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“A Whole Lotta Ugly” Under God

by David Waters

The pastor of the now too-well-known Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church occasionally wrote columns for the local newspaper, the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Last March, he wrote one entitled “Tolerance,” in which he compared past intolerance of interracial couples to today’s intolerance of gay couples.

“In the movie ‘Hairspray,'” Rev. Chris Buice wrote, “the character Mabelle warns a newly formed interracial couple, ‘You two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin’ at you from a never-ending parade of stupid.’ We forget that it was not that long ago that the law forbade such relationships, even while some prominent segregationist politicians engaged in them. Today, a gay couple might encounter harassment and derision for simply holding hands in a public park.” Sunday morning, a whole lotta ugly entered the church’s sanctuary in the form of a man who was angry about “the liberal movement” and its tolerance for gay couples, among other things.

Read the original article at: Washington Post

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