Another Sabbath day, another brouhaha over at Gay Patriot. This time, I have done the unthinkable: I have candidly stated that there are Christians who are NOT social conservatives. And that our faith is just as important to us – just as sacred – as theirs.
My first comment, on that thread, was that the best way for anti-gay churches to combat those who’d sue them for not performing same-sex union ceremonies was to stop being dishonest about the fact that other churches exist. You know, churches that disagree with them about same-sex unions. That this would permit them to give evidence that same-sex unions did not NEED to be performed at churches that oppose them. That by ignoring that churches that disagree with them on this issue exist, anti-gay churches are actually making things tougher on themselves than they need to. Horrifyingly to social conservatives, I propose that they actually trust in the truth!
That is a plain, bald fact. Social conservatives, as I also pointed out, are entitled to their own opinion. But they are not entitled to their own facts. Whether they agree with us or not, whether they even consider us Christians or not, is quite beside the point. We believe ourselves to be Christians, just as much as they are, we go to church, we read the Bible, and we disagree with them on gay issues.
What social conservatives try, all too often, to do is pretend — in their rhetoric — that ALL Christians agree with them on gay issues, and that everyone who doesn’t agree is not only not a Christian, but opposed to the Christian faith. Their own dishonesty is coming back to bite them, because non-Christians who would force all churches to perform same-sex unions play into the same lie. That only anti-gay churches are real churches, and therefore that they must be forced to perform same-sex unions.
What social cons are demonstrating, on that thread, is that they are such liars they can’t even deal with the facts. On that entire thread, I said nothing about censoring them, or shutting them up. Their own position is, quite evidently, so shaky that they can’t even stand for an opposing one to be stated.
But it WILL be stated. It will be stated, and repeated, and the fight will go on. Those who are trying to shut up and stop the Christians opposed to gay marriage are not Christians; they are outsiders. Social cons must blur the lines between the outsiders and the insiders with whom they disagree, because their argument is clearly so weak they can’t be sure it will prevail.
Predictably, I am being cast — by implication, since nobody has the gumption to do it explicitly — as a liberal, as someone ungodly, as one who would drag in the government to censor anti-gay Christians. This MUST be done, because otherwise – gasp! – they might actually have to face pro-gay Christians’ argument and contend with it.
They can’t do that. They are liars and cowards to the core.
The problem is that social-conservative Christians always do exactly what they accuse pro-gay Christians of doing: they drag in outsiders. People who try, repeatedly, to turn a thread on sacred matters into a joke and a game obviously do not believe in anything more sacred than the joke and the game. They have no respect for anyone’s faith – not even that of those whose side they claim to take.
Also very revealingly, NONE of the social-conservative Christians who comment on that blog have stepped in to voice their opinions. They are perfectly willing to see their own faith, their own God, dragged through the mud. They are hollow to their core, too. It doesn’t bother them when nonbelievers cuss, and make crude sexual innuendoes, and crassly joke on a thread about the faith they supposedly hold dear.
The truth is there to be seen, in stark contrast to the lies. I will simply trust in it to stand on its own.