“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics.”
– Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in a June 2 town hall meeting in St. George, as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune.
“Gays are no more political than any other group, but are forced into politics to fight for basic civil rights. You’d become very politically active if the government refused to recognize your marriage and actively attempted to fire you from your job just for who you are.”
– “AxelDC” in the comments section of the article’s online edition.
“In a meeting with a teabagger group, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch did some fancy footwork trying to keep the extremists happy with him. In any way he could think of, he threw everyone under the bus — including those darn gays and lesbians.”
– Local activist Eric Ethington on his blog, Pride in Utah.
“I’d love to know what that means, exactly. Gay people can’t be religious? The LGBT community necessarily cares more politics than the rest of the country?”
– Steve Benen, Washington Monthly columnist.
“LGBT religious leaders are often the very ones revitalizing moribund churches and institutions. These committed religious leaders are working to provide a loving alternative to the hopeless hatred people like Sen. Hatch call sound doctrine.”
– Harry Knox, Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program.
“Not mine, Senator, or the countless gays and lesbians in churches, synagogues, temples and mosques.”
– Andrew Sullivan, Catholic, gay conservative blogger and author.
“Jesus made this comment on tithing “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” [Matthew 23: 23-24]
Jesus’ words require no further commentary.”
– Father Geoff Farrow, an openly gay Catholic priest on the blog that bears his name.