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. midas360

    "Become?" They are for believing in God and the bible.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Dan


      May 5, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  2. BillWinIdaho

    Blacks really hate gays. So you have to pick. You either like blacks, and it's OK that they hate gays. Or you like gays, and you dislike blacks. You can't be on the side of both. Sorry.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • G to the T

      Sorry, why can't I like blacks but disagree with them about gays?

      May 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    God's Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ:

    God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, Jesus, for our sins, and raised him from the dead for our justification. This is the maximum revelation of God's love towards us. Yet, we are so corrupted that we consider Jesus' sacrifice as a mere atonement for our sins, and increase sinning instead of reducing it because we assume Jesus' had yet payed the bill.

    Therefore Christ has also insti-tuted sacramental baptism through which we get metaphysically connected with Christ's death and resurrection: We die for the sin, and get a new life in Jesus. After baptism we will no longer say that Jesus has payed the bill in advance but will improve our life through the power of Jesus death and resurrection. This is costly grace.

    Dear gay, don't believe that Christ's sacrifice was a mere atonement but realize that in is also a work of redemption: God wants to deliver you from your gayness so that you learn to use se-xuality responsibly, and to take care of a wife like Christ took care of the Christian Church. Learn to take care of a wife, and don't only seek se-xual satisfaction.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Big guy

      Whoa buddy...put that bomb away and seek professional help..of the clinical type.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Steven CaboWabo

      All you are doing is telling a myth/story. There have been thousands of religions, all of them disagree on different points. Each believer thinks they have the right answer when in fact they don't have anything other than their story. The really sad thing is you don't even seem to consider questioning what you have been told.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Dan

      You do realize that the bible was made up right?

      May 5, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • davidi85

      Wow you people are so lost it's amazing.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • davidi85

      The lord knew from day one who would accept him and who would not. Some simply don't have there name in the book of life, they can but refuse to. I wonder what they will think when they find out what a tiny blip of time they spent here means to eternity separated from the love of god. A true christian will try to help, but some will just not allow it. I love how some believe everything science says about this world.. Well,, how do explain the god particle they just discovered. Some say the bible is a myth and unbelievable. How unbelievable is it to think that this world was brought about in such perfection for man by just a bunch of happy accidents,, Look around you! Open your eyes for once! Open your heart! this world is just too perfect to be an accident. It had to be part of a plan by something bigger.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • G to the T

      David – "the god particle" – don't get too excited by the name. It was originally the "God-damned" particle (because it was so hard to find). It was only a reporter that later edited his statement and changed it into the "God" particle.

      May 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      You call this earth perfection? It is an extremely hostile place that kills people all the time.Is that perfection?

      Of course things are going to evolve to take advantage of the area they are in, and change as the environment change.
      You think that life was created in its current forms, but that makes no sense as the environment changes continuously. Life evolves to meet the changes in environment.
      Your idea of "perfection" is just plain ridiculous.

      May 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      davidi85: Our world is far from perfect. Where can we see this book that your god apparently has? How do you know it exists?

      May 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  4. Edweird69

    Somehow, after centuries upon centuries of destroying the planet, hunting animals to extinction, dropping
    nuclear weapons on Hiroshima, the Holocaust, uncountable wars, the murder of thousands of women during the witch trials, the Inquisitions, the Crusades, and on and on and on, gays getting hitched and fighting for equality in the face of
    blatant bigotry, is the thing that's finally gonna make "God" angry. Because he's, what, 8 years old?

    May 5, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Lamb of Dog


      May 5, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  5. Ahgwung

    I wonder if those anti-gay, self-proclaimed "Christians" ever pause for a second and consider the possibility that it is they who have been so judgmental, in the name of God, toward other human beings.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Edweird69

      No, they never would do that. I've never met 1 Christian who has done such a thing. I'm embarrassed to say.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Reptillian

      A Christian who uses introspection, self-examination, critical thinking? You obviously don't spend much time around religious people.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • zusan

      the only place judgement comes in – is when laws are changed....Our family has gay friends...no problem. But when these issues hit the political arena we have serious disagreement – and so does the government or we would not be in this mess!!!!!!!

      May 5, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Zusan – We are supposed to be OUR government! OUR leaders are supposed to represent everyone, and recognize blatant discrimination when they see it. They're not supposed to practice a "mob rules" mentality, where the masses are given power to discriminate against a group of people they dislike, or who they consider "sinners".

      May 5, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  6. Chad

    Easiest way to persecute a christian is to prevent them from persecuting someone else.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Lisa

      So true!!! You nailed it!

      May 5, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • want2believe

      Not sure I've ever seen it put so eloquently haha

      May 5, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  7. Sam

    Lovely times to be a Christian and spread the love of your lord. 🙂

    May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Edweird69

      Love? Don't step out of line my children, or I'll torture you mercilessly forever and ever. But I love you!

      May 5, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  8. Leslie

    Amazing! Read a book written in the 50's called Naked Communism there is a list in this book that needs to be promoted for the breakdown of society. I didn't believe it at first now i'm having second thoughts. We have the right to disagree and hold what beliefs we choose at this point but that is fast shrinking and we will one day be told what we can and can't believe. If it can happen to any group it can happen to all groups.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • G to the T

      That is exactly why it's important the we create laws that protect EVERYONE equally and are independant of any particular religion's view (doesn't mean they can't agree, just one shouldn't be used to decide the law for others). That way everyone can have their beliefs protected without anyone's rights being infringed upon.

      May 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  9. Walker

    The majority of people commenting have no idea what is in The Bible or what Christianity is about. It's about developing a personal relationship with God and accepting Jesus as your savior. A true Christian will not judge or hate anyone. No sin is greater than another in the eyes of God and every christian is a sinner. Religion can be used be evil men to take advantage, con, or even kill others which we have seen in history and its a shame. I also see so many people arguing that you have to believe in the bible or in science. Open your eyes they do not contradict each other but go hand in hand. Science is the way we study God's creation.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Kelly

      Thank you, I appreciate this thoughtful description. Not often represented well on this blog...

      May 5, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Edweird69

      No contradictions? Are you serious? YOu need to take your eyes out of your fairy tale book. Bats are not birds. The earth doesn't rest on pillars, the sun does not rotate around the earth. Get real.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Munkyshine

      Well said Walker, well said.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Zoban

      Well said, but then I agree with you! 🙂

      May 5, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • WaltB

      So, Walker, if I pick up a gun and walk across the street and shoot my neighbor in the head, that's the same, to God, stealing a pack of gum from the convenience store when the clerk isn't looking. Nonsense like this is why people are losing their respect for Christianity.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  10. Lamb of Dog

    Its not that christians are hated. Its that their stupid beliefs are hated. Especially the views that effect others in a negative way.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • ImIrish

      And which stupid belief would that be? That we believe in God, value the life of innocents and abhor abortion, that we should help our fellow man, etc., etc.? Do tell.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      So do I. But I don't need an imaginary man in the sky to feel that way.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      And I don't need to treat whole groups of people poorly because some silly book told me to.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • PackLeeder

      I have a pet peeve; when people use the words affect, effect, except and accept interchangeably.
      You can bring a basketball to a football game, but then you can't call it Cricket!

      May 5, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  11. Calvin Snow

    Broussard is not following the bible until he kills one. Fortunately there are no Christians.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  12. Gant

    Standing up to any religious fascism is not hate, it is necessary.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  13. charles darwin

    Quote Professor Jordon: “Some religious beliefs, sincerely held, are detestable. They cannot be spoken without disrupting social peace,”

    Amen to that!

    May 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  14. Tom

    It's easier for someone to come out of the closet these days than for someone to express hate. I do not see a problem with this. Haters SHOULD feel like a scorned minority, because it is not socially acceptable.

    I'm also pleased to see that real Christians are taking this opportunity to speak up about love and acceptance. These hateful few are representing Christianity very poorly.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • Lamb of Dog


      May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  15. bets

    If Christians can't impose their thinking on others, they claim it is discrimination. So what if they are disliked for their views. It is about time they stood for their beliefs without getting all the perks, dominance, acceptance, jobs, popularity, and the list goes on. There are so many 'rice Christians', it is about time being a Christian had to do with a belief system and not a way to impose on others. Let's see how many real Christians there are in this country. And by the way, we are a long way from the point where being a Christian is considered a disadvantage.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  16. DaveP

    Christians, Muslims and Jews can rightly be called the most hating minorities. They have a me/good, you/bad outlook on the world and all have dogma that makes the others an object of hate. Self righteousness and hypocricy comes as part of the package... including inciting violence against those who don't share their views.
    What right do these haters have to persecute others?... Oh Yes... God says its OK.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • ALF-

      Haters-no you are a hater. You hate religion. Lol, so consumed with your own hate that you don't see it.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • lee

      Sorry Dave this is b-ull.....or would you rather live in North Korea?? We are free to disagree and it is not hate!!! Nor is it persecution. If disagreement becomes hate because of a media launch and political correctness....then people start changing laws....and then we may as well pack up and move to Russia. Tell me Dave when was the last time you helped out at a Salvation Army Soup kitchen or went over seas to the Sudan and volunteered at an orphanage?? Christians are the feeding hand of God on this earth....they also minister to Aids patients....wake up

      May 5, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • rational minnesota

      Agreed, Dave. That's what makes these religions inherently immoral.

      The single most important point each makes is that its adherents are somehow better than non-believers. This always leads to a world view in which the believer sees himself/herself as superior. It's what allows a person to watch others suffer and do nothing – the suffering is punishment and my relative comfort is god telling me I deserve good things for following him. It's a watered-down version of the divine right crap used by royals of the past to justify their greed and total disregard for human dignity .

      Add in the vile language they spew, both publicly and within the protection of church/synagogue/mosque walls, and the only logical conclusion is that organized religion is a divisive, contemptible force used to rationalize hatred.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:31 am |
  17. Dee

    All this is just a simple demonstration of what Jesus Taught

    Matthew 7

    1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mk. 4.24

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

    6 ¶ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

    Jesus said to love your enemy ... The sooner y'all realize that there is no Love without Respect the sooner y'all can get started doing God's work and quit feeding you egos and fears and self interest,

    They way I read the Bible , the haters brought it on themselves ... As a Gay person I would hate to see the cycle just turn on another group .. Ghandi and MLK manage to get it right ... and all they did was hold the Parts of the Bible where Jesus spoke and gave explicit guidance a little more important than the parts of the Bible , taken out of context that justify not having to respect the Divinity that is part of all of us and that we are all a part of.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • DJP

      So based on your point then every behavior is ok we just need to tolerate anything anyone wants to do under the label of love.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Sam

      His can you"judge" someone when they tell you they are commit a certain act? Lol. Might wanna grab a dictionary and see what "judge" means.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Dee

      Actually you are supposed to be getting your own life right with God.. not anybody elses and I can look up Judge in a dictionary ... maybe you should look up Who the Bible says does the Judging ...

      What part of "Judge Not" do you not get?

      May 5, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Dee

      DJP you can judge or tolerate or not as you see fit ... But according to the Teachings of Jesus .. if you do .. you get the same in return

      And No I absolutely do not think you should tolerate everything people do in what they say is love... just saying it is love doesn't make it love... there is no Love without Respect.. so you only need to tolerate those things that are really love... Kind of why disrespect , when given the name Love doesn't pass the laugh test and gets seen as hate by so many.. Pretty simple really Judge Not ... DUH!

      May 5, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  18. Jeff Cook

    until they are a minority, Christians can not be a "hated minority"...just hated.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • JACK

      Based on the language they use towards gays, it should be "hate-filled" not hated.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  19. JCL

    It wouldn't be Sunday morning without anti-Christian propaganda from CNN.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • Inglourious

      Anti-Christian to you is anti-hate to others. Anti-hate is pro-Christian.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      Thank goodness.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  20. DJP

    It never ceases to amaze me how many comments are never listed here due to the filters put on the comments being sent in. It makes for a very one sided look at the viewpoints regarding the article at hand.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:13 am |
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