Come out, come out, wherever you are!
On Sunday, a pastor in Georgia gave his pastor-people a shocker (Get your head of the gutter, honestly! I can’t take you anywhere!) — he announced that he’s gay.
When I read the news, I imagined a scene from that movie Keeping the Faith (the movie where Father Ed Norton and Rabbi Ben Stiller fall in love with Scientologist/shiksa Jenna Elfman). It’s the climactic scene in the synagogue where Rabbi Stiller tells his rabbit-people that he’s totally dating a shiksa and the rabbit-people are all, “Oy vey!” but it ended up being cool and everyone lived happily ever after. That’s what I imagined the scene to be, except with less Jews and more GAY:
Jim Swilley, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch, recently revealed to his congregation that he is gay. The 52-year-old father of four said that his wife, to whom he was married for more than 20 years, encouraged him to come out years ago, but at the time, he told her: “These words will never come out of my mouth.”
However, the recent spate of teen suicides, particularly that of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, prompted him to change his mind. “For some reason his situation was kind of the tipping point with me,” Swilley told CNN’s Don Lemon this weekend.
“There comes a point in your life where you say ‘How much time do we have left in our lives? Are we going to be authentic or not?'”
Way to go, Pastor Gay Guy! Let’s open up those lines of communication between the people and the Lord: “Excuse me, God? It’s cool if I’m gay, right? IT IS?! I KNEW IT! HEY YOU GUYS! WE CAN BE GAY AS ALL GET OUT NOW!! LET’S GET OUT THERE AND GAY LIKE A CHAMP!!“***
[image via Slap Upside the Head]
[cross-posted here at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]
***Hello, citizens! There’s a funny link here, but it’s barely noticeable, so I’m calling attention to it by telling you (especially if you like the football, American-style), to click the damn link. IF YOU WANT TO GAY LIKE A CHAMP, CLICK IT. Oh, and have a good evening. Smooches, ABL