Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
Why Wallis Wore Purple
Recent suicides have sparked a wide media discussion on harassment, bullying, and beliefs about sexuality. On Thursday, President Obama released a video to encourage teens bullied because of their sexual orientation. The video is part of the It Gets Better project, a campaign in which over 2,000 gays, lesbians, and others have posted their statements to teens on YouTube.
"Don't feel like you're in this by yourself," said the President. "Things will get better and more than that: In time you're going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength."
Faith in Public Life (FPL) has highlighted some of the It Gets Better videos by people of faith, and noted that the It Gets Better project has been criticized because some videos are critical of religion and conservative politics.
"While it's certainly inaccurate to paint people of faith with a broad brush, it is true that many harassers believe they have explicit or implicit religious approval of their actions. When conservative religious leaders pull support from political candidates who apologize for hateful remarks and peddle pseudo-science lies in major newspapers to exculpate their intolerance from blame, it's not hard to see why some might look at religion suspiciously," said FPL's Nick Sementelli.
Sojourners president Jim Wallis argued that it was not enough for religious leaders to condemn all bullying and called for widespread condemnation of anti-gay harassment.
"To paraphrase Christ, if you oppose bullying, what reward will you get? Isn't everybody against it? If all you do is say that you shouldn't ...1