It’s Been a Month

It’s December 8.

It’s been a month.

It’s still hard to digest the chunk of news that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been elected POTUS and VPOTUS.

Harder still is watching the daily assault of WTFisms that are being thrown at us. Cabinet picks that have no basis in reason. We have entered the realm of the Late Night Twidiocracy: rule by Twitter, fueled by a man who will, inevitably, be replaced by Mike Pence, a man who wants you to be free to shock the gay out of your child, because gayness is icky.

Once, many years ago, a Christian friend said to me, “I wouldn’t care about anyone being gay if the Bible didn’t say it was wrong.” Isn’t that interesting? Because this person would care if you killed someone or raped someone or stole something or did any other bad thing. But gayness is only wrong because God says so.

Or does He? Leviticus was written a long time ago, in another age, to another people, in a law “fulfilled” by Jesus. The Romans “clobber” passage was referencing prostitution and men leaving their wives at home to go out cavorting with boys. Neither of these passages (or any of the others) takes into account committed relationships between two people building a life together in friendship and fidelity.

Mike Pence wants to transport gay American children to a time when torture is okay if it will adjust their sexual orientation (it won’t) and relieve their parents of the horrors of having a gay son or daughter (it won’t).

Truth be told, most of these parents would be fine with their kids’ orientation if someone would explain to them from the pulpit that their children are fine as they are. Sadly, Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism have invested so much effort into their anti-LGBTQ agenda, that they believe they are the victims here, not the poor kids being electrocuted. They actually believe their “religious freedom” to shock or otherwise hurt their children is more important than the children’s safety and well-being.


Sharon Hambrick grew up in Fundamentalist Christianity and still “defaults” Fundy much of the time, to her own consternation. A licensed California lawyer, mother of five, wife of one, writer, inveterate road-tripper, and burgeoning feminist Democrat, Sharon wept away November 9, but woke up on November 10 determined to do something. When the idea of a Pence Watch was presented to her, she eagerly hopped on board.

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