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When Christians Become a 'Hated Minority'
CNN ^ | May 5th, 2013 | John Blake

Posted on 05/30/2013 11:47:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway

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.

“In the current culture, it takes more courage for someone like Chris Broussard to speak out than for someone like Jason Collins to come out,” says Sprigg, a former pastor. “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.”

When is disagreement hate?

Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Illinois, says Christians should be able to publicly say that God designed sex to take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.

(Excerpt) Read more at religion.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antichristian; christianity; christianpersecution; homosexualagenda

1 posted on 05/30/2013 11:47:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I weep that we have become so intimidated.

However, in all honesty I believe some of the “blame” falls directly at the feet of many well-meaning pastors who have scolded their congregations into silence. They have told members that we should not focus on the sin of homosexuality, which is true in part, but the implication many heard was to stifle their criticism of the practice of this sin.

Then, many well meaning churches ran to comfort those with AIDS. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, but many did so out of tacit embarrassment of their Christian brethren who sought to speak out against the practice of homosexuality. Churches held out those with AIDS as those with Leprosy in Jesus day. Very bad analogy and you see how Christians got the message that they need to shut up about the sin of homosexuality.

2 posted on 05/30/2013 11:56:32 AM PDT by Obadiah (What is twisted cannot be straightened...)
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To: nickcarraway

OH around maybe 30 AD or so.


3 posted on 05/30/2013 11:57:00 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: nickcarraway

I detest the double standards and secular elitism surrounding this issue, but come on. Stop whining, stand up, defend yourself. Did God not condemn those who were ashamed of Him?

“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

My brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, in Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, China, and North Korea are faced with the possibility of imprisonment and death for their belief. We have no such excuse for weakness.

I’m not saying you need to be a street preacher, but don’t let these a$$holes walk all over you and tell you that their subjective morality is worth a damn.


4 posted on 05/30/2013 11:57:12 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

Stand strong brothers and sisters. It won’t be long before calling homo behavior a sin will get you a phone tap and IRS audit.


5 posted on 05/30/2013 12:03:04 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: nickcarraway

The God-hating communist bastards can go straight to hell.

God bless em. Love thy enemy.

Emphasis on enemy.


6 posted on 05/30/2013 12:03:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: nickcarraway

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

We are way way way past that point...


7 posted on 05/30/2013 12:04:36 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: circlecity; Viennacon

You can already be fired if you are against gay marriage, even if you don’t mention it at work and are good at your job. Cisco fired a successful trainer because somewhere online he disagreed with gay marriage. His manager said he was great at his job, and never mentioned anything inappropriate at work, but the manager found online he was not for gay marriage.


8 posted on 05/30/2013 12:06:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A true bigot is one who hates you for standing on your moral principles. The real haters are the radical militant homosexuals who will change you and scream down on you. Those are the most intolerant hateful bigots. I have been at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa when they have charge into the sanctuary and disrupted the service. They were chanting and yelling and protesting Chuck during the services. Chuck’s attitude of love the sinner but hate the sin only angered them more. Such bigotry


9 posted on 05/30/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: nickcarraway
“But after it is over, they will come over to talk to me and whisper in my ear, ‘I agree with everything you said,’"

Yeah. This happens a LOT. PC has people afraid to speak up, but pull someone aside, and you'll hear how they really feel.
Homosexual "tolerance" is a lie. The propaganda works only because people have been intimidated into silence.

10 posted on 05/30/2013 12:08:40 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Yep - you should see all the frowny faces at churches or church organizations when I bring up the Bible.

It is quite remarkable to see.

It’s all about ‘praise and worship’. Without knowledge.

The world is being prepped for Antichrist.


11 posted on 05/30/2013 12:09:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway

Cultural Marxism started in the 1930’s—Political Correctness is their baby—and perfected by Mao-—to control all perceptions. “Hate Speech” is PC. It is to reinforce feelings——you are “hateful” if you speak the Truth about homosexuality.

TV/schools are all controlling perceptions in your children. They are reinforcing Evil is Good-—Truth is Evil——....forming their “Worldview”——what is “Good and Evil”. Parents are giving up “forming” worldview-—to the State certified goons.

People “feel” uncomfortable when they go against mass conformity—which was reinforced in our Prussian education system-—which is designed for mass conformity.

All individualism/Reason is ridiculed starting in Kindergarten or before if children watch tV-——where ideas—like marriage is between a man and a woman—is mocked. All Christian Ethics are mocked because “individuality” is a Christian concept—the bedrock of freedom and the US Constitution.

The NWO needs a “collective” mindset—individualism crushed-— People who are ignorant of all history-—all traditions—all knowledge, so whatever the Leftists says is “True”-—like “homosexual” marriage is “Good” when in fact, it is an oxymoron and totally irrational and vile-—to be fixated to an anal cavity and call it “Love” and “normal” like in the pederast cultures of Ancient civilizations and todays muslim countries where boys are the preferred sex partner for the men.

The NWO wants a slave mentality-—immature sex addiction which is what homosexuality is—is the best way to implement it-———men who are so busy lusting after boys and other men that they could care less about family-—protecting women and children for a civil society. It crashed both Greece and Rome-—and is why muslim cultures are so debased and inhumane and vile.


12 posted on 05/30/2013 12:11:47 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: nickcarraway

Christians are hated by the marxists who don’t want any church to be the source of moral teaching. Under communism, the state is the source of all concepts of right or wrong, so religion must be eliminated.

That doesn’t explain why the left loves the jihadis so much.


13 posted on 05/30/2013 12:15:44 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: nickcarraway

Penis and feces is pretty disgusting and I think those who don’t want to hear a Biblical admonition still agree with that statement.


14 posted on 05/30/2013 12:19:07 PM PDT by Bayou Dittohead
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To: I want the USA back

“That doesn’t explain why the left loves the jihadis so much.”

Come on, dude, isn’t it obvious?

All leftist thought, from the limousine liberalism of a George Clooney to the murderous horrors of Mao, Stalin, and Pol Pot, is of and from Satan.

Likewise, Satan used Mohammed to create the muzzie cult as a scourge with which to lash Christianity and Judaism.

Leftards and muzzies may not realize it consciously, but they work for the same boss.


15 posted on 05/30/2013 12:21:10 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: nickcarraway; All
... but no Christians speak out to defend him.

Please don't overlook that regardless that Christians probably do speak out to defend speakers like Mr. Sprigg that the corrupt media will simply ignore them.

16 posted on 05/30/2013 12:22:57 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: nickcarraway

There is a solution..... evangelism.


17 posted on 05/30/2013 12:23:18 PM PDT by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: Amendment10

No I dont think people speak out because they are afraid. People constantly lose jobs and businesses over this issue and there is no support for them within the community of people who agree with them.


18 posted on 05/30/2013 12:28:43 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: nickcarraway

Start taking a stand, Christians.


19 posted on 05/30/2013 12:37:37 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: nickcarraway

The Bible is clear. The root of sin is unbelief.
If you start to think that maybe the Bible did not mean what it says...then you are moving towards unbelief.
Two step simple process. First step is to have Faith in God. If you have faith in God you should have faith in His Word.
Those two being in place it should not matter what people think of you. You are in right step with God and who the heck cares what anyone may think of you.
Jesus was not widely accepted, he was rejected and despised according to prophet Isaiah. And when he came he was executed by His enmies for a sin He did not commit.
Count me as a follower of Jesus- not a follower of the latest wind or fad
Freegards
LEX


20 posted on 05/30/2013 12:44:18 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: F15Eagle
The world is being prepped for Antichrist.

Exactly. The election, and moreso the re-election, of Obama shows just how easily a majority of people can be deceived into supporting such a person. At first, until it's too late.
And the brazen celebration of evil is steadily on the rise. Now that the sodomites have effectively marginalised Christians, with our own government seeking to suppress us, and their agenda is almost complete,there will need to be a new evil issue to hammer the public with. Pedophilia? Incest? Who knows which is next? They will all be openly accepted and celebrated, along with the most heinous violence being shown on public media (witness the push to have open profanity and sex on broadcast teevee) by the time the Antichrist is in power.

I thank God for His mercy on His own, to remove us before the very worst is here. But how bad it will get before that event?
21 posted on 05/30/2013 12:51:27 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Obadiah
Notice that only Christians, amongst the religions, are being vilified. Most especially notice how Muslims, whose prescriptions for sodomy are much harsher than those of Christianity, are not being even mentioned. Christians worry about your eternity, which is out of our hands. Muslims want to kill you right here and now.
22 posted on 05/30/2013 12:54:20 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: nickcarraway
The problem is that the true haters here, the homosexual lobby, is so thin skinned. Does the Bible condemn homosexual acts? I don't think that anyone could possibly say "no." It's right there, in the text.

The problem is that they don't like anyone telling them that, because it hurts their feelings. So they ramp up hatred towards those who speak the simple truth. I think that a big part of the problem is the guilt they have, because deep down, they know what they're doing is wrong.

It's no different from some Jews I know, primarily leftist Jews, who get their panties in a wad whenever a Christian says something like "you're going to hell," or when Ann Coulter said something along the lines that Jews can be completed by becoming Christian. When someone tells me that I'm going to hell, I just tell them that they're wrong, that's not where I'm going, and I give it no other thought. Sometimes they get angry, but more often sad, because they believe that I really am going to hell, and they're just trying to "save me." But far too many Jews (never Orthodox Jews, as far as I've seen) get upset, but the reason is that their faith isn't strong. That's their problem, not the person talking to them.

Mark

23 posted on 05/30/2013 1:12:48 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: nickcarraway
“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.

This sounds vaguely familiar. Weren't there a couple of towns filled with decent people who were decimated by God because they refused to do anything to reverse the increasing perversion of the populace? Sodom or Gomorrah sound right? Probably just a coincidence...

24 posted on 05/30/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: nickcarraway

I love the bias in this article. The Family Research Council is labeled as “a powerful, conservative Christian lobbying group.” While the Southern Poverty Law Center “ is a nonprofit civil rights group that combats and monitors hate groups.”

Wow......the SPLC fights for truth, justice and the American way, while the FRC merely fights for religious bigots? Crazy. The SPLC is an extreme, left wing, operation that admittedly only investigates conservative groups. Such conservative groups catholic apologists and evangelical Christians.

Candidly, by using the SPLC in this manner, the author severely undermines his credibility.


25 posted on 05/30/2013 2:02:47 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: nickcarraway
The country cannot thrive without Christianity, which founded it. It will become secular and listless as is already well underway through the one who calls himself Obama. And it will be ripe for the Machiavellian machinations of this...man, or some other charlatan to come.

Dear Lord deliver us.

26 posted on 05/30/2013 3:59:43 PM PDT by onedoug
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