Only in Memphis.
It seems there's a consortium in the city vigorously opposed to the pending hate crimes bill before Congress.
Hate crimes - think about that statement - and think, even further, about the overt expression of hate crime you have known, or seen.
Slavery, the Holocaust (which, with all due apologies to Mel Gibson and his old man, did really happen)- remember the African American man beaten and dragged behind a pickup truck? Or Matthew Shepard - a gay young man tortured and left in the elements to die?
Hate crimes - you know what I mean, right?
So guess who is opposed to this (although let's be clear here, the opposition rings hollow as cover for different political agendas in the next election cycle)?
That's right - a group of clergy - And what's their beef? They don't want what they say in the pulpit about gay and lesbian people to be interpreted as a hate crime.
Well, sister - brother - if what you say in the pulpit can, in anyway, be interpreted as anything other than the radical character of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - that sets us free from such baggage -
then sit your ass down and shut up - in Jesus' name. Amen.