On November 30, Jamiel Terry died in a car accident. He was the adopted son of Operation Rescue founder Randal Terry, and he happens to have been an out homosexual. I’m posting this today as my thoughts are with the Terry family during their time of loss, but also because Jamiel was an example of how a person’s sexual orientation doesn’t define them as a person. No one can assume your beliefs or political views based upon it, and I hope that everyone in the LGBT community is aware that no one expects them to be one monolithic group of people. Anyone can be pro-life.
Mr. Terry states:
“We are all in a state of shock, and unthinkable grief. I loved him dearly; we all did.
“Jamiel had a brilliant mind, and was a gentle soul. And as anyone knows who has spent time with him, he was funny, articulate, and a formidable debater on many topics.
“I thank God that Jamiel and I spoke regularly, and texted each other about a wide variety issues, frequently discussing and debating elections, politics and policy, to which we have both dedicated our time and talents.
“While we remained irreconcilable on the issue of ‘homosexual marriage,’ Jamiel remained firmly pro-life, and recently helped convince a young woman to not kill her child by abortion. There were many other issues that we kicked around — with laughter and good humor.
“We had recently agreed to hold joint speaking events at colleges and other venues, to discuss and debate the issues that are dear to us as a ‘father and son’ lecture team. I wish to God we had been able to do even one of them. […]