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Dear Matt Barber: Calling yourself a Christian does not make it so

Monday, July 21, 2014
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Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation, and the rest of us who don’t practice your beliefs do not exist here for your will and pleasure.

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Focus on the Family: Gays blame Christians for their own emotional pain

Thursday, March 6, 2014
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On the most recent “CitizenLink Report” from Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard and Bruce Hausknecht defended the recently vetoed legal discrimination bill in Arizona as nothing more than “an otherwise ordinary bill” that was badly misrepresented by gay activists.

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Gay Christian preaches acceptance among conservative churches

Friday, September 20, 2013
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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- A Kansas man whose online lecture about the Bible and same-sex relationships gained considerable attention has gathered about 50 Christians from around the country to delve into his belief that the Scriptures do not condemn homosexuality as a sexual orientation.

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New platform launched for Christians to speak out in favor of LGBT equality

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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A new project launched Wednesday is giving LGBT-supportive Christians a public forum for to proclaim their love and acceptance for their their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends and family members.

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When Christians are Christianity’s worst enemies

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Hi, I'm a Christian. As a gay man, I understand all too well why those words conjure up fear, loathing, and dramatic eye rolls among my LGBT friends. But I'm proud of my faith. I love its emphasis on grace, mercy, and love. I love Jesus' teachings about forgiveness, service, putting others first, and giving people more than they deserve. I love that he was known for befriending the outcasts and "sinners" while condemning the religious leaders. We could use a little more of that attitude today! But as much as I love my faith, sometimes my fellow Christians make me want to scream.

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A history lesson for Linda Harvey and the ‘religious Reichwing’

Sunday, July 1, 2012
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Hey Linda: You’ve been spouting off at the mouth a lot of utter nonsense about how dangerous it is to allow gays in the military. ... Linda, some of the most powerful, victorious, and abundantly brave – breathtakingly heroic actually – armies in history had in their rank and file – and leadership – gay men. ... And now with your ignorance and hate you demean their memory and you scorn those who want to wear a uniform of honor in order to serve this country and risk their very all to do so. How dare you.

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Staffers leaving Shorter University over required anti-gay lifestyle statement

Monday, May 14, 2012
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ROME, Ga. -- A tenured librarian at Shorter University is the latest among nearly 60 staff members to leave the Christian liberal arts college over the school’s ban on gay employees.

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Dan Savage and the truth about homosexuality and the Bible

Monday, April 30, 2012
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People get bullied because of who they are: how they look and act, what they say and do. ... The people who walked out during Dan’s talk were not separated from their peers by anyone. They were content to do that themselves. They were not frightened or cowed. They were offended. ... And they were pleased to show their intolerance of Dan’s words by protesting against them in the manner they did. Theirs was not an act born of suffering.

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An open letter from Christians to LGBT people

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Last night I dreamed that I was standing in the sanctuary of an immense church. Broad beams of light colored like jewelery cut across the air above me, coming to land upon a majestic pulpit. Sensing that something important was in the pulpit, I climbed...

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‘I no longer identify as a Christian . . .’ — they often write

Friday, December 9, 2011
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If part of a person’s expression of faith means treating people unequally, denying rights of others and making them a target of their fear, that faith is not aligned with the God of the Bible. They may be aligned with a God of a party or a denomination, but they are missing the heart of the Father God, the One who created and loves His children. Every one of them.

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