In this thread several posters pondered the reasons for my alleged “anti-Christian stance.” I fully admit I am no fan of Christianity, not the least reason of which is a continuing anti-gay stance (among lots of other issues), not necessarily by individual Christians, or even individual Christian demoninational churches, but rather of the religion as a whole (i.e., the Vatican, the Baptist Convention, Mormons, etc.) As a Unitarian Universalist, however, I recognize Christianity’s value and worth as a valid belief system, as I would Buddhism or Taoism or Judaism, and so on.
To coin a phrase, some of my best friends are Christian. Certainly I am continually surrounded by Christians in the workplace, social functions, etc., and do not get preached at, berated or bashed - they’re, on the whole, quite nice folks. Even my parents, though certainly not devout by any means, are Methodist, and they’re cool as anything.
So, if Christianity, as a religion, preaches, “love the sinner, hate the sin,” is it valid for me to have the opinion, “love the Christian, hate Christianity?” Does this make me a bigot or a hypocrite? If so, how? Does speaking my peace about the problems I see with Christianity make me discriminatory, or a good debater taking a contrary viewpoint? Obviously I loathe homophobia and fight it wherever I see it, including where I see it inherent in Christian doctrines. If I’ve never asked any Christian to give up their homophobic views and/or their religion, but rather tried to educate them otherwise, shouldn’t Christians have the same right to let me have my prejudice against their religion, even if they also try to educate me otherwise? Or is it ok for them to be anti-gay, but not ok for me to be anti-Christianity? (“Them” being, again, no one individual.)
Certainly y’all can feel free to broaden this to a more societal level, as I’m in no mood to open another “let’s bash Esprix” thread.