An Associated Press story of November 17 widely picked up by many newspapers and television stations has this headline:
This gives the impression of bias and bigotry, not to speak of cruelty in the face of the potentially life threatening cold temperatures now in the Kansas City area.
Let’s gain some perspective and ask about the policy for unmarried couples of any kind. At this and many other Christian shelters nationwide a man and a woman who are not married are not permitted to stay in the same room. To permit this would be to contravene the Christian values that created the shelter in the first place. The couple will not be turned out to the streets, but will just have to stay in separate rooms. That this same policy would also be applied to two homosexual men or women is of course hardly unusual or newsworthy.
The AP story continues by noting that the shelter, receiving no government funding, “is not bound by anti-discrimination rules.” The only reason to bring up this gratuitous comment is to imply that the shelter is in fact if not legally guilty of ‘discrimination.’ And this is what makes the story newsworthy for the AP.
We could get picky and mention that a “gay” couple composed of a married homosexual man and a lesbian woman could probably stay in the same room at City Union Mission, a very unnewsworthy eventuality. Instead let’s look at the very different original story from the Kansas City Star, on which the AP story was based:
This headline gives a very different impression from the AP version. Now the issue is not turning away “gay couples,” but whether legally married same-sex couples should be permitted to stay in the same room. No instance of a legally married same-sex couple requesting shelter is mentioned. But while an hypothetical issue, local shelters have started to consider what their policy should be if an actual instance should occur. The Star quotes the Mission’s executive director:
“…We are a Christian, faith-based organization that really does adhere to biblical standards. Our view is that it (same-sex marriage) is inappropriate. Our intent is not to shelter same-sex couples together. … We want to stay true to our biblical convictions, yet we do love all people. We do shelter men who are gay, and lesbian women, and transgender people…”
What a shocking development: a Christian group ministering to people in need out of Biblical principles, struggling to do the right thing. Naturally the AP omits these quotations except the view that same-sex marriage is “inappropriate.” The AP has made a mountain of and spun a molehill-size local story about religious freedom, which other media outlets have jumped on, in their push for “marriage equality” under the banner of non-discrimination. There might be a little Christian bashing underneath as well. While the AP is caught once again with its hand in the activist cookie jar, we congratulate the Kansas City Star reporter, Eric Adler, for a basically neutral story.
By the way, our example above of the married homosexual different-sex couple is not fanciful. Such couples do exist. There is a very famous ‘lavender’ couple in history: the homosexual Prince and lesbian Princesse Edmond de Polignac, whose salon was frequented by Proust, Ravel, Monet and other Parisian notables a hundred years ago. The Princesse de Polignac was responsible for the construction of several Salvation Army shelters in Paris.