When Christians become a ‘hated minority’

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When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens.


During his speeches, people raise their hands to challenge his assertions that the Bible condemns homosexuality, but no Christians speak out to defend him.

“But after it is over, they will come over to talk to me and whisper in my ear, ‘I agree with everything you said,’" says Sprigg, a spokesman for The Family Research Council, a powerful, conservative Christian lobbying group.

We’ve heard of the “down-low” gay person who keeps his or her sexual identity secret for fear of public scorn. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward homosexuality have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.

As proof, Sprigg points to the backlash that ESPN commentator Chris Broussard sparked recently. Broussard was called a bigot and a purveyor of hate speech when he said an NBA player who had come out as gay was living in “open rebellion to God.” Broussard said the player, Jason Collins, was “living in unrepentant sin” because the Bible condemns homosexuality.

Written By: John Blake
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  1. Oh, boo-friggety-hoo – the Christians are getting persecuted again. So, so persecuted. So downtrodden they can’t even spew their hatred and bigotry openly for fear of being called haters and bigots. Whatever happened to the day when fine, upstandin’ Christian Amurkin patriots could yell out racial slurs in proud solidarity with their white brethren, only hiding behind sheets when they actually lynched someone? Oh, for the high times when strapping young Christian men could chain a gay man to a pickup truck and drag his bloody body through town to the cheers of their fellow Christians? Oh for the days before the internet, when loving, concerned Christians could rail against progressive social policies, voting women, single parents, birth control, abortion, premarital sex, extramarital sex, gay sex, any sex at all ever – without the whole world instantly witnessing their backwoods ignorance and bigotry. Oh for the centuries in which they could burn anyone they didn’t like as witches or heretics. Those were the days, man. Those were the days.
    But now…oh, the mockery. The derision. The heavy sighs of disgust. What a terrible, awful, cross to bear.

  2. ” Evangelical Christians say they are the new victims of intolerance – they’re persecuted for condemning homosexuality. “

    Persecuted?!?!? Perhaps A Mathew Shepard, or the legions of gays that preceded him, or the legions of gays that followed him in such places as Uganda, or even the good old US might have something to say about persecution.

    Evangelical bastards ought to keep their relativistic mouths shut about persecution until it actually happens.

  3. These Christians are suffering under the misnomer that all opinions are valid and therefore should be allowed to be expressed freely. Wrong. Not all opinions are equally valid. Some opinions are based purely on ignorance and are not valid. One has a right to hold these opinions, but when you express them publicly you should not be surprised at the negative reaction you get. If you don’t want to be called a bigot then educate yourself about homosexuality – or whatever the subject may be. Then you might not be so quick to make such ignorant statements that are bound to be interpreted as hateful – even if your opinion was not borne out of homophobia but a sincere religious belief.

    Of course many fundamentalists are just not interested in educating themselves – they prefer blind faith. Probably because many of these people ARE bigots and homophobes, and it’s very convenient for them to hide their prejudice behind the smokescreen of their religion. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for these people – they deserve all the condemnation they get. If that makes them feel like a hated minority, then so be it. At least now they know how it feels for gay people when they are a hated minority by the likes of people like yourselves.

  4. Until the debate over homosexuality is settled – if it ever is – there may be plenty of evangelical Christians who feel as if they are now being forced to stay in the closet.

    Oh the poor things! But always look on the bright side-with all of us Atheists coming out of our closets lately, there are sure to be plenty of closet vacancies :-)

    Here you go Christian gay-basher dude-you can have my old scary closet now!

    ~slams closet door. throws key into sewer drain~

  5. Funny piece.

    Replace the homophobic subtext with 19th century ‘negroes’ or 20th century ‘jews’, doesn’t look so pretty now, does it.

    Discrimination against what people are is precisely being a bigot.

    Criticising what people believe, especially when those beliefs carry some of those prejudices, on the other hand…

    “I used to be gay, but I was forced to give it up. because it made my eyes water” – Michael Gambon

    • In reply to #5 by papa lazaru:

      Funny piece.

      Replace the homophobic subtext with 19th century ‘negroes’ or 20th century ‘jews’, doesn’t look so pretty now, does it.

      Discrimination against what people are is precisely being a bigot.

      Criticising what people believe, especially when those beliefs carry some of those prejudices, on…

      Remember how all those christians were persecuted into giving up slavery?

  6. My, how things have changed! It seems like a very short time indeed, when I would wisely keep my atheistic views to myself in any sort of group. I’ve noticed a trend of late, when the faithful display a similar reticence, especially in a group of intelligent people. I feel like shouting “this is how it feels when you’re assumed to be morally inferior!”

    Do I care if someone is made to feel uncomfortable about expressing bigoted opinions? In a word..NO!

  7. This from the critics of relativism: “There is no legal meaning. It’s just a phrase,” Potok says. “Hate speech is in the ear of the beholder.”

    ‘One of the most hated minorities?’

    Hated? What goes around comes around, but listen to your own advice: There is no legal meaning. It’s just a phrase. Hate is in the mind of the beholder.

    Intolerance may be difficult to define, but some evangelicals say they have become victims of intolerance because of their reverence for the Bible.

    Sorry but you just don’t get it. The evangelicals have become intolerable because so many others, our society and government have been victimized by their intolerance which is justified by reverence for the bible.

    If you are a clueless dogmatic bigot who won’t keep your nose out of other peoples’ asses, what do you expect after that, a kiss? Take a look in the mirror and keep your nose clean.

  8. closeted christians? that’s a bit rich! what do they think will happen if they express their views in public? very little will befall them apart from than perhaps being challenged or heckled. that’s far better than being bashed, ostracised, imprisoned, or having your life ruined just because the bible says that homosexuals are naughty!

  9. ‘“It’s getting to the point,” he says, “where churches are not going to say that any sexual activity is wrong.”’ Is that a bad thing? Isn’t it about time that jebus sycophants started minding their own business about what consenting adults do in private?

  10. Why would they fear being labelled a “hateful bigot”. I thought they were proud of their hate, discrimination, and even violence against gays. A friend once took me to a JW service hoping to convince me they were not bigots. My host was in tears when the congregation spent about 20 minutes blaming every conceivable ill on the presence of gay people. They were not in the least shy about it.

    Is it like the KKK, that are proud of what they do, but want to make retaliation difficult?

  11. I can’t recall ever hearing of any gay person attacking a gay bigot, blowing up a church or even crashing a service. The strongest revenge I ever took was on some JWs who kept knocking at my door. I invited the elderly gentleman in, and convinced him I was a having a vision and Jesus was giving me a message for him which I whispered in his ear. He bit hard, and positively danced down the front stairs to get reinforcements. When they all arrived, I played dumb and had no recollection of this event. Another sort of bizarre revenge was to dress as an American Gothic and go to night clubs carrying a bible. I perfected a silly bobbing sort of walk and a deadpan expression. I would bump into things. If Christians are going to spread silly stereotypes about gays, turnabout is fair play.

  12. To Neodarwinian:

    I’m one evangelical bastard who phoned the Westboro Baptist Church to protest their “God Hates Fags” signs and other distortions connected with the Matthew Shepard case.

    It’s true that the Bible condemns homosexual acts just like it condemns many other sins, sexual and otherwise. But just because Christians, like myself, disagree with this behavior based on the New Covenant, it is not automatically equivalent to hatred. I don’t hate homosexuals. In fact, although I disagree with same-sex marriage, I believe that under the US constitution, it should be legal. I don’t like swallowing this pill, but I do. We live in a pluralistic society under a constitution which, for better or worse, allows citizens to rise to the best or fall to the worst within reason. And I’m not specifically referring to homosexuals as automatically being in the latter group. I frankly put people who disrespect and hate others based on lifestyle, color, creed, political viewpoint, etc., and who spread divisiveness and distrust based on these categories as the greatest threat to social stability and peace. This can cover anybody in any group.

    So, although my world view disfavors homosexual behavior, along with other acts of spiritual disobedience (which I’m not above committing at times myself), in general, I believe that all people have the right to choose their path and deserve respect. Obviously, for those who commit extreme and heinous acts which do great harm to others, I don’t have feelings of respect, but that opens up a whole other issue.

    The bottom line is please don’t automatically connect disagreement in this case with hatred, and lump all evangelicals into a neat little box. It is not the will of Jesus that we go around and be everybody’s judge. That’s not our job, but rather to spread the good news of redemption, reconciliation and grace to those who willingly accept it.

    All the best.

    • In reply to #12 by rodan:

      To Neodarwinian:

      I’m one evangelical bastard who phoned the Westboro Baptist Church to protest their “God Hates Fags” signs and other distortions connected with the Matthew Shepard case.

      It’s true that the Bible condemns homosexual acts just like it condemns many other sins, sexual and otherwise….

      Am I clear on this: Your only problem with Westboro is the single matter you mentioned? This is the one time they went too far over the top? Anyway, what did they have to say?

      Would it ever occur to you that it is insulting, arrogant, prideful, self-righteous and self-indulgent to think oneself a representative of “god” who feels empowered to prance about telling everyone else what they should think and do, how they should live their lives? Are there no precepts in the scriptures such as: Keep your good news to yourself. Keep your pronouncements and judgements of other people to yourself. Mind your own business, not mine. These statements address aggravations that must have pissed off our ancestors for thousands of years. There must be some received wisdom about such time-worn problems?

    • In reply to #12 by rodan:

      I’m one evangelical bastard who phoned the Westboro Baptist Church to protest their “God Hates Fags” signs and other distortions connected with the Matthew Shepard case.

      It’s true that the Bible condemns homosexual acts just like it condemns many other sins, sexual and otherwise….

      Love the sinner, hate the sin, eh? Yeah, I know all about that. So tell me how you vote? In a referendum prohibiting gay marriage, would you vote for that prohibition? If so, then your “No true Scotsman” argument is as sounding brass. If you harm me, it makes no difference whether it is from hate or from ignorance.

    • In reply to #12 by rodan:

      Dear Rodan, let’s just highlight the redemption/salvation narrative real quick…

      Firstly, we know that because of evolution, there was no original sin. What’s that mean to thinking people? No such thing as a need for a redeemer.

      Secondly, let me share with you a sweet-ass rendition of the Salvation story from The Thinking Atheist page:

      “If I have to hear, “It’s a fallen world,” “God loves us even though we don’t deserve it,” and “Jesus paid the price for our sins” ONE… MORE… TIME…

      Christopher Hitchens was right: “This is the wish to be a slave.”

      For those joining us late, allow me to sum up the Salvation Story in my own words.

      An omnipotent God created 2 fallible, garden-dwelling humans, threw temptation in their path and acted surprised when they took the bait.

      Then the world went to sh!t, and God (whose omniscience, strangely, didn’t see this coming) drowned men, women, toddlers, fetuses, the mentally ill, the elderly, the infirmed…plus every animal that didn’t get a ticket to the floating zoo.

      Which, isn’t it convenient that the entirety of the world’s animals just happened to live in Noah’s immediate neighborhood? Polar bears in the desert! Who knew!?!

      Unfortunately, the world remained screwed up, eventually requiring a blood atonement.

      No, the omnipotent God didn’t merely BLINK forgiveness into the lives of his children, but instead impregnated a teenager (essentially fathering himself) so that he could grow up to be horribly tortured and executed (sacrificing himself to himself) in order to rescue humankind from the very Hell that He himself created.

      God made sure to carry out this plan in a primitive part of the Middle East, well before the invention of the printing press or the video camera.

      Then God decided the best way of revealing himself for the next 2,000 years would be to use hearsay, make rainbows, find lost car keys, score touchdowns, and win “our” side of the war, but rescuing tsunami victims and curing cancer? Nah.

      Ultimately, he’ll come again and (for some reason) give his arch enemy control of the planet for seven years before finally damning billions to writhe in agony forever. Fortunately, God apparently plans to wipe the memory of the heaven-bound so their 24/7 songs of praise won’t be hindered by the knowledge that their fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and cherished friends are being cooked forever in fire.

      Meanwhile, up in Heaven, in the midst of this non-stop eternal pep rally for Yahweh, it’s assumed that many of the redeemed will become confused and wonder if they’d accidentally been sent to Hell.

      Yep. That’s pretty much it.”

    • (check on your 3rd paragraph in your writing)

      My reply:
      NOBODY deserves any respect.
      You have to earn it. And it applies to myself.

      If Christians demand respect for a different opinion, all I can say is you are entitled with your opinion, but nobody entitled with the facts. Fact is fact.

      As in this case, the scientific facts is the only true. The fabricated facts do NOT deserve any respect at all. Mind this “Anything you assert without any evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” (Christopher Hitchens)

      Furthermore, when Christians demand respect for a different opinion, my highest respect to them is by questioning it. Questioning shows my interest. I would throw garbage to the garbage can and don’t even mention or study about it. On the other hand, I keep valuable things in a kept safe place.

      That means, if you demand respect, my reply is, I demand respectful answer, in the sense of answers that are based on scientific facts. NOT the answer by your own imagination (fabricated by your own mind without supporting scientific evidence).

      Now let’s start analyze if you deserve the respect at all. Let’s start from GENESIS, a book in your bible.
      1.Can you give me any scientific evidence and the common sense that explain the lights (1st thing your God created) was created before the stars and planets (4th day your God created)?

      2.Your Jesus the so called perfect one, (if he ever exist), ever made the pigs jumped off the cliff and died. How can you define it as the act of love? For comparison, 500 years long time before Jesus was born, Siddartha Gautama’s teaching is not to kill, as in this case, to love not even kill a little insect.

      I still have plenty of questions, but let’s start here in our open discussion here if you deserve any respect.

      OTHER READERS may join us. But please keep it polite and based on scientific. Not the fabricated ones (aka. disrespectful).

      In reply to #12 by rodan:

      To Neodarwinian:

      I’m one evangelical bastard who phoned the Westboro Baptist Church to protest their “God Hates Fags” signs and other distortions connected with the Matthew Shepard case.

      It’s true that the Bible condemns homosexual acts just like it condemns many other sins, sexual and otherwise….

    • In reply to #12 by rodan:

      To Neodarwinian:

      I’m one evangelical bastard who phoned the Westboro Baptist Church to protest their “God Hates Fags” signs and other distortions connected with the Matthew Shepard case.

      It’s true that the Bible condemns homosexual acts just like it condemns many other sins, sexual and otherwise….

      ” The bottom line is please don’t automatically connect disagreement in this case with hatred, and lump all evangelicals into a neat little box. “

      Just caught this. Too late. As to lumping evangelicals, that is what I would like to do and they have boxed themselves in, not me.

  13. “The media will hail someone who comes out of the closet as gay, but someone who simply expresses their personal religious views about homosexual conduct is attacked.”

    Personal religious views are not personal when espoused in the public domain. Homosexuality exists, it is natural and gay people are valued members of our communities.

    Peter Sprigg, you are a bigot and it is reasonable and rational to attack your opinion. Get over it.

  14. Oh no, the Christian Jewish sect are opposed to homosexuality because their man made father figure condemns it.

    I might make up a sect who’s father figure condemns both Jews and Christians. No, wait, that’s already been created, it’s called Islam.

    I’d pray to God that one day, there will be an end to this absurdity, if praying wasn’t so absurd.

  15. The hated minority here is homophobes, not Christians, so stop pretending otherwise. What place do they have in mind where Christians are even a minority anyway? If you want to find an example of Christians being a hated minority, go to the Middle East, where the haters are also homophobes.

    • In reply to #15 by Jos Gibbons:

      The hated minority here is homophobes, not Christians, so stop pretending otherwise. What place do they have in mind where Christians are even a minority anyway? If you want to find an example of Christians being a hated minority, go to the Middle East, where the haters are also homophobes.

      This is a hugely important point. What the complainants here are trying to do is to further shackle Christianity to their own bigotted views. What they would love as an outcome is to have non bigotted Christians get angry at this supposed broad threat to religious freedom and support them

  16. To Rodan: ” It is not the will of Jesus that we go around and be everybody’s judge. That’s not our job, but rather to spread the good news of redemption, reconciliation and grace to those who willingly accept it.”

    So much drivel and nonsense here, I don’t know where to begin. Who/what was Jesus? Do you have any historical (as opposed to mythical) information about him? How does he differ from, say, Osiris?

    How do you know his will?

    Redemption from what, precisely? What have I done personally that needs redemption? You don’t know me and yet make this strange assertion.

    Reconciliation between what and what? You mean like between an abused spouse and the abuser?

    And WHATEVER is grace, anyhow? Only in your bizarre sado-masochistic fantasy do these notions make any sense at all.

  17. ““Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America?””

    Personally, I’m not into hate, but evangelical Christians need to start realising that more and more people see that what they are pushing is THE biggest scam in the history of the human race.

    How many modern, educated people seriously believe the basic tenet of Christianity that all humans are born sinners because of Adam and Eve and can only be saved from burning forever in a lake of fire by believing in and worshipping a long-dead (perhaps was never alive?) minor prophet?

    No, I don’t hate, because I pity people who believe that nonsense.

  18. Whatever…In the very old days Christians bravely endured crucifixion, the lions of the Roman arenas, stoning, fire, enslavement. Now they keep quiet in case someone might take the piss out of them. They’re not what they used to be.

  19. We hear the maxim ‘respect other peoples views’ all too often. It is a lazy expression of people who can’t think or articulate their thinking properly they conflate this ideal with the maxim of respecting peoples rights to express a point of view. We do not have to respect heinous and reprehansible views. These issues are clearly diffferent and also not to be confused with persecuting people on the basis of systems of belief.

    I like to see them treading on egg shells. There was a time they’d be roaring their bigotry from the roof tops and justifying it on the authority of the bible.

  20. Its always something with the christians isnt it? I wonder if they look at the recent trouble in Bangladesh, where the muslim majority rioted because they want execution for blasphemy and tougher sharia law levels, and thought, those poor oppressed people.they cant voice their own opinions in their country.

  21. They only know the strength of the word Persecution because they are the ones, through their bible and holy scriptures who have been the biggest users of the process. Ultimately not being able to voice your religious beliefs if they defy human rights, equality and fairness is not persecution it’s justice, solidarity and equality, three values which seem to bypass their holy minds.

  22. whaaaa, whaaaaaa, whaaaaa. Got to love the overwhelming majority of comments below the article on the CNN page though: A sure sign that the end times are nigh – the end times of godbothering that is.

  23. @OP – When Christians become a ‘hated minority’

    The bigots can work at their position one country at a time! Meanwhile in the UK and parts of Europe:-

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/24/religion-respecting-the-minority

    In the latest 2010 BSA report, published earlier this month, only 42% said they were Christians while 51% now say they have no religion. Admittedly, some other surveys – including the last census – have produced different findings on these issues, usually to the advantage of the religious option. There is also a margin of error in all such exercises. All the same, and particularly since the trends in opinion over time seem well set, it is hard not to feel that this latest finding marks a cultural watershed.

  24. It’s prosecuted, not persecuted. Your belief goes against law, that is prosecution. Persecution is when we hate you all the time and not just when you cross the legal line. The Christian belief, in some veins and under what is usually claimed to be a direct command from their religious texts, tells its believers to treat certain groups of people as inferior and to consider their innocent behaviour as unjust.

    Christians make illegal what they feel is morally wrong and claim it is how the Christian god wants it. There is no discussion of the person or their rights and freedoms. There is no acceptance of evidence or public opinion. There is only one way and that is to follow the wishes of their particular god.

    A secular state does not recognize the will of any god, let alone one particular god. When Christians deny rights that our laws permit and treat people in a way that our laws forbid, they persecute. From outside the law, they bring a force of personal, single minded justice to bare on peoples’ private lives. Christians can not prosecute what is not criminal, they must persecute it.

    The only persecuted people involved in this Christian Justice are those who identify as homosexual.

  25. I just think Negros are a Hamitic race intended to be slaves, per God’s commandment as written in the Bible. I’m just a simple Christian forced to hide Biblical views for fear of being called a hateful bigot. I just believe in the Bye-bull….

  26. As far as the ‘minority’ status of these Christians goes, I think I understand it, and it actually does make sense.

    In a sense, it’s “No True Scotsman”. The Christians that make them a majority, rather than a minority, are not ‘true’ Christians. Except I don’t think it’s quite the fallacy. Christianity is a HUGE field of beliefs. We’ve got people who let their child waste away because they think Jesus will save them, and we’ve got Christians who have lesbian priests who think everyone will go to heaven in the end. You can’t really say that it’s a no true scotsman fallacy to declare that one or the other of these shouldn’t fit under the label ‘Christian’.

    And that’s where the minority status comes in. The ‘true’ Christians, the ones who accept all the socially backwards parts of the Bible, are a minority. Not even all YEC accept some of the nastier moral claims of the Bible (After all, the christians who accept the ‘scientific’ facts of the bible as stated will still try to explain away the moral abominations like slavery and genocide, rather than just accepting them too) So the Christians on the more fundamentalist / bigoted side of the aisle don’t even see the more liberal christians as ‘true’ christians. Not because they can’t handle disagreement, but because they’re so different that to accommodate both groups would basically mean that a Christian is defined as ‘someone who calls themselves a Christian’.

    Now frankly, it’s good to know that kind of Christian is becoming a minority. While Christianity is so obviously wrong, liberal Christians are pretty harmless. While they can provide ‘cover’ for the fundamentalists, that’s really only the same level of harm as someone who votes for a different political party than you causes. The kind of harm that is just a part of every day life that you can’t excise while maintaining a democracy. So lets hope that the dangerous breed of Christian becomes more and more of a minority. We can work on improving skepticism later, because most people can’t look at gays and really hate them. And that’s enough, for now.

    Christianity will eventually go the way of all religions before it. But if, by the time I die, all that I see is a crumbling of fundamentalism in favor of a more liberal and human-loving version of Christianity, I’ll be more than satisfied with that progress.

    So, here’s a toast to the ‘True Christian’ minority. Let’s all be glad that they are exactly the minority they claim to be.

  27. “Gay marriage was legalized in three states last election day (Maine, Maryland, and Washington state), and marijuana for recreational use in two (Colorado and Washington state):

    Something to think about. It all makes sense now.

    Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day.

    Leviticus 20:13 – “if a man lays with another man, as with a woman, he should be stoned.”

    We’ve just been interpreting it wrong all along.”

    Giggity

  28. I’m all for them expressing their views, it forces them to back them up. If they fear being considered a bigot it might just be that the reasons they are giving to justify their beliefs sound hollow even to them.

    The article also failed to note that while marriage is stated as between man and women, it also includes concubines, slaves gotten through acts of genocide through sale of daughters, multiple wives. Funny how they don’t include all that in their definition.

  29. A number of comments on this blog have used the word persecution , but I don’t think that the Christians mentioned in this article have themselves claimed they were being persecuted, nor would most Christians living in the west make that claim because they are only too well aware how far removed they are from the real and savage persecution that Christians elsewhere are suffering – in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, parts of northern Nigeria etc etc. The worst they are likely to get here is the sort of contempt, mockery and verbal abuse typified by the comments on this and similar blogs, which is really very slight compared with what their fellow Christians endure in some of those places – killings, beatings, arrest, the burning of houses and churches. That’s real persection and, in my view, those who suffer it for their faith show far greater courage than most safe and comfortable western Christians who – if this article is to be believed – won’t even speak out in public for fear of a few insults. So lets keep the word persecution for those situations that really justify it, and for everyone in our liberal society to stop feeling so indignant whenever other people exercise their right to disageree with them.

  30. closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.

    there are worse things that can happen to people speaking their belief than getting a label. deal with it you pathetic little worm

  31. On the other hand, in complete fairness, we should draw a distinction between their bigotry, and their right to say something which is absolutely true: The Bible DOES condemn homosexuality. You can make an extremely strong case that people who wave ‘God hates fags’ actually are interpreting the intention of the bible and its writers in the most correct fashion.

    The fact that the majority of christians want to live in denial of what their holy book actually says, doesn’t actually give them the right to.

  32. I think this has got to count as progress. By analogy, my understanding is that a few decades ago in the UK, it would not have been thought particularly out of place to express a racist view. Now, particuarly among the older generation, I find that there are some who clearly hold fairly racist views, and will sometimes express them, but only when they think they are in a “safe” environment (i.e. only in the company of people they think will agree or won’t mind). That’s because they know that it has become generally unacceptable to hold these views and so they keep it to themselves, even if they think it.

    It looks like this is what is happening in the US now on the topic of same-sex relationships, and if so it’s good news. Views won’t change overnight but a general consensus that certain views are no longer acceptable is an important step to greater freedom and tolerance.

  33. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward non-whites have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns coloreds but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.

    Some colors of light can only be seen with a special lens.

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