Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Christian rock group condones killing of homosexuals

Good Christians don't act this way.

A christian rock organization that has been prominent in national politics (being hailed, for example, by far-right politicians like Michelle Bachmann) has condemned the homosexual acts of gay and lesbian Americans. That's nothing new: far-right groups like these have been doing that for years, and will continue to do so for years to come.

What's terrible about this group is that it is applauding and encouraging the belief that homosexuality should be punishable by death.

"Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America," says Bradlee Dean, head of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, the organization in question. He added, "This just shows you they themselves [Muslims] are upholding the law that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian god, but they seem to be more moral than the American Christians do because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination."

Where does this come from? As far as I know, Jesus never said a word advocating killing people. Rather, He warned others of the dangers of not living by God's word, that those who did not would be held to account for their actions when they, alongside everyone else, would be judged in the afterlife. But Jesus never once encouraged us to kill people, much less a specific group of people like homosexuals.

Such rotten language ruins what really is a beautiful religion. Whether you believe homosexuality to be a sin or not, Christianity isn't about who can hate the sinners more or who can kill the most non-believers. It's about love and forgiveness, about treating your brothers and your sisters in a loving way, as you yourself would want to be treated. And yes, it's about encouraging people to live according to God's Word, but not through violent acts like murder but through His love.

This perversion of religion is a terrible thing. It offends me as one who defends the rights of everyone -- be they religious or not -- as well as one who practices the faith in question. As a Christian myself, I don't condone in any way, shape, or form brutal attacks or intimidation of sinners or non-believers. Such a belief would not only interfere with the rights of others, but also would be in direct conflict with my religious beliefs period.

Good Christians don't hate -- they love and they forgive, encouraging others to live in God's desired way, but not through hatred or violence. Those who advocate such beliefs are not good Christians, and should be shunned from the community of Christianity until they see the light.

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