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Maundy Thursday :: Holy Subversion

Fourth of July 2009  091

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.”

The act of service and commandment to love in this evening's Gospel account, which Jesus enjoins on his disciples and—by extension—on us, is, in my mind, one of the most subversive elements of Jesus’ teaching and ministry.

I have been watching with interest the goings-on in Indiana and Arkansas these past few days. You know, where those states’ legislatures have enacted laws which some say could lead to discrimination—particularly against LGBT folk, but against any person or group simply because of one’s religious [read “Christian”] convictions. A pizza restaurant in Indiana has already said that it would not cater weddings of gay couples [really, pizza for a wedding reception?]. The idea is that one does not have to engage in business with people who challenge your religious beliefs. Really? The implications of this are far-reaching and affect not just LGBT persons, but anyone whose lifestyle runs counter to someone’s religious convictions.

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