Dan Savage recently said the following in a video:
Sometimes I forget to qualify “Christian” with “fundamentalist evangelical right-wing bats–t Christian.” And I’ll write something taking “Christians” to task for their abuse of queer people. And I’ll get emails and I’ll get calls from liberal Christians, whispering in my ear, “We’re not all like that. Psst, we’re not all like that.” I call them NALTs now, for Not All Like That Christians. NALT Christians.
But the reason so many of us have the impression that you are all indeed like that, and why Christian has become synonymous with anti-gay, is because of these loud voices on the Christian right. And they’ve hijacked Christianity, with your complicit silence enabling their hijacking of it.
And you know what? Liberal Christians, you need to do something about it. You need to tell them you’re not all like that. We know — liberals, lefties, progressives, queers — we know that not all Christians are like that. The religious right: They don’t know. Tell them.
So stop writing me and telling me that you’re Not All Like That, and start doing something about it. Start telling them you’re Not All Like That.
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What would it look like for us to address this problem? My husband and I have lamented the same thing that the Christian Right is just so Loud. I just talked with my best friend about this the other day too. There were plenty of Democrats in my old church but they were silent. The republicans were open and proud about their political party and the democrats were quiet. They knew they were deviant. That's the thing. All of us liberal Christians (if I can call myself that...I think I still can) know that we're deviant, so we're quiet. The Christian Right still holds the majority...or at least they think they do...that looks like it may be changing. This is an important question for me, though. I want to come out of the closet as a liberal Christian. On facebook I had many friends brave enough to "like" Mitt Romney and only one brave enough to "like" Obama. I want to be brave enough. I want to be brave enough to speak out for gay rights even on facebook. My conservative friends were brave enough to publically make plans to meet at Chick-fil-a. I want to be brave enough to post what I post here to my friends. But I'm not yet. There is major social pressure to stay the line. Once these things get brought up in conversation friendships get broken. Sometimes it's better not to talk about it. We all get angry. I don't want that. I'm a peacemaker. Peacemakers don't want to be loud and draw lines and make people angry. We want to get along with everyone and include everyone.
These are my disjointed thoughts at the moment. But I think it is important to address Dan Savage's call. I want to. How do we do it will kindness, gentleness, love and care? The last thing anyone wants is in-fighting. I don't want a civil war amongst Christians. Yuck. Ugly. I'll stay quiet before I contribute to that.