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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. darmour

    Blake – Talk with your editor. There's a great difference between writing "Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America?” and having an editor lump evangelists with all Christians with the headline "When Christians become a 'hated minority". It does readers a disservice by turning an otherwise insightful article into sensationalist infortainment.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • johnsullivanmusic

      Wanting to distance yourself from the ugliiest of YOUR faith is pathetic! They follow the Bible!

      May 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  2. Whats next?

    Society is going downhill. Whats next other perversions like bestiality or pedophilia being accepted?

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • croco3

      Started with bigotry!

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

      I don't want to hear about your hamster adventures!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      False equivocations like this displays obvious ignorance. Gays are consenting adults. Pedophilia isn't. Statutory rape defines age of consent. Animals can't consent. Other examples are incest and polygamy. Incest is actually sanctioned in the Bible and while I don't have an issue with people who are polyamorous the legal implications of legalizing polygamy are problematic. The multiple wives seem to be exploited and I'm certain anyone who supports polygamy(men with multiple wives) would adamantly oppose the reverse(women with multiple husbands).

      May 5, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • Bill

      Obviously. Gays are for "anything goes." Totally sick and depraved people, who want to push their sickness on everyone. Apparently they didn't learn from AIDS, so maybe the next plague will be even more lethal.

      May 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      Yes, and dogs and cats living together!

      May 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  3. jeff

    Seriously, all it takes is for them to stop acting like a bunch of loud mouthed jerks and quit trying to force their religion on others... If they want to act like a bunch of 12 year old trolls in a chatroom then they need to stop crying when people tell them that it's unacceptable behavior.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • asygifvasi

      AMEN!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • In all fairness

      Yes, but that would destroy belief blog as we know it. (I'm for marriage equality I just had to be honest on that one point).

      May 5, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  4. dontbow

    Another libera moron writer. I know one thing from this article, i HATE it and the idiot who wrote it. Dont hate people for disagreeing with you about gay marriage.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • FloydZepp

      LOL. You hate the writer for disagreeing with you and then say don't hate me because i hate you.

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

      Another typical Christian–my hating you is justified. You hating me for hating you is WRONG!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • Julia Gershon

      The point of the article is, that they don't 'disagree with you about gay marriage'; they condemn gay people as hated of God. That's NOT DISAGREEMENT.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      I don't hate your God. I think your God is a figment of your imagination. Likewise what you think your God thinks is also a figment of your imagination. Sounds like disagreement to me.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • Paul

      The point the author missed is that evangelical organized religion cherry picks the Bible verses that they endow as "The Unchangeable Word of God" and completely ignore others ( especially the ones that would effect them). If they would Man Up and start stoning to death blasphemers, I would not be able to fault their logic.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  5. FloydZepp

    The weeping Evangelicals should go back and do a hard re-read of Matthew Chapter 7. They get what they give.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
  6. One one

    Condemnation of christians does not spring from intolerance but a desire to protect Christians from harmful conduct.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
  7. Paul

    I am certain that there was a point when the Ku Klux Klan started to feel persecuted and marginalized as well.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • asygifvasi

      And they are, and were, a Christian organization!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  8. fortruth47

    The Southern Poverty Law Center are true bigots as they want to impose their own idea of morality on others by labeling and judging folks as haters because they have a different view point then they do. What moral authority do they have other then their own opinion.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • Science

      Where do morals come from?.............NOT from the bible !!!

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

      May 5, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • urnemisis

      Spoken in true "bigoted" fashion!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • Paul

      The Southern Poverty Law Center does not have an "opinion", they have the following test: "A group becomes a hate group when it attacks and maligns an entire class of people for their “immutable characteristics,” The Family Research Council spreads known falsehoods about gays and lesbians, such as the contention that gay men are predisposed to abuse children, which is a lie. This is only one of many lies that they distribute about the LGBT community.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  9. Carlos Chino

    Reblogged this on Carlos Chino.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  10. God's child

    God is no respect of persons. He loves people, but hates sin. The truth should be spoken in LOVE, so as not to confuse it with hate. Jesus died for all <

    May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Whats next?

      Yes, and middle eastern men are known for their rationality

      May 5, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  11. 3monkies

    I pity the fools that believe there is a god…

    May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    I guess to some extent some churches really condemn gays, and therefore they are reasonably considered as hateful bigots.

    How should a Christian deal with gays in a way which would not deserve the designation hateful bigotry?

    We have to distinguish two cases: Is the certain person a church member, or is he or she any person from outside the church (for example a workmate, a next-door neighbour, anybody):

    First case, the person is a church member: If a church member becomes gay, he or she has do be admonished strictly several times. If he or she is stubborn, and doesn't want to abandon gayness, he or she has to be expeled from the church. When ever the certain person repents he or she should be allowed to return into the Christian community.

    Second case, the person is no church member but any person we meet in daily life, for example a workmate. We have to love our workmate despite his gayness. Of course, we are allowed, even obliged to tell him kindly the gospel of Jesus Christ which could release him from his gayness but even if our workmate would not repent we should still love him. The judgement is not ours but God's. Christians don't want to judge but help people to improve so that they may come through at Judgement Day. Regretably but really at Judgement Day all gay people who have not repented, and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will get condemned.

    Addition: Of course, a state as a whole can make laws against gayness independent from the church. The state consists of believers, and people which not yet believe therefore the state may make laws concerning gays which do not consider the divine will inside the church, or consider it only a little. Of course, it is clear that families are the basic units of a living nation like cells are the basic units of a body. The more the number of families decreases the more a nation will suffer from loss, and will become weak. Therefore it is probable that even a more or less secular state will make laws against gayness in order to preserve the basic foundation of state-life which is the family. A Christian state may even consider the prescribtions of Christ for his Church but must always consider that the "sinners" deserve some patience, and need a place where they can live upt to the day of repentance (best case) or worst case up to Judgement Day.

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    The "legitimate mankind" actually is the Christian Church whereby the glory of this mankind will first get revealed when Christ takes over the rule. Up to this point of time the Church has to endure meaningless designation like "minority". In fact the Church is never the minority but the mandkind of the future.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • midwest rail

      Posting this tripe a second time does not lend it more credibility. It's still tripe.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Tom

      Thanks, Cotton Mather. Go ahead and believe your fairytales while the rest of us lead reality-based lives.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    • One one

      I find it really creepy when Christians start talking all that hocus pocus mumbo jumbo BS.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      So what you are saying is this..................

      All gay children come from straight parents, so we should worry about our
      population going down by eliminating gays ?

      TWISTED.

      May 5, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Larry

      "gayness" Really? lol. You can believe anything you want. It's when you use your beliefs to try to force others to follow your rules, that's when conflict arises. That's when you make yourselves marginalized (for good reason).

      May 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Christians or any religion. When you use your religion or you God to Spew your hatred towards people you disagree with, then you will Get Back exactly what you Spew

    May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
  14. lloydsev

    As an atheist, I find the notion of "Evangelical Christians" being a "hated minority" as laughable. 28.9% of America are classified as evangelical christians in the United States (in 2011 per wikipedia source) where 78.5% of the entire population is considered christian (in 2007 per wikipedia source). They are a minority only to the Catholic church who hold the exact same views on this issue.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
  15. Erasmus37

    This is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. I feel so terrible for the evangelicals (and more casual believers) who feel like they can't openly declare their disgust with a minority group anymore without there being consequences for it.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:39 am |
    • asygifvasi

      About time. They screwed up the world for 17 centuries.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • Julia Gershon

      Extremely well said!

      May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    • George Ferretti

      Christians have done an incredible amount of damage to the world. The bible may be the most lethal weapon ever used.

      May 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  16. Steve Johnson

    This is pretty pathetic that people are crying that they're not allowed to be bigots.

    I don't care if it's your religious view – if you think that gays are "immoral" or "abominations to god", you are a bigot, full stop, no argument.

    If you don't like that, change your view.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:39 am |
  17. FactChecker

    There is a lot of difference between Christians. Don't lump them all together. Evangelicals won't leave you alone and are much more annoying and self-righteous than many other Christians.
    Religion is like a penis.
    It's fine to have one.
    It's fine to be proud of it.
    But please don't whip it out in public and start waving it around.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • GuitarHarry2

      N ur mouth like a AO...its fine to have one but the moment u open it u stink up the place.

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

      Exactly. They weep because they are never, ever going to be in charge of America. Ever.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    • Whats next?

      I agree if your gay keep it to yourself!

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

      Perfect, I have to remember that one.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:05 am |
    • George Ferretti

      Good one. The sad part about Evangelicals been labeled as bigots in developed countries (Western) is that they are outsourcing their hate to countries were people are less educated. The number of evangelicals in Africa and Central America is increasing at an alarming rate, like a disease that will become very difficult to eradicate. You are correct, we should not lump all Christians together, I prefer 500 million Catholics to one Evangelical.

      May 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    I guess to some extent some churches really condemn gays, and therefore they are reasonably considered as hateful bigots.

    How should a Christian deal with gays in a way which would not deserve the designation hateful bigotry?

    We have to distinguish two cases: Is the certain person a church member, or is he or she any person from outside the church (for example a workmate, a next-door neighbour, anybody):

    First case, the person is a church member: If a church member becomes gay, he or she has do be admonished strictly several times. If he or she is stubborn, and doesn't want to abandon gayness, he or she has to be expeled from the church. When ever the certain person repents he or she should be allowed to return into the Christian community.

    Second case, the person is no church member but any person we meet in daily life, for example a workmate. We have to love our workmate despite his gayness. Of course, we are allowed, even obliged to tell him kindly the gospel of Jesus Christ which could release him from his gayness but even if our workmate would not repent we should still love him. The judgement is not ours but God's. Christians don't want to judge but help people to improve so that they may come through at Judgement Day. Regretably but really at Judgement Day all gay people who have not repented, and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will get condemned.

    Addition: Of course, a state as a whole can make laws against gayness independent from the church. The state consists of believers, and people which not yet believe therefore the state may make laws concerning gays which do not consider the divine will inside the church, or consider it only a little. Of course, it is clear that families are the basic units of a living nation like cells are the basic units of a body. The more the number of families decreases the more a nation will suffer from loss, and will become weak. Therefore it is probable that even a more or less secular state will make laws against gayness in order to preserve the basic foundation of state-life which is the family. A Christian state may even consider the prescribtions of Christ for his Church but must always consider that the "sinners" deserve some patience, and need a place where they can live upt to the day of repentance (best case) or worst case up to Judgement Day.

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    May 5, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • midwest rail

      What a misguided, ill-informed load of tripe.

      May 5, 2013 at 7:39 am |
    • EdwardTr

      If even a single sentence in a religious text supposedly given by god is wrong or inconsistent that means the god is false or god is not perfect and all powerful. If god is not perfect and all powerful he/she is not a god but just another being. Your god has been proven wrong, in the bible there are many statements that are inconsistent, there are statements that science have proven wrong and there are morally reprehensible statements like the ones regarding slavery and women. Your god is proven false and your religions is a brainwashing cult. You waste your time and money, you are an unintelligent dupe, a joke. As a thoughtful, moral and more intelligent human being I am obliged tell you that.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Satan's can opener

      "If a church member becomes gay"? NOBODY "becomes" gay. What, a gay person in fairy godmother drag smacks him with a magic wand and "poof"! he's gay?? Good grief, if ignorance and stupidity could speak it would sound just like you. Oh, wait....it did, and it does.

      May 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  19. asygifvasi

    Maybe Christians should learn "As you sow, so ye shall reap."

    You give hate, you get hate.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:36 am |
  20. Smoke and mirrors

    Sure, people can always justify their reseasons for disapproval, prejudice, and hate through their religion but what they don't think about is how much of a view into their character these "opinions" are. One can easily use their religion to justify compassion, warmth, and love. They just choose as their character leads them to.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:35 am |
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