There's a direct link between this kind of hypocritical, smiley-faced, bibled-based homophobia...
...and incidents like this:
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Shane Taylor said investigators were called to the house at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. There they found Staples, who lived in his parent’s converted pool house at the address. He said he had heard a loud noise and then found the rock and note.
“Our investigators recovered the evidence and began the process of developing suspects,” Taylor said. However, because of the nature of the investigation, Taylor said it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk about the specifics of the note. “Then at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, we were called again with the residence on fire,” Taylor said. “In my time here, I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”
Staples’ mother, Wanda Morris, said the note read “we know you are gay,” and was laced with anti-gay slurs too graphic for print and made the threat that Staples would “burn in hell.”
And for the millionth time: We've learned to ignore what the bible says about women, virginity, masturbation, slavery, pork, lobster, beards, etc., etc., etc. We going to have to learn to ignore what the bible says about homosexuality.
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