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The ugly collusion between ‘religious faith’ and bigotry

Monday, December 30, 2013

There is no need to rehash this Duck Dynasty mess. We have all said our bits and pieces about Phil Robertson’s racism and homophobia. And it will continue to reverberate. But a larger picture of the entire controversy needs to be stated.

Remember last year when a pastor of a North Carolina church got into trouble because he said gays should be put behind an electrified fence? Even with all of the backlash, there was a few who stood behind him because, according to them, “the Bible says homosexuality is wrong.”

Anti-gay-protestBut the anger was due to the fact that this man said LGBT people should be placed behind an electrified fence like they were cattle to be abused and killed off.

Still, the pastor had a loyal bunch who continued to justify his words by claiming that he were merely preaching in accordance to his “faith.”

Never mind that his faith encompassed genocide.

Decades before that, in the 1970s, was Anita Bryant and her opposition to the pro-gay ordinance in a Florida county. She said that, as a Christian, she couldn’t support such an ordinance. But she wasn’t content on leaving her opposition rooted in her faith, adding this little nugget: According to her, since gays “can’t reproduce,” we supposedly recruit children.

She was able to pull off that lie by reminding folks of her “Christian values.”

Years later, a plethora of anti-gay and supposed morality groups still stand against LGBT equality.

Using junk science, discredited sources, venomous accusations and name-calling, and out-and-out lies, they claimed to oppose LGBT equality because it is a “public health menace.”

These groups, among them the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and the Traditional Values Coalition, still exist today.

And what would generally happen (and still does) when these groups are called out on their lies, i.e. the complaints of misappropriation of scientific work, the omission of CDC data which easily dispels their idea of homosexuality being a “public health menace,” or the usage of work from discredited sources?

They cling to their crosses of martyrdom so hard that their fingers would get splinters, and claim that they were simply standing up for their faith and those who called their “facts” into question were trying to silence them.

And thus, all of the negative, untrue things they said about gays would be wiped away by the media as simple inconveniences which didn’t deserve any attention because apparently “making a stance in accordance to one’s religious values” trumps the methods in which the stance is made, even if the methods contradict said religious values.

There is an ugly collusion between religious belief and bigotry which we don’t talk about, and it didn’t begin with the LGBT community.

It wasn’t that long ago when religious belief and faith was used to justify slavery, segregation, and anti-Semitism. Sadly, the LGBT community seems to be the last bastion where it is okay to justify demonizing people under the guise of “adhering to one’s faith.”

We need to call out the fact that just because your “faith” says that homosexuality is a sin, it is no justification to tack on lies geared to demonize the LGBT community.

There is no justification to perform a humiliating psychological dissection on LGBT poeple by saying things such as “I don’t hate you as a person, just what you do.”

It’s not about your alleged hate, but your proud display of your ignorance.

And it is certainly no justification to judge LGBT people based on your view of the Bible, and then play the victim when you are called out for it.

Folks who do these things always seem to think that they own the word “Christianity” and everyone else is beholden to their interpretation. They forget that many LGBT people are also Christian, and bring up good points when they lay out their case in proving that God doesn’t condemn them for being who they are.

But as it is, those who are so damn eager to speak against the so-called sin of homosexuality would be best to remember the sin of lying, speaking ill of one’s brother, or bearing false witness.

More often than not, it applies better to their situations.

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  1. Nothing new with this

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:15pm
  2. I set him free years ago and now we are both happy.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:15pm
  3. Awww touching

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:15pm
  4. These brainwashed religious idiots will NEVER learn.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:15pm
  5. They never learn. They imagine that they speak for God or for Jesus. But they never actually do.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:30am
  6. You have to pray for people like that!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:31am
  7. I think that defeats the whole point :')

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:31am
  8. well, that's not taking any better of an attitude then they are. we need wisdom, not anger, in order for true change to come.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:37pm
  9. I'm not angry I'm astounded and shocked people are still living in the old ages... :

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:42pm
  10. SMH

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:16pm
  11. ppl needs to stop saying it agaist christ it how u feel

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:16pm
  12. Hate is a sin too

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:17pm
  13. I must be a sinner because I hate them.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:29pm
  14. The opposite of love is fear. Hate is the outward manifestation of fear. Stop being afraid.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:35pm
  15. Hate is too strong an emotion to waste on most people. Disdain is fine.. I like disdain.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:52am
  16. I like you, but sin doesn't exist. Unless, of course, you were just playing their game in order to defeat them at their own game. In that case, carry on!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:15am
  17. There is a lot of hate in the Religious community..You do have to feel sorry for these backwards people that throw there own kids out on the street because they are gay and also gay kids harm themselves because they are not excepted because of the Religious bigots that only think of themselves and their fake gods.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:47am
  18. Way to prove a point David!! LOL How does their lifestyle affect yours? Wait it probably doesn't :). So why worry?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:58am
  19. Religion is fake

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:18pm
  20. true religion was suppose to be hospitality. taking care of the fatherless and the widows and those others in need. sadly not many know this. religion is not denomination. denominations are not beliefs. and beliefs are many. I am a follower of Christ and i am a lesbian. I do not believe that God hates me or others like me. Of course, i do my research. not like the many Christians who wish to be more a judge as they are a sinner ;)

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:55pm
  21. Amen Kat! I am straight Christian myself but fully support the community

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:30am
  22. God made me.. therefore, I am FREE!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:19pm
  23. e are ALL Gods children!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:19pm
  24. H8 is a sin….judgement is a sin…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:19pm
  25. Judging is a sin.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:19pm
  26. Judge that lest you be judged yourself in the same way? Yeah, these people are so screwed when they meet their God and their heterosexuality and cis-normality is taken into consideration. :P

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:55pm
  27. I’ll stay gay. Ur so right Nikki.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:20pm
  28. These people are their own mockery. I can’t imagine there is an intelligent person out there that thinks they’re doing the right thing by being so ass minded.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:21pm
  29. They need to sit down & stfu. Yes it’s a sin but all sins are forgiven when asked for forgiveness. God is fair. People look for any excuse to hate. Ftw.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  30. I am not gay, but have nothing against a same sex relationship. If someone of the same sex turns someone on, good for them. Do not harbor those feelings, because then you end up hurting yourself by suppressing them. Being yourself is not a sin. Being happy is what everyone should be. TRUE happiness, not a smile for society

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:48pm
  31. Hatred is Sin! Christ can set you Free!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  32. The bible thumpers will never let up and Gays aren’t going away so whatever. This narrow- mindedness is so 1891 so Just shut up!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  33. Not all of us "bible thumpers" are bad though, I promise :). As a Christian, I fully support the community. Just sayin...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:28am
  34. God set me free when I was born a lesbian.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  35. so is judging, hate, lust, greed, etc…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  36. Hatred will never end because there’s a new bigot raised every moment!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  37. Christ did set me free – free to be a person created in the image and likeness of God and who just happens to be gay. So – when you hate – are you acting on “God is love” or “judge not lest you be judged” or are you just being the devil’s right hand?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:23pm
  38. YEAH,,,TOO RELIGIFIED,,,AND ITS SILLY,,,,,OR IS THEIR GOD RACIST AGAINST WHO CAN LOVE WHO,,,,HMM,,DUMB!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:23pm
  39. I rather have all gay priest than one that has sex with children

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:25pm
  40. I rather have all gay priest than one that has sex with children

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:25pm
  41. Thank you for that.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:19pm
  42. We really need to have a dialog with them. A lot of them are really misinformed, and some of them have had bad experiences with gay people, and that colors how they see us.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:25pm
  43. Christianity is a sin.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:26pm
  44. LGBT PLEASE PLEASE! Sit down with the atheist community. If an atheist can tell you “listen I read the bible and yeah man the Christian god & Jesus are not for you my gay brother”

    then you know there is something wrong with your belief

    Renounce your faith LGBT, learn to let go the belief that is so dear to you

    The God who killed babies, and butchered his son, is not for you!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:26pm
  45. I’m fine with them hating whoever they want, but don’t try to tell me I have to think like you think.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:27pm
  46. Somewhere here I saw someone posting a comment that said we have to sin otherwise Christ died for nothing.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:29pm
  47. Don’t you just love how the dirtiest hands are always the most eager to throw the stones? I may not be quite the Catholic my mother wanted me to be but I do recall being taught that Jesus was not a fan of judgment and throwing stones. These bigots hide behind a religious ideal that they clearly know nothing about.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:30pm
  48. Oh look! It must be Phil Robertson’s sign!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:31pm
  49. Will you guys cut it out with the Phil crap? If ya paid attention he actually does not "dislike or hold prejudice" against the community. He believes what he does, and you do what you do, and you shouldn't be judged for it. What they broadcasted was out of context

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:34am
  50. CHRİST WAS GAY :) he can save me anytime he wants :)

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:32pm
  51. A guy with 12 male “buddies”….set me free? I’M IN!

    There needs to be two categories of “Christians”….one like Mother Teresa and the other “just protestant wanting-to-be”….but then we’d have to read the Bible to that group…..tedious.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:32pm
  52. It goes against the teachings of Jesus to judge others and be hateful toward each other. The fire and brimstone God is from the Old Testament. Silly humans.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:34pm
  53. Fuck that!!! Walk the path you’ve chosen and follow your heart. Christ is everywhere even in Gay people. Equality

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:35pm
  54. My favorite sin (to toss back) is gluttony.

    http://www.jhm.org/

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:36pm
  55. homosexuality is NOT a sin!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:36pm
  56. Jesus died on the cross to rid our sins and the teachings of the Old Testament (mostly Leviticus). If you follow Leviticus, then Jesus died in vain.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:36pm
  57. No then they are Jewish.... They are not Christian.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:41pm
  58. And only certain kinds of Jews follow the outdated laws.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:59pm
  59. Actually, according to the supposed words of Jesus, he came not to CHANGE the law, but to ENFORCE the law....

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:37pm
  60. There can’t possibly be one person out there that really thinks we need to be set free or cured. Do some reading and research and stop listening to idiots.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:39pm
  61. Weird how those who create the concept of alleged sin are also the ones to set you free…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:42pm
  62. It’s a sin that in almost 2014 there are still assholes out there like this with nothing better to do!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:45pm
  63. No he can’t… I tried it… even got married to a woman. Didn’t work.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:45pm
  64. There is not one place in the “Bible” that sats Love is a sin.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:47pm
  65. Not the original ones.. later "translations" and "revisions" do change a certain term to homosexuality.. GRANTED.. you still have to take the entire line out of context completely (1 Corinthians) so that it does sound like it's a flat statement that "homosexuals" do not inherit the kingdom of heaven....

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:54am
  66. Idiotic piece of uneducated shit

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:49pm
  67. When Christ sets us free, will we,want to molest children like you ?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:50pm
  68. Name calling won’t help though. Many people do learn, let’s not give up on them.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:52pm
  69. judge not,yet ye be judged.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:58pm
  70. Jesus loved all people and no man is without sin so stop attacking people for loving each other. Judge not lest yea be judged.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:58pm
  71. There are people who do not hate gay people but who believe homosexual activity is sinful. They have a right to express their opinion.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:59pm
  72. So why can't we call bullshit? Freedom of speech; it's a 2 way street.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:12pm
  73. No Ned, there are no such people. If you think that them simply living their lives without affecting you in any way, shape, or form, is sinful and that you need to speak out against them, then YOU HATE THEM!

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:36pm
  74. Sick.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:59pm
  75. Keeping your religion out of my life will set me free!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:00pm
  76. Stop the world ,I want to get off !!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:00pm
  77. Good luck with that.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:14pm
  78. Oh look, they’re almost as crazy as me, how cute.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:04pm
  79. human beings are creatures of sin, everyone “sins” didn’t Jesus die to save sinners? (KEEP NOTE THAT I”M NOT RELIGIOUS) For mankind to judge one sin over another, and to play the role of god, should bring shame and hypocrisy upon oneself.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:09pm
  80. judgement is also a sin

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:11pm
  81. I thought Christ already died for our sins hahahahahahaha fucking ppl I swear

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:14pm
  82. Disagree with “marriage equality”/”gay marriage” or even homosexuality at all because it’s “not natural”?

    Then here are some other things you had better object to because they’re “not natural”:

    - Wearing clothes
    - Cloth, tanned leather, or artificial fabrics
    - Using a computer (like the one on which you’re likely reading this)
    - Taking any form of medicine
    - Smoking
    - Drinking alcohol
    - Consuming milk at any point past infancy
    - Using anything that includes plastic
    - Using anything that includes processed metals, lumber, or chemicals
    - Cooking your food
    - Restaurants
    - Marriage (of any form)
    - Religion (of any form)
    - Artificial heat or air conditioning
    - Riding in or on any vehicle of any sort
    - Wearing anything that corrects for vision or hearing defects
    - Using any form of telecommunications (like a phone, TV, or radio)
    - Starting a fire for light, warmth, or cooking
    - Large scale combat such as war
    - Wearing of any jewelry (including religious symbols like a cross)
    - The written word with any complexity higher than scratches on a tree
    - Any artificially created social prejudice (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia)

    And much, much more…

    If you’re not also against these things because they’re “unnatural”, then you’re just being a hypocrite and attempting to justify your hatred, intolerance, or ignorance.

    (For the record, there are also roughly 1,500 animals species known to man that engage in acts of homosexuality and bisexuality without being any part of displays of dominance or establishing of social rank. They exist because it is part of their nature and whether it exists in all members of a given species, it exists widely within each of those species.)

    ~ Rick Martin

    ** Feel free to share this if you wish.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:16pm
  83. the unnatural that was spoken of in the bible has been mistranslated for way too long by most Christians. I wish more people would research.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:56pm
  84. This WILL be shared.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:20am
  85. Ahhh Christians always the 1st judge. ..maybe they should re-read the Bible!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:21pm
  86. I welcome their idiocy. Only builds up stronger ties to my death metal/black metal kinfolk!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:22pm
  87. That sign demonstrates religious perversion.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:22pm
  88. When I was a child I was ashamed for liking other boys. Now that I am a gay adult my parents are ashamed that they told me it was wrong.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:24pm
  89. Bloody hell ppl need to wake up and see that who u love or fuck doesn’t define u and more to the point who gives a fuck. Christians need to look at themselves before pointing fingers cause they are 50 shades of fucked up

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:25pm
  90. Not all of us are bad... jeez. When will people realize that a lot of the Christian community actually SUPPORTS the LGBT community!? Stop listening to all the extremists

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:38am
  91. It’s sad to think that we have to wait for a generation of people to die of old age before equality and fairness are realized.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:25pm
  92. Typical, hiding their true sexuality behind a cardboard sign!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:27pm
  93. its not a sin its love. love is a good thing hate is a sin

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:28pm
  94. Well said.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:32pm
  95. Stupid blind ignorance God loves all his children

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:33pm
  96. Just take out the middle three words and it looks better. “Homosexuality can set you free!” Yes indeed!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:34pm
  97. Christ has set me free and stated that all those haters need to take a plug up the ass !

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:34pm
  98. I’ve often wondered if it’s actually the religious teachings that make these people the way they are. I grew up in a town full of conservative Christians and also full of non religious conservatives, who probably identify as Christian but are not what I would call hard core church goers but more of a symbolic type of Christian who is also conservative, who lived together side by side. They seem to be almost identical in their beliefs concerning issues pertaining to sexual minorities. I came to the conclusion that I think conservative Christianity is simply appealing to an already nasty sort of individual and allows said individuals to have a place and environment to congregate. I consider myself a Christian too but I am not the hard core church going type, aka evangelical, and am very open to all people, particularly transgender and gay people. I’m also a big supporter of anything that promotes and helps support monogamy among couples, such as gay marriage.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:40pm
  99. It gets uglier and more hateful all the time. People you grew up with who seemed to love you will now actively oppress you and say horrible things. Then they claim its you over-reacting to their different “religious beliefs”. Crazy. I steer clear of the more infested areas and am daily grateful to have that power.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:42pm
  100. is my bible the only one that has more than ONE FUCKING SENTENCE IN IT! you freaks need to turn the page most likley YOU AND YOURS ARE AS FUCKING DOOMED AS I! GROW UP!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:44pm
  101. What all these murderers they have Sins and yet people are attacking the lgbtq people for being who they are that is stupid

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:45pm
  102. Fuck them,,, Christ tells me I died for your sin,s now sin,, just follow the 10 commantments because that holy-book was made so people will fear all the good things in life & for mass control..

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:46pm
  103. In all fairness I don’t believe the majority of Christians feel this way…..just the radicals

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:47pm
  104. True. Having said that, at the moment it's large numbers of Christians who are the radicals, and even larger numbers who aren't radical about it, but don't disagree with them. That's why we need to continue to call them out when they say it!

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:39pm
  105. I agree Brian. The radicals are dangerous.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:58am
  106. Sin — shaving your beard, wearing mixed cloth etc…… seriously we need to stop the picking and choosing of the sins…..

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:50pm
  107. Thanks,I was free the day I was born.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:53pm
  108. Stop posting negative info last time I checked everytime I go somewhere I hear dyke bitches or fuck u dykes. We see it everyday no need to post it all the time.! Post something beautiful instead every time

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:55pm
  109. stupidity is sin- and jesus cant cure that!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:58pm
  110. Nicely put Raymond Diaz.!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:59pm
  111. My Christianity includes my homosexual sisters and brothers! Not all Christians interpret alike.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00pm
  112. Well they should keep it all to there self. And stop promoting hate and judging others and love there neighbor as the bible says. Because they are the ones who are singing and will go to hell. Pulse who the hell are they to judge us and tell us how to live we don’t answer to them. The are just uneducated dumm ass bible busting shit heads.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:01pm
  113. I’ll never understand facebook christian warriors. Isn’t having an argument on facebook a great example of both pride and sloth?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:07pm
  114. I just had to put someone in their place for preaching to me and once I asked him to stop he kept going and then he went to my sisters page and did the same to her!! And I “hurt” his feelings for saying he is ignorant.. That’s all it is, is ignorance!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:08pm
  115. Christ protect me from your followers for they have no clue why you sacrificed your life for theirs, if I was you, I’d ask for a do over.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:12pm
  116. Homosexuality is a fact of nature whereas religion is a lifestyle choice…

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0DVoywVYLrLdHd6U1JCNGxFNk0/edit?pli=1

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:12pm
  117. Lets give all of them a background check and see how ‘christian’ they all are…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:18pm
  118. Fuck religion organized fascism through. Hypocrisy and ignorance

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:20pm
  119. It is blatant BIGOTRY because you will NEVER see one of these nutjobs standing outside a Red Lobster restaurant protesting them because eating shellfish is an abomination and a sin.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:28pm
  120. So . . . Letting an imaginary man inside you = being set FREE . . .

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:32pm
  121. Great article

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:34pm
  122. Why must Liberals attack generally “religious belief” or “Christians”…I am a gay Christian…did people stop calling all Muslims terrorists? Please quit lumping “religious” people when a small or large group of people under that guise does this!!! Please!!! Please…find the group doing it…call them out and watch them run…what you are dealing with is a minority here- a few. I hear Liberals own the media for the most part- if thats the case …PLEASE DO YOUR JOB AND FIND THE PEOPLE DOING IT…GET US A NAME…GET US PHOTOS OF PEOPLE AND FOLLOW THEM LIKE THE POPORATIES…DO YOUR JOB…DO YOU NOT SEE WHO I AM? I AM A CRISTIAN DRAG QUEEN…I AM A REIGNED QUEEN…BUT I AM A CHRISTIAN FIRST…I AM HERE WITH CHRIST’S WORD TO SET LGBTQ AND THE FAR LEFT ENTERTAINERS OF THE WORLD FREE…PLEAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZE…STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO IN THE NARROW CORRECT PATH—–GO TO THE LIARS WITH THIS HATE ON THE SIGN AND ASK THEM THEIR NAME IN JESUS!!!!! ???

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:35pm
  123. AMEN!!!!!!!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:40am
  124. u-hum……..my gayness has set me free………!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:43pm
  125. not every Christ follower believes that being gay is a sin. I am one of the ones who believes that homosexuality was not listed as a sin until the Catholics in early 1800s did not agree with a doctrinal difference which had NOTHING to do with being gay. it was about the trinity. and if people (especially Christians) would research history they would see that even the catholic church use to marry gays And let them serve in the church. Its all about POWER. too bad so much history is steeped in traditionalism that is so badly misinterpreted and seemingly rewritten that people are not able to just BE THEMSELVES. I am gay. I am a lover of God and I know he loves me as I am. Salvation is for ALL not just straight people

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:46pm
  126. “Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” – John Lennon

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:49pm
  127. Isn’t it bigotry to hate someone with different beliefs??

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:55pm
  128. We have FREEDOM OF RELIGION in this country therefore what any bible says has NOTHING to do with this issue!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:57pm
  129. Oh brother, another fruitcake! Fooseball is the debble, rock and roll music is the debble, blah, blah. It’s not a sin!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:58pm
  130. Lying stealing cheating are all sins to so are those people condemned to hell too?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00am
  131. So is gluttony and a lot of overweight Christians/bigots commit that sin

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00am
  132. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Judgement is mine say it the LORD

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:01am
  133. Kim…does this mean you are turning to religion to cure you of your evilness? Don’t worry, you are going to hell like the rest of us! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:02am
  134. to each his own opinion. some places run by religiion kill their own daughters, and refuse them an educatiion because their religion is unquestionable…just saying.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:03am
  135. Religion is make-believe! Science can set you Free!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:10am
  136. Already am — both gay AND free. Maybe Christ has more time to work on YOU now.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:18am
  137. God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:22am
  138. It seem to be when people go to religious extremes…or any extreme for that matter!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:22am
  139. Homosexuality is not a sin. It is a neutral condition, just like heterosexuality. Some homosexuals want to be married to one spouse, just like many heterosexuals. Some are promiscuous, just like some heterosexuals.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:33am
  140. he already set me free the day I came out as gay!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:38am
  141. Just remember this when dealing with extremists:
    When a Christian extremist airs their opinion and we disagree, we are persecuting them.
    If we air our opinion, we are not only shoving our beliefs in their faces; we are also trying to destroy humanity and persecute them.
    If an ally speaks up for the LGBT community, we are the homosexual demons minions meant to persecute.
    Their is no war against Christianity. Only a war against zealotry, bigotry, and ignorance. I can tolerate and accept Christianity, but I do not HAVE to tolerate extremists!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:39am
  142. http://abcnews.go.com/m/blogEntry?id=21373213
    Now if the BSA can accept OPENLY gay kiddos, anyone can!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:43am
  143. Jesus sets you free to be who you ARE, so that we do not have to hide. Jesus gives you the TRUTH that sets you free….! Christ NEVER said anywhere that homosexuality is a sin. But he does say that he who loves not kNOWS NOT GOD for GOD IS LOVE…..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:45am
  144. I am a lesbian, and Italian Roman Catholic, actively practicing my faith and living my life. God made me. He doesn’t make mistakes. You got a problem, take it up with him. :-D

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:47am
  145. Maybe paying their fair share of taxes would set them “free”!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:48am
  146. My “god” is a woman and she loves everyone. Like any parent she probably gets peeved when we do stupid crap, but she wouldn’t destroy or doom my soul for not believing. She is not jealous. She does not demand fear or require you to put her first. If anything you put your family and your fellow man first. I believe everyone will love whom they love. Its none of my business (unless you don’t mind me giving you support or a congratulations for finding love) and it doesn’t affect my marriage in the least.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:52am
  147. I AM ACHRISTIAN GOD FEARING PERSON AND WHAT ABOUT IT IS UR BUSINESS TO EACH HIS OWN I DO NOT JUDGE ONLY GOD HAS THAT RIGHT SO DONT TRY TO MAKE ME JUDGE GOD BLESS U ANBYWAY

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:59am
  148. Wearing polyester is an abomination. Christ can change it to cotton.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:03am
  149. I am humored by the fact that murder and alcoholism and adultery are all “sins” too, but being proud of our personal differences like LGBT against the Straight people, is the one that gets people riled up.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:04am
  150. homosexuality is NEVER a sin coz the word itslef NEVER existed on the original version of the scriptures,the word homosexuality only existed during 1950′s..twisted versions.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:09am
  151. Hiding behind religion again! Cowards!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:23am
  152. There lies no prejudism in gods kingdom?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:24am
  153. A bunch of shit. Christ can set you free, huh? Wasn’t he surrounded by a group (12 was the magic number) of MEN?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:29am
  154. Yes, it truly is an ugly collusion between religious “faith” and bigotry. They cannot possibly know what Christ thinks or “sets free”. It concerns just their assumptions. Jesus Christ would bless us all.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:29am
  155. If you want to play that game, the bible supported slavery up until the new testament (70 years after Jesus died). So, the bible is not the most fundamental source of wisdom. End rant.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:30am
  156. So is judging OTHERS! Hypocrites!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:41am
  157. All I have to say to the person holding the sign is. “Christ has already set us free from sin.”

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:50am
  158. If those people want to weild the bible as a weapon on gays then they have to realize a woman and man living together out of marriage is a sin, and how many are doing that now.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:57am
  159. it is not…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:58am
  160. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH shutup you homophobic dickwads :p

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:11am
  161. Sorry – bigotry like that doesn’t work any longer. Nice try. You need to get on YOUR knees and beg Christ for his forgiveness for your hypocrisy, hate and judgement toward others. Jesus does not condone what you are doing toward the homosexual community.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:13am
  162. Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:14am
  163. Wahoo I’m going to hell never felt so happy in my life pmsl

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:16am
  164. Can I be hetrophobic then

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:19am
  165. Get set free from religion.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:28am
  166. Hate is NOT holy !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:30am
  167. I have a loving God and loves me just the way I am! What are THEY talking about?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:30am
  168. people kill me with this they pick and choose what they want to follow as authority from the bible. just like forefathers of this country picked choose what they want out the bible to support slavery in this country. But what about hate that’s all in the bible both new and old testament, and might I add you don’t have homosexuality as one of the tenth commandants. Ones sexual orientation has nothing to with their relationship with God. But if you are judging and condemning your neighbor then that does effect your relationship with God.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:36am
  169. Hmmmm I tried the Pray the Gay away. Guess what, I am still Gay, either Jesus is deaf too busy or just didnt give a shit..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:47am
  170. CHRIST LIVED WITH 12 MEN!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:47am
  171. Are they sinless that they cast their first stones to lgbtq?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:55am
  172. Homosexualitl is not a sin its an excuse for them to hate an try to stop us from love. But love is love an louder for the whole world to see.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:57am
  173. Real translators and scholars know that the word “homosexual” in Greek isn’t even in the Bible. It says not a word about it. If it was important to being a Christian, it’d be there. The word that gets translated as “homosexual” actually refers to something that most humans find naturally repellent, pedophilia.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:59am
  174. the is also a sin

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:07am
  175. hate is a sin

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:07am
  176. I know more about “Christ” than most of these religious heretics ever will.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:12am
  177. Hate from this sign is a sin too!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:15am
  178. MY WIFE N I, OF 16 YEARS R SINERS

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:30am
  179. So is eating shellfish. In fact, it’s punishable by death, but I still see you outside of RedLobster

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:38am
  180. how little you try to understand and how so freely you throw such judgmental words like ugly collusion and bigotry around. you get mad when you sense judgement being called down upon yourself, yet you will play the hypocrite when proper biblical doctrine and truth are expounded by those who correctly believe in the saving grace of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. grow up and stop judging me for my beliefs. seek the high ground of God’s transcendent love then loving your neighbor as yourself. seriously get over yourself!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:49am
  181. Being an ignoramus is a bigger sin!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:51am
  182. we were all Created by God How can he hate us, he loves us just as much as he loves anyone else for we are special he made us different so that makes us extra special ! BTW all Humans are sinners , but it is those of us who know how to repent and ask for forgiveness as we will be granted in the end ! Heaven to all who love our creator ! Thank you Lord for who I am !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:02am
  183. Faith is a wonderful thing, until you whip it out like a trout and slap someone in the face with it. And if they knew how to read and not just cherry pick from the Bible, they would know most of their arguments are moot, even from a Christian standpoint. The New Testament and Jesus threw out the Old Testament with the exception of the commandments. I am not Christian and I know that. Every sin is equal, so remember that pen you took from work or time you called off and weren’t actually sick? Equal to anything else, up to and including murder according to Jesus.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:02am
  184. So sick of hearing this shit. Stop the gay bashing. God loves everyone!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:06am
  185. Yes, He can make me free…of all of you….bastards!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:19am
  186. your ignorance is a sin, how about that!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:26am
  187. Stupid shitter! He or she should be more preoccupied by own sin first. BIGOT.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:27am
  188. I don’t believe in that stuff. I believe in karma. Good and bad. No sin, no kingdom of god. Just karma. And my life’s pretty much going great. Solo

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:44am
  189. ¡LA HOMOSEXUALIDAD ES UN PECADO! CRISTO PUEDE LIBERARTE

    … SI BUENO, LO GRANDIOSO ES QUE YO ME LIBERÉ PRIMERO DE “ÉL”

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:50am
  190. He did set me free when I became honest with myself. He gave me the powder to laugh at all the hypocrites.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:00am
  191. I THINK THE ONLY PERSON WHO SHOULD BE JUDGING ANYONE IS THE BIG GUY UPSTAIRS. YOU KNOW GOD?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:10am
  192. Sin does not exist. You’ve been duped!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:16am
  193. Don’t use religion to back up your idiotic beliefs. They areYOUR opinions and really don’t make sense to us who know God doesn’t pick and choose who He loves. You shouldn’t either!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:31am
  194. Has not read Ephesians, Galatians, or Hebrews where Paul says the Old Testament law does not apply to Christians. Love these Christians who have never read the New Testament.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:57am
  195. Homosexuality is in ..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:14am
  196. Homosexuality is not a sin…sex outside marriage IS, as is ADULTERY, as is DIVORCE; all of which are overlooked nowadays,

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:23am
  197. Christ does not support ugliness, has already set him free (He chose to die for our sins), but more importantly, forgives all our inequities … especially living energies that only seek to be loved. Go read again the true message of our Christ!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:42am
  198. Fuck you

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:50am
  199. I’m seriously getting sick and tired of this fight against homosexuality. It’s exhausting. I seriously wonder why people persist to make it their life to fight against it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:16am
  200. AMEN!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:18am
  201. Just gonna put this out there, I am a Christian by faith but I DO NOT believe any person should be judged for how they were born. Yes the Bible speaks against it, but it also says that women who don’t obey their husbands should be beaten. And you can bet no church I have ever been to supports that! Bottom line, those words are ancient and seemed applicable of the times, but we live in a different era. I also strongly agree that it’s not a choice at all, it is how some are born. While I maintain my belief in God, I also believe in the rights for the LGBT community. I was taught to love and accept. Not to ridicule and hate. So not all of us are bad, I promise.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:19am
  202. Wow Christ, why don’t you use that power to cure cancer?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:41am
  203. …same old and painful story…to be gay is never a sin it’s just the way it is…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:44am
  204. I’m christian and be lesbian but i still believe in god

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:57am
  205. Being all judgemental I’m sure is the SiN here… If there is a heaven/hell

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:05am
  206. @jojo I wish I can hit the like buttom more then once but I can’t so……Fuck who do like hats or lesbian…….rainbow for life…lbgt

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:20am
  207. The boiled-down message of the religions: be good to each other, don’t hurt each other, and live in peace. Anything that contravenes that basic message is sheer garbage wrapped up in a nice little dogmatic package, put there by hateful small-minded people.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:03am
  208. Being in a Religion that Christains think are Satanists just make it worse. xD (I’m a Wiccan)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:14am
  209. wise up .

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:24am
  210. God made them they way they are for a reason.. its not a sin wake up it is almost 2014 not 1714

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:41am
  211. Religions are the beguinning of wars. Holly crap !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:42am
  212. Accepting homosexuality is a choice thing ……(for straights)! Don’t these people understand the only time Christ ever (EVER) spoke personally about homosexuality is in fact in Matthew 19:11&12 asking “people” with acceptance to accept us. Bummer thus that these days most of us can read and write too! Oh, and then there is the little issue about judgement ….!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:40am
  213. Sin does not exist. It was invented to sell you this loony nonsense.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:24pm
  214. …These people makes me so sad. They seem to forget: ” Colossians 3:12 NIV: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:43pm
  215. Isn’t judging others a sin? Pity how people can use parts of the bible and leave out the rest!!!! Judge not………..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:41pm
  216. Jesus set me free, now I can be who God made me to be, a proud member of the LGBTQ family <3 and a Sunday school teacher

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:27pm
  217. Didn’t he kiss guys?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:38pm
  218. homosexuality is NOTa sin god loves all his kid if he didnt he would not make us the way we or he loves all of us all the same

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:42pm
  219. God DOES hate gay people. In the same way that Voldemort hates muggles or that Darth Sidious hates the Jedi, in that he’s about as real as the other two.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:53pm
  220. please tell me again exactly what Jesus said about homosexuality? Oh that’s right NOTHING! but he did say love thy neighbor as thyself.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:02pm
  221. and here comes allthe crap Paul added…..the only good thing Paul did for Christians was make it ok to eat bacon and shrimp.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:03pm
  222. why should I worry about JC…he died on a tree…my God has a hammer…need I say more?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:08pm
  223. How many times had the bible been written? It’s 2000 year old edition after edition, plus it had to many books within a book, I’m a good Catholic but i believe in treating people with respect. Regardless of what sex or sexual orientation they have, life is to short to hate and ridicule people. Just love one another I think that was what The Lord God and his son Jesus would want. Xx. God bless everyone

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:34pm
  224. Religion is no excuse for blatant bigotry and other stupidity, such as creationism. If you can’t live in the REAL world, go back to the insane asylum where you belong!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:12pm
  225. It’s not ‘just’ christians, but many people use their ‘faith’ to justify intolerance and even criminal behavior toward others.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:13pm
  226. i take pride,homosexuality aint just a situation,its a feeling,come on dont spoil my new year.Set me free from homophobie please.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:17pm
  227. teaching grandmother to suck eggs?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:35pm
  228. what I want to know is why we even follow this “good book”……it was written by someone who heard voices in their head and called it god..so we automatically follow and believe without doubt….right??……..take that same scenario today and the person hearing “gods” voice would be in a loony bin…..right????…….there’s a lot of things that just weren’t true back then…..like thunder does not come from some god named thor when he’s displeased with his subjects….please that’s just silly it it has been left behind…we have learned better…..the thought of heaven and God is merely something people need to cling to due to the need for hope of something better than this life…..satan and evil things were derived to scare people and children into being good civilians and good people and most of the bibles story were ripped from other cultures….we just need to focus on being better people instead of judging people on how good they are……. ~Namaste

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:51pm
  229. “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”
    -Thomas Jefferson, Dec. 6, 1813.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:18pm
  230. Christ needs to “help” the people holding the signs. They are the sinners!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:31pm
  231. Whatever that’s so full of shit

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:48pm
  232. ……..there’s a difference?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:56pm
  233. I agree with you Kandis Rogers, this isn’t the middle ages or the Spanish inquisition!!! I am gay and proud of my excistance!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:56pm
  234. RELIGIONS ARE ABOUT CONTROL

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:13pm