Local Singer/Songwriter Jeff Barbra's Song Helps Unitarian Campaign

The Standing on the Side of Love campaign, a national program sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association to support gay rights, immigration reform, and strengthened hate-crimes laws, has picked up local songwriter/Drunk Uncles frontman Jeff Barbra’s song “My God” (“My God’s not Republican or a Democrat/He’s so much bigger than all of that”). Standing on the Side of Love head Dan Furmansky posted a video of the song, featuring stock footage of the mountains and Gandhi around a sepia-toned shot of Barbra singing and playing guitar, to the campaign’s website on April 22.

“It’s a beautiful song,” Furmansky wrote in the post. “I told Jeff after I listened to ‘My God’ that it reminded me of when I testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee in my home state of Maryland against an anti-gay constitutional amendment. A staunchly conservative, very anti-gay delegate asked me in an accusing voice after my testimony if I believed in God.

“I was absolutely floored by the question.

“I told her it was an entirely inappropriate question to be asked in a state government building, and on a public policy issue, no less. But she was adamant that I answer, and the Committee Chair did not rule her out of order.

“I thought for a few seconds (which seemed like minutes), and decided to speak my heart.

“‘Delegate,’ I told her, ‘I do believe in God. But my God is nothing like your God.’”

© 2011 MetroPulse. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.