Pride

  • Candad (Jim)

    If I didn’t know better, one would think you were an activist. However, I agree. Trump and his has destroyed the country. The Pearl of Great Price states that the U.S. will stand as long as it is righteous. I’m afraid for the future the way the GOP is taking the people down the garden path with devourers at the end. Me thinks the South and Central parts are red areas. Probably because of conservatism. I have long age learned that people don’t easily change their political affiliations, not even if it hurts. That is why I like Zelensky. He’s a man defending his country not his party. Go Dems. You can get married now without being banned later. Set a date. I want grandchildren before I hit the dust. You’re the best. Jim

    • Joe

      I guess I’m an activist in my own way. Unlike so many Republicans who use their religion as an excuse to discriminate, my political beliefs really are based on the teachings of Jesus. So many people are getting upset about the possibility of cancelling just $10k in student loan debt (though many of us have loans that $10k won’t even put a dent into it), but if they were to take their cues from the Bible, they’d see that the Hebrews had regular debt holidays when all debt was wiped out. They’ll pull all sorts of ancient and no longer applicable rules from the Old Testament (conveniently ignoring those they don’t agree with) and ignore the teachings of the New Testament.

      • Jim

        Joe, let me tell you a story, a long one. We are all conceived female. That is the default. If nothing else happens you will be female. If the egg was pregnated with a y sperm, then androgen/testosterone comes into play and you will be male. That is your sex. Your gender is determined later when the brain is imprinted. Thus you can be male (your sex) but your brain imprints your gender. I forget at what week this happens but there is a space of time over which this happens. If you are female then most of the time your brain will be imprinted female. However, if your mother is having difficulty during pregnancy she can produce some testosterone. If she produces too much during this time the brain of the female child can be imprinted male. Depending on the timing of and amount of testosterone the female child can be imprinted varying degrees of female to male brain. Years ago when children were born with some degree of both sexes, it was easier to cut the penis off and raise the child female. However, when the child went through puberty, the child thought she was a boy because the brain was imprinted male. Now for boys when the time comes for brain imprinting, if there is adequate testosterone, the brain is imprinted male and the child become heterosexual. However, if the timing of the testosterone is late then the brain starts to be imprinted female. If the testosterone fails to be produced the child will be a boy with a female brain. Since you have had sex with a women, I believe you are mostly gave with a bit of straightness, probably in your trigeminal nerve area. Yes, I reading about that too. Now if you get some testosterone then it disappears you will end up bisexual. There is a gene that controls the covering of the ovary that prevents it becoming a testicle. If you are a boy, the ovary descends to the labia minor, the scrotum in a man, and it becomes your testicle. The penis starts to grow from the female clitoris area and the vaginal area seals itself as the penis is formed. Look down, look way down along your penis, scrotum and perineum area. You’ll see the rap he line where the vagina closes to form a man. Now that said, as an infant, when your brain is still growing and forming, you can be nurtured into being the opposite sex by a parent who had a girl and wanted a boy so rears the child as a boy, and vice versa for a girl. If an older sister dressed you up as a female doll, then the child will think he is a girl. So gender is caused by nature and nurture. I’m surprised your mom does not know this being a nurse. A hermaphrodite is the result of a female egg fusing with a male egg before it attaches to the uterine wall. The child will have both fully developed sexes and can impregnate itself. I hope this helps Joe. P.S. do me a favour the next time you start a migraine and put the sock of ice, if at home, on the back of your head above the neck and invite your best guy friend and lie between his legs, your chest on his abs and just cuddle. The distraction may help. Hope this helps too. Jim i’d Do it but I’m thousands of miles away.

      • Jim Thibeau

        So you see, no one chooses to be gay. What is chosen is to be effeminate to the nth degree, to be a drag queen, etc. There was a gay man in the rough whose friend was very feminine. The feminine one introduced him to his feminine gay friends and soon the rough gay guy became very feminine, a learned behaviour. I’d send you a couple of pictures but don’t know where they would end up. I don’t want them to end up on your blog. They are not of me. Just something to prove my point. Your mom is wrong. You did not choose to be gay. It is the way you were made. Somewhat a fluke of nature but nonetheless none of your fault. You are not abnormal by any means. You are very normal for who you are. You are just not like the majority of people who are heterosexual, about 85 to 89% of the population. Never think of yourself as being “not normal”. I admire your dad for sticking up for you. They are difficult, especially when you don’t do it the way they want. My dad used to say, “Never send a child on a man’s errand”. Perfectionism is a curse. Jim

        Sent from my iPad


      • Joe

        You can always email me at I always knew that it was not my choice. I have not problem with feminine or masculine gay guys. The same is true of lesbians.

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