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stop the hate

June 27, 2013
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I know everyone has just as much access to a dictionary as I have, but I still feel like some of us have no idea what HATE is when they’re spewing it in the same breath that they’re adamantly denying it.

Hatred, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is an intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
When you equate a gay lifestyle to wickedness, the demise of society, and deserving of the wrath that God showed to Sodom and Gomorrah, that is HATE, my friend. Nothing short of hate.
I’m just saying: people who are gay will read those statements. Those with sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/moms/dads/uncles/aunts/dear friends who are gay will read those statements. You can’t tell me that when they do, they won’t feel hated.
They will feel hated. They do feel hated.
They turn from the church.
They leave their families.
They commit suicide.
TRY to imagine society telling you that in order to NOT be wicked or godless or sinful, you must live a LONELY, CELIBATE life without any romantic contact with people you are attracted to or IN LOVE with. No dating. No marriage. No children. Stripped of your sexuality because it’s “wrong”. Can you even really imagine that? The turmoil you’d feel? The pressure you’d be under?
We can talk biblical interpretation ’til our faces turn blue. I don’t care about your greek-to-english translation of a couple of bible verses (which are debated among biblical scholars who actually know the Greek language and culture). Is this issue worth the 40% suicide rate among gay teens? The ongoing gay vs Christian culture war and the division it causes?
Is it worth the loss of friends? Your children’s friends? Your children?
Blame me for the demise of society- go ahead and tell me I’m not really a Christian- but I still vote to Stop The Hate and to keep religion out of politics.
Jesus rules in the heart, not the state. He made that quite clear.

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