I very much enjoyed this post by Andy in the U.K. over at The Spicy Cauldron. It involves the hypocrisy of Christians as they discriminate against gays:
How can anyone opposing an end to discrimination claim not to be discriminatory? A Christian online petition states that gay people must be discriminated against if Christian liberty is to be maintained.
Christians would never want to be homophobic or discriminate against homosexuals out of bigotry or prejudice. Christians of course earnestly desire the repentance and salvation of homosexuals.
However, the Bible is clear that the only rightful sexual relationship for which we were created, is a relationship between a man and a woman in the context of a legitimate marriage. Consequently there are times when Christians need to be free to discriminate against homosexuals in order to make it clear that we believe in the Bible’s teaching that homosexual practice is wrong.
The mental gymnastics involved in formulating the above sentences are astounding. What utter tripe. The so-called Christians involved in this latest exercise don’t want to be seen as homophobic, yet the cap fits perfectly.
I would never truly advocate discrimination against anyone but here’s a re-write of the above I came up with:
Gay people would never want to be Christian-phobic or discriminate against Christians out of bigotry or prejudice. Gay people of course earnestly desire that Christians get a grip and start learning to love, not hate.
However, the Bible is a collection of books which together are about as clear as mud on almost every topic, one book therein often completely contradicting another, with Christians adopting a ‘pick and mix’ approach to their collective stance on any number of issues, especially human rights. Consequently, there are times when gay people need to be free to discriminate against Christians in order to make it clear that we believe their evangelising of hatred and intolerance goes against the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone – stone being a metaphor, people.
I tell you, if I was obsessively heterophobic (I’m not at all) in the way these folks are about gay people, something tells me I’d be dreaming of heterosexual couplings all the time and waking up in a cold sweat wondering just who the hell I really was. I wonder what they dream about? One nation under a cross watching a man die, sexual fantasies that scare them silly, or a perverse mix of both?
Spare us all from cowardly-phrased justifications of prejudice. If you’re a bigot, at least have the courage of your convictions to state them clearly without trying to smooth the edges. We don’t see the same convolutions from the natural soulmates of religious fundamentalists, the British National Party (BNP). Substitute ‘black’ and ‘Asian’ or ‘Muslim’ for ‘gay’ and you’ve basically got the same sickness.
link to “Christians Demand Right to Discriminate” on The Spicy Cauldron site.
I try to keep this blog fairly apolitical, but this post by Andy really spoke to many of the feelings I have had about organized religion, judgment, hypocrisy, and loving your neighbor. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
In response to this post, civility in disagreement and discussion is OK; hateful comments will be removed.