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Anonymous asked: what to do when im tired of being beaten up by the burden of proof? im very tired of having to play bible scholar to everyone just to be maybe treated as 99% human. i dont have to prove anything to god, but most people hear that and claim to be more discriminating than god. when its 8pm and ive worked all day, im tired of looking up the very verse that "proves them wrong!" and would like to just be believed the first time at yes i am human too.

Arguing Bible verses does little good. It usually just pits ignorance with illiteracy. What’s more effective is to get people to think about what they believe and why they believe it. 

I ask people, if the Bible can only be understood one way, why are there so many translations? And if they reply with, that’s why I stick to the King James version, I ask them if they know King James was gay. And he was.

But know that you don’t have to argue with every person about this issue. And remind them that even though you disagree on whether being LGBT is a sin, for them to put themselves in the place of God and be your judge is definitely a sin. 

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Anonymous asked: one small but big thing: please do not say things like "this person is insane, look at the bad thing they did" or "wow so crazy" because there is already enough mental health stigma and abuse in both religious communities and the world at large. thank you.

You got it. When talking about folks like the nun who said “masturbation turns you gay,” I’ll try to use more politically correct terms like “seriously misguided religious extremist.” Sorry if I offended anyone, and thanks for holding me accountable. 

—Enrique

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Anonymous asked: so basically, can you argue that homosexuality is not a sin?

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We’ve been doing that for 4 years. 

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trilobo replied to your post: Get your blood boiling by watching Ral…

When Graham speaks of repenting, what do you think he’s REALLY trying to say when he says, “…turn away from sin,” in terms of homosexuality?

We’re seeing a shift in tone. Religious fundamentalists used to have messages of fire and brimstone. But nowadays, condemning gay people (in the Western world) is not polite conversation. So folks like Graham have begun to soften their tone. They still hate us and want us to disappear by any means, but they have to mask their intolerance with this mantra of repentance. This approach may be more dangerous than outright condemnation.

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Get your blood boiling by watching Ralph Reed, Franklin Graham demonize LGBT people as they stumble over explaining why evangelical Christianity is in decline. Watch here. 
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Get your blood boiling by watching Ralph Reed, Franklin Graham demonize LGBT people as they stumble over explaining why evangelical Christianity is in decline. Watch here

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This couple is believed the first same gender couple in England to marry in a church. They have been together for 19 years and were married in an MCC church. Best wishes!
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This couple is believed the first same gender couple in England to marry in a church. They have been together for 19 years and were married in an MCC church. Best wishes!

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Hospital Chaplain Defies Church of England and Marries Partner
Canon Jeremy Pemberton was reminded that gay clergy are not supposed to marry, but he married his longtime partner anyway. Best wishes to the couple!
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Hospital Chaplain Defies Church of England and Marries Partner

Canon Jeremy Pemberton was reminded that gay clergy are not supposed to marry, but he married his longtime partner anyway. Best wishes to the couple!

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Matthew Vines Experiences Heavy Backlash As New Book Readies
Matthew Vines, the quiet former Harvard student who wowed us with his extensive sermon on the Bible and Homosexuality, releases his new book on April 22. 
But fundamentalist Christians are cutting the 24-year-old no slack. They have already begun to attack him and accuse him of manipulating the Bible. 
Please visit his Twitter and send him some love! »» @VinesMatthew 

Matthew Vines Experiences Heavy Backlash As New Book Readies

Matthew Vines, the quiet former Harvard student who wowed us with his extensive sermon on the Bible and Homosexuality, releases his new book on April 22. 

But fundamentalist Christians are cutting the 24-year-old no slack. They have already begun to attack him and accuse him of manipulating the Bible. 

Please visit his Twitter and send him some love! »» @VinesMatthew 

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