I have absolutely no problems with Christians. I am one.
I have absolutely no problems with those who overzealously take Christianity so literally. (I don't understand them, but I'll surely accept them too.)
I have a problem with extremists who have no capacity to tolerate or accept the beliefs of others. I find the METHOD in which extremists operate as dangerous, hypocritical and thoroughly UNCHRISTIAN.
RedNGold, not to single you out since I know you to be more level headed than others, but many of you're comments are perfect examples of this hypocritical rhetoric used by EXTREMISTS. And while you may not be an extremist, when I hear your rhetoric, I have difficultly distinguishing your beliefs and actions from those of the Phelps family.
To the "extremists" I say the following:
You quote biblical references to those for whom it has little or no meaning.
You draw obscene conclusions from weakly interpreted passages.
You refuse accept the opinions of others and insult those who challenge you.
....and you get really upset when people do it back to you.
You pick and choose biblical references to assist you in passing judgement on others while you live in an ignorant bliss of smug hypocrisy.
I believe in God. People like you make me ashamed to admit it.
I envision MY
God looking down at the religious extremists, rolling his/her eyes and thinking, "Maybe I did
make a mistake or two afterall".
My God taught me to respect the opinions and values of others, including those with other beliefs. This is NOT limited to a discussion of those beliefs, but also in the acceptance of their ACTIONS.
I accept peoples' ACTIONS and BELIEFS provided they do not hurt others. Homosexuals do not hurt people. INDIVIDUALS hurt people, regardless of their sexuality. YOU and YOUR RHETORIC hurt people and make them afraid. You are no better than Senator McCarthy and the social genocide he insighted on his own people; nor are you any better than those who led the slaughter of "witches" in Salem.
Have you learned nothing from your own history? Is Fred Phelps the next big scar in American history?
Phew. I feel better now that I got that off my chest.
You should be so lucky lady. I have known Diamond for a long time and I can assure you that come judgement day, he's got a better chance at marching through them pearly gates than a lot us (including you and I) do.
Maybe you could spend a little less time passing judgement on others, and spend a few more minutes in front of the mirror looking at yourself instead.