Yes, my response is a bit harsh, but this individual and I go back for years. He used to be someone who attempted to use links, data, numbers and "facts" (we often debated creationism) to back up his point of view. In the last year most of his dialog has devolved to the first line of his comment: "Piss on that church."
He came back at me:
You may pretend that it's civil to call those who are against homosexuality and homosexual marriage "hate-filled," "narrow-minded," "deceptive," "judgmental," and "manipulative," but anyone who has at least two neurons will recognize that you are being quite inflammatory and practicing those very things yourself.
Then you go and call me a bigot, which is uncivil and hypocritical, being as you're bigoted against 1. God, 2. those who believe God when He says that homosexuality is wrong, and 3. truth. You, like that false church, are "judgmental, narrow-minded, hateful, deceptive, and manipulative;" you're obviously only pretending to be civil. You're far more bigoted than I will ever be.
Homosexuality is a sin; advocating homosexuality, including the tolerance of it, is a far worse sin.
I think that many Christians who I am friendly with here on Xanga know that I understand that many people who don't support gay marriage are not "hate-filled." I have, on occasion, used "narrow-minded" when people use nothing but the Bible to support this belief. If you are judging someone's lifestyle as a sin, then that is the definition of being "judgmental." And the only people I've called "deceptive" and "manipulative" are the politicians who exploit the anti-gay sentiment simply to get votes. Of course, he could be implying that I created the billboard myself, and thus am responsible for everything it says:
He then accuses me of being bigoted against:
Simply not true. I don't believe in him, how can I be bigoted against him? I'm also not bigoted against bigfoot, unicorns, Thor or good Justin Bieber songs.
2) "those who believe God when He says that homosexuality is wrong"
Again, not true. You've obviously heard the adage, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Well, I like to follow the mantra "Love the believer, hate the belief." My problem is much less with the people who quietly disagree with homosexuality, but with the people who lean more towards the Westboro Baptist Church persuasion. Or people who disown friends and family for coming out of the closet. And I have a HUGE problem with people who use their personal religious convictions to influence the government to deny people their life. Fifty years ago, much of America believed that interracial marriage was an affront to God and the Bible. Pointing out that these people are on the wrong side of civil rights isn't bigotry.
Vague and Loborn-esque in its grandiosity. If you're talking about truth when I discuss homosexuality in American politics or quoting the Bible, feel free to actually point out when I lie. Maybe that's the reason you've gotten so vitriolic. In the words of a friend of mine, "Nothing pisses me off more than arguing with someone who knows what they're talking about!"
"You're far more bigoted than I will ever be."
Mirriam-Webster defines "bigot" as: "a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance." By this definition, it would seem that the anti-homosexual crowd fits the bill much more than those of us fighting for equal civil rights for all.
So what do you think? Am I a bigot?