Two letters in this morning’s L.A. Times chapped my hide before I could down my first sip of coffee.
The first scolded four Catholic bishops in Arizona for supporting legislation that will give business owners the right to refuse service to customers who happen to be gay. That’s fine, but the letter-writer implies that it’s not very “Christian” of the church to be so intolerant.
Is this person kidding, or unaware?
Hard-core Christians (of many varieties) are intolerant of gays marrying, living in their apartment buildings, and patronizing their businesses. They are intolerant of near unanimously-accepted science (read evolution) being taught in our public schools. They are intolerant of legal efforts to remove their particular religious symbols from government institutions that represent all Americans. The list of what they are intolerant of goes on and on…
Hell, the Christian god invented intolerance when Eve made one mistake.
Moderate Christians should understand that they are in danger of being lumped-in with their bigoted brethren. They are the religious equivalent of the cranky old man yelling, “You kids get off my lawn!” Nowadays, to be intolerant is not the opposite of being Christian, it’s the essence of it!
For some reason, the second letter the L.A. Times printed on this subject added the word “atheist” in a very telling way. Here’s the whole letter:
“Would the Arizona legislation to allow a business owner to refuse service to a gay person also apply to an atheist homophobic business owner?”
Why would someone add atheist to that hypothetical example? We’re not the homophobic ones!
Question: How many atheist or humanist organizations have come out against gay rights, gay marriage, evolution being taught in schools, or a secular government?
We freethinkers also have a lot of PR work ahead of us.