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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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  1. CodeEd

    Many feel that christians should be like 4 year olds..... seen, but not heard.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • Mephisto

      "christians should be like 4 year olds..... seen, but not heard" People of ALL faiths should be like 4 year olds..... seen, but not heard. Faith should be a private covenant with God or Allah or Buddha or Whoever.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:18 am |
    • checi

      Buddha doesn't make covenants and is not a 'god'.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  2. Ed

    They have brought it on themselves. Their lack of tolerance, their TV preachers with feet of clay, their attempts to enforce their religious beliefs with legislation, their efforts to use public moneys for religious schooling, pushing prayer in the schools on people who are not Christian, and so forth.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Backwards

      Umm, the majority of this nation went to Christian churches only 50 years ago, prayer was a normal part of school, and other things were rightly seen as deviant. Now, who changed whom?

      May 5, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • ImIrish

      "Lack of tolerance"?! You will not tolerate the opposing values and beliefs of Christians, yet THEY'RE the intolerant ones?! What a hypocrite!

      May 5, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • Sharon

      Backwards: Around 100 years ago women weren't allowed to vote. About 150 years ago blacks were held in slavery. Several hundred years ago Gallileo was imprisoned for claiming the world was round.

      I have news for you, despite the desire for things to stay the same the world changes and becomes more civilized. You can consider the changes of no prayer in school, acceptance of other's $exual orientation, etc. as becoming more civilized as well.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • Backwards

      Sharon, 100-150 years ago, almost everyone was Christian. They would see our modern society as hethenistic. Women voting and color of skin are not, nor were they, Biblical issues. H.o.m.o.s.e.x.u.a.l.i.t.y, however, is specifically and explicitly condemned by the Bible. I do not call the direction we're headed civilized. I see our society headed toward atheistic moral relativism where anything goes.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • Backwards

      ...anything goes, that is, but moral values, especially of the Christian kind.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Sharon

      Backwards: I agree the majority in this country were xian 100-150 years ago. And slavery is condoned in the bible, you think we should be buying and selling human beings then? And if the bible is the last word on morality then abortion and contraception, which are mentioned no where in the bible, are ok with you then? Almost all major religions, including christianity, demean women as second class citizens. Just read Leviticus for some of the rules about menstruating women for a bit of insight on how your god views women. Morality is not the perview of religion. In fact recent research is pointing to the possibility that it is implicite to the nature of all social mammals.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Backwards

      Sharon, the problem is that you obviously do not understand the Bible or the theology that surrounds it. Slavery is NOT condoned by the Bible. Christian slaves were telling other slaves to obey their masters, not because slavery was right but because Christians are supposed to love others, even enemies, and work as if working for God and not man. Women are only oppressed in your feminist mind. Women were probably one of the major driving forces behind early Christianity. Finally, there is NO universal morality outside religion and the concept of God, no matter the wishful thinking of atheists.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Sharon

      Backwards: Your moniker is very apt. I am sorry you aren't up on the latest research in the animal kingdom.

      http://www.livescience.com/24802-animals-have-morals-book.html

      In addition, I understand the bible and it's theology very well. I have read it multiple times (as I have other religious texts), was raised in a Christian faith, have studied religion at university, etc. I would say that you don't understand it very well. Just because women were involved in the early christian church doesn't mean a thing. Especially since it was taken over by men that decided what gospels would and would not be included in that much edited book called the bible.

      May 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  3. David

    1. is it possible Christians are not speaking out, simply because they have no desire to do so?

    2. do Muslims or any of the other religions go around telling Christians they are going to hell? the US would meltdown if Muslims went around saying things like that to Christians "oh, we love you, we just want you to pray 5 times a day to allah because we want to save you from hell" this doesn't happen, at least not in the same manner that SOME Christians feel they need TV, radio, internet and every major news network in the country to broadcast that gays are going to hell.
    (which is extremely disrespectful)

    3. saying gays are more likely to be child molestors and have higher mental illness, as well as creating laws that target specific groups.... is discrimination. which many christian do, and many want gay marriage bans. this is wrong, and you should be afraid to speak out, you should be embarrassed.

    4. im going to hate anyone who tries to force their religious views on me, try to change public opinion to force those views on everyone else, and if you are going to shove your religion in my face, im going to get angry. stop being rude and disrespectful to people, and maybe they wont hate you??? it has nothing to do with the bible, or being gay, it has to do with common courtesy, you dont need to go around declaring "im a christian and i think gays are going to hell" and openly insulting strangers, just like you wouldn't walk up to someone "eating fast food, your going to get fat and die!" you dont say things like that

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  4. Boohoo

    “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 Really? Really? Until I see Christians called names on a daily basis, run out of town, and often killed out of public ignorance I will not agree with that statement. No one ever was scared of going to school because they believe in god. Get over yourself.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Driverdale

      as to not running "evangelical christians" out of town, just think of the Phelps family cult members, I'm sure many would like to run them out of town when they come to picket.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • Boohoo

      That is certainly not the norm though.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  5. Screamin Eagle

    Pro- gays, using the term bigotry and haters over and over in this context is like the boy who cried wolf...just gets weaker and weaker with every statement..till one day true hatred comes along and then no one believes you.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Sane Person

      Except evidence is obviously contrary to your view. More and more states and countries are supporting gay marriage. christianity rates in industrialized countries continue to fall. Atheists are starting to be elected to office, and people are no longer scared to speak out against your moral dictatorship. Lucky you, you get to witness the end of your domination.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:11 am |
  6. Anon

    I think that everyone, Christians and non Christians need to learn to live and let live. The thing is that many many Christians don't not believe in this. For them it's their way ("God's" way) or the highway.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      Well, if you truly believe that God is the ultimate power in the universe and no one can tell you different. It has to be His way or the highway to Hell. To think differently is not truly believing.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • G to the T

      @SE – and that's fine. No one is saying you can't believe that. But if we are all going to live together (ALL the different beliefs) we need to find a level ground that allows everyone to enjoy the maximum liberty possible. As such, NO law should ever be written that has as its ONLY validation the beliefs of one particular group. If anyone could convince me that gays don't deserve equialty without invoking their own religious beliefs, I might consider their argument.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  7. splassher6

    Its what the liberal press has wanted all along

    May 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  8. Thomas

    Nobody takes the FRC seriously anymore. Their minions incessantly post lies on every news site known to man in a desperate attempt to remain relevant. Albert Einstein said "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • SK

      Simple question is "do gay have the same rights". Instead of a simple answer, it has to be mixed up with other issues like belief, bible, churches.... Yes it is insane (without doing over and over again).

      May 5, 2013 at 9:17 am |
  9. Sharon

    I would advise all Bible believers to take seriously the biblical directive of 2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them and be ye seperate". In other words, believe as you like and remain seperate from the rest of us. Don't meddle in politics, don't vote, don't mingle in public, don't attempt to impose yourselves on we sinners.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      It also says in the Bible that if you deny me(Jesus) before men, then I will deny you before the Father. That's J.C. talking. So I wouldn't hide my light under a bush..no let it shine as the Sunday school hymn goes. We are commissioned as Christians to spread the Word, not to be silent. This means spreading the good news along with what God wants of us.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • theDreamer

      Screaming Eagle – If you are a true Christian and a follower of the teachings of Jesus then you would "Love thy neighbor as yourself" and leave the rest to God's judgement. Jesus never even remotely suggested condemning gays. And in regards to the Old Testament, Jesus said to put those ideas away and devote yourself to God through charity and love. If you want to stand against gay people then you're not a Christian – you are opposing the ideas of Christ outright.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Sharon

      Screamin Eagle: Go ahead, feel free deny me before your Father.

      As far as you shining, apparently we have come up against yet another contradiction in your belief system as put forth in the bible. You guys really need to get your story straight.

      May 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Liberty Bell

    The Left wants Chistians and the Bible to be declared hate and extremists , and Muslims and the Koran get a free pass on killing Christians around the world and suicide bombings and beheadings everywhear ?
    Isnt Islam and the Koran hate as well ?
    Real murder death kill hate ?

    May 5, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • Zooterist

      Perhaps, but not much more so than the Bible is. Have you counted the number of times in which the Bible calls for killing someone? Shall I list them for you?

      May 5, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      It's easier to bash Christians because generally we are a safe target..turn the other cheek, etc. and if we fight back they can call us hypocrites, so it's win win. Muslims don't think that way, criticize their belief and they will put a hit on you. So the Christan bashers are the equivalent of bullies..picking on someone who can't fight back. Even South Park, who satirizes everyone especially Christians, backed off of Muslims.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • G to the T

      Alright – I'll take the bait. Fanatical Muslims are just as bad as fanatical Christians. The Koran has just as much hate and intolerance in it as the Bible.

      I don't know where this "free pass for muslims" idea comes from. If they were trying to pass laws based on their religion, I'd be just as against that as I would anyone trying to exclude others from civil liberties...

      May 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  11. David

    1. is it possible Christians are not speaking out, simply because they have no desire to do so?

    2. do Muslims or any of the other religions go around telling Christians they are going to hell? the US would meltdown if Muslims went around saying things like that to Christians "oh, we love you, we just want you to pray 5 times a day to allah because we want to save you from hell" this doesn't happen, at least not in the same manner that SOME Christians feel they need TV, radio, internet and every major news network in the country to broadcast that gays are going to hell.
    (which is extremely disrespectful)

    3. saying gays are more likely to be child molestors and have higher mental illness, as well as creating laws that target specific groups.... is discrimination. which many christian do, and many want gay marriage bans. this is wrong, and you should be afraid to speak out, you should be embarrassed.

    4. im going to hate anyone who tries to force their religious views on me, try to change public opinion to force those views on everyone else, and if you are going to shove your religion in my face, im going to get angry. stop being rude and disrespectful to people, and maybe they wont hate you??? it has nothing to do with the bible, or being gay, it has to do with common courtesy, you dont need to go around declaring "im a christian and i think gays are going to hell" and openly insulting strangers

    May 5, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  12. Dave

    This could have all been avoided if reasonable/moderate Christians had some guts and quashed its ignorant yet vocal minority 5, 10, 25 years ago.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • theDreamer

      I would say 40 years, back to the time in the '70s that Anita Bryant and the Religious Right waged a nationwide campaign, started in Florida, to portray gay men as child molesters trying to seduce and indoctrinate children. The reason? A law was about to be passed in Florida allowing gay adoption. It was bad enough that the Religious Right made the claims they did in Florida, but then they took their show on the road across the country for years, and gay men – who had largely remained quietly in the closet – were made explicit targets of undeserved fear and rage from the majority of the country who had no other information than the hatred and lies spread by the Religious Right.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:20 am |
  13. Mike

    I understand now, when Jesus said love thy neighbor he actually meant "Love thy neighbor if he's white, christian, straight, and conservative; otherwise hate him with a passion."

    May 5, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • paco

      Agreed!

      May 5, 2013 at 9:11 am |
  14. Elizabeth Gray

    I don't understand why it's perfectly fine to push Christianity on people or question why they aren't religious, yet it's taboo for people to question why one is religious or explain to them why they shouldn't be. I'm tired of it.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  15. Reinaldo

    To be a Cristian is a relationship between you and God, not between you and the rest of the people. Manifesting is not being a Cristian.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Boohoo

      Christian* good try though.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  16. revbates

    The difference between religion and spirituality is that religion wants to limit God to what man believes while spirituality seeks to experience God. When man puts his opinions in the mouth of God, error is bound to happen. And this is why religion will always have its detractors. But to say someone hates religion is foolish. And if someone wants to use God to promote their prejudice, ignorance and narrow-mindedness, then they have to know there are consequences.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:01 am |
  17. Jim Buresch

    Holy hell, this is just plain and simply wrong on so many fronts and it's the biggest pile of mental masturbation laid on paper that I've seen in a long time. Replace the word Christian with Nazi in this story...

    May 5, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • Sane Person

      It is scary how often the two terms are interchangeable isnt it.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • John Dozier

      Wait until Sharia comes to neighborhood near you. Ask a Muslim lately how they feel. Oh wait we don't condemn a whole group for they actions of a few right. Unless they are conservative American Christians. The Prophet of Islam was just a gay man right.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:09 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      Let's play word games..yeah that makes a great argument!

      May 5, 2013 at 9:22 am |
  18. Patroy

    Christians choose to be Christians, and that is a choice! Gay people do not choose to be gay. So maybe these bible thumpers will begin to know how it feels to be discriminated against. In other words, deal with your CHOICE to be a Christian and all the good and bad that comes with it!

    May 5, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • John Dozier

      Ask a Muslim about their views on this.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • shadow

      Well, im a christian. but understand, i respect your decision to be pro gay. i appologize if "christians" judge you for who you are. you will get your wish soon. all christians in due time will be prosecuted.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • Sane Person

      prosecuted? I'm sure you mean persecuted. No wonder you guys dont understand the word, you dont even know which word it is.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      Wow ! So you justify persecution just as revenge for the other side's behavior...you are no better than the side you are against.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  19. malw

    I will let GOD be the judge

    May 5, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  20. Liberty Bell

    The word "Christian" is dog whistle code word for "White Conservative and or Republican" population . Liberals love accusing the opposition of racism and hate to defame and define thier views as evil and extreme . SPLC is a left wing group . Just look at thier donor list and see that its all Democrats and Socialists .

    May 5, 2013 at 8:59 am |
    • John Dozier

      Have you been a racist bigot your whole life. Ask a Muslim their view on this.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Liberty Bell

      Supression of Chistianity supresses the Conservative White voice and vote . Voter supression is racist and extreme . More devision to further devide the electorate . The liberal ground work for the 2014 election cycle has begun . So transparent this is .

      May 5, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • ernieb28

      I am a Christian, and the term "Christian" means- one that follows or adheres the teachings of Jesus Christ. So much for a code......

      May 5, 2013 at 9:25 am |
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