__Quotes from the Religious Wrong__
_Prayer? To whom_
Aidan Delgado, before being honorably discharged from the Army Reserve as a conscientious objector, “was working in the Abu Ghraib motor pool,” wrote Bob Herbert in The New York Times, May 2, 2005.
“Detainees who had been demonstrating over a variety of grievances began throwing rocks at the guards. As the disturbance grew, the Army authorized lethal force. Four detainees were shot to death.
Mr. Delgado confronted a sergeant who, he said, had fired on the detainees. ‘I asked him,’ said Mr. Delgado, ‘if he was proud that he had shot unarmed men behind barbed wire for throwing stones.
“‘He didn’t get mad at all. He was, like, “well, I saw them bloody my buddy’s nose, so I knelt down. I said a prayer. I stood up, and I shot them down”.”
_Pastor is God’s arm of judgment, not inclusion_
Buddy of Rush Limbaugh, Dr. James C. Dobson, and other power brokers, the Rev. Dr. Ken Hutcherson, former NFL linebacker, leads the 3,500-member Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA. Credited with prompting (at least) Microsoft’s recent opposition to a gay rights law, Hutcherson acknowledges, “If I got Gode on my side, what’s a Microsoft?”
Sarah Kershaw’s long article about the pastor, The New York Times, May 2, 2005, says, “Dr. Hutcherson is known for publicly chastising and excommunicating members if he finds out they are sinning, calling adulterers, for example, up to the pulpit and demanding they repent, congregants said. “And if they don’t want to repent of it, he’ll let them know tht this is not the church for you,” said one of the pastor’s friends.
About gays, Dr. Hutcherson says people think he should understand their drive for acceptance. But “You tell me what I went through as an African-American, when they talk about discrimination, compared to what gays go through with discimnination — it’s the difference between night and day, not even close. I even get upset when people say, ‘Well, you got to understand what they go through.’ Not when they’ve chosen to do whaqt they do. They can stop choosing what to do what they do, and they can hide any time they want. They can hide their homosexuality.”