And I reject your answer because it’s a non sequitur and an evasion of truth and responsibility.

Whether or not you believe I have an intention of hearing you out makes no difference.

That you believe all people are sinners has nothing at all to do with my comment. We LGBTQ people utterly reject the specific notion that we sin when we have sex or when we express our innate gender.

We don’t care if you think all people sometimes behave in ways you claim your God disapproves of. We insist and demand you accept that we are doing nothing for you or any god to disapprove of.

We aren’t stupid, you know. We know Christians believe sins are things that people must repent from, actions that people must change, acts from which people must strive to desist.

So when you tell us we’re sinners you “love,” we feel as if you’ve spit in our face, and believe me, huge numbers of us want to spit right back.

Ask Esther Spurrill-Jones or Ken Wilson, both of them Christians who understand exactly how insulting and wrong “love the sinner, hate the sin” is as an aphorism.

You don’t have to listen to me and think critically. I don’t expect you will; Christians almost never do.

But you should understand that when you speak of “loving sinners,” you will egregiously insult vast number of people, many of whom will revile you for it.

Reply or not. I don’t care. I’ve told you the truth, and what you do with it is your business.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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