Christ showed us how to challenge ignorance

December 29, 2013 

R ick Taylor’s letter asks what evidence suggests that Olympia is not gay-friendly and alleges that gays are treated better than Christians here. He needs to talk to gay kids who live on the streets or go to school here. He needs to talk to gays who get verbally or physically bashed or worry about the fact that a local judge has been officially admonished for discriminating against gays. Still, Olympia is more gay-friendly than most cities. The local things Taylor lists as gay-friendly are also available to Christians. The city has never taken action against Christians unless the Christian activity was unlawful as in the case of some forms of religious behaviors in public schools or public buildings. The city has to follow the law. Most Christians do not share the socio-religious views of fundamentalists who write editorial letters so Taylor isn’t accurate in calling responses to them anti-Christian. It is accurate to say those views are often challenged and called ignorant. What would Taylor have us do when statements that are demonstratively untrue are offered publicly? What would he have us do when verses from the Bible are deceptively cherry-picked in order to support a particular view? What would he have us do when religious belief is used as a cover for ignorant words or actions? Would he have us ignore or accept that? It is not anti-Christian to challenge ignorance. Christ very clearly showed us that it is our duty to do so.

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