I might surprise some here...but I agree with most of what you have said.<quoted text>
OK, I won't respond :)
You make a very good case and a strong argument.
How can you change someone's mind? In some cases, you can't. In others, a diligent course of logical argument is needed. For some, action is the only thing that can help.
Take it from me, an ex gay disliker, if the gays would tone it down a notch, that'd help your cause tremendously. What I mean is; you know a lot of people really don't like gays - stop throwing it in their face! Stop. Let time takes its course, let it sink in, give us time to adjust.
And like you've been to me, be nice. No matter what.
Niceness goes a looooong way to helping attain an honest goal.
* RR's rant over *
It is a two way street though...it would be nice if the mud slinging would slow down a bit from both directions.
I understand it is a part of their belief...the sin part...the unkind words however is not...those words are not faith...that is self.