Monday, January 31, 2011

Inhospitable Christian Sodomite Elder Bobby Harries Denies Entry of LGBT Homeless to Church Shelter

     Elder Bobby Harris is the head of the House of Mercy homeless shelter in Columbus, Georgia. If you're homeless or in need, his religious shelter is there to offer you refuge. Unless, of course, you happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. If that's the case, Elder Bobby Harris has a few short words for you: "[Homosexuality] is not tolerated here at all."
     So much for that Christian obligation to help all who are in need. At the House of Mercy, there's apparently a sexual orientation and gender identity litmus test.
      Elder Harris spoke to WRBL in Columbus this week, after numerous activists (including over 1,000 members) wrote the shelter criticizing the House of Mercy's policy to deny gay homeless people shelter. Harris stuck to his guns, and reiterated his previous statement that the reason LGBT people weren't welcome at his center was because "of the Bible."
     In an irony of Biblical proportions, when I studied the Old Testament in seminary, I learned that mainstream scripture scholars concur that the actual "sin of Sodom" was failing to provide hospitality to those in need of a roof over their head.

     Thus, Elder Bobby Harris has revealed himself a true Sodomite.

     Many will argue that it's freedom of religion for Christians to discriminate against LGBT persons, the separation of church and state.  True.  They can use their money to be as cruel and mean to people in their pews as they want to be.  But guess where Elder Bobby Harris gets some of his funding?  You guessed it.  He's using U.S. tax dollars to discriminate. continues:
     But as Alex Blaze uncovered at Bilerico, the House of Mercy sure looks like it receives some federal grant money, at least according to its 990 form. Moreover, Georgia's government approved a measure last year that earmarked $75,000 for the House of Mercy, via the state's Special Housing Initiatives program. That's an awful lot of taxpayer money to be giving a shelter that refuses to serve and shelter all who are in need.
     Harris' tax exemption should immediately be revoked.


Doorman-Priest said...

Well, it's only what Jesus would have done after all!

Buffy said...

That's why I despise the fact that a single penny of our tax dollars are given to religious "charities". They insist they have the right to discriminate because they are religious institutions, but if they want to do so they should be required to support themselves. It isn't actually charity if there are strings attached (listen to a sermon, pray with us, stay pregnant against your will, convert to our religion, stop being gay!).

Why should we be forced to support institutions that engage in bigotry? Send our money instead to secular charities that actually do what they say they're going to.

FDeF said...

What he is doing is blatantly illegal. How different his Mercy Shelter is from the one where I used to work - one run by the Sisters of Mercy.

Buffy said...

It's not often I encounter someone who knows the facts behind the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (instead of the "Gawd destroyed them cuz of Teh Gays" version).

Anonymous said...

can't someone begin some suit for using State money for discrimination, or something like that. that's public money, unless Ga gives away money with no strings attached?