Berating Baptists

Ann, a regular commenter on this blog, recently posted a thoughtful and insightful response about Southern Baptists and hate speech. She makes a distinction between the “sin” hating and the gay hating. Drawing on her personal experience in the Southern Baptist Church and her time as an “ex-gay” worker she exudes her warm Southern eloquence as she writes,

Granted, I’ve heard some people throw out the line,”Love the sinner and hate the sin…” through clenched teeth and snarling lips. And bless their hearts, some may geninuely believe they are loving us as their God would, but they don’t like us much. Other folks are just looking for some excuse “holy” or unholy to kick the snot out of somebody.

Read her complete comments here.

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Bob Painter on November 14, 2005 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Ann’s comments are always so balanced and thought-provoking.

    Thank you, Ann, for showing that gays (or Christians, for that matter) do not have to return insult for insult in order to make a stand. You are a bold speaker who exudes compassion.

    (And the offer still stands: if you were a man, I’d ask you to marry me…or have a commitment ceremony…or something like that!)

  2. Peterson Toscano on November 14, 2005 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Ann, if you were a man, how would you feel about polygamy?

  3. Christine on November 14, 2005 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Hey – I want in on the love-fest! So far I’ve really enjoyed reading Ann’s comments on this blog!

    I <3 Ann, too!

  4. Jeff Harwood on November 15, 2005 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Ann is an endearing soul and a true woman. She exudes grace, compassion, integrity and intelligence. I am always impressed by her strength of character. Love you, Ann.

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