As I mentioned in my last post, I am reading Mel White’s Religion Gone Bad. He begins his book with the story of two men who murdered two gay men. When one of the murderers (named Williams) was asked by his mother why he did it (she asked why he killed "the two homos"–so you don’t have to think very hard where her son got his information from), the guy claimed to be a Christian and he was just doing what the scriptures told him to do.
Here is a quote that Mel White gave right after telling that story (pp. xiv-xv):
"This Bible-based fear and loathing of homosexuals was shaped in William’ mind–just as it is being shaped in the minds of tens of millions of Americans–by the antihomosexual teachings of the radio and television fundavengelists, the Southern Baptists, Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (Mormons), fundamentalist leaders in every Protestant denomination, and priests, bishops, and cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, especially Benedict XVI, whose antigay obsession has led to the current inquisition against innocent gay priests and seminarians in the U.S. To young Williams [the man who committed the murders], if homosexuals are such a "threat to the family, to the church and to the nation," it only seemed natural to eliminate that threat."
Mel White continues:
"How long will it take for gay-bashing fundamentalists, Protestant and Catholic alike, to realize that their antihomosexual campaign leads directly to suffering and death?"
It has been my experience that it is going to take a long time, if ever, before these people stop and think about the consequences of their mistaken beliefs. These people are NO DIFFERENT than the Christians who approved of and fought for slavery. They believed that their precious Bible condoned slavery and could come up with many verses to show that God approved slavery. But now it is rare to find someone who thought that, and when they speak their ignorance, then they are shunned by the public. This is the way it should be. Luckily, the American public is waking up to the ignorance of these fundavengelists, as Mel White calls them. One day, if I have anything to say about it, the very names that White talks about will be remembered like those who condoned slavery.