A certain potty-mouthed commenter at Gay Patriot very recently objected to my use of the term “anti-gay” Christian to describe Christians who disapprove of church blessings for same-sex unions.
Okay, then he should think of a pretty euphemism he likes. Only he should make sure it’s an honest one. As I keep trying to remind these people, they’re entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts.
There are gay Christians who are so conservative, theologically, that they differ with straight Christians who disapprove of their “lifestyles” only on matters involving homosexuality. Except for those half-dozen snippets of Scripture, they interpret the Bible exactly the same way.
That’s right. There are gay Roman Catholics, gay conservative Evangelicals, even gay Orthodox Jews. And I mean ones who don’t believe they must remain celibate all their lives or try to become straight. Sorry that’s inconvenient for some of their straight co-religionists, but there it is.
That may not be my cup of tea. As an Episcopalian, I am somewhat more liberal theologically. But just as there are all sorts of different political views gays might possibly hold, we also span the spectrum religiously.
I wouldn’t think the crowd at Gay Patriot would find that too terribly hard to wrap their minds around. After all, if there are gays politically conservative enough to hold the views some of those folks do, why would there not be gays that religiously conservative, too?
Brace for head explosions. Rinse, and repeat.
I used the term “anti-gay” in my comments there not so much as a pejorative, but simply because I couldn’t think of another term that might capture the razor-thin line between what some gay religious people and some of their straight co-religionists believe.
It is insulting and unjust for the readers of Gay Patriot to have to read – again and again and again and again – of “Christians,” as if ALL can safely and comfortably be presumed to condemn same-sex relationships. When the word “Christians” is used by itself, it clearly implies that it encompasses all Christians without exception. But as a matter of fact, that is a long way from being true. Not even all conservative Christians any longer condemn same-sex love.
Sorry, try again. As for me, until these people can come up with a better term, I’ll keep using “anti-gay.” As that’s literally the only thing that separates some gay conservative Christians from many straight ones, it has the advantage of being short and concise.
It has the additional advantage of being the truth.