“I think that here in the West, we are moving from tolerance to inclusion, and to being fully embraced, totally affirmed and completely understood… I think that as we make that progress in the West, that in other parts of the world – particularly in the Southern hemisphere, particularly places like Africa and even in Eastern Europe, that they are actually moving to a place of tolerance. So as we evolve from being tolerated to being embraced and accepted, they are moving from being rejected to having conversations about what does it mean for them to be tolerated. The arc of history is absolutely bending toward justice.” – Elder Joseph Tolton

In the midst of what seems to be an unstoppable surge in anti-gay attacks in New York City, birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, Pastor Joseph Tolton of the Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church shares his thoughts on how organized religion may have contributed to the violence, how organized religion can step up and help stem the violence, and how much of what we’re seeing is actually a predictable, and temporary reaction to the incredible progress that has happened in the area of LGBT rights.

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LGBT NYC Under Attack: Joseph Tolton State of Belief Radio Interview, June 1, 2013

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