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

When Christians become a 'hated minority'

By John Blake, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

When is disagreement hate?

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

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

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

Crossing such a line has happened many times in history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'One of the most hated minorities?'

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

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

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

A blogger at The American Dream asked in one essay:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'That's a lie'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What the Bible says

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

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

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

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

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

There are those who also cite New Testament scriptures like Romans 1:26-27 - “… Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men. …”

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

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

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

Sure you can. Christians do it all the time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- CNN Writer

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

soundoff (10,982 Responses)
  1. FloydZepp

    The American Evangelical has been weeping the same "poor poor me!" for 40 year snow. Why? Becuase they think that just because all Americans won't do or believe what they do, or dare to oppose their views that they are persecuted and hated. They think they have the right to put THEIR religion into the rest of OUR live and not be questioned or opposed over it. They have destroyed the true meaning of Christianity – the worship of God through Christ. Now the evangelicals worship Mammon, through Prosperity Gospel or worse thmselves, as they listen to their pastors tell them its "us against them" and we are the new "chosen people".

    Christianity died in America because the Evangelical killed it.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  2. hoss

    it is why me and a lot of other people are trying to move to russia, russia is the new america, where living what was supposed to be the american dream is actually possible

    May 5, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • hoss

      as long as this country is anti straight white man, and anti christian, there is no reason for white men to live here.....russia deserves our manpower.....USA does not

      May 5, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Julia Gershon

      What an absolutely bizarre thing to write.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • AO1jmm

      Hilarious! I needed a good laugh. Thanbks

      May 5, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  3. Jon

    It's obvious that the media and the government are trying to make Christians look crazy and they want them to be hated. I'm Christian and haveo problem with a person being gay. Don't let a few extremists ruin your outlook on the religion, the same argument can be made about extremists in any religion. People have the freedom to believe what they believe and not be persecuted. You don't believe in my God? That's fine, it's your decision. I'm not going to look at you any differently. Americans need to grow up and accept people for who they are....

    May 5, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • JJ

      But when Talibangelical fanatics infect our political system and try and push their version of Shariah law then you should be eliminated just as the Nazi pary should have been before they caused so much damage.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Puckfair

      The brand name Christian has been co opted!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • HotAirAce

      The media and the government do not have to do anything to make christians look crazy – christians do that all by themselves, by clinging to myths that are no better than astrology.

      May 6, 2013 at 3:20 am |
  4. Vic

    Truth Be Told

    When Christians say that Marriage is between a Man and a Woman, they are right. That's God's "Natural Law" for Procreation.

    But, when Christians say that the Bible condemns h o m o s e x t u a l i t y, or any sin other than disbelief for that matter, they are wrong!

    Jesus Christ did not come to this world to judge it nor condemn it! Jesus Christ came to this world to SAVE it!!!

    The FREE GIFT of Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ came into effect after the price for our sins was PAID IN FULL at the Crucifixion in Calvary!!! The Dispensation of Grace reigned thereafter.

    Since the "Dispensation of Grace," Blasphemy/Disbelief is the ONLY unforgivable sin!

    Matthew 12:31,32
    "31 Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come."

    John 3:16,17
    "16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

    Ephesians 2:8,9
    "8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

    [Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)]

    May 5, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • Think

      How can you be saved without repentance. How can you repent if you don't believe in sins?

      May 5, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • JMEF

      You may not have noticed the majority of s8xual conduct has nothing to do with procreation, actually attempts to avoid procreation. Are you a virgin Vic, did your mommy tell you it was bad Vic, are you a priest Vic?

      May 5, 2013 at 7:41 am |
    • Studypeople

      That's fine. Live by God's Laws. I'll support you. Question is, will you support my "Free Will" of not living by God's Laws?

      Our Government does not require you to be married by a priest, minister, or demand that the Pope preforms the service. You are married in the eyes of the this Government even if a Atheist County Clerk, or Atheist Captain of a ship preforms the service. That is Religious Freedom. Respect their Freedom, (God does) and they in turn might do the same with your Freedom.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • Paul

      Thank you for your thoughtful and well read response.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • ThronedOne

      >"The FREE GIFT of Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ came into effect after the price for our sins was PAID IN FULL at the Crucifixion"

      It isn't free – it requires a lifetime of servitude. If it was PAID IN FULL as you state, it wouldn't be conditional.

      May 6, 2013 at 3:13 am |
  5. Mike Jennings

    I have seen non-stop stories about this gay NBA player on CNN, but I have yet to read anything explaining CNN's months of misinformation on Benghazi. I have yet to see CNN cover the news that the Benghazi whistleblowers have been identified, and their testimony proves a coverup by the administration. But then again that wouldn't be as politically expedient for CNN, or the political party that pulls your strings, as praising an obscure but gay NBA player for weeks.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      This is a belief blog, if you want to read about Benghazi the articles are there...this is not the blog for them.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      This is the belief blog. It deals exclusively with the religious stories and issues. Find another blog to dispute politics.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Howard

      Mike, let me try to explain this to you ...

      CNN has figured out that Bhengazi is a non-story because it's become apparent that most Americans don't care about Bhengazi. The few that do care are those who haven't accepted that their man lost the last election, and that Barack Obama is an will be President until his successor is sworn on January 20, 2017.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • Dave in NC

      Do you think CNN only has one reporter? Newsflash: they are world wide and can afford to assign different people to different topics. I may actually agree with you that Benghazi maybe should have a little more attention being paid to it, but this is not the place for it.

      On a side note: People who watch basketball always knew who Jason Collins was. So give it a rest>

      Also, you really come across as a close-minded puritan. Time to move into the 21st Century and ditch the hate.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • Paul

      Good Grief, Go back to the Conspiracy Page and try to find everyone that helped to kill JFK.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:57 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      Not the sharpest crayon in the box, are ya.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  6. A in Pa


    May 5, 2013 at 7:32 am |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    No gay person known to me wants to require Christians to marry a spouse of the same gender.
    The USA cannot require its citizens to believe the Bible, or anything in iy.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:32 am |
  8. M

    The sooner evangelicals become a minority the better. Let's try and keep them from becoming a "hated" minority... then we would be no better than they are.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • Sharon


      May 5, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • JR Ewing

      Well, the difference here is that christians earned this hatred. They actively went go out and fight against others' rights every day.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  9. Paul

    Though this article skirts around it, the author misses the point. The hate and bigotry of many evangelicals becomes obvious when they only give "The Unchangeable Word of God" status to select verses in the Bible, like Leviticus 18:22. Why not give equal status to the verses appearing in Leviticus 19, “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard." or Leviticus 20, “‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death." or Leviticus 24, anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them." Why do evangelicals give less weight to these laws of God? They have not been arranged in any order of importance. As a gay man I have been in the cross hairs of conservative organized religion my entire life. I have had to dismiss career choices and be relegated to 2nd class citizenship because of their hate and bigotry. I cannot dredge up sympathy for a group who has spent tens of millions of dollars to marginalize and castigate a minority group, something that Jesus would never have done. Instead I say to you, "Welcome to the closet".

    May 5, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      Cherry picking as usual.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • crzybb2002

      Most Christians don't "cherry pick" verses. A lot of Christians know the Bible and what it teaches us. Regarding the examples you used, you have cited Old Testament scripture. God realized that man was incapable of following the laws established by Him; plus more and more laws were created by man that it just became impossible. (Such as eating the right foods, dressing the right way, etc, etc) Jesus Christ was sent as a new covenent (contract) and forgave us of falling short! That's how He saved us! That is Grace. The rules of the Old Testament were lifted and the new "rules" of love, faith, and works through faith were implemented. However, there are some "rules" from the old covenent that Christ confirms and reinstates in the new "contract". THOSE are the laws from the old law He confirms we are to still obey, which includes refraining from s3xual immorality as described in Romans 1:26-27.
      As for those who keep referencing, "Judge not lest ye be judged"...God elaborates on that in John 7:24, "Judge not according to the appearance but judge righteous judgment." We are told that we shouldn't judge according to the rules of man, but we SHOULD judge according to the rules of God. But judging doesn't mean condemning...it means identifying sinful behavior and trying to help the person committing it or distancing ourselves from the behavior if the person won't stop committing the offense against God.
      I've also read non-Christians reference, "Let he without sin cast the first stone", but if you read just a little bit further, Christ told the adulterous woman to "go and sin no more"! He didn't save her from stoning just so she could go on and continue sinning!
      Christians who follow the Word of God do not condemn. Yes, the person sitting next to me in the pew may have been divorced, may be a glutton (drinking problem, etc), may be living with someone outside of marriage...or the person sitting next to me may be gay. We welcome everyone but we don't condone or encourage them to continue the behaviors...especially if they keeep denying that there is a problem or a sin.
      So actually it's those who haven't actually read the Bible who are "cherry-picking" verses they've heard from other non-believers to try to justify their own ideas and/or lifestyles.

      May 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • G to the T

      Sooooo – you follow the word of Paul, not Jesus... interesting...

      May 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
  10. Ree

    I don't condemn not having slaves or giving women rights, I just don't agree with it.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  11. Dave

    When you spend centuries persecuting people, it's understandable that they're going to respond to you unfavorably.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Since the founding of the USA, many straight families have been destroyed by Christians' teachings regarding gays.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • JR Ewing

      It's true.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  13. I can't help but wonder

    For centuries there has been something going on that was "society" vs "the church".
    One day kids will read about this debate in history books and go, isn't it wierd that people were fighting about that? This is one of those things.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • I can't help but wonder

      "Oh no he's gay" = "Oh no she's a witch".
      Same thing, different century.
      History repeats itself in some form.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:33 am |
  14. N&W 1000

    Well, one thing is for sure, the Tolerant, Diverse, Inclusive Crowd is the MOST intolerant, bigoted, hateful bunch of folks around.

    They have room for ONE opinion ONLY.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • fvkking Christians

      Right! And that opinion is... everyone should be free to touch himself/herself, just like every fvkking Vatican folk! 🙂

      May 5, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • urnemisis

      Geez, that sounds just like the right-wing-bigots!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Paul

      You sound afraid. Fear is frequently generated by ignorance. It sounds like you have never had a friendship with someone gay or lesbian. In the same way that organized religion is not monolithic in it's beliefs and actions, neither is the Gay and Lesbian community.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • JR Ewing

      Because we refuse to tolerate you intolerance? Get over it and grow up, ya big baby.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  15. JMEF

    When Christian's become the hated minority, did I miss something, I thought that was the Christian thing to do. Was it not Christians that were out and about burning fellow Christians churches and lynching fellow Christians? Never heard of roving bands of LGBT people going around beating the crap out of people for being straight. Hate is too strong a word but the intolerance of some Christian groups for others that do not follow and resist having the churches dogma forced on everyone is the main problem.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:27 am |
  16. False Christianity

    Evangelicals are the Spawn of Satan and deserve scorn. They expose a twisted view on what Christ came to teach all mankind. Never ever in the Bible did Jesus put down gays or abortion or said a word on contraception. What it says is the words of others and that gives you a clue of the deception. Paul was instrumental in inventing lots of things that made it into the Bible at Niscea at the behest of Roman Emperor Constantine.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:26 am |
    • N&W 1000

      Good luck with that, you'll need it.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • JR Ewing

      Wow, you must've actually read a book other than the bible!
      "Constantine's Sword," maybe?
      See, christians, when you get your nubby little noses out of that ONE book you'll find that there's a whole world of knowledge out there.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  17. valkaryn

    The Family Research Center is driven by the Unification Church, aka the Moonies. Saying that they represent Christianity is like saying that a bicycle is a major form of transportation. Yes, it is technically true in some areas – but its definitely not representative of what is generally meant by major transportation.

    I was raised a christian and the major premise of my Southern Baptist upbringing involved tolerance, so I find it confusing when other christian communities spout so much intolerance. I am also aware that certain groups out there over-inflate the levels of indignity they have endured. When we were kids (and arguably knew better), we would walk away from kids like this and find something better to do.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:26 am |
  18. fvkking Christians

    How often do the Vatican folks beat off? Did jesus beat off? Does anyone know? 🙂

    May 5, 2013 at 7:26 am |
  19. mattski

    Remember, Christianity is a belief, not the law. So if Christians want to believe, more power to them. And for others, if they choose not to believe, more power to them too. Live and let live.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:25 am |
  20. ken

    I haven't read or heard anything about any gay people abducting, tying up, pistol whipping and murdering any god fearing Christians.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:24 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.