Oh I knew...I was agreeing with you, I am disgusted by them as well.<quoted text>
hence the quotation marks. LOL. i call those types of "christians" self-avowed because it's a little difficult for me to buy into the line of thinking that it's ok to be derisive of my fellow mankind or to think "christians" are better than any other type of human on the earth (athiest, muslim, etc) and are to be treated deferentially by the laws of this nation.
i get disgusted by these types of self avowed christians that paint an ugly face of christ for others to see and to be pushed away from that which all christians should feel, share and understand : God's grace.
i respect your choice in being an athiest. i do not desire to force my christian outlook or expectations upon you or anyone else via legislation.
i think this swing that we're seeing in numbers of christians that are falling away and the rise in polling of people that are for same sex marriage is a direct result of the verbiage of these self avowed christians - and how they treat non-christians. why would anyone want to join their 'club' if they treat people the way they do? i think, by and large, people aren't buying into the way christ is depicted and certainly aren't buying what the self avowed christians are selling.
The republican party is shifting on the subject now, I suspect 50 years from now, most Christian churches will support it as well, it will take them longer. The biggest flaw I have is believing in people, and I happen to believe that they actually want to do the right thing, they are having difficulty seeing past the dogma beat into them to see what the right thing is.
Look back not all that long ago, and they were burning people at the stake depending on of they were one sect of Christianity or another, few ( any?) of the churches would support that today.( maybe that one in Westborough Kansas )
I may be naive, but I would rather think good of people.