A few weeks back, we did a story about Soulforce, a group that is trying to change the way that religious institutions treat their gay and lesbian students. The movement started at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in 1999, when the ghost writer of his autobiography, Mel White, asked Falwell to abandon his hate-speech against gay people.
White says that he moved to Lynchburg, Va., in hopes of showing Falwell what gay people really looked like. He had hopes that Falwell would see he was wrong and work to correct his mistake, like he had in the civil rights movement.
I had a paradigm for change that I thought Jerry would succumb to, but he didn’t. I told him that I would be here until he died or I died, so he decided to win the race.
There’s a stern warning for gays and lesbians at the end of White’s commentary.
As far as the future of the religious right, he just graduated 3,750 little Falwells last week. Liberty University will have a school with more students than UC Berkeley or UCLA within 20 years.
We gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are really missing it when we think the older generation will pass and the newer generation will save us. A whole new generation of people is being prepared to condemn us.