She responded, "What common ground is there to try and hold a discussion with someone who thinks you need to be rounded up and thrown into a concentration camp?
Clearly, he doesn't represent ALL Christians - or even a majority. But there is an outspoken minority that is ready to avenge God's Levitican demands by taking concerted action against the LGBT community."
I had to agree. It's one thing to consider a 'civil discourse' with a guy like this - but it becomes really personal, really fast, when that person has you square in his gunsights and is perfectly willing to pull the trigger:
This 'preacher' is a dangerous person; far more so than that snake. It's impossible to have a civil discourse with him; his mind has been poisoned by decades of a self-reinforcing worldview which has turned him into the person he is today.
He would also cheerfully round up my friend, her companion, and anyone else who thinks or acts like they do - and incarcerate them behind barbed wire.
The larger question is this: What do we do about it?
I'm no longer willing to sit by like Martin Niemoller, who was too polite to say anything about the Nazis. What concerns me is the rest of the Christian community, which is perfectly willing either to aid and abet this son-of-a-bitch, or politely ignore him completely.
See, I'm of the belief that not all Christians are the same. There are more than a few who are thinking, logical, caring individuals - and while they're thin on the ground here in America, they exist.
They're also being too damn polite both for their own good and that of the rest of America.
So, where are they? Why aren't they telling this fellow to sit down and shut up? Why don't they come out and say, "Uh - Hey. You. Yeah; you - the guy with semiliterate speech and all the attitude? Your 'Jesus' said that he'd come to fulfil the law (the Old Testament) - and his one requirement was that we love each other - and that everything else was his, including judgment."
I don't see that. At all.
I said recently that it was an irony that those of us who don't 'believe' are going to have to be the ones who save the best of American Christianity. Maybe that's the case. I can hope that the thinking Christians in America will eventually rise up and shout-down the likes of this moron - but until that happens, I think it's time I went and found my grandfather's hoe.
Because I've at least one friend who had the uncomfortable feeling that people like this would cheerfully throw her in a concentration-camp.
Because this isn't a 'Christian nation', no matter how much these morons want to put their stamp of hate-filled religion on it.
Because it's time to put an end to this nonsense.
There are some snakes in the land to sort-out.