When Christians become a 'hated minority'
Evangelical Christians say they are the new victims of intolerance - they're persecuted for condemning homosexuality.
May 5th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

When Christians become a 'hated minority'

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens.

During his speeches, people raise their hands to challenge his assertions that the Bible condemns homosexuality, but no Christians speak out to defend him.

“But after it is over, they will come over to talk to me and whisper in my ear, ‘I agree with everything you said,’" says Sprigg, a spokesman for The Family Research Council, a powerful, conservative Christian lobbying group.

We’ve heard of the “down-low” gay person who keeps his or her sexual identity secret for fear of public scorn. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward homosexuality have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.

As proof, Sprigg points to the backlash that ESPN commentator Chris Broussard sparked recently. Broussard was called a bigot and a purveyor of hate speech when he said an NBA player who had come out as gay was living in “open rebellion to God.” Broussard said the player, Jason Collins, was “living in unrepentant sin” because the Bible condemns homosexuality.

“In the current culture, it takes more courage for someone like Chris Broussard to speak out than for someone like Jason Collins to come out,” says Sprigg, a former pastor. “The media will hail someone who comes out of the closet as gay, but someone who simply expresses their personal religious views about homosexual conduct is attacked.”

When is disagreement hate?

Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Illinois, says Christians should be able to publicly say that God designed sex to take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.

“That isn’t so outrageous,” Litfin says. “Nobody is expressing hate toward homosexuals by saying that. Since when is disagreement the same as hate?”

But quoting the Bible doesn't inoculate anyone from becoming a bigot or hater, some scholars say. There's a point at which a Christian's opposition to homosexuality can become bigotry, and even hate speech, they say.

Crossing such a line has happened many times in history.

A literal reading of the Bible was used to justify all sorts of hatred: slavery, the subjugation of women and anti-Semitism, scholars and pastors say.

“Truly damaging speech cannot be excused just because it expresses genuine religious belief,” says Mark D. Jordan, author of “Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality.”

“Some religious beliefs, sincerely held, are detestable. They cannot be spoken without disrupting social peace,” says Jordan, a professor at the John Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

The point where religious speech becomes hate speech is difficult to define, though, scholars and activists say.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama is a nonprofit civil rights group that combats and monitors hate groups. Three years ago, it designated the Family Research Council, the group that Sprigg represents, as a hate group - a characterization the group stridently rejects.

Mark Potok,  a center spokesman, says there’s no shared definition of what constitutes hate speech.

“There is no legal meaning. It’s just a phrase,” Potok says. “Hate speech is in the ear of the beholder.”

'One of the most hated minorities?'

Intolerance may be difficult to define, but some evangelicals say they have become victims of intolerance because of their reverence for the Bible.

The conservative media culture is filled with stories about evangelicals being labeled as “extremists” for their belief that homosexuality is a sin.

Their sense of persecution goes beyond their stance on homosexuality. There are stories circulating of evangelical students being suspended for opposing homosexuality, a teacher fired for giving a Bible to a curious student, and the rise of anti-Christian bigotry.

A blogger at The American Dream asked in one essay:

“Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America?”

The reluctance of evangelicals to speak out against homosexuality is often cited as proof they are being forced into the closet.

Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition, an online evangelical magazine, wrote a blog post entitled “Debatable: Is the Christian Church a ‘Hate Group’?" He warned that young people will abandon “orthodox” Christian churches that teach that homosexuality is a sin for fear of being called haters.

“Faux civility, embarrassment, prudishness and a fear of expressing an unpopular opinion has caused many Christians to refrain from explaining how homosexual conduct destroys lives,” Carter wrote.

Some Christians fear that opposing homosexuality could cause them to lose their jobs and “haunt them forever,” Carter says.

“It’s easier to just go along,” says Carter, who is also author of “How to Argue Like Jesus.” “You don’t want to be lumped in with the bigots. That’s a powerful word."

Edward Johnson, a communication professor at Campbell University in North Carolina, says we are now living in a "postmodern" era where everything is relative and there is no universally accepted truth. It's an environment in which anyone who says "this is right" and "that is wrong" is labeled intolerant, he says.

There was a time when a person could publicly say homosexuality was wrong and people could consider the statement without anger, he says. Today, people have reverted to an intellectual tribalism where they are only willing to consider the perspective of their own tribe.

“They are incapable of comprehending that someone may have a view different than theirs,” Johnson says. “For them anyone who dares to question the dogma of the tribe can only be doing so out of hatred.”

Sprigg, from the Family Research Council, says his condemnation of homosexual conduct does not spring from intolerance but a desire to protect gays from harmful conduct, he says.

Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the council, wrote in a council pamphlet that homosexual men are more likely to engage in child sexual abuse than are straight men. He also wrote that gay men are also afflicted with a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases and mental illness as well.

Sprigg says he does not believe homosexuality is a choice and that “personal testimonies" and "clinical experience” show that some people “can and do change from gay to straight.”

“Maybe we need to do a better job of showing that we are motivated by Christian love,” Sprigg says. “Love is wanting the best for someone, and acting to bring that about.”

'That's a lie'

Potok, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, has little use for the love Sprigg talks about.

He calls it hatred, and his voice rose in anger when he talked about the claims by Sprigg and other Christian groups that gay men are more predisposed to molest children and that homosexual behavior is inherently harmful.

He says the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t designate the Family Research Group a hate group because they view homosexuality as a sin or oppose same-sex marriage, Potok says. There are plenty of Christian groups who hold those beliefs but are not hate groups, he says.

A group becomes a hate group when it attacks and maligns an entire class of people for their “immutable characteristics,” Potok says. The Family Research Council spreads known falsehoods about gays and lesbians, he says, such as the contention that gay men are predisposed to abuse children.

“That’s a lie,” Potok says. “These guys are engaging in straight-up defamation of a very large group of people. There are not many things much worse than you can say in America about somebody than they are a child molester.”

Potok scoffed at Spriggs’ claim that the council and other evangelical anti-gay groups are victims of intolerance.

“That’s whining on the part of people who spend their days and nights attacking gay people and then some people criticize them and they don’t like it,” he says. “That’s pathetic. It reminds me of slave owners complaining that people are saying ugly things about them.”

What the Bible says

What about the popular evangelical claim, “We don’t hate the sinner, just the sin” – is that seen as intolerance or hate speech when it comes to homosexuality?

There are those who say you can’t hate the sin and love the sinner because being gay or lesbian is defined by one’s sexual behavior; it’s who someone is.

“Most people who identify as gay and lesbian would say that this is not an action I’m choosing to do; this is who I am,” says Timothy Beal, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.”

Beal, a religion professor at Case Western University in Ohio, says it should be difficult for any Christian to unequivocally declare that the Bible opposes homosexuality because the Bible doesn’t take a single position on the topic. It's an assertion that many scholars and mainline Protestant pastors would agree with.

Some people cite Old Testament scriptures as condemning homosexuality, such as  Leviticus 18:22 - “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” But other Christians counter by saying they are not bound by the Old Testament.

There are those who also cite New Testament scriptures like Romans 1:26-27 - “… Even their women exchanged natural sexual 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 shameful acts with other men. …”

Beal, however, says Jesus said little about sex. And the Apostle Paul, who wrote Romans, was probably referring to male prostitution and men having sexual relations with boys, a practice in the Greco-Roman world.

“Paul does not understand genetics and sexual orientation the way we understand it now as something much more than a choice,” says Beal.

Some evangelicals say Christians can’t change their view of biblical truth just because times change. But some scholars reply:

Sure you can. Christians do it all the time.

Denying a woman’s ability to preach in church was justified by scriptures like 1 Timothy 2:11-12 - “… I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” But many churches have abandoned that teaching - and some scholars say a woman preached the first Christian sermon, when Mary Magdalene proclaimed that Jesus had risen.

Slaveholders in 19th century America justified slavery through a literal reading of the Bible, quoting Titus 2:9-10 – “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything. …” And anti-Semitism was justified by the claims that Jews killed Jesus, such as Matthew 27: 25-26 - “Let his blood be on us and on our children.”

Litfin, from Moody Bible Institute, acknowledged that the Bible once sanctioned slavery, but he said that practice was a “cultural expression” that changed over time. Evangelicals who oppose same-sex marriage by citing the Bible are on more solid ground, he says.

“Marriage is a universal and timeless institution that God set up for maximum human flourishing. He set it up in the first book of the Bible with the story of Adam and Eve. It is consistent throughout the whole Bible. … Marriage is in a different category than those cultural things.”

Public jousts over the Bible's stance on homosexuality rarely change people’s minds. What changes is when people get to know gay and lesbian people as friends and hear their story, says Beal, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Bible.”

“If you open up to that other person genuinely, you basically come to a point where you have to sacrifice them to your ideology or crack open your ideology to make a hospitable place for them,” Beal says.

One Christian pastor who is gay says the uproar over the ESPN commentator’s comments can actually be good,  because debates help settle moral disputes.

“What appears to us as antiquated and prejudicial now was once a disputed issue that required debate,” says the Rev. Richard McCarty, a minister in the United Church of Christ and a religious studies professor at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

Until the debate over homosexuality is settled - if it ever is - there may be plenty of evangelical Christians who feel as if they are now being forced to stay in the closet.

Carter, the evangelical blogger, says he foresees a day when any church that preaches against homosexuality will be marginalized. Just as many churches now accept divorce, they will accept sexual practices once considered sinful.

“It’s getting to the point,” he says, “where churches are not going to say that any sexual activity is wrong.”

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (10,982 Responses)
  1. michael

    Being gay is a bad example of being a human being , We all have faults and all faults are sins. but to deny them is the greatest sin to say its OK to be gay is denial . Every body knows you must first admit you have a problem in order to deal with it. So if your gay say your gay and say its wrong . That's all ! But to say i'm Gay and its not wrong is wrong!

    May 18, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Austin bluff.

      As a black man I resent the correlation. Use a better argument.

      May 18, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Why do you resent the argument?

      May 18, 2013 at 11:17 am |
      • Constantin Chicioroaga

        Constantin Chicioroaga traianch2005@mail.ru
        I love every day and night on several occasions his partner Stephen, we get along very well, and even think to register our relationship and adopt a few children in Germany! We live in a free country, and we want to build their lives freely in a modern way, so we do not care about all of you and what you think of us – WE ARE GAY AND PROUD OF IT!

        November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  2. DWN

    Christians who believe in the authority of the bible will even be hated by Christians who believe they have the authority to change the bible, even God's law. People who actually trust the bible will be hated and those who think it can be changed will fall in line with the rest of Babylon.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • Warren Moon

      DWN, why do you believe that the god that the bible describes, exists? The bible makes obviously contradictory claims about such a god, and gets much wrong about other subjects, so you should reject either or both the bible and the god it presents.

      May 18, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • gabgirl12

      You are just a hater. All you are talking about is persecution. But atheists aren't surprised. You've used that card since Jesus died.

      May 18, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  3. faith

    this is einstein at his best. his entire adult life was a passionate, non-stop quest to find the mind of god. like lombardi pursued perfection of the green bay sweep (and attended mass every day) einstein wanted to gaze at the thoughts of god

    along that path, he discovered the universe functioned under laws completely different than what most held.

    May 18, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • gabgirl12

      Einstein enjoyed the poeticism of religion. He did not believe in a god. He disavowed in 1940. Read the history books for yourself and not what your pastors tell you to read.

      May 18, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  4. faith

    half the fun of beli ev ing is the a ssurance there is no evid ence to subst anti ate his existence. i don't want evid ence.

    May 18, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • Topher

      Austin, I love me too.

      May 18, 2013 at 9:40 am |
      • Constantin Chicioroaga

        Constantin Chicioroaga traianch2005@mail.ru
        I love every day and night on several occasions his partner Stephen, we get along very well, and even think to register our relationship and adopt a few children in Germany! We live in a free country, and we want to build their lives freely in a modern way, so we do not care about all of you and what you think of us – WE ARE GAY AND PROUD OF IT!

        November 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
    Prayer changes things .

    May 18, 2013 at 6:35 am |
  6. Ah - good - so you ADMIT you're the MINORITY

    That means MORE SOULS are going straight to hell. Satan wins. Your god is a pathetic loser.

    HA HA.

    And you just admitted it.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:21 am |
  7. Paul Revere


    May 18, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Sad thing is that CNN used the DISCUS system on almost all of the other blogs but not here.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:26 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Mark from Middle River

      Saw your name ... thought I would give you a quick 'shout out' and say hello, Mark.

      I hope that all is going well for you!


      May 18, 2013 at 3:28 am |
    • Gee, Paul, maybe you should think before you type...

      ...and then edit it before you click on the POST button.

      A smart person would be able to think that up on their own, Paul. Maybe you should ask Jeebus for some help in the cognitive department.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:31 am |
    • Oh, and Paul?

      Typing in ALL CAPS is considered rude, shouting, and a pretty good indication of an emotional level of a 5th grader.

      Just sayin' – colloquially speaking, of course.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:34 am |
    • Constantin Chicioroaga

      Constantin Chicioroaga traianch2005@mail.ru
      I love every day and night on several occasions his partner Stephen, we get along very well, and even think to register our relationship and adopt a few children in Germany! We live in a free country, and we want to build their lives freely in a modern way, so we do not care about all of you and what you think of us – WE ARE GAY AND PROUD OF IT!

      November 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  8. Paul Revere


    May 18, 2013 at 1:23 am |
    • No - it's NOT nihilsm

      It's leading your life the best you can for your OWN sake and those you love.

      How pathetic that you can't see that – especially since that's also supposed to be your Savior's commandment to you. Why is it that you think you are the only one that can follow that precept – ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON'T. EVER.

      Stop lying and bearing false witness against your god. You preach one thing and live another and that is a 100% repudiation of your god's message. When you can learn to live those precepts yourself – you can start worrying about others following your example.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  9. Colli T

    War and hate are not part of Christ's teachings, but rather peace and love. You must fight those that misuse the word of God with the word of God.

    "Let us not therefore judge one another any more; but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." – Romans 14:13

    "Let not your good be evil spoken of," – Romans 14:16

    "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." – Romans 14:19

    To fight fire with fire you need to possess understanding of the fire.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:15 am |
  10. albie

    Christianity is a mental disease that tries to spread from person to person – children are the most susceptible, as are the weak minded. What a hateful and destructive religion, it should be shunned and derided.

    May 17, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • Rowan

      I am assuming that you are an athiest and that you classify all religions as the same although they are not. I'm going out on a limb here but do you have nothing against let's say Islamist extremist who are quite happy to kill any American that walks and also their own people just so they can rise to the feet of their god-haven't heard anything about Christian terrorists lately blowing up America. You make it sound as though any religion that teaches peace, but does not condone certain acts including adultry is bad. My question is what morals do you base your life on-if it has to do with not stealing, killing, ect those have their basis in the Ten Commandments you can speak against Christianity but you can't escape it.

      May 18, 2013 at 12:16 am |
    • Paul Revere


      May 18, 2013 at 1:24 am |
    • Paul Revere


      May 18, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • Jain Andrews

      @Albie – One of the satanic agent most probably the follower of that perverted prophet, or a deamonic follower like Hindu...These guys are the curse for US and EU,UK . God is punishing these countries for allowing these demonic guys to stay there...

      May 18, 2013 at 3:12 am |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, Rowan, all those morals you name are far older than the christian bible, even the old testament. Every successful culture has had variations on those themes, because no culture can last without laws against killing and stealing and basic human behavior.

      So stop trying to steal basic human morality. Christians are merely following in the footsteps of Hammurabi, among others.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:54 am |
  11. Todd Farmer

    I would just like to add a Very Important Distinction Between This Hating of Christians in comparison to the Hating Of Gay people,.. the Christians are upset over criticism.. Basically nothing more than "Finger wagging" at them for continuing to foster "Righteous" Hatred towards Gay Folks... which Potentially Has Different Consequences than just the disdain that they suffer.. (oh dear !) as for myself and a few people I have known, the Hating Of Gay people has a Different Consequence... For myself it started one night outside of a movie theater in Fairfield CA. I had my arm around my friend during the movie, Apparently a serious violation of moral code... when we were confronted outside after the movie, I told my much smaller friend TO RUN... I'm very glad that he did, he would not have been able to fight back.. when we talked a few days later, he told me he had found a cop who was not really very interested until they found my body on the ground... I wont say much else but to say that those men mentioned God's Judgment to me, before they had their way with me. no big deal I guess, but I am permanently disabled... and I Miss my life as it was. So when folks blog and QUOTE comments from folks who's mission is to foster Intolerance.. for instance – "a spokesman for The Family Research Council" and then speak as if they are the Tragic, Helpless, Victims of their Righteous Faith, in the form of public disapproval. I wish that they would not Forget me... as many people that I used to know have, since that night.

    May 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • Emi

      I'm so sorry that happened Todd. I hope those guys got jailed. Your anger is understandable and I"m glad you posted. People need to hear the facts. Love to you.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • Sighko Sis

      Not Christians, only people who hide their hatred behind Christianity. There have always been people like that. Love will win, hatred will lose, and Christians will keep trying to pick which one they belong with.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Emi

      What goes around comes around it never fails.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Todd Farmer

      "sighko sis".. yes, I really do understand the distinction between those who "walk the walk".. and those people who are... shall we say, "lobbyist " but maybe not so much for God ? but perhaps they are folks who's words are part of an Agenda... And I am pretty sure that I know the place where I fit into that agenda... but that's kind of a "no brainer" since I have already been put in my place... haven't I.
      "Emi" – Thank you very much for the response and "the Love"... that feels pretty good, what can I say, it's been somewhat of a "Dry Spell" lately... No Arrest were made, the investigation "stalled", or never really got off the ground... I know that there are other crimes in the city, and "the trail" gets cold pretty quickly... and lets face it, gay bashing only causes interest, when the press gets wind of it, and then there is outrage, and investigations, political opportunities... I just let it Go, Because of the look on my Fathers Face when he came to the Hospital.. I NEVER want to see the fear I saw on his face, and embarrassment he must have been feeling, ever again. He is well respected in the community, and he is old fashioned, and he still would have Backed me if a "Media investigation" is what I wanted... but how could I do that to him ? and I admit that I am Sad lately, but I am not Angry. I am very grateful that I still have a life... Even a Diminished life, is still a life that is not to be squandered. I Have my Computer, and it is my big colorful window on an ever shrinking world
      (I Travel with Google Earth ! it keeps my Demons at bay... most days anyway) but I do miss people...
      anyway.. Enough Rambling from me. "Emi" I have little Doubt that you are a pretty special person, and I thank you for caring... All the Best- Todd.

      May 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Ryan Gruver

    Yeah I feel sooooooooooo bad for all the persecution your faith has had to endure. And I feel bad for skinheads and Klan members too. You people will never get IT. Hate is hate, period.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Constantin Chicioroaga

      Constantin Chicioroaga traianch2005@mail.ru
      I love every day and night on several occasions his partner Stephen, we get along very well, and even think to register our relationship and adopt a few children in Germany! We live in a free country, and we want to build their lives freely in a modern way, so we do not care about all of you and what you think of us – WE ARE GAY AND PROUD OF IT!

      November 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  13. M.A.P.

    Just like neo-nazis feel victimized and discriminated against. Or KKK members. Or terrorists, or or or etc etc. Wow it sux not to be able to hurt other people's feelings.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • Demon iz ation

      Demon ization is a manipulative tool which unifies the speaker's group by blaming its troubles on another group, towards which all ire can be safely directed.

      It is a technique used by power-brokers for effecting political change without going through appropriate political channels - thus avoiding the accountability which is normally associated with such channels and which might therefore make those actions more difficult to accomplish that way.

      In more colloquial terms, it is a way for the powerful to get what they want without getting their hands dirty.

      May 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Constantin Chicioroaga

      Constantin Chicioroaga traianch2005@mail.ru
      I love every day and night on several occasions his partner Stephen, we get along very well, and even think to register our relationship and adopt a few children in Germany! We live in a free country, and we want to build their lives freely in a modern way, so we do not care about all of you and what you think of us – WE ARE GAY AND PROUD OF IT!

      November 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
  14. Grace

    I want to add (maybe someone else already has... I confess, I have not taken the time to read what appear to be many pages of comments) that though, in the name of the Bible, people have argued for many horrible things – slavery, subjugation of women, antisemitism – many people have also done great things for social justice in the name of the Bible. William Wilberforce, who fought hard for abolition in Britain, is a perfect example. At the time of the American Civil War, people on both sides of the slavery issue were Christians; Harriet Beecher Stowe presented Bible-based arguments against slavery in "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Corrie TenBoom of Holland was a Christian who helped hide Jews from the Nazis during WWII. I use these examples not to excuse what many have done, but to point out that there have been many great things done in the name of Christ. Both sides should be considered.

    May 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • lol??

      Jesus has His own kingdom.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • lol??

      BTW, He doesn't negotiate. Doesn't have to.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:22 am |
  15. Albert Leo

    Bigots feel persecuted when others criticize their intolerance. "Repeat after me, Adolf: I'm a victim too."

    May 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • Fellow Traveler

      Pot, meet kettle.......................

      May 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm |

    As the World Burns.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Scarecrow

      This entire blog is nothing but straw men on fire, really.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  17. Science

    Hey Chad ...................do you take your show on the road or are you stuck down at the creation museum ?

    May 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  18. Ben Johnson

    i still can't buy beer on sunday. persecuted, my ass.

    May 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • You poor thing

      And to think weed is still illegal in so many states too. I feel for you buddy.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  19. Brett

    Hey Christians have done their fair share of hating over the years; they even burned people at the state for in an attempt to "save a soul". maybe christians need to be hated for the way theyve used religious for their self purposes.

    May 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • Adam

      That's exactly the same false logic Hitler used to justify the Holocaust.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Stake

      It was burned at the stake (1600's)...not state...nobody ever tried to drive Nebraska through Dracula's heart.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  20. Smeagel4T

    Ut oh... are we revising the fallacious "war on Christianity" again? Is this what happens when the Christians stop killing each other? They have to conclude that there are still enemies out to get them? Perhaps Catholics and Protestants should just go back to killing each other "in the name of God", and leave the rest of us out of it.

    May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Guiness

      Anti-theism has prooved to be an antidote to the Catholic vs Protestant conflict hasn't it? Atleast for the moment.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
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