It is amazing how Dietrich Bonhoeffer has ended up on both sides of the debate concerning the rights of the LBGT. This seen in a letter to the editor in the Indy Star…

Don’t cite Dietrich Bonhoeffer in support of RFRA

The Rev. Ron Johnson Jr. of the Indiana Pastors Alliance claimed during his April 27 Statehouse rally that issues around the Religious Freedom Restoration Act had brought on a “Bonhoeffer moment.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor who created an underground seminary in Nazi Germany to train pastors for courageous leadership in dangerous times.

However, Bonhoeffer would not have affirmed Johnson’s statement or actions in promoting legislation to allow discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. Homosexuals were one of the populations persecuted under Nazi rule, and Bonhoeffer’s teaching, beliefs and eventual decision to participate in an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler were evidence that he believed in the dignity and worth of all.

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