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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  1. False Christianity

    Way too often fundamentalist and evangelical christians spew nothing but hatred and they justify it by their religious views.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • John

      You are justifying your hate with?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  2. Hindu

    Heading towards a totalitarian gay state where other opinions are not tolerated

    May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Andrew

      Hindu, you should understand karma better than most. What goes around comes around. Christians have been the ones doing the persecuting for thousands of years – the ones not tolerating other opinions. About time you got a taste of what that's like.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Actually

      Actually, heading towards God knows where when it comes to some people worshiping an elephant with ten arms as well as cows, etc. now that's something to really think about and be concerned.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Visitor

      Have gays been left off the Karmic Wheel? Or are you concerned that in the next life Gays will be Brahman and you will be a mosquito or worse yet, Female?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  3. Len

    I don't understand why my Christian brothers and sisters expect anything other than the rejection and abuse that's being heaped on them over this and other issues. Jesus let us know long ago to expect this. I would advise you to love all with the love of God, but do not forsake the principles which God has so lovingly provided for us to live by. God is a God of love, but he is not into compromise and being blown with every wind of change.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Jesus the Christ

      Get off the cross Len, someone else needs the wood.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Edweird69

      A god of love? Since when is eternal torture, for a finite crime (like not believing something is a crime...right), loving? The punishment hardly fits the "crime".

      May 5, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Angel Moronic

      Len the Xtian: Stop heaping rejections and abuses on others then you find that life is really sweet

      May 5, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      He is a god of love unless you disagree. And then he is a god of anger and death.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Darwin

      Dear Len – Based on the EVIDENCE from the last 80 years, GOD is NOT a loving God because he 1) hates Jews since he allowed so many of them to be killed 2) he hates CHILDREN since he kills so many of them every year with his tropical diseases 3) hates Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Shintos, Atheists, etc., i.e. anyone who isn't an Evangelical Christian. God appears to be FILLED WITH HATE!

      May 5, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Visitor

      No one is telling you to compromise your principals Len.

      They are just tired of your principals defining their own persons and are telling ya'll to back off and let people live their own lives.

      The "hate" is just people dishing it out after getting trashed. Certainly, people are allowed to stand their grounds after a couple of thousand years of preaching.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:39 am |
  4. Cancan

    How funny that a silly little man calls Christians a minority when there are over a billion of them. Typical martyrs. The bible is a book of stories, written by different people through history and there are still people alive in 2013 that actually follow it word for word. THAT is scary.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Edweird69

      They don't follow it. Most Christians I know, cuss, drink, have been married numerous times. They eat shrimp, wear mixed fabrics. They just think being straight makes them angelic.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  5. GK

    I get so tired of hearing people truncate Jesus' lesson on judging when they say, ""Do not judge, or you too will be judged." (quoting Matthew 7:1). Like always, people cherry-pick what they want from the Bible and use it out if context to support their beliefs - and no other verse in the Bible is used to justify a person's denial of their own sin and Christian accountability than this one verse. Read the rest. Have you? Jesus goes right on to say, "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (I.e., you are expected to hold others accountable for their sins, but you can't be intentionally practicing sin yourself and judge others. You must be free of premeditated rebellion against God before you can judge others). That's The Truth straight from The Book. So, if you do nothing else, please educate one person today about the false and non-scriptural claim that Jesus said not to call out others for their sins. In fact, he clearly did say to do it. Thanks. Oh, and please no satirical "nice blog" comments. Some things require a little explanation.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Len

      Well put.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Edweird69

      So do you "call out" people who eat shrimp? Wear mixed fabrics? Are divorced?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • mb2010a

      Did Jesus say this to you personally, or is this more of the second, third hand & so on, nonsense that the bible claims that Jesus said...not buying it?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Edweird69

      GK was expecting a "nice blog" comment under this mindless tirade. Once again, the arrogance of "Christians" is repulsive.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • MennoKnight

      It might come as a surprise to you that Christians use the New Testament as their basis for life and action in our day to day life and not the Old Testament.
      This knife cuts both ways, Christians should not us OT passages like Leviticus to confront sin, but rather the New Testament.
      Christians are called to follow the clear teachings and actions of Jesus. He loved the sinner and confronted the sin in everyone.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  6. creative36


    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Cancan

      yep, sigh...

      May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  7. imabck

    Well who could have guessed that hate breeds hate....especially hate hidden behind religion and spirituality.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Patricksday

      Why dont the Christians attack Obese people for the sin of Gluttony especially when their ministers are Gluttons- of food and money. When they are not exposed to people of other walks of life its scary. As a Gay man I was uncomfortable when I started a new job and one of the people I oriented with was a Man who use to be a woman, that was hard for me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, now I dont have a problem with it.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  8. Denny

    Calling someone immoral; not because this person is bad; not because this person wronged anyone; not because this person was wicked in the past; but only for committing the crime of being born a certain way. If that is not bigotry than bigotry doesn't exist.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  9. Religion

    If Christians were anything at all like Christ, everyone would be a Christian.

    Unfortunately, most Christians use their religion as a pedestal from which they hypocritically judge the world.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Angel Moronic

      A Xtian should only worry his/her own salvation , not anyone else's. For God's sake please !

      May 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • John

      Jesus said "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:44).

      God’s Sovereign Choice

      6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[b] 8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”[c]

      10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[d] 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[e]

      14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,

      “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
      and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”[f]

      16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[g] 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

      19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”[h] 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

      22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

      This is why only some are Christians and others are not.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  10. The Explanation

    Some Christians indeed become a hated minority through their own means and actions. The following Scripture explains it so well: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest, not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye." - LUKE 6:41-42 (KJV)

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Answer

      You know why you evangelical christards are a hated minority? It is because you think you have an "authority" over the rest of the world through your rotten babble.

      No one in the world granted you any sort of authority. You're only self proclaiming it.

      Through your own efforts of self proclamation you think that YOU have the right to control others – their daily lives and even their s-e-x-u-a-l conduct. Well you don't.

      The sooner you come to grip with the fact that your god is your really just a delusion and that you really do not have any special rights (or power) over other people – the better the world will be.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  11. AngyLane

    What I don't get and I probably never will is why do they care? Who made them the judge...I thought that was God's job.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  12. Ant

    It's really funny. At least once a week now CNN posts a polemic and/or anti-Christian piece an puts it as the top story. Just like clockwork, here we go again. Agenda anyone?

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Scottb

      god I hope there is an agenda. We need to stand up to the Christian Taliban in this country. The disagreement over what is Caesar's and what is god's is indeed spawning a culture war, and I think it's high time it gets fought, now, for the sake of our society.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  13. What you do

    It is not who they are that gets Christians in trouble. It is what they do.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  14. Darwufche

    It has nothing to do with courage. The simple fact is that Broussard WAS being a bigot. If his religious beliefs dictate that, it is what it is.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • alf

      that is your opinion. I dont think he is a bigot. So now what? He has a right to speak his mind, just as you are, Are you a bigot?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  15. Sean T

    yes, those poor oppressed christians in this country.

    If anyone is trying to oppress Christians, they are doing a pretty lousy job of it.

    news flash to the bible bangers. wanting to teach science and things like evolution or because gay marriage is increasingly becoming legal and accepted does not mean you are being oppressed.

    you have not made a compelling case for your positions and so those positions have been rejected. This is not oppression. This is democracy.

    So take you ball and go home crying. at least you all still have Chick-fil-A . . .

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Gary


      May 5, 2013 at 11:28 am |

    Evangelicals are America's version of the Taliban. Be glad neither is in power.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  17. asygifvasi

    Christian: One who preaches love while spewing hate.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • alf

      Did that personally happen to you?

      May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Beth

      Most don't but there are some who do.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  18. Darwin

    Nobody actually OBEYS THE BIBLE ANYMORE. If you did, you'd go to PRISON! To obey the Bible, you must: 1) MUR DER ALL THE GAYS Leviticus 20:13 'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death.**************2) MUR DER FOUL MOUTHED CHILDREN Leviticus 20:9 "If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.*************3) MUR DER ADULTERERS Leviticus 20:10 "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.*************4) MARRY YOUR OWN RA PIST Exodus 22:16 "If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife." ****************5) SLAVES SHOULD BE OBEDIENT Ephesians 6:5 "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ." CHRISTIANS have no honesty when they say they obey the Bible – instead they carefully PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH VERSES TO CITE AND OBEY!

    May 5, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • alf

      LOL- that is what you just did.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Beth


      May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      Imagine how well behaved kids would be.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • John

      You are NO authority on the bible. You are completly wrong on every level. You should try reading an entire book bedore commenting on it.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Jesus the Christ

      Well said Darwin, and look at all the frightened responses from the silly Christians caught with their pants down!

      May 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • shadow

      Live by the old rules, you will be judged by the old rules. theres a fine line betweeen slaves and servants. a butler is a servant, a slave is forced. Blasphemy isnt the best way to exploit yourself. but.. you sure know the old testament and a bit of ephesians for a non believer.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      Keep reading until you get to the point that contradicts all that crazy stuff.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  19. teacher

    I find this offensive to everyone in question. The issue should not be which group detests the other more, but whether or not folks can coexist and tolerate differences AS JESUS WOULD HAVE. I can appreciate both sides, having been brought up Catholic and being a gay woman; however, regardless of the conversation, whether it be gay marriage or Christianity, I cannot understand how hate is going to make people, society and the world better. Unless you are accepting of those inside, stay out of my home AND my church.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  20. Edweird69

    To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • John

      What is yours? I already know. Your relogion is lust. That is what you serce

      May 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Edweird69

      @John – "lust" is a religion? That's psychotic...truly, psychotic.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Lamb of Dog

      Lust is Evil? Only because your dogma tells you it is. The lust I have for my wife is awesome.

      May 5, 2013 at 11:24 am |
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