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I am an evangelical, born-again Christian. Now let me say that labels mean virtually nothing to me. But just about anyone would consider me an evangelical by association. And I consider myself born-again, in no way because of what people think about that label, but because Jesus taught about being "born again", which I believe that I am.

I want to let you know that I support the kind of thing you are doing. I am glad for people to keep an eye on us conservative Christians and point out where we do or say things that are out-of-line. We can use more of this kind of thing.

But I will also say that we need more people to do a better job of it. I happen to be an evangelical who suspects I am woefully uninformed about lots of things, so I guess I just can't agree with your assertion that there are none of those. I do often wish that more Christians expressed this kind of self-criticism more frequently (here's where keen and well-stated criticism can be so helpful). But is this a fault that is unique to conservative Christians? It seems to me to be a fault all too common in just about any people group you could think of (am I way off-base here?).

You mention "the anti-homosexual fixation of Christianity". But
I must say I am suspicious that you may have an anti-religious right fixation. I really believe you can do a much better job offering well-thought-out criticism (I might suggest you start by using fewer sweeping gernalizations).

Sorry to be kinda blunt. I welcome your response to my comment.

Good catch. The sloppiness of the generalizing phrase "the 'anti-homosexual' fixation of Christianity" begs clarification. Despite the fact that the cited Orcinus post clearly concerns contemporary American conservative Protestant Christianity, care should have been taken to stress that anti-homosexual fixations aren't universal among self-proclaimed Christians. A better phrase may have been "the 'anti-homosexual' fixation of the religious right."

However, I would also point out that something related--less than a fixation but nonetheless unfortunate and unjust--prevails more widely, pervades beyond the religious right to evangelicals in general, except perhaps for some evangelicals of the so-called "religious left." And that is misinformation concerning and condescension towards gay people.

What is more, the results of Barna study themselves demonstrate this; therefore, the burden of proof is not on me to prove either the direct anti-gay political activism of the religious right or the general anti-gays stance of most evangelicals. In fact, more urgent is the need to examine how these two things interact. I posit that the less venomous and more episodic homophobia within evangelicalism as a whole gives cover to the radical homophobia (including scape-goating) of the religious right.

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