Date: 2017-06-15 01:32 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] emperor
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Tim's email made me angry and sad. I think it's because he seems to be using "faithful Christian" as a euphemism for "homophobe". I get that he's been pretty good at voting for LBGTQ+ rights and suchlike, so perhaps he means something else (though he could have been clear if that were the case), but it read to me that he feels that "thinking homosexuality is sinful" is incompatible with being the leader of the Lib Dems.

And that rhetorical device of using "faithful Christian" to mean "homophobe" hurts. It's a nice lazy shorthand way of saying "you're not a proper Christian if you don't agree with me on this point", it's invalidating of the thoughtful and prayerful reflection of plenty of Christians (straight and otherwise) who have come to other conclusions.

It's personal, too. As a Christian, I sometimes find queer spaces suspicious or hostile to me (understandably), or encounter the suggestion that I'm not a proper queer if I'm Christian. As a bisexual, I am all-too-frequently reminded that plenty of Christians think I'm not a proper Christian if I'm queer.
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