Some of the most venomous anti gay people I know are not people of faith. I don't think it is fair that just one group gets labeled as haters. Do you agree?
Im christian and I support gay marriage
For every atheist who is rabidly anti-LGBT I can likely find thousands of anti-LGBT people of faith.
And that could very easily be underestimating the ratio, especially world wide.
But we're supposed to tiptoe around and pretend that's not true?
Tea Party people.... Most scary
So many people, particularly Christians, use the faith to put down gays. I am a Christian and am heartbroken to see the word of God so blatantly misinterpreted and incorrectly taken by people of my same faith. I can't stand it when people say that
We're all like the Westboro baptist church. We are not. We are also not taught to think or act anything near close to them. As Christians, we should love all people and note that the act of sexually practicing homosexuality is a sin, is not some
"Special" or "high level" sin at all. It can be forgiven through Christ.
But people, who are even Christians, will bend and twist it to continues to make all people of faith (particularly Christians) look bad because of their misinterpretations.
See, I prefer the honest bigotry of Westboro to what you've just stated.
From where you're standing, you don't see them as being close to you.
From where I stand in the LGBT community, you're not very different.
You know what doesn't help, though: When someone speaks out for all Christians (or at least they seem to think that's what they're doing) & condemns homosexuality. Most people can see past that & know that person doesn't speak for everyone, but
To compound that, the Christians who don't believe that don't speak out against the Christians speaking for them.
I don't even see that happening so much, or maybe I just discount it as absurd. I see some people making idiotic statement about whole groups, such as Christians hate gays (although honestly, not often for that one), or liberals are morons, or
Muslims want to kill anyone who isn't a Muslim, or liberals want to take your guns away... And I know NONE of those statements are true, so I just mentally file anyone who says stuff like that in a folder labeled "ignorant or hate-filled." I know
plenty of atheists who are opposed to abortion, plenty of liberals who own guns, etc...
However, I think that *almost* all the anti-gay people I know are also religious, but by no means are all the *religious* people I know anti-gay.
So... I do think there's a strong connection, but it isn't something that all religious people think, by a long shot. And it's wrong to stereotype & condemn religious groups for that.
Well... I agree with your poll question, but I'm racking my brain trying to think of any anti-gay person I've ever met who's view isn't based in religion... And I'm drawing a blank. Can you provide an example of what their anti-gay argument would be?
Besides something silly like "it's gross"?
This. I would also love some examples.
I know several people through friends who are very anti-gay. They use the F word to describe gays. But their own moral standards are far from biblical.
So really they are just nothing more than homophobic?
Their view is based in hatred or possibly fear?
I would say basically they're quite uneducated.
Agree with the latter assertion. The former.... wtf?
Weird. Because most of the anti gay rhetoric I see and hear do come from people of "faith".
I think God supports two people in love more than he would the people hating those two people in love.
And extremely well stated comment :-)
God IS love!
I also find that most of the Christians I know don't hate gays. We disagree with the lifestyle. It is a miss-characterization to label anyone a "hater" simply because they disagree.
I don't think people that disagree as we are haters but there are certainly people that hate gays. And the ones I know that do are not Christians.
"Lifestyle?" What does that even mean? LGBT people are normal folks just like you and most of them live fairly ordinary lives.
Of course I agree it was my quest. However I think the Christians and other people of faith who are against them are very very guilty and the blood I was on their hands also when I gave person is beaten and attacked. Outside explain to a dear
Christian friend if Christians publicly hate somebody it's makes it more okay for the nonbelievers to hate this group also and beat them up for other things that are done to gaze just for the sheer hatred of it.
Thank you for this question! I agree with what you've said with one exception: blood is not on the hands of anybody except the people doing the act you refer to. That's like being told I owe reparations to a group because I have white ancestors.