Loving “The Gays”…


“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of  42,” she said. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.” Comment by a mother concerning the “Christian” rock group Junkyard Prophets.
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Whether it is standing in support of DOMA, DADT, protesting against anti-bullying legislation or gay pride parades, or stating on a talk show how gay people are “un-natural”, we Christians have a very strange way of showing the love we purport to have for the LGBT community.

In a recent conversation with a fellow Christian, who happens to embrace with passion his fundamentalist label, I mentioned that his attitudes and actions toward gay people looked more like hate, rather than love. he in turn decided to “warn” other people about me, and then told me he didn’t hate anyone.

Let me just be clear here. I understand where many on the far right are coming from, I was there once. I understand that in the Bible there are 6 passages out of 31,240 that mention something about homosexual behavior ( but how these are interpreted is critical). What I don’t understand is why it is so important for some of us, as believers, to try to force a morality on others who do not see things the same way.

So I am left with questions.

Why is it important for fundamentalists to deny marriage to same-sex couples?
Why it is important to make sure that gay, lesbian, and transgender youth are not protected by anti-bullying laws?
Why is it important for LGBT military personnel to remain “in the closest”, thus denying their identity?
Why come up with questionable statistics and surveys that seek to terrify the average Christian into believing the “end is near” because the LGBT community is finally being given the civil rights the rest of America has enjoyed for years?
Why demonize gay men as pedophiles when the facts run counter to assertion?
Why perpetuate the great “Gay Agenda” myth that there are secret underground meetings of “the gays” trying to overthrow America?
Why insist that homosexuals are trying to recruit young people into their movement through indoctrination in the public schools? Does that mean that the heterosexual community has been trying to indoctrinate gay youth into their lifestyle?

This is how that Evangelical church shows love LGBT community?

Please to not trot out the old cliché “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap either. You cannot claim to love someone who identifies with the sin you hate.

We, as the church, have done a great injustice to people who are gay. Many have been driven from the church and from their families because we have not learned how to love unconditionally. We make, the desire to want to be straight a pre-requisite to the Gospel of grace. We have told untold thousands to either “turn or burn”. We applauded the advent of AIDS as God’s way of playing “gotcha” with gay men.

We have sinned and continue to do so in our approach to the LGBT community. It is time to stop the shouting, picketing, insulting, and demeaning people created in the image of God.

We need admit to God our sin and apologize to the LGBT community, and begin to dialogue. Asking God to help us to truly and unconditionally love.

 


28 thoughts on “Loving “The Gays”…

  1. I’ve always wondered about that one: “Why is it important for fundamentalists to deny marriage to same-sex couples?” Because really, how does it hurt straight people to let gay people get married? It doesn’t. And if you believe it’s for God to judge men, why do you have to do it yourself? Do they have this idea that God will throw THEM in hell if they allow gay rights legislation to go through, or what? I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

    1. In truth, it does not affect straight marriage at all, nor does it “change” the institution of marriage. This idea that it is being corrupted is ridiculous. I thought that marriage was about making a public statement of love and commitment to another person. Why should gay and lesbian individuals be denied the ability to make that public statement?

  2. I confess I have tremendous trouble loving the fundamentalists… They are so arrogant & hurtful!

    1. I confess that it is hard for me to do that as well. But, I use to be one of them, so now that I see the tremendous freedom the gospel brings once we begin to understand it, I want that for them as well. I have lived in the bondage they live in, it destroys. Jesus said ” I have come to bring them life, abundant life.” That is my prayer for my fundamentalist brothers and sisters.

  3. I think the answer to all your “why” questions is fear. Whether it is our fearing the homosexuals for some reason, fearing God’s wrath because “we didn’t take a stand” (which indicates we don’t know our God and really believe the message of the Cross) or we fear admitting we might be wrong or see things dimly at this time (in our understanding or applying of Scripture), I don’t know. But it is fear that makes Christians react this way–which ultimately points to the fact we have not experienced perfect love yet because God’s perfect love casts out all fear.

    1. and I would argue that part of experiencing God’s perfect love and forgiveness is found in our participating in them. When Jesus said forgive and God will forgive you, I believe it is because our unforgiveness blocks us from experiencing forgiveness fully. I believe our forgiving others opens us to experiencing forgiveness. And so if we are going to experience the full, perfect love of God we need to begin to expand how we love and who we love.

    2. Fear is a cruel taskmaster. It keeps us from life, and joy and freedom. I causes us to withdraw, and judge and hate. I think that it was Paul that stated the “perfect love drives out fear”. If we can even begin to understand the great, deep, wide, and unconditional love God has for us we cannot remain in fear. The Creator of the universe “has our back”. We can love with abandon. The church needs to throw off its shroud of fear and let unconditional love illuminate our world.

      1. Paul may have said it too, but I john 3 or 4 states perfect love casts out all fear….
        I believe. Could go get a bible and look it up but I am comfortable right now….lol

  4. Just listened to a great song by Casting Crowns (Jesus Friend of Sinners) listen to the words, God is convicted me, I am trying to change my views so I will love and not condem. As far as the rest of the christians (which I am one) you have to let the Lord work in there lives just liked he work in Yours and Mine.

    1. Thanks Cathy, that song has a great message. God brings conviction into my life everyday. he has done amazing work in changing me and making me more into the image of Jesus.
      I don’t know why I but I think that He as given me a great passion for the message of grace, but as each day dawns there is new angry and hateful attitudes and words emanating from so many corners of the church. So I say things, I must say things. The distortion of the Gospel continues to spread, and many are shunned and rejected.

  5. Using an image of the Westboro Baptists as a representation of Christian opposition to homosexuality is flat out dishonest.

    As a Reformed Christian speaking in the mainstream of the Reformed Community, we would find the Westboro Baptists to be wicked and self-righteous heretics who preach a false Gospel.

    “Let me just be clear here. I understand where many on the far right are coming from, I was there once. I understand that in the Bible there are 6 passages out of 31,240 that mention something about homosexual behavior ( but how these are interpreted is critical).”

    This is just rank bluster and misrepresentation.

    The number of passages does not indicate the clarity of the passages or the reality of the Biblical Teaching on the topic of human sexuality.

    I find it strange that you can say “I was there once” while fundamentally misrepresenting the position you claim you once held.
    You may have ‘believed’ certain things in common with wider conservative Evangelicalism but you clearly did not understand them.
    Otherwise, you would not be misrepresenting them.

    1. I would agree that the broader Evangelical/Fundamentalist church does not embrace the behaviors as displayed by Westboro Baptist, but the feelings that Westboro has toward the LGBT community are generally the same in the wider church. Let me be clear about this too, the wider culture of unchurched don’t really give a rip to what denomination/Christian cult people belong. When they see Westboros’ antics, that is Christainity to them.
      I have been in the Evangelical church, first as a Conservative Baptist (for the first 21 years of my Christian walk), then as I turn toward Reformed Theology and joined a Bible Presbyterian turned Presbyterian Church of America for 5 years, although I do not think that this church ever left it’s fundamentalist Presbyterian roots. Now I attend two churches, a Free Methodist, and a Presbyterian USA church. I have served in leadership positions throughout my church years. So I think that it is safe to say that i do not misrepresent the far right arm of the church, I have lived through it.
      How can I misrepresent Pat Robertson saying AIDS was a judgement of God on the homosexual community? How can I misrepresent Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blaming the homosexuals, in part, for 9/11? How can I misrepresent Evangelical church after Evangelical church refusing to get involved in a Christmas project of buying personal care items for people living with HIV/AIDS, and ignoring for the most part a World AIDS Day Program at a church this last year? How can I misrepresent the distain and contempt for gay people in the voices of people arguing with me at a Christian festival seminar, when I suggested we need to show love and not judgement? How can I misrepresent the hurt people felt when they were shunned by their churches and families because they came out to them? How can I mispresent hearing at the churches I attended condescending jokes about gay people, and for that matter how can I misrepresent Mark Driscoll’s (a Reformed pastor) crude comment about effeminate worship leaders.
      Forget the number of passages on homosexuality, and lets talk about how the Evangelical community, of which I am still part, continue to misrepresent the Gospel by focusing a lot of its energy on judging people in the LGBT community rather then loving them?
      Finally…

      “I find it strange that you can say “I was there once” while fundamentally misrepresenting the position you claim you once held.
      You may have ‘believed’ certain things in common with wider conservative Evangelicalism but you clearly did not understand them.
      Otherwise, you would not be misrepresenting them.”

      …in the future, if you care to disagree with my point of view, which I have not problem with, please try not to ellude that my faith may not be as real as yours by saying things like “claim” I once held, or that I may have “believed” in quotations, or that I am somehow ignorant the the Evangelical belief system. I do not question your faith, even if we disagree, don’t question mine.

      1. “Forget the number of passages on homosexuality, and lets talk about how the Evangelical community, of which I am still part, continue to misrepresent the Gospel by focusing a lot of its energy on judging people in the LGBT community rather then loving them?”

        The scriptures condemn all sexual sin quite explicitly,
        which homosexuality is a form of and identified as such numerous times.

        There are only two categories of sexual behaviour in the scripture:
        -The marriage bed between a man and woman.
        -Sexual immorality.

        The scriptures and not our feelings needs to be the rule of our faith and practice.

        Are you defining proclaiming the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins by the imputed righteousness of Christ, the need for repentance from a genuinely regenerate heart, and endurance in salvation as judgement?

        Are you calling merely identifying sin as ‘judgement’?

        I am far far more concerned with the sins in my own heart than I am the homosexual community. That does not mean I will not state that they are living in sin and relishing in their sin.

        “but the feelings that Westboro has toward the LGBT community are generally the same in the wider church.”

        The Westboro baptist are a twisted form of hyper-calvinistic works-righteousness heretics.
        An evil cult deserving nothing but ridicule and public excommunication.

        “and for that matter how can I misrepresent Mark Driscoll’s (a Reformed pastor) crude comment about effeminate worship leaders.”

        Mark Driscoll is not a Reformed Pastor. He is ‘calvinistic’ and holds certain novel positions in general, but he is widely rejected and disliked by the Reformed community.

        His crude comments are one of the distinctive criticisms we have for Driscoll.

        Ironically, he complains about ‘effeminate’ worship leaders.
        We complain about ‘worship leaders’ in general!
        Including his. =P

        “So I think that it is safe to say that i do not misrepresent the far right arm of the church, I have lived through it.”

        A small sliver of it. This does not mean you understood it or received good teaching regarding it.

        “How can I misrepresent Pat Robertson saying AIDS was a judgement of God on the homosexual community? How can I misrepresent Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blaming the homosexuals, in part, for 9/11?”
        Pat Robertson is a nut and quite possibly a heretic.
        He is at least severely heterodox.

        Jerry Falwell was radically unbalanced and hated the Reformed community. I have nothing in common with him at a basic level.

        All evil that occurs in the world is the result of human sin.

        Homosexuality in this nation is in some sense responsible for judgement and misfortune upon this nation as well as others.
        However, so are all sins, abortion, adultery, promiscuity, racism, self-righteousness, and the like.

    2. As to your post below, Mark Driscoll and John Piper are considered by the theological world as well as themselves as the Neo-Calvinist/Reformed theology.
      As to your above post, you seem to be assuming that fundamentalists have defined themselves well. And yet one will find there are fundamentalists who call themselves that and are considered fundamentalists by the rest of Christianity who profess:
      ~KJV only
      ~there are non KJV only
      ~pre trib rapture folk
      ~post trib rapture folk
      ~repentance is required for salvation
      ~repentance is not required for salvation because that is works salvation.
      ~etc.
      Fundamentalism covers a wide variety of doctrines and practices. Therefore it is arrogant for you to doubt that Mark came from that background just because he doesn’t match your understanding of fundamentalism. Now I do realize that the various groups who consider themselves fundamentalists consider the other fundamentalists heretics because they don’t agree with them on the KJV issue or rapture issue or repentance issue or fill in the blank issue. It is one of the problems with being a fundamentalist–everyone of your doctrines is essential. There are no secondary doctrines therefore, anyone who disagrees with you is a heretic and sinful. And a fundamentalist can never admit the possibility of misinterpreting something because every doctrine is essential and therefore they would lose their entire faith over the issue.
      And for your information, I grew up in fundamentalism as well.

      1. Reformed theology encompasses any theology from Luther to Calvin to Zwingli and even Wesley to a smaller extent–those theologians who wrote, lived, and ministered during the reformation.
        So while Piper and Driscoll are neo calvinists, they do adhere to the Reformed theology and fall into that camp. Wesleyan theology encompasses many camps as well. So just because you disagree with them doesn’t throw them out of the camp.

      2. Leanne,
        with utmost respect, I must say that you are entirely and simply wrong about what ‘Reformed Theology’ encompasses and where the neo-calvinists stand in relation to the Reformed Faith.

        You say:
        “As to your post below, Mark Driscoll and John Piper are considered by the theological world as well as themselves as the Neo-Calvinist/Reformed theology.”
        They are neo-Calvinists. They do NOT hold systematically to what is historically understood as the spectrum of Reformed Theology.
        They simply don’t.

        Historic Reformed Theology is grounded firstly in scripture (as any good Theological system should be, systematic theology should be systematized and theologized by the scriptures alone) as well as clearly described and expounded upon in the Confessions and writings of the early Reformed Church (self-described) constituting the 2nd and 3rd generation reformers. Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, Dutch Reformed, ect. ect. These were the early Reformed Churches.

        In regards to Historic Confessional Lutheranism (which I love and adore):
        One key reason why the distinctive title of ‘Reformed Theology’ and the ‘Reformed Church’ exist is specifically BECAUSE they are NOT Lutheran.

        The ‘Reformed Church’ continued to ‘Reform’ beyond what Luther thought was warranted. That is why the historic confessional Lutherans do NOT self-identify as Reformed.

        To historically qualify as ‘Reformed’ one would need to hold to all the historic doctrines of the Church, to a firmly Covenantal Theology in their Hermenuetics and understanding of God’s redemptive plan, they would need to hold to some form of the Regulative Principle of Worship (Piper and Driscoll reject this), the Solas of the Reformation, the Doctrines of Grace, and finally: hold to all these things SYSTEMATICALLY, Biblically, and clearly, preferably expounded upon in an Historic Reformed Confession (neither Piper nor Driscoll hold to an Historic Reformed Confession or a distinctly Reformed Systematic).

        Furthermore, because Driscoll is a Charismatic, he resides outside the historic Reformed Faith in regards to ‘enthusiasm’ (the old-school name for charismatics) and our application of the Biblical principle of Sola Scriptura.

        PS: I do not self identify as a ‘fundamentalist’ for numerous reasons.

        The early and important fundamentalist movement was thoroughly hijacked by foolish people who would rather spend their days mythologizing about the end times and forbidding foods that God created as good (namely alcoholic beverages) than pursue a consistent and Christian systematic and coherent theology.

      3. Addendum:
        To describe ‘Lutheranism’ (which I love) and ‘Wesleyanism’ (which I loathe) as also ‘reformed’ is to effectively render the word ‘reformed’ entirely and utterly meaningless.

        This word is not meaningless.

        It is a word filled with rich meaning and nuance, historically encompassing the 2nd and 3rd generation Reformers who took the banner of Reformation to it’s logical ends (in our opinion, not the Lutherans) and fully embraced the teachings of scripture systematically.

        Furthermore, so called ‘Wesleyanism’ or ‘Arminianism’ was condemned by the Reformed Church on it’s outset.

        To say these are in any sense ‘reformed’ is preposterous.

        Also, John Wesley did not, as you said, teach, write, live, and minister during the reformation.

        John Wesley was born two centuries after the Reformation truly began. He was also born decades after all of the major Reformed documents and confessions were written and widely distributed.

      4. This thread has moved away from the topic at hand without answering any of the questions. Let’s keep things focused on that. How we show love, grace, and mercy transcends denominational differences. That is what is lacking in most of the churches in ALL denominations concerning the LGBT community.

      5. Oops, I must correct Answer one point one to it’s final form not it’s draft form:

        1. As Christians, we know that from the beginning man was created male and female; therefore, when a man leaves his father and mother and is united and spiritually intertwined with the bonding of the Holy Spirit who has a portion in their union, let that institution God has ordained go unaccosted by the sinful desires of corrupted mankind- whether adultery, unlawful divorce, fornication, or homosexuality.
        God will not hear the prayers of those who destroy marriage. (Genesis 1-3, Malachi 2, Matthew 18, Hebrews 13)

  6. As a gay Christian (Yes, there are such people) I can tell you I have hated gay people most of my life. The problem was me and my lack of acceptance of self because of what society and Christians had done and said to me at an early age.
    Now at age forty nine I am finally’ finding’ myself and beginning to love and forgive myself. And a funny thing is happening in this process, I am beginning to love others unconditionally and forgive unconditionally because I can love and forgive myself unconditionally. My hatred toward self has not only blocked me from knowing myself but also from knowing God. I can care less who likes and approves of me now because I finally have Jesus in my heart and I know without a doubt he love me unconditionally and I see him work in my life every day just like other believers.
    God is love and everything boils down to love. The way I treat another, the person I choose to have relations with (BTW I have been celibate for three years), Just about every action in my life is spiritual. Talking with someone, sharing a meal with someone, praying for someone, I try and send God’s love forth out of me and not anger, fear, or hatred.

    1. Thank you John for you transparency. I am glad to hear that you are finally loving you…

      It is all about love, God’s unconditional love for us displayed in Jesus through His sacrifice and our unconditional love for all people because of His love for us.

      Love never fails, love covers a multitude of sins, God’s love, lived out in us will and does change the world and change that hearts of people.

      Peace to you my brother,
      Mark

  7. “Why is it important for fundamentalists to deny marriage to same-sex couples?”
    I will first admit that I am pretty far on the right. That being said I have 3 different gay friends who I have never preached to about their lifestyle, I love them very much. I hear this question posted frequently, and what people don’t seem to realize is that it is actually unconstitutional to legalize ‘Gay Marriage’, amending partnerships to allow all the same rights as marriage would work fine, but because marriage was origionally established by the church and the American govornment basically saw it as a way to increase the population pool (greater numbers to tax means more money) they decided to give tax benefits to those members of the population who will produce children. Since homosexuals cannot reproduce (although I do believe they are fully capable of wonderful children), the united states govornment doesn’t want to give them the same tax breaks. Money is the reason behind everything, guys…

    1. Thanks for reading and interesting thoughts. I do believe money is a driving force behind much of what governments/businesses do, but I sincerely believe there is a constitutional right regarding marriage equality (something written on one of our Founding documents about the equality of all people).

      Peace to you…
      Mark

    2. Marriage is a union between one member of each half of the human race.

      Humanity was created Male and Female.

      If you Love Jesus, you should believe what He said:
      “He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.””
      (Matthew 19:4-6 ESV)

      Notice that when Jesus forbids divorce for anything other than unfaithfulness, He grounds His argument in the inspired Old Testament where He inspired the words written by Moses:

      “So God created man in his own image,
      in the image of God he created him;
      male and female he created them.
      And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”
      (Genesis 1:27-28 ESV)

      And again He says:

      “And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
      “This at last is bone of my bones
      and flesh of my flesh;
      she shall be called Woman,
      because she was taken out of Man.”
      Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”
      (Genesis 2:22-25 ESV)

      This is marriage.
      The two who are different, becoming one in body, soul, spirit, and heart.

      Marriage is not first about Love,
      Marriage is first about Covenant and fidelity.

      The reason that we Christians must oppose both homosexual behaviour and so-called ‘homosexual marriage’ is that this is simply not marriage.

      Marriage is the union of the designedly different.

      If you forsake Marriage as designed by God, you forsake God.

      Yea, again, if you do not listen to the words of Jesus, namely:
      “‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”
      Then you do not Love Him and His spirit is not in you.

      For He says elsewhere:
      “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
      (John 14:23-24 ESV)

      And again He says:
      “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
      (John 14:15-17 ESV)

      Believe in God, believe also in the one whom He sent.

  8. “Does that mean that the heterosexual community has been trying to indoctrinate gay youth into their lifestyle?” Certainly they are and their meetings aren’t furtive or clandestine. I bought into it, my brother, hook, like and sinder. I Chose to be heterosexual. Homosexuality was never a “choice” for me. I chose to be straight but I learned that no matter how many bible verses, prayer meetings, repentance sessions, seasons of fasting and prayer, public confession, laying on of hands, and rejecting the devil, one cannot make such a choice.

    Let me carry Mike’s money notion one more step. If all those who were gay and/or those who love someone who is LGBTQ chose to stop putting their money in the collection plate. I think many pastors might eventually hear from God about this love message. (Just the way they did about divorce–with 50% of pastors’ marriages ending that way.) The reason some Pastors don’t talk as you do is simply that they think that their biggest tithes come from those who support the anti-gay agenda–and there really is one of those.

  9. Arlin you are assuming there is simple black and white definitions for things such as fundamentalism and Reformed Theology. But theologies are constantly being shaped. While I agree with how you describe Reformed Theology historically, it is taking on new shapes by new theologians of today, whether we like it or not. I am not a Driscoll or Piper fan either. I think they are doing harm to Reformed theology and to Calvinism. But they are considered in the Reformed camp.
    I, as a Wesleyan, am sorry to have offended you by placing Luther and Wesley in the same camp–the Reformation. Church history seems to place Luther at the beginning and Wesley at the end of the Reformation. At least in all the church history books I have read–which have not all been written by wesleyans.
    Wesleyanism actually adheres to covenantal theology, a principled worship, and a systematic theology.

  10. I must say, this hurts me deeply. I am not Christian, so maybe my views on this thread are quite useless. But I am also straight, so this gives me some room to speak for myself and how I view the homosexual community and our religious communities.

    I am married, and I have two children, and I am very happy in my relationship. I’ve grown up in the anti-gay war, and it sickens me to no end to see so many people of religion saying such hurtful things against people who are not like themselves. Regardless of this one difference (and it truly is only ONE difference), are they not human? Are they sinners because they love like us, just not the same WAY as us? Will letting them ultimately show their love by being legally married affect YOUR life?

    I grew up in a Christian family, and the way some (most) of the Christians I knew acted, and still do act, leads me to believe true Christianity is almost impossible. Aren’t you supposed to love each other? Yes. Arguing that gay people should not be allowed to be married shows that you do not wish them true happiness, and therefore shows you truly do not love them.

    More importantly, being homosexual isn’t truly a choice. Where you ever faced with the choice to be straight, or do you automatically feel a connection to the opposite gender? Why hate them when they are the way that GOD made them. This shows you do not believe in God’s doings and do not trust in God.

    If I had been born gay, I would not appreciate this attitude towards me. Being different does not mean you don’t deserve the same things in life. How is homosexuality any different than race? I don’t like to go there, but it sets a good example. Black people were once looked down upon in our country because they were different. They aren’t different, really, they just look different in our eyes. Because they are black, does that mean that they can’t love, hold the same jobs as us, reap the same benefits we do, or don’t deserve the same respect as white people? Absolutely not. How is this form of hatred different than Christians looking down on and disallowing happiness in homosexuals? I’d like to hear an anti-gay Christian answer that question.

    Most importantly, everyone has a right to their opinion. But, the state is stated to be separate from the church, so in the end, why does it matter? Legally, there is no such thing as “sinning”. That is a Christian term. Legally, we cannot withhold rights to one type of humans just because they aren’t heterosexual. That is a crime. That is racism with a different title. The end point I must make is they are human. All humans deserve the same rights. Legally, we cannot keep them from being married.

    Opinion and law need to be kept separately. If you choose to hate homosexuals, then that’s just how you are. But this should not even be an issue regarding equality or law. I may dislike many based on their actions, behaviors, and values, but they deserve the same rights that I have.

    They are EQUALS. Treat them as so.

    1. Thank you for your reply. I appreciate hearing form a different perspective too. Just because you do not claim the Christian religion as your own does not mean that your opinions or thoughts here carry less weight. They are equally important. Again, thanks for reading and for commenting.
      Peace

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