(OKLAHOMA CITY) This weekend (April 27-29) Oklahoma City in general and Draper Park Christian Church in particular, was host to one of the most famous homo-haters in the country, supported or opposed depending on your POV, and one who is prominent in East Africa and Eastern Europe as well. Who knew that one could be so successful by promoting discrimination against a minority that has as its signature same-gender orientation?
With the fame of GOP Rep. Sally Kern spreading far and wide, as well as GOP Rep. Mike Reynolds's attempt to reinstate DADT in the Oklahoma National Guard and his attempt at removing work place protection for minorities, has the capitol city of Oklahoma become the new hotspot for homo-hatred, the latest proving ground for biblical imprimaturs?
Who am I talking about? Scott Lively--who certainly lives up to the adjectival, lower case form of his name.
Those new to the energetic and "Lively" discourse can do an internet search and you can start with this article from the Oklahoman newspaper and this press conference arranged by Cimarron Alliance of Oklahoma City.
I'd like to use this space and your time to let you know my take-away from attending the Sunday morning 9:30 service at Draper Park Christian Church.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Lively informed us of his victim status. He had a bad home life of physical violence from his dad who was taken from the home. He made no mention of his mother.
He says he spent so much time reading in his room, staying out-of-sight from his father, that he developed curvature of the spine. There was no ironic humor in his voice as he related this diagnosis.
This rotten home life lead to 16 years of drug and alcohol addiction, living on the streets, and homelessness. No silver spoon in his life he joked.
He related how his Christian role model is John the Baptist, his second role model is Paul of Damascus, and he wants to be like Timothy, who seems to have been like an adopted son to Paul of Damascus.