Dialogue between Christians who affirm homosexuality and those who don't "has to be open and it has to be honest....Ideally, we come together and understand each other before the end of the day -- or however long it takes." So Soulforce member Jarrett Lucas is purported to have said to Trading Markets.com October 2, 2008. Soulforce is a gay activist group who was touring various Christian schools to gain support for their point of view.
I agree. We need to be able to dialogue about these things and, even when we come to different conclusions, to treat the other side with respect. Sadly, that isn't happening.
ProtectMarriage.com on October 13, 2008 reported that a supporter of the Californian Proposition 8, distributing lawn signs, was attacked by someone who accused him of being against gays. The victim needed 16 stitches under his eye. Is this how we come together and understand each other?
According to Exodus International, NBC-4 of Maryland reported that students who wanted to donate books to West Springfield High School's library that "promote an evangelical Christian perspective on homosexuality" were refused. One student claimed that the librarian didn't even look at the books. Is this how we come together and understand each other?
To be sure, these articles are five months old and those who believe that homosexual behaviour is wrong have also been disrespectful and belligerent. Why can't both sides treat the other with respect and dignity, despite opposing views? Why can't both sides have their perspectives available in public facilities such as public schools and public libraries? What happened to free speech and the right to choose one's own beliefs?
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