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. A dose of Reality

    Dear Christians:
    God here.
    To the extent any of you died for your faith, I am afraid you threw your life away. Because, you see, I do not exist. The concept of a 13,700,00,000 year old being, capable of creating the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, monitoring simultaneously the actions and thoughts of the 7 billion human beings on this planet is ludicrous.
    Second, if I did exist, I would have left you a book a little more consistent, timeless and independently verifiable than the collection of Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology you call the Bible. Hell, I bet you cannot tell me one thing about any of its authors or how and why it was compiled with certain writings included and others excluded, nor how it has been edited over the centuries, yet you cite it for the most extraordinary of supernatural claims.
    Thirdly, when I sent my “son” (whatever that means, given that I am god and do not mate) to Earth, he would have visited the Chinese, Ja.panese, Europeans, Russians, sub-Saharan Africans, Australian Aboriginals, Mongolians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Indonesians and native Americans, not just a few Jews. He would also have exhibited a knowledge of something outside of the Iron Age Middle East.
    Fourthly, I would not spend my time hiding, refusing to give any tangible evidence of my existence, and then punish those who are smart enough to draw the natural conclusion that I do not exist by burning them forever. That would make no sense to me, given that I am the one who elected to withhold all evidence of my existence in the first place.
    Fifthly, in the same vein, I would not make about 5% of the human population gay, then punish them for being that way. In fact, I wouldn’t care about how humans have $ex at all, given that I created all of the millions of millions of species on the planet, all of whom are furiously reproducing all the time. Human $ex would be of no interest to me, given that I can create Universes. Has it ever occurred to you that your obsession with making rules around human $ex is an entirely human affair?
    Sixth, I would have smitten all you Christian activists, and all evangelicals and fundamentalists long before this. You people drive me nuts. You are so small minded and speak with such false authority. Many of you still believe in the talking snake nonsense from Genesis. I would kill all of you for that alone and burn you for an afternoon (burning forever is way too barbaric even for a sick, sadistic bast.ard like me to contemplate).
    Seventh, the whole idea of members of one species on one planet surviving their own physical deaths to “be with me” is utter, mind-numbing nonsense. Grow up. You will die. Get over it. I did. Hell, at least you had a life. I never even existed in the first place.
    Eighth, I do not read your minds, or “hear your prayers” as you euphemistically call it. There are 7 billion of you. Even if only 10% prayed once a day, that is 700,000,000 prayers. This works out at 8,000 prayers a second – every second of every day. Meanwhile I have to process the 100,000 of you who die every day between heaven and hell. Dwell on the sheer absurdity of that for a moment.
    Finally, the only reason you even consider believing in me is because of where you were born. Had you been born in India, you would likely believe in the Hindu gods, if born in Tibet, you would be a Buddhist. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. What, do you think we all exist? If not, why only yours?
    Look, let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no god. Believing in me was fine when you cringed in fear during the Dark Ages and thought the World was young, flat and simple. Now we know how enormous, old and complex the Universe is.
    Move on – get over me. I did.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • John

      LOL!!! Perfect!!!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • David Evan Karasek

      Thanks God, but nothing you've said changes why I believe in you. It's not after all distance that defines belief, except in the sense that your infinity is awesome in the limited way I can sense things. No it's your intimacy that defines my belief. It's the fact of knowing what it means to love and care with both the joy and pain that entails, It's the fact that in every small thing I see your handiwork.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • jw

      love this!! lol...........yes people , there is no "god" as you know it...there is magic and power and energy in this amazing universe i believe but there is no biblical god, heaven or hell 29 virgins blah blah blah,, man made religion is just a product, you already have goodness within you and you are your own "God." you don't need to be a sheep to some religion that just makes money off you and brainwashes you. you have the power withiin.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • Becky

      I look forward to the day you meet Jesus.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • Screamin Eagle

      Dear Atheists,

      Satan here, I know you don't believe in me, but hey that's great because that also means that you don't believe in Him either. So I win on that account. Just wanted to drop you a line on how great a job you guys are doing up there. Everyday I just seem to be getting more recruits and pretty soon I going to have to add a new wing on to Hell. But that's okay down here you are always welcome. I always admire how you think for yourselves and do for yourselves...because hey, gotta look out for number one! I always have. You know I would have to toss a coin to see who I love better, atheists or hypocrites...Naw, just kidding, I love you atheists best! Wink Wink. You know those Christians are so goody, goody, and that's just sickening..they just don't know how to party and have a good time like we do. I met this one guy out in the desert once and offered him riches and power one man has ever had and you know what..he turned it down...turned out he was a Christan too..what a buzz kill..prude. In closing keep up the great work you are doing up there..because the more you work the less I have to...you get to do what you want and i just sit around the bar BQ and wait. See you soon!


      May 5, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • madrogio

      You are cool ! Even if you are a figment of your own vivid imagination. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, etc. Aw, got your horns up? I'm sorry, just guess the devil made me do it ! LOL !!

      May 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  2. Daryl

    Well now they know what it feels like!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • The fact of the matter

      Hopefully we'll be able to make you as miserable as you've made us.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  3. Anon

    Well, haven't Christians been hating minorities long enough? They can dish it out but they can't take it. Remember, Christians are no innocent, they burned pagans and non believers some time ago, hunted down "witches" and burned them alive, they bash anyone that doesn't believe in their little man in the sky ridiculous and air headed notion for how life came about. It's about time they got back what they have been giving.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  4. Linda Luttrell

    In this "Do as I say...not as I do" society, people tend to forget that we are ALL supposed to be tolerant. Along with that comes "Judge not, lest you be judged." Those passing judgment tend to forget that it is NOT their job to judge...but that that of their God. So, lets have a lot more tolerance and less judging of each other...

    May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • Hugh McCabe

      I think I will use this the next time I am called for jury duty. Or the next time I grade an essay exam. Or the next time I select a new teacher from a pool of applicants.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  5. Buck

    So, by this logic, Christians who support the biblical advocation for slavery are the victim?

    May 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • Bill Mitchell

      Oh I can't let this one go. Please please share with me the New Testament chapter and verse that advocates slavery? Please share with me the established Christian denomination which preaches in favor of slavery?

      You liberals are insane.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • Sane Person

      Says the guy who believes in invisible sky genies with unlimited power who are scared to drop in and say "hi" more than once in the history of earth. Yea, rational people are the "insane" ones. Go back to your flat earth, 6000 year old, T-res on the ark, creationist view of the world. We'll be passing you by as the irrelevant deluded fool you are.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:22 am |
  6. pie

    I think its more like people are sick and tired of christians, or whoever, talking their crap, anld attempting to control other peoples lives. Which, by the way, is still happing today.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  7. fvkking Christians

    If you don't think the Vatican folks touch themselves, you'll need to pull your head out of that putrid hole! 🙂

    May 5, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • Charles

      The Bible also prohibits tattoos – Lev. 19:28 – and a lot of other things. So don't take the Bible kooks seriously unless they start to complain about ALL the Word Of God, instead of just the parts they pick and choose for their own convenience or the stuff they make up.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  8. Whats next?

    Gays are like my dog, he licks himself but doesn't know he's disgusting. They say it's natural, oh and he eats his own poop! Go be natural some more!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • fvkking Christians

      go touch yourself, pal!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • Charles

      Honey, people are born gay. But bigotry like yours is a choice. I suggest you turn away from bigotry and hate.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Michael

      My dog is very kind and loving to me. He only judges strangers and barks at them when they get to close. Sometimes he wants to bite a few. He must be a Christian dog. Silly you .. your dog is not Gay. Those who eat the host are not Gay, they are Catholic. You obviously need to be sharing the wine instead of the whine.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      Your dog eats his own poop ?
      Something wrong with both you and your dog.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  9. BillWinIdaho

    There is no room in the Democratic Party for Christians.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Polar Bear

      Well then, maybe there is no room in America for Democrats anymore.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • fvkking Christians

      You meant Christian hypocrites?

      May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • One one

      Really ? Obama has proclaimed his Christian faith on many occasions.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • Stacey G.

      The Democratic Party is the perfect place for Christians, if they honestly want to follow Christ's teachings of loving all of God's children, helping the poor, sick, and defenseless, and being good stewards of the planet. If they want to mock Christ and cherry-pick the Bible to justify their hate and greed, then no, they should not be Democrats.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      There is room for everybody under the Democrat tent.
      The Republican tent gets smaller every year.

      May 5, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  10. rosa, b'ham al

    Well if they would keep their mouths shut, keep out of other peoples business, and stop saying such stupid stuff people wouldn't hate them.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  11. Brampt

    Evangelical Christians... In Canada this past Thursday a Pastor and his wife were detained by police because of a money scam of $8.6M that made many of their followers lose life time Saving... Dont these scammers deserve to be persecuted?? the Evangelical god is money!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  12. Bryan

    I will pray and do pray for all of you. Jesus is still the only Way and Truth and Life!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Sane Person

      And we'll think for you.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  13. Mike

    Evangelicals are not despised because of their beliefs. They are despised for imposing their beliefs on everybody else. All bibles, korans, etc. were written by men. Men are fallible. Anything done to another in the name of God is mere rationalization of our own opinions, beliefs, etc. Consider our history: Crusades, jihad, Jim Crow, slavery, etc. All invoked by man, in the name of God. That is not to say religion has no place; it is a way for like minded people to come together and acknowledge a power greater than oneself. Just don't claim your's is the only way and everybody else must change.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Steve

      You make a fair point and well made too unlike many comments, sadly. I think what some Christians would say is that some points of view are perceived as hate, when they are merely opinions. I'd say that someone should be able to allowed to express a view in a respectful way without the accusation of 'hate' which is often a way of silencing informed debate. This kind of tactic is used far too often, often quite abusively which is unfortunate. Probably some Christians would argue that they are not imposing their beliefs on anyone, whereas alternative points of view are being imposed on them and additionally stopping their right even to believe or express an opinion. I'd say if that is true it's quite a worrying trend.. Just to add, all kinds of people whether of faith or not claim their view is the way. It's hard to bring agreement from opposing views. I'd argue there has to be 'truth' in things. But that's probably another debate ! But anyway, thanks for the comment.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  14. boyblue122

    hate begets hate. If you hate on a group of people you cant really expect niceness in return

    May 5, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  15. Kevin

    Peter Spriggs is on the record as saying he would like to see all gays and lesbians jailed or exported or forcibly put into therapy,something this article fails to mention.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Michael

      Hmm...I thought being a Christian was a choice....Maybe if you stop being a Christian you will not bring shame to the family. Maybe if you stop being a Christian you won't embarrass others in public. Maybe if you stop being a Christian you can get married and be an out teacher. Oh wait.... I forgot you aren't as discriminated as those you want to "protect", Spriggs. With protectors like you who needs enemies?

      May 5, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  16. Rob

    Christians these days WANT to be victims. I was raised Christian. I do find that in current times I do not relate to the hate that Christians spew. That is the interesting part of the Christian's whiny rhetoric. They feel like a hated minority? Really? Number one – they are NOT a minority. Maybe the hateful Christians who blast anyone who is not like them... Seriously, how thin skinned are these people and ignorant at normal human behavior... if you lash out and point fingers and pass judgement as hashly as the Christians – how do you think people are going to perceive you? And as they've experienced.... even people who are like minded back away from their hatefilled messages. And then they whine and say "everyone hates us"... and whine that people are against their religion ... waaa, waaaaa, waaaaaaaaa. Victims. They throw a big, heavy rock... and then when people scatter they wonder why. Some Christians are serious bullies. The fact that they don't see it is their problem not the smart people who are steering clear of their ugliness. God is weeping that they use this name to cast stones at HIS children.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:07 am |
  17. Liss

    Religion is religion. You could believe in the Flying Spaghetti monster and I'll still shake your hand with a smile.
    I just hate when individuals let religion dictate legal issues like gay marriage. There are valid arguments against it, but it is un-American to let religion dictate law. If you attempt to do that, I lose all respect and will laugh along with the crowd.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Rob


      May 5, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  18. Stacey G.

    I am a Christian and a Democrat, because I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ who worked to better the lives of the least fortunate. My very liberal friends never belittle me for my faith, but I am attacked all the time by fellow Christians who disagree with my politics. The only hate this Christian ever feels is from other Christians, and that breaks my heart.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Rob

      Exactly! Perfectly stated.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • lobo

      Why didn't he tell people to boil water instead of walking on it? He could have saved many many more people.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • G_Edwards

      LOL. So since you're a Christian who is liberal. You are likely around other Christians and other liberals for a fair mount of oyur time.

      When a Christian disagrees with your political viewpoint, it's because they are Christians, not because they happen to be Conservatives??????


      May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • MARK

      Many people will find out the hard way, that Jesus will say I did not know you. I bet your a christian who does not believe in si...n or hell....that all men go to heaven. The Jews killed Jesus because of His "hate speech". He told the Jews many times of their sins and even called the Jews that their Father was the devil. As Jews placed the prophets blood on the Pharisees, you will find out the your pro choice views will placed on your head. As far as social justice, I pay 40% of my income to taxes. If that is not enough for you liberals who love big govt, then you are not for justice, but injustice.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • Stacey G.

      G_Edwards – please note I said "attacked", not "disagreed with". I have no problem with conservative Christians having a civil disagreement with me. It happens all the time. But when people get vicious, using slurs and personal attacks? That is different, and it is HATE, and I the only people I get that from are some other Christians. Never from atheists in my party.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • G_Edwards


      "Disagreed with" or "attacked." Doesn't matter to the point I made. I suspect none of your friends who are liberal and Christian "attack" you. Do they? Hence, the proof that it's being conservative, not Christian.

      And you've never been "attacked" by a liberal atheist? Go on some article and see the venom in their posts towards Christians. It's vile.


      May 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  19. steve-0

    This article should be when religious fanatics become a hated minority. Extreme muslims, jews, christians are a Major threat to the sane world and they are the ones full of hate.

    May 5, 2013 at 8:06 am |
  20. korkea aika

    Hate and thou shalt be hated

    May 5, 2013 at 8:06 am |
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