Where are so-called 'family' organizations on Black Friday? Not where they should be.

Washington Post
|
November 23, 2012

Where are the alarm bells concerning Black Friday? Why have none of the self-described “family organizations” said that Thanksgiving is “under attack?” Where is the outrage that what precious little family time we have is being destroyed?

The organizations who make their living off of attacking the lives and relationships of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (who also happen to be among the loudest claiming that there’s a “War on Christmas”) have been utterly silent that Thanksgiving, perhaps the most family-oriented holiday on our American calendar, is becoming a holiday dedicated to fighting other shoppers for the lowest deals.

As a gay Christian, I am also concerned with strengthening families. Often work, school, and social lives leave families precious little quality time together. Holidays like Thanksgiving offer a sanctuary for families from all the daily pressures and responsibilities that come in our modern life. I, for one, am thankful to have an opportunity to gather with those closest to me and offer thanks for what I have.

Many anti-LGBT activists claim they are not "against" anyone, but "for" strong families. So why are they silent about a culture that sends people away from their families to the mall? That's what I ask in this Washington Post op-ed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/where-are-so-calle...