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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

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Church • Church and state • Culture wars • Protest • Sex • Sexuality • Sports

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  8. Henry Plantagenet

    So rightwing bigots are being persecuted...according to rightwing bigots. It's called "delusions of persecution".
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  9. antodav

    OMG. This article makes me want to rip my hair out. And not for the reasons you might expect. Evangelicals whining about being a "hated minority" when their entire doctrine is built around hatred. Claiming "reverence" for the Bible while they ignore huge chunks of it that are inconvenient to them. The hypocrisy is beyond belief.

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    May 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Mar

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    • deandake

      Yep, so called oppressed Christians. I'll believe in their oppression when we start hearing about Christians being beat to death in the streets for being Christian. Much like Christians beating gays to death for being gay. Or murdering doctors for performing abortions. Or killing a black guy for dating a white girl.
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      May 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
  10. vivian m

    Anyone who tries to tell others how to live their lives will be met with the same exact treatment. You want to worship some unseen deity? GO FOR IT, but get it the hell out of our way. You tell us how we can live you will be met with a form of resistance that you will interpret as hate. How do I know? I deal with the hatred of religious people all the time.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Science

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      May 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  17. Abbott

    I'm so glad I found this article. I'm Australian. The culture is different here. I'm hated. So draining. God pulls me quite easily back into his arms though. God bless. And for others out there I have something to whisper in your ear to. "..Don't be surprised if the world hates you" (In Corinthians 1 somewhere) "It is foolish to speak scornfully of others. If you are sensible, you will keep quiet" (Proverbs 11:12) "When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Sensible people will ignore an insult" (Proverbs 12:16) "Sensible people keep quite about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance" (Proverbs 12:23)
    Not all of us are called in our relationship with God to stand up and speak. In fact, humble yourselves and find shelter with The Shepherd. He will restore you with the fountain of life.

    May 27, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Science

      GOOD NEWS.......Abbott

      http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-
      1271125

      http://boostnation.boostup.org/

      Science books and education TRUMPS the 666 beast and the red horn-y devil !

      Have a great life and Memorial day !

      May 27, 2013 at 9:17 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Abbott
      Though I cannot speak of your perceived relationship with whatever your definition of a god is, I can speak regarding christianity, and as a whole, has a very bad track record of its followers doing incredibly terrible things. Here in America, it has been forced on the people in many ways and by most christians that I know, their actions are against their own christs teachings. I encourage you to pursue whatever connection you have with nature ( be it perceived gods or is it something different,) but I also encourage you to disgard organized religion...it is your own christ who said lift a stone and you will find me, touch a blade of grass and you will find me ( or something to that effect). Organized religion polutes that simple idea.

      May 27, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Science

      Abbott..............Education = truth

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/25/for-oklahoma-a-balm-after-the-storm/#comments

      And it is not the red horn-y devil

      May 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • nothern Light

      Wonder what it is like to be as delusional as you are?

      May 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Whole truth

      Abbot, be encouraged by these words in Matthew 5.

      Matthew 5:10-16
      Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

      May 29, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • sam stone

      "Whole Truth": Do you seriously desire eternal life?

      May 29, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • HEY ABBOTT!!

      "(Proverbs 12:16) "Sensible people keep quite about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance"

      Does anyone else see the irony in calling people stupid while advertising their own ignorance by misspelling "quiet"?

      May 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  18. faith

    Patricia Velasquez

    May 27, 2013 at 12:19 am |
    • Science

      GOOD NEWS

      http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-
      1271125

      May 27, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • Science

      You know faith/chad................story here = truth there is NO red horn-y devil never has been one !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/25/for-oklahoma-a-balm-after-the-storm/comment-page-4/#comment-2371481

      May 27, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Science

      Hey faith

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      Have a great life and Memorial Day.

      Hey dot the space cadet

      Education = the motivator for the truth.

      So you know.

      May 27, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/25/for-oklahoma-a-balm-after-the-storm/#comments

      Peace

      May 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Seek the Giver of life before you face the reality of death

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    Seek God through Lord Jesus while He still can be found, follow Him while the door of grace is still open to everyone. Please do not wait until you are on your death bed or until the end of the world to call upon His name. He made it very clear, who ever believes in the Son of God will not die eternally, but will inherit immortality. If you desire life, go to the source of life. Faith is the key to all things.-

    May 27, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Do you follow the whole of the bible or just the peices that have meaning to you?

      May 27, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • From a non bible thumper

      Sometimes a good George Lucas Film has meaning for me, Richard Cranium...Now what? I mean really, now what? Are you going to ask me if I follow all of his films or just certain ones?

      May 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Do George Lucas films claim to be the meaning of life and the passport to eternal bliss?

      May 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Lord Jesus is the most powerful figure known to mankind

    Romans 5:8-"God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." www . theeternalwisdom . com
    Seek God through Lord Jesus while He still can be found, follow Him while the door of grace is still open to everyone. Please do not wait until you are on your death bed or until the end of the world to call upon His name. He made it very clear, who ever believes in the Son of God will not die eternally, but will inherit immortality. If you desire life, go to the source of life. Faith is the key to all things..

    May 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      So what you are saying is, your brother in Christ, Hitler, in his last few moments, if he repented, since he had already accepted Christ, is now in heaven....That is a disctinct possiblity. so if that is the case, I want nothing to do with your "god".
      It is most likely your god is just the product of overactive imagination.

      May 27, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • .

      hitler was an atheist in life and death probably reprobate

      May 27, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • prettychainsaw

      An atheist? You sure about that? I mean... he got in bed with the catholic church pretty early, persecuted atheists, turning the free thinkers meeting hall into a church, I believe...

      I get it, you don't like the guy, but you don't get to just declare everyone you don't like is an atheist so you can hate atheists better.

      May 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Science

      Hitler was not only a atheist but gay as well

      May 28, 2013 at 12:24 am |
    • Science

      Fake science poster above.

      May 28, 2013 at 6:35 am |
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