TW: heterosexism, sexual slavery
What is there to say about the Salvation Army that hasn’t already been said before, even in light of their continued interest in exacting violence towards queer and genderqueer people? It’s frustrating to feel as though this visible institution in the United States (and more broadly, the world) is so apparently and obviously bigoted but that public acknowledgement of that fact is evidently too much to face.
(A Salvation Army volunteer rings the iconic bell in front a sign that reads, “Doing the most good,” from here.)
Here’s a fun game to play: work out how on earth the specified passage has to do with modern queer and genderqueer people, let alone specifically parents. Here it is in the King James Version (KJV) that’s often favored in the United States:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,Backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
It’s honestly quite difficult to work out what the sexual slavery networks and establishment of marginalized sex classes that defined how many radicals perceived the Roman imperial elite have to do with modern queer and genderqueer people. The only way of doing that seems to be removing what was described in those verses from its cultural context, and then importing it into that in the United States (complete with inaccurate stereotypes such that queer and genderqueer people are typically comparatively class privileged as well as “idolators”).
I’m still stuck on how this remotely relates to parenting, however. Help me out with that bit, would you?