For a textbook example of how religion can make adults behave like snotty little brats, let’s look at the case of Fort Worth’s Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They reportedly want to evict an affiliation of local churches called the Tarrant Baptist Association from its longtime office on the seminary campus because one church in the group – namely, Broadway Baptist – has dared to accept its gay and lesbian worshipers as full members of the flock. Strictly speaking, Broadway Baptist doesn’t have a pro-gay policy, nor does it have an anti-gay one – it simply welcomes “all people” through its doors, including Team Pink.
To my ears, Southwestern Baptist is saying: “Welcoming all people may be the Christian thing to do, but it’s not the Baptist way.” That sounds pretty accurate to me. In general, Christians spend way too much time thinking about church and not nearly enough thinking about Christ.
I mean, please. Southwestern Baptist doesn’t even want to share the same campus oxygen with one group that contains one church that is on the record as accepting all people, which – damn you, definition of “all!” — happens to include gay people. If the seminary could buy a can of Gay Begone at the grocery store, you better believe they’d be fumigating the offices of Tarrant Baptist Association in an attempt to spray the gay away.
If you wonder why, by some estimates, 35 to 40 percent of today’s young Americans claim no religious affiliation, then the kind of embarrassing crap that Southwestern Baptist is pulling should provide part of your answer.