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#680 Intolerance toward LGBTQ+ Persons?

May 03, 2020

I am Nico, here to talk to you about your homophobic beliefs. I am a genderfluid lesbian, and I don't want to have it so that people like you make my fellow LGBTQ+ members want to kill themselves. I don't expect you to understand, but you're a harmful bigot. You're an idiot who uses religion to excuse your homophobic views. You may think, "I'm not homophobic" or, "I'm not a bigot", but let me copy and paste the meanings of homophobic and bigot. Homophobic: "having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people". Bigot: "a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions". You dislike and prejudice LGBTQ+ members like myself, and you are intolerant towards people who believe that being a member of this community is something to be proud of, instead of being ashamed of or feeling that it is a sin. I believe that there's nothing wrong with being a member or ally. The Bible is 2,700 years old, are you really gonna let it dictate how you live your life?


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Dr. craig’s response


Thanks for your response, Nico! I'd much rather be criticized than ignored.

I wonder on what basis you've formed your opinion of me and my views.  Have you read my article "A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality"? I think you'll find that I champion tolerance of persons with whom one disagrees, including LGBTQ+ folks. God help us if we can get along only with those who agree with us!

So I don't fit your definitions of "homophobic" or "bigot." I'm not homophobic, since I neither dislike nor am prejudiced against those advocating a homosexual lifestyle.  I just disagree with them about the ethics of that lifestyle, just as I disagree with cigarette smokers about the ethics of their lifestyle. I'm not a bigot because I'm not intolerant of those holding different opinions than me. Tolerance, if you think about it, entails that you disagree with that which you tolerate--otherwise you wouldn't tolerate it, you would agree with it! The classical concept of tolerance says, “Even though I disagree with what you say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”

Since I believe that the Bible is God's revealed truth, I do believe it and base my life upon it. Its age has no bearing on its truth--except to show, perhaps, that it has stood the test of time.

- William Lane Craig