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Is Hating "Haters" Hateful?

[COMMENT:  Scott Lively is an excellent writer on the subject of homosexuality and a real warrior for truth and for the Gospel.  The story Lively tells below is more of a mountain of evidence that homosexual activists are not interested in the truth.  They just want their way.  That fits with my claim that homosexuality is a compulsive, lethal addiction.     E. Fox]
 


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Is Hating "Haters" Hateful?
from the 'Pro-Family Advocacy' topic
Added: 25-Oct-2007
Published: N/A

Author: Dr. Scott Lively
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Hate has a pretty bad name in the world today. No one wants to be called a
hater, especially Christians, which is probably why we get accused of it all
the time by our opponents. Homosexuals are especially fond of calling people
haters. They even invented the word homophobia, which means hate and fear of
homosexuals, envisaged as a mental illness (a phobia is an anxiety
disorder).

I hate being called a homophobe. It has such an ugly connotation. It's
especially unpleasant because, as a Christian, I'm supposed to have a
reputation for loving people, not hating them. So I've worked really hard
over the years to try to get the homosexuals to stop calling me a homophobe.
I've pointed out the difference between hating people and hating their
behavior (loving the sinner but hating the sin). They hated that. Then I
tried "walking my talk" by taking an ex-"gay" man who was dying of AIDS into
my family. My wife and I and our children loved and cared for him during the
last year of his life. They hated that even more.

Then I began asking for guidance from homosexuals themselves: "Tell me,
where is the line between homophobia and acceptable opposition to
homosexuality?" I asked. "What if I just agree with the Bible that
homosexuality is a sin no worse than any other sex outside of marriage?"
"No, that's homophobic," they replied. "Suppose I talk only about the proven
medical hazards of gay sex and try to discourage people from hurting
themselves?" "No, you can't do that," they said. "How about if I say that
homosexuals have the option to change if they choose?" "Ridiculous" they
answered. "Maybe I could just be completely positive, say nothing about
homosexuality, and focus only on promoting the natural family and
traditional marriage?" "That's really hateful," they replied.

After I while, I realized that the only way I could get them to stop calling
me a homophobe was to start agreeing with them about everything. But here's
my dilemma: I honestly believe the Bible which says that homosexuality is
wrong and harmful and that all sex belongs within marriage. I've also read
the professional studies and know that "gay" sex hurts people because it
goes against the design of their bodies. And I'm friends with a number of
former homosexuals who are now married and living heterosexual lives. Do I
have to give up my religion? Ignore scientific facts? Betray my friends? Is
that the only way to avoid being called a hater and a homophobe?

There's no escape. A homophobe is anyone who, for any reason, disapproves of
homosexuality in any way, shape, manner, form or degree. This leaves me with
just two choices: agree that everything about homosexuality is natural,
normal, healthy, moral and worthy to be celebrated OR be labeled as a
mentally ill, hate-filled bigot.

Am I wrong? Is there any way to openly disapprove of homosexuality without
being a homophobe? "Gay" leaders, please set me straight on this.

Because if I'm right, that means the "gay agenda" is to stop everyone from
following the Bible regarding sexual matters. It is, after all, their stated
goal to "stamp out homophobia." No more religious freedom. It's also to
suppress scientific research that has reached conclusions they don't like,
especially if it helps people to change their homosexual orientation back to
a heterosexual one (ask the doctors and scientists at narth.com what they've
had to endure). If it discourages homosexuality, even by implication, it's
homophobic and can't be used.

There's a queer reasoning behind all of this. Homosexuals call me names like
bigot and homophobe, condemn my religion, mock my rational conclusions about
social issues, impugn my motives, display intense hostility toward my
actions, and curse my very existence, all under the justification that I'm a
"hater." But if I'm a "hater" for civilly opposing what they do, why aren't
they haters for uncivilly opposing what I do? Such a double standard, in the
context of a public debate on "civil rights," is not just hypocritical, it
is surreal.

I admit I have some hate. I hate watching people kill themselves with
preventable diseases like AIDS. I hate seeing children being steered toward
unhealthy lifestyles. I hate having my pro-family views distorted by
dishonest journalists, politicians and academics. And I hate seeing my God
being treated like a homophobe for what He teaches in His Bible.

So if you're not going to stop calling me a "hater" for being wanting
homosexuals to be saved and healed, or for opposing their political agenda,
lets at least see a little more of that famous "American sense of fair play"
in the public debate on this issue. Hatred of "haters" is hateful too.

Scott Lively, J.D., Th.D.
Defend the Family International
PO Box 891023
Temecula, CA 92589
www.defendthefamily.com

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