Recently Dan Haseltine, lead singer of Jars of Clay, and his bandmates found themselves under attack for comments Dan made on same sex marriage. The surprise to many is the attack is from Christians who disapproved of Dan's supporting position. I can't think of a better thing to do than support Jars of Clay during this time of turmoil, and support the effort to have meaningful dialogue about gay marriage. His original comments on twitter were quickly dispersed by conservative Christian media, who have made every effort to target the band.
I am still naive to the reality that extreme minded people are fearful of discussion, questions, and challenge. We need to talk, friends. Dan has made a good effort to keep the conversation heading in a positive direction at danhaseltine.com. Meanwhile, in some quarters of facebook Jars of Clay is under attack. And on twitter, some are publicly divorcing themselves from Jars of Clay.
Jars of Clay has been experiencing a great season since current album Inland was released at the end of last August. Inland, a fantastic offering, has been critically acclaimed, and their wide-spread shows have been quite strong & memorable. Their charity Blood:Water Mission, a ONE partner, continues to lead efforts to provide clean water to Africans, and just announced fund raising in their current campaign (
I'm amazed that a band the "Christian" audience largely cast aside for newer, younger and less complex acts, are now immediately worthy of (negative) attention from those same people. No doubt Jars has greatly benefited over the years from their label as a Christian band, but I firmly believe they have not coveted that label nor exploited it. Their future will be determined by how things unfold in the upcoming days and weeks, and I have hope that brand new doors will begin to open for Matt, Charlie, Stephen and Dan.
U2 and the U2 Community: Stand with Jars of Clay and Dan Haseltine.