Now I know there are many moderate Christians who will feel aggrieved at being blamed for this. They will say that they support civil rights so they should not shoulder any of the blame, but simple fact is that they do. Moderate Christians turn to the same book as the fundamentalists do and claim it is the word of God. The same book which has numerous quotes condoning slavery, the same book which treats women as second class citizens, the same book which says homosexuals should be killed. If you believe in racial and sexual equality then why do support a religion that doesn’t? You clearly believe in equality not because of your religion, but in spite of it. I am not saying you should stop believing in God or heaven or Jesus etc. But why support organised religion, why support a church that is currently investing money to prevent the expansion of marriage rights to homosexual couples. Moderate Christians are the crutch on which fundamentalist stand. You may personally support equal rights but history has shown us that this simply is not enough. If you truly believe in equal rights you would not support a church that doesn’t because by doing so you are helping their regressive cause. Over 70% of Irish people support same-sex marriage but it isn’t a reality yet. The reason is because most of this 70% still profess a Catholic a religion. By doing so they are helping the Catholic Church in its efforts to deny homosexual equal rights. If this 70% left the Church when their beliefs not longer coincided with what the Church teaches then same-sex marriage would be a reality already, by not doing so they have helped delay the expansion of rights. Equal rights will soon arrive but it has been hugely delayed thanks to the religious right, and whether you believe in equal rights or not, if you ascribe to this religion then all you did was hinder the equal rights’ cause, not help it.
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