As a person who has grown up in many churches, explored religion and theology in academic settings, and genuinely believes that religion should have a rightful place in society, I am always disappointed and appealed by stories and interviews like these.
I understand that this may be how some religious people feel and may be what some religious people believe but it is certainly not how or what every religious person (or religious-adjacent) person believes.
Why don’t educated, nuanced, social minded, and truly “Christ like” people ever get a headline. There are far more loving Christians and Jews and Muslims than there are hating and misguided ones. Moderation is one of Jesus’ greatest lessons and it characterizes a larger population of the religious than media seems to espouse.
There are deeper more complex ways to understand religion’s role in the public sphere and it’s role in guiding those who believe in it than the simple minded garbage that media showcases day after day. A Christian can believe that for their own life, God has ordained them to a traditional marriage and also believe that love is love is love, and that as long as two people come together in god’s love for each other, then they are doing just fine. Religious people can find fault with the ubiquitous portrayal of homosexuality in the media but love their brothers and sisters just the same.
There is so much more to the religious mindset, I fear that we lose a bit more every time miseducated people like these at this rally are allowed to spew their pseudo-religion-pseudo-science all over our screen. (I mean come on, homosexual relations do not create HIV!).
The people religious of the world need to stand up and start taking charge of their beliefs if we are to ever bring about the peace and compassion that all of our Gods implore us to foster.
Plus, they just sound dumb. It’s annoying. My ears hurt from listening and reading about them. But that’s just me.