More over North Carolina pastors. The blogosphere is abuzz over a disturbing new YouTube video of a little boy in Indiana, who seriously can't be over the age of five, singing an anti-gay song to roars of applause by his congregation.
A sampling of the hate-filled lyrics: "The Bible is right, somebody's wrong. Romans 1 and 27, ain't no homo gonna make it to heaven."
The congregation jumped to their feet for a standing ovation and you can hear a proud man shout in the background, "That's my boy!" It's upsetting on many levels.
The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, where this incident reportedly took place, today issued a statement on their website. "5/30/12 — The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture."
A graduate waves an American flag at the University of Michigan undergraduate commencement on April 30, 2011.
Over 100 students, almost one third of the University of Michigan Law School's graduating class, walked out in protest over their speaker Senator Rob Portman's (R-OH) anti-gay record at their own commencement ceremony Saturday.Students were protesting the choice of Portman who has a substantial anti-gay voting history.
One of those graduates and protest organizer, Andrew Selbst explains his protest decision as being part of a larger American audience where there is no longer a place for discrimination of any group. Selbst relates the protest to the recent refusal by the Justice Department to defend DOMA.
"The walkout was a statement to a broader audience - America. I think this whole episode fits within the thesis of Minnesota Law Professor Dale Carpenter's recent New York Times Op-Ed about King & Spaulding's withdrawal from defending DOMA: The legal profession has simply moved past the point where LGBT rights are just another political issue, instead recognizing that discriminating against any group of people based on who they are is simply unacceptable in today's society. This walkout, like the Op-Ed, like the Justice Department's refusal to defend DOMA, is another data point for this observation. Here, even more specifically, we were saying that the for the next generation of lawyers, this is not even a debatable issue."
Watch the walkout video and hear from the students:
Senator Portman is a 1984 University of Michigan Law School alum, which partly explains his choice as speaker. The Plain Dealer reports that as a member of congress, before he went on to join the Bush administration, Portman voted for a same-sex marriage ban and the Defense of Marriage Act. Although the 1999 ammendment failed, Portman voted to bar same-sex couples from adopting children in Washington, D.C. Jeff Sadosky, communications director for Portman released a statement to the Plain Dealer stating, "Rob beleives marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman."
Although the protestors certainly evoke a sense of pride and of society's forward movement, two questions remain - why would the University invite such a controversial speaker? Secondly, why would Michigan invite a Senator from Ohio?