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My Take: Why Christians are embracing their LGBT neighbors
Some Christian denominations have officially welcomed gays and lesbians in recent years.
October 25th, 2011
12:09 PM ET

My Take: Why Christians are embracing their LGBT neighbors

Editor’s note: Ross Murray is director of religion, faith and values at GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

By Ross Murray, Special to CNN

America is embracing its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Don’t believe me? Just look at the progress being made in faith communities.

The Christian church was once considered the final holdout for those who oppose equality for LGBT people. Staunch believers could gather in worship with people who thought just like them to hear sermons affirming the anti-LGBT beliefs they held in common.

For those of us who identify as LGBT, church was a place of fear and secrets. We had to figure out how to hide ourselves or how to find a more welcoming community.

But that is changing.

Although there is still a variety of scriptural interpretations, an increasing number of Christians are reading scripture and understanding that God’s design for the world includes LGBT people. It follows, good Christians believe, that if God made them, then I am called to love and support them.

Whole Christian denominations have accepted and embraced the reality of LGBT believers within their ranks and in their leadership. Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ and Unitarians have formally accepted LGBT people within their denominations.

Even within denominations and faith groups whose policies don’t fully welcome LGBT people, there are growing numbers of people who have learned to love and accept their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters.

The Public Religion Research Institute found this year that as many as 71% of Catholics in America support lesbian and gay people, even up to the point of civil marriage, despite the Roman Catholic hierarchy telling them otherwise.

Of course, there still are Christian groups who work actively against equal protections for LGBT people and their families.

Indeed, as more Americans get to know and love their LGBT neighbors, the messages and vocal misinformation of anti-gay activists become even more shrill.

And yet more and more Christians are now living out the message of 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

How did this happen? More Christians now know someone who is LGBT. They probably even know someone from their church. There are countless faithful Christians who identify as LGBT.

These are folks who have found their faith in God to be stronger than the opposition of vocal anti-gay activists.

These LGBT Christians have shared their lives and their stories that build up love and break down fear, leading to tangible progress, especially with young people.

According to the Public Religion Research Institute, there is at least a 20-point gap between those ages 18 to 29 and those ages 65 and older on every public policy measure in the survey concerning equality for gay and lesbian people, with younger Americans gravitating toward equality.

Even Christian-identified young people increasingly support protections for lesbian and gay people, the same survey found.

Those who oppose equality can call it what they like, but the reality is that we are living in a society that has learned how to value LGBT people as they would others.

That attitude doesn’t rely on fear or lies, but on caring relationships and trust. It lives out the apostle Paul’s wish for the Corinthians that someday we will know fully, even as we are fully known. It is a biblically informed reality that is helping to make the world a better place.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Ross Murray.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Homosexuality • Opinion • Same-sex marriage

soundoff (2,403 Responses)
  1. whitefork

    If you don't like science get the hell off my internets.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • harmonynoyes

      I didn't know the "internets" were yours
      I thought they were mine too
      and I've been trying to get the "hell" off mine too
      is there a button for that?

      October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  2. rosemary

    you too can be a hate mongering, pontificating, self-righteous pharisee christian! what's in your closet?

    October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • George

      @rosemary - what's in the closet? The iPhone 5 prototype.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • rosemary

      don't drag darwin into this

      October 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  3. saywhat

    Just because it says that gay and lesbians are bad in the bible does not make it a sin. Where does it say it is a sin in the Bible?

    October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • hippypoet

      where does it say in the bible that its wrong or bad?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

      I'm pretty sre the Bible refers to a man lying with a man as an abomination, nothing about girl on girl though.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • hippypoet

      thats not the bible, thats the gospels...which are not part of teh bible just in the book as well.. the bible is the old tesitment, the gospels are supposed to be about jesus yet are not...jesus never said anything against anyone therefore he loved g@ys too... most likely was one! LOL

      October 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Rethink

      Leviticus 20:13 – "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination . . ."

      October 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • MomOf3

      Acts 10:28
      English Standard Version (ESV)
      28 And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Leviticus was rewritten in the 3rd century a.d. by the same people that took some 40 gospels and threw out some 36 of them leaving only matt, luke, john, and i think peter. do your research!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Duh

      "Leviticus 20:13 – "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination . . .""

      That does not apply today that was for Jewish people not gay christians of today. Are you going to follow all of Leviticus then because there are some harsh rules in there. So, do you were clothes of multiple fabrics, stone your children to death if they talk back to you, do you eat shellfish? LMAO!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  4. Aimee M. sims

    NuWine Press: The All-Inclusive and LGBT-Affirming Voice of Independent Christian Publishing can testify that there is certainly more work to be done, but the trajectory runs toward full acceptance of God's word: "Whoeosever believes on Him shall have eternal life." We see through a glass dimly now, dimmed mostly by our own misinterpretation and biased readings of scripture – but the unconditional love of Christ will survive the conditions we humans keep trying to impose upon it!

    October 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  5. hippypoet

    whoever says that being g@y or les bo is wrong please step forward with the words from the book...or shut up and stop being full of hate and pride.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      Right on HP. No enema needed for you Crunchy.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

      Sup, hippy? I knew it would take long for you to get here.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Poet

      Hip-a-dee-doo-dah, Hip-a-dee-ay
      My, oh my, what a DISMAY!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • superjoey

      Romans 1:26-27

      Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Steve

      Hi Hippypoet, Why So Harsh ? Again Not Filled With Hate Or Judgment. Just Giving All The Word Of God. Just Words To Consider. Every Man Will Give His Own Account. Romans 1;26-28 For This Reason God Gave Them Up To Vile Passions.
      For Even Their Women Exchanged The Natural Use For What Is Against Nature. 27 .. Likewise Also The Men, Leaving The Natural Use Of The Women, Burned In Their Lust For One Another, Men With Men Committing What Is Shameful, And Receiving In Themselves The Penalty Of Their Error Which Was Due. 28...And Even As They Did Not Like To Retain God In Their Knowledge, God Gave Them Over To A Debased Mind, To Do Those Things Which Are Not Fitting. Peace

      October 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  6. Ryan Shells

    People may accept GLBT, but God does not. True Christians don't accept that type of behavior. We are called to tell others of salvation through repentance of sin, not embracing sin.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • hippypoet

      fire in hell you moronic bigot!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      @Ryan
      I am going to have to ask you to go ahead and lube up. You are so full of sh-it this will take two enemas. I have my work cut out for me.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Observer

      Ryan,

      Skip the HYPOCRISY. If you really cared about sins, you'd be trashing the FAR FAR GREATER number of Christians who commit adultery by remarrying.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      I would also condemn any act of adultery, but CNN doesn't write articles on adultery, because it considers it not to be a hot topic, so there isn't an article to post to that. This artcle specifically relates to so called "Christians" being accepting of GLBT, and I am say that the article is wrong because of its definition of "Christian". Christians do not accept GLBT because it is sin. Same as lying, stealing, adultery, or any other sin. We are called to seperate ourselves from sin in the service of Jesus Christ. That is what a true Christian is.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Vesstair

      Fine, go ahead and do that. Do all the calling you like. That's what mute and block buttons are for.

      When you start legislating against it though, that isn't calling... After all, you believe God gave people free will so they can choose to accept him or not, right? Who are you to try to take away that choice which God granted?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      @Vesstair

      Didn't say I would take away your choice. It is your choice. But it is pretty shameful for people to spit in the face of God who gave his Son to die on the cross. And when God offers you grace and forgiveness, you would spit on Jesus and kick his body and call him names. The flames of torment were made for satan and the demons, but God is totally justified to send those who do not repent there too. Because if you reject Him, you also reject His offer of grace.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • derp

      You and your fictional savior can both suck my left nut.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • razmataz

      So, you presume to speak for god, do you? Somehow, I'm guessin' that's a bigger sin than being LGBT. You self-righteous idiotic hypocrite!

      October 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      @ derp

      Jesus was despised and rejected, and hung on a cross to pay for the sins of those who would come to repentance. You can joke around all you want on this forum, but you will have to answer to God when you pass from this earth, and you don't know when that time will come. Those who wish to follow Jesus should do so at the earliest possible moment, because eternity could be one breath away. The earthquake in Turkey yesteday. More than 200 people lost their lives. You will have to decide if and when you will stop rejecting the only one who loved you enough to die for you so that you could have eternal life.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      @razmataz

      God will judge the works of all, and I will not apologize for speaking the truth. God's Word is the authority over sin, so if I am in agreement with God's Word, then I don't have to worry about your accusations as long as I am condemning sin, and not the sinner. GLBT can come to repentance and forgiveness, but they must abandon their sin. Jesus said let he who has no sin cast the first stone, but he also told the woman to "Go, and sin no more". GLBT cannot obey this commandment unless they give up their lifestyle.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • derp

      @Ryan

      Listen to my book because my book says you have to listen to it. If you don't listen to my book, you are in big trouble because my book says so.

      Do you have any idea how as sinine the whole concept is. There is more evidence that bigfoot exists than your book having all of the answers.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      @derp

      Then I guess you are content in your disbelief. But do me a favor and remember this conversation when you're standing before God and you have to give an account for your sin and rejection of Jesus.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Gordon

      Hmmm, what else can we do other than kick his nonexistant body and spit on the face that he doesn't have? It's really hard to insult him if he doesn't exist, but we can ridicule those that really believe he does exist with absolutely no credible evidence.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  7. teedofftaxpayer

    If you want to believe a book written by man-NOT GOD. Then so be it. That's your problem not mine. Gays are born this way. Why would anyone choose to be something that is hated, abused and put down? Obviously those who believe it a choice, really doesn't know. They're just guessing.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • hippypoet

      fire in hell you moronic bigot!!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Narrow

      So if your argument is sound then is a chlid molester born that way? Because why would a person ever choose to do something like that? If they are born that way, should they be afforded the same rights and protections to "love" as they were made?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      @Narrow – no, they should be afforded the same rights as anyone else. No one is allowed to molest anyone, let alone children. Slippery slope FAIL.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Narrow

      @ThinkForYourself Why is it wrong to molest children? Where do you find your source for that moral position?

      October 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Duh

      "Why is it wrong to molest children? Where do you find your source for that moral position?"

      The law moron and it's about consent idiot. Wow the same lame argument over and over again, what a bunch of idiots.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      @Narrow – as Duh said, just look at the law. you were talking about affording people right, so I assumed that you meant the law. If you're talking about general morality – that's easy – molesting someone causes them harm. You really shouldn't need a book to tell you that, but maybe you do.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  8. outofthebox

    I am a christian. A believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. Accepting lgbt is one thing. Pretending they are born that way is not ok. Jesus taught us to love eachother. Be friendly, not to judge. But to tell someone that is lgbt that God made them this way is not true. It is immoral and a sin. But so is most thing we humans do. As long as you honestly repent and change your ways it can be forgiven.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • hippypoet

      fire in hell you moronic bigot!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • ellid

      You bear false witness against your neighbors. Shame on you.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      @outofthebox
      Please get back in your box. I am not sure an enema can fix you when you are that stupid. I will to try, but I will have to work on a new formula.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Observer

      outofthebox,

      Please tell us how you can read the minds of millions of people who say they were born that way and you "know" that they are lying? What are your qualifications as a mindreader? Let us know.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Narrow

      Observer, will you defend the child molester who says that he was born that way. Are you a mindreader in that situation? Do you have the right to impose your standards of morality upon him, who said that he was made to love children?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      @Narrow. Stop. Breathe. Think for a second. A child molester causes harm to another. That is not the case here. Try again.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  9. Ben

    What a joke, the time is coming near when god is going to make a Sodom and Gomorrah of our place because of liking and accepting all this. Beware and repent lest you fall into the hands of the almighty.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Duh

      "Sodom and Gomorrah "

      Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. Ezekiel 16:49

      Duh MORON!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • scott

      amen!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • j

      I think anyone who is afraid of falling in the hands of the almighty already understands s/he is in the almighty's hands. And why would such a person believe that repenting just for his own sake is the proper thing to do?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Observer

      Ben,

      As Duh showed, you really are clueless about Sodom and Gomorrah.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      Bend over benny boy.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • MomOf3

      "Sodom and Gomorrah "

      Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. Ezekiel 16:49

      Sounds like the United States really is like Sodom... 🙁

      October 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • razmataz

      Wasn't the rapture supposed to have happened on the 21st of October? And yet here we still are! Guess god must have been playin' golf that day! Embicile!

      October 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  10. Lone Rider

    Hey Ross Murray you are dreaming !!

    October 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  11. saywhat

    Why don't your religious idiots stop following one verse from the so called "holy book" and start believing in science instead of make believe fairy tales.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      With a little help from me! I Just be pumpin' every one of 'em up with all the bag fulla
      The Illinois Enema Bandit Juice!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Steve

      Thanks For The Nice Word, Can You Please Refrain From Calling Me An Idiot. Matthew 15;18-19 But Those Things Which Proceed Out Of The Mouth Come From The Heart, And The Defile A Man. For Out Of The Heart Proceed Evil Thoughts, Murders, Adulteries, Fornication's Thefts False Witness, Blasphemies. Our Lord IS Loving And Merciful, Ask Him Again About His Thoughts, Peace.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • HellBent

      @Steve,
      It Would Help If You Didn't Capatalize The First Letter Of Every Word. It's Really Annoying.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  12. The Illinois Enema Bandit

    @Anglican
    Are enemas pagan activities?

    October 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • quickfix

      You need a bidet.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Anglican

      Sure

      October 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      @quickfix
      Angelican needs WAY more than a bidet. When you are that full of sh-it, I may have to hook up a permenent enema.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  13. adamo

    Christianity is accepting LGBT as MEMBERS now. They have been accepting them as clergy for decades.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • sbp

      Eons.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • redragon

      Thank you... I needed that. LOL

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Rethink

    When I ask my child to plug in the vacuum, he plugs it into the wall, not into another vacuum. Here's to grandkids . . .

    October 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • sizzle

      Now, that was hot!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • LostinSLC

      That was an epic failure

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Newyorker

      And if he turned out gay, you would disown him for not getting a woman pregnant the usual way? Gay people can have children too. They just may not be married to the woman who gave birth to their kid. Same as most hetero couples these days who don't get married just because one of them is pregnant.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Duh

      Gays and lesbians have grand kids. You do realize straight people have the same type of sex right? 😉

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • QS

      And here's to another of the dwindling generation who just never got over their indoctrination. I can only hope that you're not in your grandkids' lives when they get old enough to realize how small a person you are.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • The Illinois Enema Bandit

      THAT needs my bag fulla
      The Illinois Enema Bandit Juice

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Granger

      yeah, the sphincter's designed to be an output, not an input.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • ol cranky

      or a kid with a future in the housekeeping business

      October 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • derp

      "When I ask my child to plug in the vacuum, he plugs it into the wall"

      Then why do so many religious leaders want to "plug into" your child?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • We See

      Hey Grange, see you've been messing around experimenting with your Back Door again to reach that conclusion, huh!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  15. Steve

    We Are Commanded To Love One Another, Only The Lord Can Judge. As Believers We Are To Love The Sinner But Hate The Sin. The Entire 18th Chapter Of Leviticus Is Open For Everyone. This Is For Our Benefit As Individuals And A Nation To Understand. Leviticus 18:4 You Shall Observe My Judgments And Keep My Ordinances To Walk In Them: I am The Lord Your God. If You Are Uncomfortable With The Word Of God, Don't Judge The Believer Take It Up With Our God, He Will Listen
    And If You Want It Give You Wisdom Concerning Anything That Takes Place Under The Sun.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Colin

      Thanks Steve, you are clearly an authority on Leviticus. I wonder, could you clarify a few things for me?

      1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

      2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? Should I mark her down, given the recession?

      3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

      4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

      5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. Clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

      6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than ho.mose.xuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

      7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear
      reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?

      8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

      9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

      10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?
      Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14).

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • razmataz

      You nimrod, why don't you take a peek at the New Testament. THAT"S what christianity is based on. Or did you even know that?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • derp

      "You nimrod, why don't you take a peek at the New Testament. THAT"S what christianity is based on. Or did you even know that?"

      Hmm, that's funny. My copy of the bible INCLUDES Leviticus.

      Should I just ignore it then?

      What other parts should I ignore out of convenience?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • HellBent

      @ramtaz,

      Maybe you could do us nimrods a favor and actually point out where in the NT it says to ignore the OT. Because if you actually READ the NT you'll find that your supposed savior says the exact opposite. Maybe it's time to go back to Sunday school.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Draz

      Okay, I'll take you up on that:

      Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

      Mat 5:17 [Christ said] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

      All that stuff you're quoting above from Leviticus is part of the law of Moses. The purpose of the law was to show us our guilt (Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.) Christ fulfilled the law, and removed us from under its condemnation. It's a simple matter of context. We don't ignore the Old Testament, we just need to understand its place in history.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • MomOf3

      " Christ fulfilled the law, and removed us from under its condemnation."

      It says that christ was the fulfillment of the law, but his presence doesn't absolve you from still following the old laws.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Draz

      @MomOf3

      No, His presence does not. Complete faith in His finished cross-work does. Kinda sorta what the whole book of Galatians enforces, repeatedly. Paul rebuked that church pretty good for trying to meld the practice of the law with Christianity.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  16. True Christian

    These people who call themselves Christian do speak for other Christians. The Bible says it's wrong and that could never change.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Anglican

      Well, my brother, you get to cast the first stone. Hop to it.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • redragon

      Then let's get rid of the bible.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • A. Goodwin

      The bible also says that you cannot get a bowl haircut, that you cannot enter a church without balls, that you cannot use a pigskin football, that you shouldn't wear synthetic fabric like polyester...do you do all of these things as well?

      October 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Ryan Shells

      The intent of Jesus, who said let he without sin cast the first stone was to show that the intent of the Pharasees was to question the justness of Jesus. They were tempting Jesus. They didn't bring her to Jesus because of her sin. They brought her to Jesus so that they might condemn Jesus. Notice that in Jewish Law, they would also have had to stone the man. They did not bring the man to stone him also. So this was a pure act of evil, rather than an act of righteousness.

      Now, when we say that GLBT is wrong, are we going to punish that person? No, but we can call sin for what it is. God will punish in the end if no repentance is offered. We are to call others out of sin to serve Jesus. That applies to GLBT. They too, can be saved if they repent of their lifestyle and follow after God.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  17. MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

    It's the same reason they are embracing women and minorities having rights. Christians have always been behind the civil rights curve. They have always tried to resist, but eventually social pressures convince them to get with the times.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  18. Granger

    Ahh...the pushy Gay agenda....it's as if the majority of the world were butt pirates, instead of a deviant 10%....CNN and the liberal loonies want more than anything to soil any sort of decency that may remain in this country. The article should read the MAJORITY of Christians, as well as other religions, are disgusted by this improper and morally wrong behavior.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • derp

      Yes, those pushy gays. Always asking for equality and all that.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • QS

      LOL! A Christian trying to tell others that they need to be decent people! Love it!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Observer

      Granger,

      It was ignorant Christians who used the Bible to justify punishment against astronomers and other scientists.
      It was ignorant Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery.
      It was ignorant Christians who used the Bible to justify the inferiority of women.
      It is ignornant Christians who use the Bible to justify discrimation against gays. You'd think they would learn.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • nick2

      Granger, What is your religion? Obviously not Christianity, since being judgmental is forbidden.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • z

      How many teeth do you think Granger The Bigot has? I'm thinking 2-3.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • razmataz

      You sir, are a sad, sorry individual. I expect you congratulate yourself on being a good christian don't you! Pitiful! I feel sorry for you!

      October 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Yep Yep

      Let's fast forward 100 years. The same article will read: "Finally the church has come to accept what society has found acceptable for so long- inbreeding and murder. It's about time religion got with the times. Ha, them with their 'morals.'"

      Full speed ahead, America.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      @Yep Yep
      People probably made the same argument when trying to prohibit interracial marriage. It would have been an equally absurd comment then.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Well LetsSee

      Ah Granger, but those married forn i cating folks who mess around with and covet their neighbors are exhibiting the morally *right* behavior that should be above reproach according to your way of thinking no doubt! What a prejudiced idiot!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  19. My opinion

    The hot lesbians can stay. The gay, bi's, and transgendered need to go away.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Ya BDLover

      O.K Sappho, got your point! 😉

      October 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  20. Quid Malmborg in Plano, TX

    Christianity is a dying religion. All religion lies moribund before Reason.

    "Man, Woman, Child; All Are Up Against The Wall Of Science."

    October 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
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