Maybe not so differentJune 6 2012 at 12:20 PM
Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to I understand... I take a different approach.
I don't consider myself ultra political on the issue of gay rights or marriage equality - no more so than I am on other issues that are politically, morally, or ethically important to me. A candidate's views on those issues do affect my overall opinion of the candidate, though.
Because I participate in political and religious discussions online, I do talk about it on boards, especially if a Christian starts a discussion about the evils of homosexuality, all gays are going to hell, etc. There are a few reasons I will speak ip on the issue:
To let people know that not all Christians feel that way - I especially want any gays or lesbians reading to know that.
To possibly open a dialogue, or at least give some points to ponder, to any Christian who may be on the fence about their beliefs, as I was. The way the Church treats gays was one of several reasons I left the Church, and came close to abandoning my faith altogether.
Even if well-meaning Christians "hate the sin but not the sinner", they need to hear the truth about the evils of homophobia - and yes, it is a phobia, a fear - and the truth about the violent crimes, the rapes, torture, and murders that happen just because the victim is gay. I can't just turn my head and look the other way because it doesn't affect me. How long would it have taken to emancipate the slaves, where would the Civil Rights Movement be today, if all white people kept looking the other way and accepting the status quo because it wasn't their personal battle? And I'm not suggesting at all that is your stance, noob; just explaining why I, personally, feel compelled to speak up on these issues.