I was about to write yet another scathing post about the intolerance and persecution complex of the religious right, when I came across this really good post on Street Prophets. It's worth a read. It's about Soulforce, Inc. which is a group working whose mission statement starts with "The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance."

What struck me was this, which is the Soulforce Credo:

  1. I believe that my adversary is also a child of the Creator, that we are both members of the same human family, that we are sisters and brothers in need of reconciliation.

  2. I believe that my adversary is not my enemy, but a victim of misinformation as I have been.

  3. I believe that my only task is to bring my adversary truth in love (nonviolence) relentlessly.

  4. I believe that my adversary's motives are as pure as mine and of no relevance to our discussion.

  5. I believe that even my worst adversary has an amazing potential for positive change.

  6. I believe that my adversary may have an insight into truth that I do not have.

  7. I believe that one day my adversary and I will understand each other and that if we conduct our search for truth guided by the principles of love, we will find a new position to satisfy us both.

Ouch. So much for scathing posts for today. I think thoughtfulness is going to win out.

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