On Wednesday, September 4, a new project inspired by Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” movement launched online. With a few YouTube videos, a website, and Dan Savage’s support, the “Not All Like That” project hopes to spread a new message to the LGBT community, the Christian community, and contemporary society: not all Christians believe homosexuality is a sin, and not all Christians are against gay marriage.
Since its inception, more than thirty videos have been uploaded to Youtube from all over the country, spreading the message of support and allyship with the LGBT community from Christians who are fed up with the ultra-conservative leadership that has represented them.
“For much too long now, anti-LGBT Christians have used the Bible and the pulpit to bully, malign, and shame LGBT people. And not enough LGBT-affirming Christians have stood up to boldly and clearly say how terribly wrong that is,” wrote John Shore on the NALT Christian website.
The movement is about calling out the way that the Bible has been used by neo-conservatives to shame and bully LGBT people, a practice that this group finds damaging to the Christian community.
Centered around the idea that Christianity is about love of neighbors and mutual respect, the videos attest to many Christians’ feelings about values that have been lost in a battle waged against granting equal rights to the LGBT community.
“The time has come for our friends and allies to stand up, speak out, and declare to the world that we are also guided by powerful principles and hold venerated values,” said Wayne Besen of the NALT Christian project in his video.
“This includes full acceptance of LGBT people, with no reservations, no excuses, no qualifiers, and absolutely no ambivalence,” he continued.
The idea that LGBT people should be accepted for who they are without any excuses or qualifiers is an important one in a time when Christian leaders have expressed support for homosexuality, as long as it is not practiced.
Not having qualifiers means not calling LGBT people sinners, or asking that they abstain from a queer lifestyle or practices, but instead, accepting and supporting people for who they are, regardless of their orientation.
“There are two key questions asked of those about to be baptized,” said Reverend Rhonda, of Corrales, New Mexico. “Will you love your neighbor as yourself, and will you respect the dignity of every human being?
“If a Christian answers ‘I will,'” she continues, “then how can that Christian not support fairness for all people?”
The “Not All Like That” Christian movement seeks to make the world a better place for LGBT, Christians, and allies alike through spreading a message of support for the LGBT community in its fight for equal rights. Check out their website here.