At The Atlantic: Emma Green on Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer, a comment by Political Reporter

The title of ‘Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer’ gives the game away. Hate the sin and not the sinner? I recall that self-congratulatory old cliche from my Sunday School and Vacation Bible School days. I was forced to attend Sunday School till my brother and I rebelled when I was 9 and he was 8. We had to put on our dress shoes, our slacks and an ironed shirt to attend. My mother thought it would tame our inherent heathenish ways. Besides there were five of us kids, they wanted time alone. Neither my father nor mother attended church. My sisters loved the dress up of church on Sunday, and rode the street car home, after stopping at the store right next to the church to buy candy. 1950’s America, but not quite Norman Rockwell.
You’ve got to be in awe of the great moral responsibilities that Christians bear, besides bearing the weight of their own inherent wickedness and sinfulness pioneered by those two self-hating Church Fathers Augustine and Jerome, they exercise the even greater moral responsibility of policing the beliefs and behavior of others: the Christian discovery and punishment of heretics starts with  Arianism, Donatism, Gnosticism and Manichaeism. So why wouldn’t Mr. Albert Mohler feel free to exercise his prerogative to police my sexual behavior, because that behavior is ‘sinful’ i.e. against the heterosexual creed of Christianity?  Here is an example of the application of Mr. Mohler’s hatred of the sin:

Headline: Mormons Sharpen Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage

Children of same-sex couples will not be able to join the Mormon Church until they turn 18 — and only if they move out of their parents’ homes, disavow all same-sex relationships and receive approval from the church’s top leadership as part of a new policy adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition, Mormons in same-sex marriages will be considered apostates and ordered to undergo church disciplinary hearings that could lead to excommunication, a more rigid approach than the church has taken in the past.

The new policies are an effort by the church, which has long opposed same-sex marriage, to reinforce and even harden its doctrinal boundaries for its members at a time when small but increasing numbers of Mormons are coming out as gay or supportive of same-sex marriage.

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