Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 29, 2009
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A Holocaust Museum reflection
A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son
Absalom. "O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me."
We know racism and anti-Semitism kills, but
did you know homophobia is just as deadly?
Years ago, I toured the Holocaust museum in
Washington D.C. Throughout the museum, Nazi
concentration camp survivors proudly wore
their yellow Star of David while interacting
with visitors. More than six million Jews
had been exterminated in Hitler's death
camps in World War Two. These survivors
were rightfully determined to tell their
stories to the world, so the horrific
lessons of history would never again be
The museum honored other concentration camp
victims as well, including numerous exhibits
honoring the many thousands of homosexuals
forced to wear the pink triangle by Hitler.
They were also brutally tortured and
annihilated. The Holocaust museum has
wisely acknowledged that the world must
know homophobia is as deadly as anti-
Semitism and racism. The museum presents
the stories of gay and lesbian victims with
respect and dignity.
I am deeply grateful for the Holocaust's
museum efforts to present these stories,
for many history books are often silenced
by overt, legalized secular and religious
homophobia. In some countries even today,
gay and lesbian citizens are arrested,
brutalized, tortured, executed, or murdered
while the authorities look the other way.
Gay or straight, Jewish or Gentile, we share
a common God who delights in human diversity.
We are one family on earth. God grieves when
people hate and kill others who are different.
Whatever our sexual orientation and religious
background, today's Psalm offers us God's
comfort in the face of hatred, danger, and
overwhelming odds against our survival.
Psalm 3 offers us a stepping stone to God
when enemies outnumber us and when they
gleefully insist God will not hear or answer
our prayers. Whether we are gay or straight,
with the psalmist we are assured God will
forever be our shield. God will answer us.
So have a good night's rest, pray for justice,
and whenever possible, use your voice to
raise public awareness of the deadly effects
homophobia has on the world.
God, we praise you who made all people different,
yet alike. We pray for the day when homophobia
will be globally recognized as the deadly evil
it is. We pray for the day when the lives and
deaths of gay and lesbian victims, murdered in
Hitler's concentration camps, will be honorably
recorded in all history books. Hasten the day
when the pink triangle will be universally
recognized as a sign of courage and honor.
Grace and peace,
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