Myths I’d like to beat down.

Myth #1 —
Homophobia is a main tenet of Christianity.
Not as I know it, not as most Christians I know, know it, not as Christ taught it, and not (I believe) as it’s practiced most of the time.

Granted, someone could search out nothing but gay-hate-crimes-performed in the name of Christianity, and find extensive reading material.  I’m not saying it doesn’t happen.  I am saying it’s not right,

AND it’s especially not fair to say that people who believe homosexual behavior is wrong,
hate homosexuals.

Not true & not fair!  Perpetuating this myth is going to spurn a lot of hate towards Christianity.  Unfairly.

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3 Responses to Myths I’d like to beat down.

  1. jesurgislac says:

    I’m sorry, this is absurd.

    You are arguing that anti-discrimination laws with regard to sexual orientation will somehow limit your religious freedom.

    You are therefore arguing that if you are prevented from actively discriminating against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, you cannot possibly practice your religion properly.

    Your argument is, then, that for you, it’s an essential part of your religion to actively discriminate against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people: that homophobia is a central tenet of Christianity.

    If you want people to believe otherwise, you have to stop arguing that being prevented from discriminating against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people limits your religious freedom.

  2. jesurgislac says:

    AND it’s especially not fair to say that people who believe homosexual behavior is wrong,
    hate homosexuals.

    Well, when people who “think homosexual behavior is wrong” are using that as an excuse to vote against the right of lesbian or gay couples to marry, you can hardly blame people for thinking that. I’m sure the people who argued that Richard and Mildred Loving ought not to be allowed to marry would have said they didn’t hate black people, they just didn’t think interracial marriage was right. Doing wrong is wrong, regardless whether you are certain you’re discriminating not because you hate but because you’re sure some marriages are inferior and ought not to be allowed.

  3. jesurgislac says:

    Also?

    Your husband has just informed me that, because of my sexual orientation, he believes as a Christian that I am entirely without virtue or morality.

    If you don’t want people to believe that homophobia is the central tenet of Christianity, I suggest that the most convenient place to begin is your own home: your husband believes it is. Convince him otherwise, why don’t you?

    Since obviously (at least from your husband’s POV ) nothing I say can be assumed to be truthful or reliable – because of my sexual orientation – here’s a bunch of links to a fellow Christian who is not gay.

    Gay-Hatin’ Gospel (pt. 1), pt. 2, pt. 3, pt. 4, pt. 5, pt. 6.

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