Back in 2008, the LEO, Louisville’s weekly “alternative” newspaper, did a story about Sojourn Church, where I serve as one of the pastors. It opened with the line, “They’re young, involved, and socially aware ––– and think being gay is a sin; How does Sojourn Church square its progressive image with some of its more regressive ideas.”
The article caused a relatively big stir in the community. At the time, we were running an art gallery and music venue called The 930 Arts Center, and angry readers of the LEO began actively petitioning artists and musicians that were booked at the venue, warning them that we were fundamentalist wolves in progressive sheeps’ clothing. Many artists continued with their bookings, but many turned away. The music venue, soon after, stopped hosting shows.
All of this came back to mind this week with the announcement of Brendan Eich’s forced resignation as CEO of Mozilla Corp., a silicon-valley tech company that’s known for the Firefox web browser. Eich was forced out after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to a political campaign in support of Prop 8, California’s referendum to ban gay marriage.Read More